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Migrants aboard the Italian Coast Guard ship Diciotti gather on the deck as they await decisions in the port of Catania, Italy, Friday, Aug. 24 2018. An Italian lawmaker says rescued migrants stuck aboard an Italian coast guard ship are starting a hunger strike. Rescued on Aug. 16 in the Mediterranean Sea, 150 migrants are still on the ship after minors and the sick were allowed off in recent days. (Orietta Scardino/ANSA via AP)
August 25, 2018 - 5:58 pm
ROME (AP) — Catholic bishops, tiny Albania and Ireland agreed to take the 140 migrants blocked aboard an Italian coast guard vessel, Premier Giuseppe Conte said Saturday, announcing the end of 10-day standoff over the asylum-seekers but making clear an angry Italy could avenge a perceived lack of...
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Pope Francis waves from a car as he leaves Dublin Castle at the end of his meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. Pope Francis is on a two-day visit to Ireland. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
August 25, 2018 - 3:09 pm
DUBLIN (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Ireland (all times local): 7:20 p.m. The Vatican says Pope Francis has met with eight survivors of clerical and institutional abuse on the first day of his trip to Ireland, which is ground zero for the Catholic Church's abuse scandal. Vatican...
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The Book of Mormon is shown Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, Salt Lake City. Sheraton, Westin and other Starwood hotels are finding their religion. Marriott International, which bought Starwood two years ago, has begun putting copies of the Bible and the Book of Mormon in Sheratons, Westins and other hotels in the Starwood family. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
August 25, 2018 - 10:06 am
Sheraton, Westin and other Starwood hotels are finding their religion. Marriott International, which bought Starwood two years ago, has begun putting copies of the Bible and the Book of Mormon in the recently-acquired hotels. By year's end, it expects to place the books in 300,000 rooms. Marriott,...
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August 24, 2018 - 1:59 pm
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The pastor of a Roman Catholic church in Connecticut has resigned amid allegations that he violated church policies on contact with children, although diocesan officials stress he is not accused of sexual misconduct. The Diocese of Bridgepoint announced Friday that the Rev...
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New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with daughters, Abigail, second from right, and Lily, second from left, and wife Jenny after being sworn in at Government House, Canberra, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Treasurer Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. (AP Photo/Andrew Taylor)
August 24, 2018 - 5:48 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's next prime minister, Scott Morrison, is seen by some as an incongruous mix of a committed Christian who made his name through ratcheting up a refugee policy that many church groups have condemned as inhumane. Some also find his politics confusing — he started...
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August 23, 2018 - 11:58 am
DUBLIN (AP) — One of the Catholic Church's leading advocates for gays has told a Vatican-sponsored conference that LGBT Catholics deserve to be loved, listened to and welcomed by the church and not ostracized and condemned. The Rev. James Martin gave a presentation Thursday at the church's World...
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August 22, 2018 - 5:20 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The leader of the world's largest Roman Catholic fraternal group is condemning clergy sex abuse and calling for reforms in the church, including a renewed commitment to celibacy by priests. Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the New Haven, Connecticut-based Knights of Columbus...
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August 22, 2018 - 1:15 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In an Aug. 21 story about a young black girl asked to leave school because of her hair extensions, The Associated Press headline erroneously said that she had been expelled. She was not expelled from the school. The Archdiocese of New Orleans school superintendent says she...
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August 21, 2018 - 12:57 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Roman Catholic university in Pennsylvania plans to remove the names of three bishops from campus buildings, saying it is acting in solidarity with victims of child sexual abuse following the release of a grand jury report accusing church leaders of helping cover up decades...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 file photo, Pope Francis prays for the victims of the Kerala floods during the Angelus noon prayer in St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican. Pope Francis has issued a letter to Catholics around the world condemning the "crime" of priestly sexual abuse and cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
August 21, 2018 - 7:59 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis is expected to meet with victims of sexual abuse during his weekend visit to Ireland and speak out about the problem. Spokesman Greg Burke effectively confirmed the meeting during a briefing Tuesday. He said Francis always meets with victims when he...
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