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FILE - In this March 17, 2003 file photo, the guard tower flanks the sign at the entrance to the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., the site of the last federal execution. The Justice Department says it will carry out executions of federal death row inmates for the first time since 2003. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
July 25, 2019 - 9:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The question to Michael Dukakis, the Democratic presidential candidate in 1988, was brutally personal. "If Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?" Bernard Shaw, a CNN anchor, asked, referring to the Massachusetts...
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July 25, 2019 - 4:16 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named a Brazilian journalist, Christiane Murray, as his deputy spokeswoman in the latest important appointment boosting the presence and prestige of women at the Vatican. The 57-year-old Murray joined Vatican Radio in 1995 and has recently been helping to...
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FILE - A 2015 file photo shows West Virginia Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, then-bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. In a news conference scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, 2019, West Virginia's Roman Catholic Diocese says it's set to discuss its "future leadership," 10 months after the resignation of Bransfield. (Scott McCloskey/The Intelligencer via AP, File)
July 23, 2019 - 3:48 am
WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday named Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan to lead the Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia diocese following a scandal over the former bishop's sexual harassment of adults and lavish spending of church money. The 72-year-old Brennan replaces Bishop...
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FILE - A 2015 file photo shows West Virginia Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, then-bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. In a news conference scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, 2019, West Virginia's Roman Catholic Diocese says it's set to discuss its "future leadership," 10 months after the resignation of Bransfield. (Scott McCloskey/The Intelligencer via AP, File)
July 23, 2019 - 3:07 am
WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on the leadership changes at West Virginia's Roman Catholic diocese (all times local): 6:10 a.m. Pope Francis has named Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan to lead the Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia diocese following a scandal over the former bishop's...
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In this photo taken Wednesday, July 17, 2019, Jose Robles, center in white hat, walks with supporters before he presented himself to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in Tukwila, Wash. The prospect of nationwide immigration raids has provided evidence that legions of pastors, rabbis and their congregations stand ready to help vulnerable immigrants with offers of sanctuary and other services. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
July 18, 2019 - 1:04 pm
So far this week, an anticipated nationwide sweep has not materialized at the expected magnitude. Yet the mere prospect of such action has prompted legions of pastors, rabbis and their congregations across the United States to stand ready to help vulnerable immigrants with offers of sanctuary and...
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People holds hands as they chant at a rally before the start of a march in opposition to the Trump administration's plans to continue with raids to catch immigrants in the country illegally, Sunday, July 14, 2019, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Julius Constantine Motal)
July 14, 2019 - 2:51 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — As a nationwide immigration crackdown loomed, religious leaders across the country used their pulpits Sunday to quell concerns in immigrant communities and spring into action to help those potentially threatened by the operation. A Chicago priest talked during his homily about the...
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People shelter from the sun under a souvenir umbrella from Venice during the noon Angelus prayer recited by Pope Francis at the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
July 14, 2019 - 4:15 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is encouraging efforts to safeguard the human rights of fishermen and mariners. Francis tweeted that he is praying for them and their families and noted that Sunday is a day dedicated to seafarers and fishermen. Francis tweeted: "I encourage every effort to protect...
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July 10, 2019 - 4:22 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Sistine Chapel Choir director in the wake of a funding scandal. The Vatican said Wednesday that Monsignor Massimo Palombella will be temporarily replaced by Monsignor Marcos Pavan, currently in charge of the boys' division of what...
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Nuns get a first look at the newly renovated Christ Cathedral Monday, July 8, 2019, in Garden Grove, Calif. The 88,000-square-foot Catholic church has undergone a $77 million renovation. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
July 09, 2019 - 7:00 pm
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — An iconic glass-paned church in Southern California that once housed a booming televangelist ministry has been transformed into a cathedral to give the region's Catholics a long-awaited and much larger place to congregate and pray. The landmark, with a facade made up of...
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In this Sunday, July 7, 2019, photo, Liao Qiang, right, and his daughter Ren Ruiting speak during an interview with The Associated Press at a church in Taipei, Taiwan. Liao arrived in Taiwan last week after fleeing China with five family members. They plan to seek asylum in the United States. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
July 08, 2019 - 5:29 pm
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Sunday service this week at an unassuming church in Taiwan was especially moving for one man. It was the first time Liao Qiang had worshipped publicly since authorities shut down his church in China seven months ago. The 49-year-old arrived in Taiwan last week after...
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