Roman Catholicism

A man tries for a selfie with Pope Francis as he arrives in Saint Alexander Nevsky Square in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sunday, May 5, 2019. Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
May 05, 2019 - 6:45 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Pope Francis urged Bulgarians on Sunday to open their hearts and homes to migrants, arguing that a country like Bulgaria, which is losing so much of its population to emigration, should well understand the forces that drive people to leave their native lands. As he arrived in...
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Pope Francis smiles as he gets to Alexander Nevsky square in Sofia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
May 05, 2019 - 6:23 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Bulgaria (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Pope Francis is seeking to build new paths of dialogue with the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, noting Christianity's shared history of martyrdom and mission. Francis met Sunday with Patriarch Neofit at the...
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May 03, 2019 - 10:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California attorney general's office will review how all 12 Roman Catholic dioceses in the state handled allegations of child sexual abuse that have resulted in payouts of hundreds of millions of dollars to victims. Attorney General Xavier Becerra sent out letters to the...
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May 03, 2019 - 9:33 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California reviewing how Catholic dioceses handled sex-abuse allegations (all times local): 6:30 p.m. The California attorney general's office will review how all 12 Roman Catholic dioceses in the state handled allegations of child sex abuse. A spokesman for the...
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Sister Carmen Sammut, leader of the International Union of Superiors General, left, is flanked by Vatican's spokesperson Alessandro Gisotti, as they arrive for a press conference at the Vatican, Thursday, May 2, 2019. Sammut says religious sisters are increasingly speaking out about sexual and other forms of abuse by clergy and says their superiors must be better trained to understand the problem and respond. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 02, 2019 - 11:11 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The head of the international umbrella group of nuns said Thursday that religious sisters are increasingly speaking out about sexual and other forms of abuse by clergy, but that their superiors must be better trained to understand the problem and respond. Maltese Sister Carmen...
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2016 file photo a man walks in the St.Katharinen church in Frankfurt, Germany. A study predicts that Germany’s two main Christian churches will lose millions of members over the coming decades and have to tighten their financial belts as a result. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
May 02, 2019 - 9:09 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's two main Christian churches will lose millions of members over the coming decades and will have to tighten their financial belts as a result, according to a study published Thursday. Researchers at the University of Freiburg predict that the combined membership of the German...
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May 02, 2019 - 8:18 am
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse has paid nearly $11 million to settle claims of clergy sexual abuse with 79 people, who are now prohibited from suing. The Post-Standard reports 85 of the 88 people who had applied to the Independent Reconciliation Compensation Program...
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Relatives of Sri Lankan couple Rohan Marselas Wimanna and Mary Noman Shanthi, who were killed in Easter Sunday bomb blasts pray at their residence on the seventh day of mourning in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 28, 2019. Sri Lanka's Catholics celebrated Sunday Mass in their homes by a televised broadcast as churches across the island nation shut over fears of militant attacks, a week after the Islamic State-claimed Easter suicide bombings killed over 250 people. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
April 29, 2019 - 3:23 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Catholic church in Sri Lanka said Tuesday that the government should crack down on Islamists with more vigor "as if on war footing" in the aftermath of the Easter bombings. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, said the church may not be able to stop...
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Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland's conservative ruling party, takes part in a Polish tradition of taking a basket to church for a blessing in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, April 20, 2019.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
April 25, 2019 - 4:28 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The chairman of Poland's conservative ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has called the LGBT rights movement a foreign import that threatens the Polish nation. Kaczynski, a member of parliament who wields tremendous influence as leader of the Law and Justice party, also said...
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Marc Lamparello, 37, center, is escorted out of a police precinct in New York, Thursday, April 18, 2019. Police say Lamparello was arrested after entering St. Patrick's Cathedral last week in New York with two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters. Lamparello made his initial court appearance from a hospital. The judge ordered him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
April 24, 2019 - 2:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a college philosophy teacher accused of taking gas cans and lighters into Manhattan's St. Patrick's Cathedral last week had also booked a hotel near the Vatican but the attorney for the man says it was all part of a psychotic episode. Details about Marc Lamparello's...
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