Roman Catholicism

FILE--In this Feb. 19, 2013 photo, a food preparer applies sherry to muskrat meat prior to the annual Muskrat Dinner at the Monroe Boat Club in Monroe, Mich. Roman Catholics are obligated to abstain from eating meat on Fridays as part of their Lenten penance. Except in the Detroit area, that is, where the faithful are free to dine on a certain rodent. The Archdiocese of Detroit says "there is a long-standing permission," dating to the region's missionary history in the 1700s, "to permit the consumption of muskrat on days of abstinence, including Fridays of Lent."(AP Photo/Mike Householder, File)
April 16, 2019 - 12:56 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit-area Roman Catholics have one more dining option during Lent than most other followers of the faith. The culinary appeal of that item, however, is up for debate. A long-standing permission allows local Catholics to eat muskrat — a furry, marsh-dwelling rodent native to the...
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People pray as Notre Dame cathedral is burning in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris' soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
April 16, 2019 - 12:47 am
PARIS (AP) — Some kneeled, some folded their hands to make silent entreaties. Others sang with their eyes focused on the sky that had gone from blue to yellow and orange, and filled with acrid smoke. In an impromptu act of togetherness and hope, Parisians and visitors to France's charismatic...
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Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
April 15, 2019 - 5:10 pm
PARIS (AP) — A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris' soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below. The blaze...
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Pope Francis holds a palm frond as he celebrates a Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
April 14, 2019 - 6:35 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis warned against being judgmental and too full of oneself, including authorities in the Catholic church, in his Palm Sunday homily during Mass in St. Peter's Square, which was crowded with tens of thousands of pilgrims, tourists and Romans. The day ushers in Holy Week...
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April 12, 2019 - 3:15 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed legislation making New Jersey the seventh state to enact a law permitting terminally ill patients to seek life-ending medication. New Jersey will join six other states and the District of Columbia that have similar laws once it goes into effect...
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Pope Francis kneels to kiss the feet of South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit, at the Vatican, Thursday, April 11, 2019. Pope Francis has closed a two-day retreat with South Sudan authorities at the Vatican with an unprecedented act of respect, kneeling down and kissing the feet of the African leaders. (Vatican Media via AP)
April 11, 2019 - 4:58 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis knelt and kissed the feet of South Sudan's rival leaders Thursday, in an unprecedented act of humbleness to encourage them to strengthen the African country's faltering peace process. At the close a two-day retreat in the Vatican for the African leaders, the pope...
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April 10, 2019 - 5:46 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has invited South Sudan's president and opposition leader for a two-day spiritual retreat meant to foster peace and build confidence in a fragile peace deal after the country's five-year civil war. South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar was traveling Wednesday...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2018 file photo, bishop of the Indian city of Jalandhar, Franco Mulakkal, center, leaves after being questioned by police in Kochi, India. Indian authorities charged the Roman Catholic bishop on Tuesday with repeatedly raping a nun in her rural convent, a case that helped make the sexual abuse of nuns a major issue in the church. (AP Photo/Prakash Elamakkara, File)
April 09, 2019 - 6:08 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities charged a Roman Catholic bishop on Tuesday with repeatedly raping a nun in her rural convent, a case that helped make the sexual abuse of nuns a major issue in the church. Bishop Franco Mulakkal was charged with rape, illegal confinement and intimidation, said...
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Two women pray in front a container bearing the heart of St. John Vianney Saturday, April 6, 2019 at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. The 150-year-old heart of the French priest is being toured throughout the United States. The tradition of venerating the body parts of saintly Catholics goes back to the Middle Ages in Italy. (AP Photo/Julie Walker)
April 06, 2019 - 6:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The 150-year-old heart of a French priest is on a U.S. tour — a Roman Catholic relic with New York City as its latest stop. It was on display Saturday at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue, where both the faithful and the curious lined up to see the human organ behind glass...
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FILE - In this March 3, 2017 file photo, Monsignor Michael Byrnes poses for a photo in front of his residence in Hagatna, Guam. The Vatican officially named Byrnes as Guam's archbishop on Saturday, April 6, 2019, following the definitive sex abuse verdict against his predecessor. (AP Photo/Grace Garces Bordallo, File)
April 06, 2019 - 6:48 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has formally named Monsignor Michael Byrnes as Guam's archbishop following the definitive sex abuse verdict against his predecessor. Byrnes in 2016 had been named coadjutor bishop for the U.S. Pacific island territory, giving him the right of succession after...
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