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People gather in St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. A top Vatican cardinal issued a scathing rebuke Sunday of the ambassador who accused Pope Francis of covering up the sexual misconduct of a prominent American cardinal, saying his claims were false, "blasphemous" and demanding that he repent. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
October 07, 2018 - 12:38 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — A top Vatican cardinal issued a scathing rebuke Sunday of the ambassador who accused Pope Francis of covering up the sexual misconduct of a prominent American cardinal, saying his claims were a "blasphemous" political hit job. Six weeks after Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano threw...
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Pastor Lucky Malonda leads a Christian service inside a church at the earthquake and tsunami-hit town of Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. Christians dressed in their tidiest clothes flocked to Sunday sermons in the earthquake and tsunami damaged Indonesian city of Palu, hoping for answers to the double tragedy that inflicted deep trauma on their community. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
October 07, 2018 - 6:53 am
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Christians dressed in their tidiest clothes flocked to Sunday sermons in the earthquake and tsunami damaged Indonesian city of Palu, seeking answers as the death toll from the twin disasters breached 1,700 and officials said they feared more than 5,000 others could be missing...
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Head of the Romanian Orthodox church Patriarch Daniel exits a voting booth in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Two days of voting on a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage has started in Romania. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
October 07, 2018 - 2:30 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanians are voting for a second day on a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage. The Central Electoral Bureau said 5.72 percent of voters had cast a ballot Saturday in the two-day referendum. The vote requires a 30 percent...
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October 06, 2018 - 11:15 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormons will start spending less time at church each Sunday — two hours instead of three — after a change announced Saturday aimed at making worship more manageable for members around the globe. The switch, which takes effect in January, is a significant one for Mormons, who...
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russell M. Nelson speaks during the twice-annual church conference Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Mormon leaders delivered spiritual guidance and church news as the faith's conference kicks off in Salt Lake City one day after the faith announced it was renaming the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir to drop the word Mormon. The decision to rename the singing group the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square was the first major move since church president Nelson in August called for an end to the use of shorthand names for the religion that have been used for generations by church members and the public.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
October 06, 2018 - 1:42 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on Mormon conference in Salt Lake City (all times local): 11:30 a.m. The Mormon church is scaling back the Sunday time commitment expected of its members from three hours to two. Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,...
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Pope Francis prays in front of an icon of the Virgin and baby Jesus during an audience with pilgrims from Slovakia in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
October 06, 2018 - 10:28 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has authorized a "thorough study" of Vatican archives into how a prominent American cardinal advanced through church ranks despite allegations that he slept with seminarians and young priests, the Vatican said Saturday. The Vatican said it was aware that such an...
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Head of the Romanian Orthodox church Patriarch Daniel exits a voting booth in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Two days of voting on a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage has started in Romania. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
October 06, 2018 - 4:18 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanians have begun two days of voting on a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage. A conservative group initiated the referendum being held on Saturday and Sunday, and the influential Romanian Orthodox Church is backing it. The...
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Pope Francis waves prior to reciting the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
October 01, 2018 - 6:51 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Two bishops from China are coming to the Vatican this week for a global meeting of bishops in the first tangible sign of the breakthrough deal between the Vatican and Beijing over bishop nominations. The Vatican confirmed Monday that Bishops Guo Jincai of Chengde and Yang...
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A man holds a family picture retrieved from a damaged house following a massive earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. Rescuers were scrambling Sunday to try to find trapped victims in collapsed buildings where voices could be heard screaming for help after a massive earthquake in Indonesia spawned a deadly tsunami two days ago. (AP Photo/Rifki)
September 30, 2018 - 6:37 am
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on a powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit Indonesia (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Pope Francis has led the faithful in prayer for the people of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi hit by a strong earthquake and tsunami. The pope offered a prayer after the...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, file photo, Pope Francis delivers his message during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. The former Vatican ambassador who accused three popes and their advisers of covering up for a disgraced American ex-cardinal has denounced Pope Francis' refusal to directly respond to his claims and challenged the Vatican to say what it knows about the scandal. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
September 29, 2018 - 6:46 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is asking for daily prayers to protect the Catholic Church from what he says are "attacks by the devil," in his latest response to the clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal roiling his papacy. A Vatican statement Saturday appeared to be an indirect response to...
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