Roman Catholicism

Pope Francis attends a feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology, at the Vatican, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. The ceremony takes place two days before a Synod of bishops on the Pan-Amazon region opens at the Vatican to address the ecological, social and spiritual needs of indigenous peoples in the Amazon. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
October 04, 2019 - 8:48 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of a New Zealand bishop over what church officials said was his “completely unacceptable” sexual behavior with a young woman. Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan, 59, had offered to resign following an independent investigation...
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October 03, 2019 - 4:11 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday named one of Italy’s leading anti-Mafia prosecutors as president of the Vatican’s criminal tribunal, just as a new scandal erupted over alleged financial wrongdoing in the heart of the Holy See. The appointment of Giuseppe Pignatone came two days after...
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Worshippers attend a prayer ceremony known as the "celebration of the word" led by Antelmo Pereira at the Catholic church in Santa Rosa, Brazil, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. In remote Amazonian communities that are only accessible by boat, villagers can go for months without sacraments that only priests are allowed to deliver - including Mass and confessions, and the faithful have to depend on missionaries such as Pereira that are only allowed to lead prayer ceremonies. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
October 03, 2019 - 12:27 pm
SANTA ROSA, Brazil (AP) — At dusk in this small indigenous village, Antelmo Pereira calls local Catholics to prayer, changes into a white robe and leads a religious service that is the closest thing the faithful in this remote part of the Amazon can get to a proper Mass. Speaking in the indigenous...
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Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, speaks during a press conference announcing a Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region, at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. The meeting, which opens on Oct. 6, will discuss social and environmental problems faced by the inhabitants of the Amazon, including the increasing rate of deforestation in the region. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
October 03, 2019 - 8:35 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Organizers of a Vatican meeting on the Amazon defended plans to introduce debate on married priests, saying Thursday the proposal represents the “the voice of the local church” and isn’t an official proposal of the pope. Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri acknowledged the Oct. 6-27...
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September 30, 2019 - 10:18 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met privately Monday with an American Jesuit who has been attacked by conservative U.S. Catholics for reaching out to gays, the latest evidence of Francis' willingness to shrug off right-wing criticism for the sake of his pastoral priorities. The Vatican listed the...
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Yemeni Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdullah al-Hadrami addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeenah Moon)
September 28, 2019 - 8:59 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders (all times local): 9 p.m. Yemen's new foreign minister is vowing that the government will "end any attempt to tear apart our homeland." He's sharply criticizing Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who control...
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September 28, 2019 - 8:54 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The last victim compensation funds at Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses are closing as lawmakers plunge back into a years-old fight over whether to let long-ago victims of child sexual abuse sue perpetrators and institutions. It's more than a year after a landmark grand...
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Pope Francis greets nuns during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
September 26, 2019 - 3:06 pm
ROME (AP) — A Togolese nun has successfully defended a first-ever dissertation at a Vatican-sanctioned university on the sexual abuse of nuns by priests — the latest evidence of a problem confronting the Catholic Church in the #MeToo era. Sister Makamatine Lembo was awarded summa cum laude at her...
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September 26, 2019 - 8:57 am
MILAN (AP) — The Italian Bishops' Conference is coming out against a constitutional court ruling that assisted suicide is not punishable in cases when a patient in an irreversible condition is suffering unbearable pain. The secretary-general of the bishop's conference, Stefano Russo, says on...
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Protesters build a human chain in front of the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. About 800 people have protested for more gender equality in the Catholic Church in Germany. (Roberto Pfeil/dpa via AP)
September 22, 2019 - 12:07 pm
BERLIN (AP) — About 800 people have protested gender inequality in the Catholic Church by forming a human chain around Germany's Cologne Cathedral. German news agency dpa reported that many of the protesters were women from an activist group called Maria 2.0. The group is pushing for the Catholic...
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