Christianity

FILE - In this April 26, 2014 file photo, a Roman catholic priest, back to camera, listens to a man's confession during a mass for late Pope John Paul II and John XXIII in Saint Luigi dei Francesi (St. Louis of the French) church, in Rome. The Holy See’s Apostolic Penitentiaria, a tribunal which deals with absolution and confessional matters, reiterated the secrecy obligation in a six-page document made public Monday, July 1, 2019, by the Vatican. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, file)
July 01, 2019 - 2:34 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Amid pedophile clergy scandals, the Vatican has declared "unacceptable" any efforts by politicians or lawmakers to force priests to violate their sacred obligation to keep secret what faithful tell them in confession. The Holy See's Apostolic Penitentiary, a tribunal dealing...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2002 file photo, Phyllis Hutnak, right, prepares to speak to the media outside the offices of the Diocese of Providence in Providence, R.I. Hutnak said she was seduced by the late Monsignor Louis Dunn of St. Thomas Church in Providence when she was a teenager. Dunn was listed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence on Monday, July 1, 2019, as one of several members of clergy, religious order priests and deacons who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children. Dunn died in 2001. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)
July 01, 2019 - 12:13 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence on Monday released a list of clerics, religious order priests and deacons who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children. The list of 50 names posted on the diocese website includes 19 priests and deacons who are still...
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June 28, 2019 - 9:04 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Holy See on Friday instructed Catholic clergy in China to profess loyalty to Catholic doctrine when signing a document, required by a new Chinese law, which obliges them to accept the principle of a state-sanctioned Catholic church that doesn't recognize supreme papal...
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President Donald Trump speaks at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 26, 2019 - 11:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is delivering remarks in Washington to kick off a four-day faith conference that highlights top issues for evangelical voters, who are among his most loyal supporters and vital to his 2020 reelection bid. Trump is addressing this year's Faith and Freedom...
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Pope Francis blesses a child during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
June 26, 2019 - 8:55 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday expressed sadness over the fate of the father and young daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande while trying to cross into the United States. "With immense sadness, the Holy Father has seen the images of the father and his baby daughter who drowned in...
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June 25, 2019 - 2:50 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — A conservative American cardinal has distanced himself from former White House adviser Steve Bannon and severed ties with a Bannon-linked institute that wants to train future populist leaders in Italy. Cardinal Raymond Burke said in a statement on Tuesday that he was stepping...
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Archbishop Elpidophoros stands at his throne on the altar inside the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity during his enthronement ceremony as the new archbishop for America, Saturday June 22, 2019, in New York. Elpidophoros Lambriniadis, 61, a native of Istanbul and a longtime theology professor in Greece, was enthroned as archbishop in an elaborate ceremony. Many Greek Americans from across the U.S. came to New York for the event. (AP Photo/Julius Motal)
June 22, 2019 - 3:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Greek Orthodox church of the United States, a far-flung denomination of 1.5-million members, on Saturday installed its first new leader in 20 years — a lifelong European whose top priority is completing construction of a shrine in New York City linked to the Sept. 11 attacks...
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June 21, 2019 - 6:47 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 400 claims have been filed against New Mexico's largest and oldest Roman Catholic diocese as part of a pending bankruptcy case that stems from the clergy sex abuse scandal, church officials announced Friday. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe reported that 395 people filed...
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June 21, 2019 - 12:22 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican office that handles clergy sex abuse is looking for help to process what a top official says is a steady stream of cases that arrive every day from around the world. Monsignor John Kennedy, head of the discipline section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the...
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In this Wednesday, March 15, 2017 file photo, a worker fixes roof on Holy Sunday church in the 'Tsar's Village' complex near Sveti Stefan peninsula in Montenegro. A Serb official has branded Montenegro a "criminal" state and threatened a "fierce" response over the neighboring country's plans to introduce a church law. The draft law calls for all religious communities in Montenegro to provide proof that they owned their property before 1918 when the small Adriatic state lost its independence and became part of the Serb-dominated Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. If they don't, the property becomes state owned. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
June 19, 2019 - 1:23 pm
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian government official on Wednesday branded Montenegro a "criminal" state and urged a "fierce" response over the neighboring country's plans to introduce a new church law that has strained relations between the two former Balkan allies. The Montenegrin draft church...
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