Christianity

Pope Francis wipes his nose as he celebrates the Ash Wednesday Mass opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for Christians before Holy Week and Easter, in the Santa Sabina Basilica, in Rome, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Pope Francis celebrated the Ash Wednesday ritual kicking off the Catholic Church's Lenten season in traditional fashion, while other Masses in northern Italy were canceled over fears of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
February 27, 2020 - 5:18 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is sick and skipped a planned Mass with Rome clergy across town on Thursday, officials said. The Vatican said the 83-year-old pontiff had a “slight indisposition" and would proceed with the rest of his planned work on Thursday. But Francis “preferred to stay near...
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Workers disinfect subway trains against coronavirus in Tehran, Iran, in the early morning of Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Iran's government said Tuesday that more than a dozen people had died nationwide from the new coronavirus, rejecting claims of a much higher death toll of 50 by a lawmaker from the city of Qom that has been at the epicenter of the virus in the country. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
February 26, 2020 - 6:34 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Crews scrubbed everything from money to buses, military bases were on high alert and quarantines were enforced Wednesday from a beachfront resort in the Atlantic to a remote island in the Pacific, as the world worked to halt the fast-spreading virus that for the first time...
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Pope Francis kisses a child in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican before leaving after his weekly general audience, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
February 26, 2020 - 4:07 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated the Ash Wednesday ritual that marks the opening of the Catholic Church's Lenten season in traditional fashion while greeting the public in Rome as other Masses were canceled in northern Italy over fears of the coronavirus outbreak. Francis and a long line...
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Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg marches with demonstrators calling for a union and $15 minimum wage at McDonald's, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
February 24, 2020 - 11:24 pm
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina state Sen. Gerald Malloy is fine with a gay presidential candidate like Pete Buttigieg. His older male relatives are not — and that may be the defining challenge of Buttigieg's campaign. As Buttigieg tries to sustain his early success in Iowa and New Hampshire, he...
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A policeman wearing a sanitary masks controls with a metal detector a reveler in Venice, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Italian authorities have announced they are shutting down Venice's famed carnival events in a bid to stop the spread of the novel virus, as numbers of infected persons in the country have soared to at least 133, the largest amount of cases outside Asia. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)
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February 23, 2020 - 5:02 pm
CODOGNO, Italy (AP) — Italy scrambled Sunday to check the spread of Europe's first major outbreak of the new viral disease amid rapidly rising numbers of infections and a third death, calling off the popular Venice Carnival, scrapping major league soccer matches in the stricken area and shuttering...
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Jury selection began Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 in the trial of Jeremy Christian, accused of killing two men and slashing another in 2017 on a Portland, Oregon, MAX train after they confronted Christian while he was shouting racist slurs at two teenage girls. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)
February 21, 2020 - 7:53 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man accused of fatally stabbing two people who prosecutors say tried to stop his racist tirade against two young black women on a Portland, Oregon, commuter train was convicted of murder Friday after an emotional trial that featured testimony from both women and the sole...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 file photo, New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson waves to the crowd before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints in Atlanta. Benson, who inherited the team following her husband Tom Benson's 2018 death, said the team's senior vice president of communications advised Archbishop Gregory Aymond to be “honest, complete and transparent” about clergy abuse. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
February 20, 2020 - 3:52 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An attorney for New Orleans' Roman Catholic archdiocese Thursday strongly defended the New Orleans Saints' behind-the-scenes help in dealing with the clergy sex abuse crisis, saying the legal effort to release hundreds of confidential emails between them is aimed at trying to...
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Deaf survivors of clerical sexual abuse from left, Ezequiel Villalonga, Daniel Oscar Sgardelis, and Claudia Labeguerie, answers reporter's questions at the Foreign Press Association in Rome, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. On Wednesday, they had a string of meetings with United Nations human rights officials in Geneva, hoping to build pressure on the Vatican, and Pope Francis himself, to come clean about the crimes committed against them, one year after Pope Francis' summit on clergy abuse. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
February 20, 2020 - 1:42 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Survivors of church sex abuse have descended on Rome this week, marking the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ summit of church leaders on preventing abuse with calls for more accountability and acknowledgment of their pain. On Thursday, three deaf Argentines marched to St...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Sept. 1945, Pope Pius XII, wearing the ring of St. Peter, raises his right hand in a papal blessing at the Vatican. The Vatican’s chief librarian and archivists said Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 that all researchers _ regardless of nationality, faith and ideology _ were welcome to request access to the soon-to-open Vatican’s apostolic library on Pope Pius XII starting March 2. (AP Photo, File)
February 20, 2020 - 9:33 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — More than 150 historians and researchers have signed up to access the soon-to-open Vatican archives of Pope Pius XII, evidence of the intense scholarly interest into the World War II-era pope and his record during the Holocaust, officials said Thursday. Cardinal José Tolentino...
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A bar tender prepares an espresso coffee inside the Bar Nilo where a makeshift shrine of soccer legend and former Napoli player Diego Armando Maradona is displayed, in downtown Naples, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Maradona achieved some of his most memorable exploits and in Naples is still revered with god-like status. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
February 20, 2020 - 6:04 am
NAPLES, Italy (AP) — When Lionel Messi climbs up the steps from the moat surrounding the field at the San Paolo Stadium on Tuesday and emerges into the Champions League spotlight, he’ll be stepping onto sacred ground. The ground where fellow Argentina great Diego Maradona achieved some of his most...
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