Roman Catholicism

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 - 9:23 am
SANTA ROSA, Brazil (AP) — More than 100 bishops from South American countries are convening Sunday in Rome to address concerns in the Amazon region, especially for indigenous people. One item on the synod’s agenda is a proposal to study the possibility of priestly ordination for married men who...
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October 03, 2019 - 6:39 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis named one of Italy’s leading anti-Mafia prosecutors as president of the Vatican’s criminal tribunal Thursday, just days after a new scandal erupted over alleged financial wrongdoing in the heart of the Holy See. The appointment of Giuseppe Pignatone came two days...
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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 - 5:35 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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United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo waves as he walks with his wife Susan, left, and Mayor of Pacentro, Guido Angelilli, on the occasion of his visit to Pacentro, central Italy, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. On his last day of his three-day trip to Italy, Pompeo visited the town in the region of Abruzzo where his father's family comes from and where he says he still has distant relatives. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
October 03, 2019 - 4:41 am
ROME (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met privately with Pope Francis and visited his ancestral home in southern Italy on Thursday as the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump roiled Washington. On a day when a former special envoy for Ukraine was due to be interviewed in the...
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United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan Pompeo walk out of the plane upon arriving at Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Pompeo is in Italy for a 3-day trip. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
October 02, 2019 - 1:53 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday criticized governments that wield absolute power as threats to religious freedom, as he scrambled to contain a political crisis back home. Amid a growing storm in Washington over an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump...
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United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan Pompeo walk out of the plane upon arriving at Ciampino military airport, in Rome, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Pompeo is in Italy for a 3-day trip. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
October 02, 2019 - 1:44 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is urging others to join the Trump administration in a religious freedom alliance, as he scrambles to contain a political crisis at home. Amid a growing storm in Washington over impeachment, Pompeo was at the Vatican on Wednesday criticizing...
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September 30, 2019 - 7:18 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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Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parrilla addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
September 28, 2019 - 9:42 am
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders (all times local): 12:20 p.m. Cuba is blasting the Trump administration for its "baseness and rot" as it denounces the U.S. decision to impose a travel ban to the United States on former Cuban...
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In this Aug. 30, 2018 photo, John Delaney shows off his tattoos after speaking about his experience being abused as a child by the priest at his childhood church in Philadelphia, in his Sevierville, Tenn. On Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, victim compensation funds in Philadelphia, Allentown, Scranton and Pittsburgh will close to applications. Delaney said fund administrators offered him $500,000 and told him that it was the highest amount they would offer. He turned it down, he said. Sober for three years and counseling victims of sexual abuse and people struggling with addiction in San Antonio, it was never about the money. It was about justice and getting into court where a judge can force church officials to testify under oath, he said. (Caitie McMekin/The Tennessean via AP)
September 28, 2019 - 6:12 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — When post offices close Monday, the last victim compensation funds at Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses will also close, hours before lawmakers plunge back into a years-old fight over whether to let long-ago victims of child sexual abuse sue perpetrators and institutions...
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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 - 11:16 am
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 in 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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