Roman Catholicism

Pope Francis does the sign of the cross during his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 09, 2019 - 8:30 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new church law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in a new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to...
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Pope Francis talks to reporters on his flight back to Rome, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Francis made the first-ever papal visit to North Macedonia on Tuesday and sought to encourage its efforts to integrate into European institutions after its name change resolved a decades-long dispute with Greece. (Maurizio Brambatti/Pool Photo via AP)
May 07, 2019 - 1:33 pm
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Tuesday that an international commission of scholars has failed to reach a definitive conclusion about whether women were ordained as deacons in the early Christian church in the same way men were. Francis told reporters returning home from the...
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May 07, 2019 - 1:00 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A protest is planned in Poland later Tuesday after police held for a few hours an Amnesty International activist on allegations she desecrated the country's most-revered Catholic icon by adding the LGBT rainbow colors to its halos. Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski said on...
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Pope Francis is welcomed by North Macedonia President Gjorge Ivanov after landing at the airport of Skopje, North Macedonia, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Francis, who is on a three-day trip to the Balkans, is visiting North Macedonia for the first-ever papal visit to the country. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 07, 2019 - 12:57 am
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to North Macedonia (all times local): 9:55 a.m. Pope Francis is seeking to encourage North Macedonia's integration into Europe following the resolution of its conflict with Greece over its name, saying greater European participation...
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May 05, 2019 - 8:43 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With a friendship going back to a fateful meeting at The Roxy in 1975, Bruce Springsteen and Martin Scorsese shared the stage in Los Angeles Sunday night for a wide-ranging conversation about everything from their Catholic upbringings and maturing faith to Flannery O'Connor,...
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In this photo taken on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, vocal pedagogue Bernadeta Balabanska conducts the open air choir rehearsal at St. Archangel Michael church in the town of Rakovsky, central Bulgaria, ahead of an upcoming visit by Pope Francis. During his first visit to the Orthodox country of Bulgaria, on May 5 and 6, Pope Francis will visit the capital, Sofia, and the town of Rakovsky, which is home of the largest Catholic community in the Balkan country. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)
May 05, 2019 - 1:26 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Bulgaria (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has offered Pope Francis a very personal gift at the start of his visit to the Balkan nation: A cup of Bulgarian yogurt. Borissov said Sunday after meeting with...
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Pope Francis boards the airplane on the occasion of a three-day trip to Bulgaria and Macedonia at Rome's Fiumicino International airport, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
May 04, 2019 - 11:10 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will be spending two days in Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest member and a country with an unreceptive climate for migrants that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. Francis is expected to tour a...
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May 03, 2019 - 6:33 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California reviewing how Catholic dioceses handled sex-abuse allegations (all times local): 6:30 p.m. The California attorney general's office will review how all 12 Roman Catholic dioceses in the state handled allegations of child sex abuse. A spokesman for the...
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May 03, 2019 - 5:24 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California attorney general's office will review how the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles handled allegations of child sexual abuse that have resulted in payouts of hundreds of millions of dollars to victims. A letter dated Thursday from Attorney General Xavier...
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Sister Carmen Sammut, leader of the International Union of Superiors General, left, is flanked by Vatican's spokesperson Alessandro Gisotti, as they arrive for a press conference at the Vatican, Thursday, May 2, 2019. Sammut says religious sisters are increasingly speaking out about sexual and other forms of abuse by clergy and says their superiors must be better trained to understand the problem and respond. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 02, 2019 - 8:11 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The head of the international umbrella group of nuns said Thursday that religious sisters are increasingly speaking out about sexual and other forms of abuse by clergy, but that their superiors must be better trained to understand the problem and respond. Maltese Sister Carmen...
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