Roman Catholicism

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2017 file photo, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein looks at Pope Francis delivering his message during an audience at the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican. Archbishop Georg Gaenswein told a book presentation Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, that the sex abuse scandal that has convulsed the Catholic Church for years is "its own 9/11." (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
September 11, 2018 - 12:49 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — With the Catholic Church in crisis once again over clerical sex abuse and cover-up, Pope Francis will meet Thursday with U.S. cardinals and bishops who are demanding to know how one of their own was able to climb the clerical ranks despite allegations that he slept with...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, a local resident leaves a church after voting in the general election in Cumming, Iowa. Religion's role in politics and social policies is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections, yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to an AP-NORC national poll conducted Aug. 16-20, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
September 11, 2018 - 6:08 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Religion's role in politics and public policy is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections, yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to a poll released Tuesday by The Associated...
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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2018 file photo, Pope Francis is caught in pensive mood during his weekly general audience at the Vatican. Francis' papacy has been thrown into crisis by accusations that he covered-up sexual misconduct by ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
September 10, 2018 - 11:33 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is preparing the "necessary clarifications" about accusations that top Vatican officials including Pope Francis covered up the sexual misconduct of a now-disgraced American ex-cardinal, Francis' top advisers said Monday. In a statement, Francis' nine cardinal...
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Pope Francis delivers a blessing as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from his studio's window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
September 10, 2018 - 5:40 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has long pondered the cosmos from afar but now it's studying how to care for space bits that fall to Earth with a conference on meteorites, cosmic dust, stardust and extraterrestrial samples. The Vatican Observatory is hosting the first-ever workshop for curators of...
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Faithful and pilgrims gather in St.Peter's Square, as Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 08, 2018 - 8:03 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis told newly ordained bishops Saturday that they must reject all forms of abuse and work in communion to fight the clerical culture that has fueled the sex abuse and cover-up scandal rocking his papacy. Francis cited his recent letter about combatting abuse during an...
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FILE - In this March 4, 2015, file photo, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick speaks during a memorial service in South Bend, Ind. A 2006 letter from Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, a top Vatican official confirms that the Holy See received information in 2000 about the sexual misconduct of now-resigned U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, lending credibility to bombshell accusations of cover-up at the highest echelons of the Catholic Church (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
September 07, 2018 - 10:46 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — A 2006 letter from a top Vatican official confirms that the Holy See received information in 2000 about the sexual misconduct of now-resigned U.S. cardinal, lending credibility to bombshell accusations of a cover-up at the highest echelons of the Roman Catholic Church. Catholic...
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People pass the Archdiocese of New York, in New York, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood subpoenaed all eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state Thursday as part of a broadening civil investigation into the handling of sex abuse allegations by church leaders. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
September 06, 2018 - 8:57 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York and New Jersey launched new investigations into the Roman Catholic Church's handling of clergy sex abuse allegations Thursday as the number of similar inquiries around the country continues to grow. In New York, the state's attorney general issued subpoenas to all eight...
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Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 03, 2018 - 6:06 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday recommended silence and prayer to deal with those who "only seek scandal," division and destruction in what appeared to be an indirect response to allegations that he had covered up for a U.S. cardinal embroiled in sex abuse scandals. Italian Archbishop...
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In this Aug. 28, 2018 photo, turkey vultures rest on the cross atop the Cathedral of The Risen Christ adjacent to the Catholic Chancery in Lincoln, Neb. The Diocese of Lincoln housed at the complex, that refused for years to participate in annual sex abuse audits is facing a potential criminal investigation and criticism that it mishandled priests who were accused of sexual assault and morally questionable behavior. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
September 02, 2018 - 6:05 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — For more than a decade, a conservative Catholic diocese in Nebraska was the only church in the U.S. that refused to participate in annual reviews of sexual misconduct that were a key reform enacted in the wake of the 2002 Boston clergy abuse scandal. As a new wave of abuse...
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Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 02, 2018 - 2:57 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is starting to push back against Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, author of the bombshell accusation of sex abuse cover-up against Pope Francis, with a statement Sunday from its former spokesman about a controversial 2015 meeting Vigano organized. The Rev. Federico...
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