Israeli archeologists uncover ancient church

- Israeli archeologists say they have uncovered the remnants of a 1,500-year-old church dating back to the Byzantine era.

The Israel Antiquities Authority says the site was found during typical excavation work that took place before a planned construction of a new neighborhood in southern Israel.

Among the finds were a colorful mosaic and five inscriptions that attest to a once-vibrant Christian community in the region.

Baptists to pay $12.5 million in abuse case

- A Florida jury has awarded $12.5 million in damages to a young man who was sexually abused by a Baptist minister when he was a child.

But an attorney for the Florida Baptist Convention said Tuesday that the organization would appeal the ruling from a jury in Lake County, northwest of Orlando.

Attorney Gary Yeldell says the convention is confident that an appellate court will overturn the ruling.

Vatican to cap costs for sainthood cases

VATICAN CITY - How much does it cost to become a saint? The Vatican said last week it has put a cap of sorts on the often-spiraling budgets for sainthood cases, another nod to Pope Francis' call for sobriety.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the Vatican's saint-making office, said officials must now abide by a "reference price" to curb overall expenditure and make the process more equitable for less well-funded cases.

Associated Press