Roman Catholicism

Faithful reach out to Pope Francis during an audience with participants of a pilgrimage of the Italian-Albanian diocese of Lungro, in the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Saturday, May 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
May 25, 2019 - 4:20 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or malformed. He is urging doctors and priests to support families to carry such pregnancies to term. During an audience Saturday with participants of a Vatican-sponsored anti-abortion...
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May 24, 2019 - 10:41 am
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan prosecutors announced the filing of sexual abuse charges Friday against five former Catholic priests as part of a state attorney general's investigation into clergy abuse going back decades. Attorney General Dana Nessel said the priests served in dioceses in Detroit, Lansing...
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May 24, 2019 - 8:31 am
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Michigan attorney general's investigation of clergy abuse within the Catholic Church (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says prosecutors have brought sexual abuse charges against five Catholic priests as part of her office's...
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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 22, 2019 - 1:45 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging China's divided Catholic community to come together in communion, as he seeks to heal decades of estrangement following a landmark deal with Beijing over bishop nominations. Francis made a special appeal at the end of his weekly audience Wednesday, noting...
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May 20, 2019 - 8:50 am
ROME (AP) — Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is defending his invocation of God at a political rally, after Italy's Catholic establishment criticized it as a cynical exploitation of faith ahead of European Parliament elections this weekend. Salvini brandished a rosary and entrusted Italy to...
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Pope Francis shares a laugh with a group of faithful as he poses for a family photo, at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
May 18, 2019 - 9:13 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged foreign correspondents on Saturday to humbly use the power of the press to search for the truth and give voice to the voiceless, saying journalism is an important tool to counter the hatred, prejudice and fake news. In an audience with the Foreign Press...
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Authorities conduct a raid on the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. A police commander says a search at the Catholic Diocese of Dallas began when an investigation into child sexual abuse allegations against a former priest uncovered claims against others. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
May 15, 2019 - 5:44 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Investigators who were "thwarted" during earlier investigations of child sexual abuse by priests on Wednesday searched the offices of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas to obtain evidence of sexual misconduct, according to a police commander and police records. Investigators searched the...
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May 15, 2019 - 9:40 am
DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on police searching the Catholic Diocese of Dallas (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Authorities say a police investigation that began last year into sexual abuse allegations against a former priest uncovered abuse claims against others, leading to a decision to search the...
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May 15, 2019 - 6:20 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police are investigating after a 5-year-old boy brought about two dozen vials of crack cocaine into a preschool at a Roman Catholic church. Police say the boy told a teacher's aide at St. Cyprian Children's Center that the person who handed him the bag told him to...
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In this Sunday, May 12, 2019, photo, Sri Lankan soldiers stand guard at the entrance to Good Shepherd convent and the St. Benedict's college in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Catholic officials and parents in Sri Lanka are hopeful that church-run schools will begin to reopen soon for the first time since April’s devastating Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
May 14, 2019 - 7:59 pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Catholic officials and parents in Sri Lanka are hopeful that church-run schools will begin to reopen soon for the first time since last month's devastating Easter attacks on churches and hotels. All of the island nation's schools were set to reopen the day after the...
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