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Robert Hoatson, of West Orange, N.J., holds protest signs outside of a hotel hosting the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
November 14, 2018 - 9:06 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. Catholic bishops made clear their frustrations Wednesday as a national assembly focused on clergy sex-abuse neared its conclusion without strong new steps to combat the multifaceted crisis. Avoiding any direct confrontation with the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 filer, a 21 meters (69 feet) high Christmas tree coming from Poland and a Nativity Scene are backdropped by St. Peter's Basilica after being lit in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Sand castles are coming to the Vatican. The Vatican said Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 its Christmas Nativity scene this year will be built from sand and sculpted by an international set of artists. About 700 tons of sand will be shipped to St. Peter's Square for the sculpture, which along with a giant tree, will become the centerpiece of the Vatican's Christmastime decorations. The first phase of construction begins Saturday with the forming of a giant pyramid of sand in the square, from which blocks of pressed sand will be made. Four sculptors from the U.S., Russia, the Netherlands and Czech Republic, will then carve out the various figures, which will be formally unveiled Dec. 7. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Files)
November 14, 2018 - 2:12 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Sand castles are coming to the Vatican. The Vatican said Wednesday its Nativity scene this year will be built from sand and sculpted by an international set of artists. About 700 tons of sand will be shipped to St. Peter's Square for the sculpture, which will be the centerpiece...
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November 14, 2018 - 5:22 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is denouncing gossip as a form of "terrorism" and is warning the faithful against telling lies. Francis explored the Catholic commandment against "bearing false witness" during his Wednesday general audience. He warned the faithful in a chilly St. Peter's Square...
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Pope Francis waves as he arrives to recite the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
November 13, 2018 - 8:43 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is giving a prominent new role to the Vatican's most trusted sex crimes investigator in a sign that he's looking to improve the Holy See's response to abuse at a time when the church and papacy are facing a credibility crisis. Francis on Tuesday named Archbishop...
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November 13, 2018 - 6:11 am
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A leader of the Cameroon church school where 79 students and three staff were abducted in the country's troubled northwest more than a week ago says the principal and all remaining students and staff have been released. Fonki Samuel Forba, moderator of the Presbyterian...
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Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, prepares to lead the USCCB's annual fall meeting, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
November 12, 2018 - 7:38 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — At the Vatican's insistence, U.S. Catholic bishops abruptly postponed plans Monday to vote on proposed new steps to address the clergy sex abuse crisis roiling the church. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said...
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November 12, 2018 - 2:28 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An Episcopal bishop in upstate New York says the church has been "hijacked by the 'Gay Rights Agenda'" in a directive barring same-sex marriages in his diocese. The pastoral directive from The Rev. William Love, who is based in Albany, New York, highlights lingering opposition...
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In this photo taken Nov. 6, 2018, the 18th century Saint Andrew's Church in Kiev, Ukraine. The Ukrainian parliament has approved a bill to hand over St. Andrew's Church to Constantinople Ecumenical Patriarchate for service, religious rites, and ceremonies. The bill entered into force Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said that the transfer of St. Andrew's Church to Constantinople is another step towards the main goal of obtaining Tomos on autocephaly of the Ukrainian church. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
November 10, 2018 - 8:19 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine has turned over one of the most famous Orthodox churches in the capital for permanent use by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The law transferring the use of St. Andrew's Church went into effect on Saturday. The move comes after the patriarchate, whose leader is...
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FILE - In this March 30, 2018, file photo, a Pakistani Christian woman prays during a Good Friday service at a church in Islamabad, Pakistan. The uproar surrounding Aasia Bibi _ a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted of blasphemy charges and released from death row but remains in isolation for her protection _ has drawn attention to the plight of the country's Christians.The minority, among Pakistan's poorest, has faced an increasingly intolerant atmosphere in this Muslim-majority nation where radical religious and sectarian groups have become more prominent in recent years. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)
November 09, 2018 - 8:20 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The uproar surrounding Aasia Bibi — a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted of blasphemy charges and released from death row but remains at a secret location for her protection — has drawn attention to the plight of the country's Christians. The minority, among Pakistan's...
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November 08, 2018 - 9:39 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has decreed that an American religious brother, James Miller, was killed out of hatred for the Catholic faith during Guatemala's civil war and can be beatified. The Vatican said Thursday that Francis approved a decree recognizing that Miller died as a martyr Feb. 13...
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