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Pope Francis, flanked by interim director of Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, speaks to reporters on board the flight back to Rome from a two-day trip to Morocco, Sunday, March 31, 2019. Francis sought Sunday to encourage greater fraternity between Christians and Muslims in Morocco, telling his flock that showing the country's Muslim majority they are part of the same human family will help stamp out extremism. (Alberto Pizzoli/Pool Photo via AP)
March 31, 2019 - 2:22 pm
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis defended his decision to reject French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin's resignation after he was convicted of covering up for a predator priest, saying Sunday the appeals process must run its course before a final decision is made. Francis also explained why...
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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco, Sunday, March 31, 2019. Pope Francis is in Morocco for a two-day trip aimed at highlighting the North African nation's Christian-Muslim ties, while also showing solidarity with migrants at Europe's door and tending to a tiny Catholic flock. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
March 31, 2019 - 1:54 pm
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Morocco: (all times local): 9:50 p.m. Pope Francis is warning that political leaders who want to build walls to keep out migrants "end up prisoners of the walls that they build." Francis said he simply couldn't understand in his head or his...
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Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco, Sunday, March 31, 2019. Pope Francis is in Morocco for a two-day trip aimed at highlighting the North African nation's Christian-Muslim ties, while also showing solidarity with migrants at Europe's door and tending to a tiny Catholic flock. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
March 31, 2019 - 8:12 am
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Pope Francis sought Sunday to encourage greater fraternity between Christians and Muslims in Morocco, telling his flock that showing the country's Muslim majority they are part of the same human family will help stamp out extremism. On his second and final day in Morocco,...
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A girl waits for Pope Francis at the diocesan Caritas center in Rabat, Morocco, Saturday, March 30, 2019. Francis's weekend trip to Morocco aims to highlight the North African nation's tradition of Christian-Muslim ties while also letting him show solidarity with migrants at Europe's door and tend to a tiny Catholic flock on the peripheries. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
March 30, 2019 - 11:59 am
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The Latest on the Pope's trip to Morocco (all times local): 7:55 p.m. Students at a school for Muslim preachers have told Pope Francis and Morocco's king that they will bring home the lessons of building bridges between religions and promoting a moderate model of Islam...
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Pope Francis delivers his speech at the Hassan Mosque plaza in Rabat, Morocco, Saturday, March 30, 2019. Francis's weekend trip to Morocco aims to highlight the North African nation's tradition of Christian-Muslim ties while also letting him show solidarity with migrants at Europe's door and tend to a tiny Catholic flock on the peripheries. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
March 30, 2019 - 9:27 am
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Pope Francis praised Morocco as a model of religious moderation and migrant welcome as he kicked off a trip to the kingdom Saturday, warning that walls and fear-mongering won't stop people from exercising their legitimate right to seek a better life elsewhere. King Mohamed VI...
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Pope Francis attends an audience with participants of a course on the Internal Forum promoted by the Apostolic Penitentiary Court, in the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Friday, March 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
March 29, 2019 - 9:49 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday issued sweeping new sex abuse legislation for Vatican personnel and diplomats that requires the immediate reporting of abuse allegations to Vatican prosecutors, a policy shift aimed at being a model for the Catholic Church worldwide. The mandatory...
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Pope Francis leaves at the end of his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
March 28, 2019 - 6:14 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has set the record straight about why he pulled his hand away when throngs of people lined up this week to kiss his ring: for fear of spreading germs. Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said Thursday that Francis was concerned about hygiene when, after greeting...
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85-year-old sister Maria Concetta Esu kisses the hand of Pope Francis as he presents her with a Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award during his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. 85-year-old sister Maria Concetta Esu is an obstetrician who gave birth to some 3,000 children during her 60 years of missions in Africa, that the pontiff met during his trip to the Central African Republic. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
March 27, 2019 - 6:33 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis allowed nuns and priests to kiss his papal ring during his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, two days after a video showing him pulling his hand away from several faithful drew criticism. Some conservative critics of the pope feel Francis is...
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In this Tuesday, March 12, 2019 photo, tourists visit the archaeological site of Tel Shiloh in the West Bank. Deep in the West Bank, an Israeli settlement has transformed the archaeological site into a biblical tourist attraction that is drawing tens of thousands of Evangelical Christian visitors each year. Critics say the site promotes a narrow interpretation of history popular with Israeli settlers and their Christian supporters. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
March 26, 2019 - 11:12 pm
SHILOH, WEST BANK (AP) — Deep in the West Bank, Israeli settlers have transformed an archaeological site into a biblical tourist attraction that attracts tens of thousands of evangelical Christians each year. Tel Shiloh is believed to have been the site of the biblical tabernacle, but not everyone...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. High-profile Australian journalists face possible prison sentences, and large media organizations could face fines after being ordered to appear in court next month for allegedly breaching a gag order on reporting about Pell's convictions on charges of sexually molesting two choirboys. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)
March 26, 2019 - 8:13 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Some of Australia's highest-profile journalists face possible prison sentences and large media organizations could be fined after being ordered to appear in court next month for allegedly breaching a gag order on reporting about Cardinal George Pell's convictions on...
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