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A church member prays during the Sunday mass at the Roman Catholic Church in Harare, Zimbabwe, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, a church that Robert Mugabe regularly attended. Days of official mourning have begun in Zimbabwe for Robert Mugabe, who had become a national hero despite decades of rule that left the country struggling. Mugabe, an ex-guerrilla chief who took power in 1980 when Zimbabwe shook off white minority rule and presided for decades while economic turmoil and human rights violations eroded its early promise, died Friday at a hospital in Singapore. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
September 08, 2019 - 11:04 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe is expected to be buried next Sunday, state media reported. Mugabe, an ex-guerrilla leader who became the southern African country's first leader following independence from white minority rule in 1980 and held on to power until he was...
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Pope Francis reads his message during a prayer for workers at the Mahatzana work yard, Madagascar, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. Pope Francis is in Madagascar for the second leg of his weeklong trip to Africa. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 08, 2019 - 10:20 am
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Pope Francis insisted Sunday that poverty isn't inevitable and that the poor deserve the dignity of work as he visited a rock quarry in Madagascar where hundreds of people toil rather than scavenge in the capital's biggest dump. Francis appealed for new development...
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Pope Francis holds his skull cap in the Soamandrakizay esplanade as he celebrates a vigil with youth in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. Francis is in Madagascar for the second leg of his weeklong trip to Africa. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 07, 2019 - 12:25 pm
ANTANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the illegal logging and exploitation of Madagascar's unique natural resources on Saturday as he opened a visit to the Indian Ocean nation by urging the government to fight the corruption that is ravaging the island's ecosystem and keeping its...
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September 06, 2019 - 5:27 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee priest who banned Harry Potter books from a Catholic school's library was accused by parents of causing their children psychological and spiritual harm. The Tennessean obtained a 2017 letter from 14 St. Edward Catholic School parents, urging the Nashville diocese...
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Pope Francis arrives at Zimpeto Stadium where he will celebrate a Holy Mass, in Maputo, Mozambique, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. He flies later Friday to Madagascar for the second leg of his weeklong trip to Africa.(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 06, 2019 - 3:26 am
MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Pope Francis wrapped up his visit to Mozambique on Friday by consoling HIV-infected mothers and children and denouncing the rampant corruption that has helped make the southern African nation one of the world's poorest countries. Francis received a raucous welcome at both...
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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013, file photo, a photo of Rev. Robert Brennan, right, is displayed during a news conference in Philadelphia, where attorneys for the family of Sean McIlmail, an alleged priest-abuse victim, announced a wrongful death lawsuit against Roman Catholic church officials. McIlmail claimed Brennan abused him for years, beginning at age 11. Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia have charged Brennan, a former Roman Catholic priest with lying to the FBI about whether he knew the accuser and his family. Authorities say Brennan was arrested in Maryland and is expected to be arraigned Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
September 05, 2019 - 12:31 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors filed their first charges Thursday in a sweeping investigation of child sexual abuse by clerics in Pennsylvania, accusing a former Roman Catholic priest of lying to the FBI about whether he knew an accuser and his family. Robert Brennan, 81, was arrested in...
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Pope Francis delivers his message as religious leader Aminuddin M.Ibrahim, sitting at right, listens during an inter-religious meeting at the Pavillon Maxaquene stadium, in Maputo, Mozambique, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. Francis praised Mozambique's president and opposition leader Thursday for their courage in signing a landmark new peace accord, as he opened a visit to the southern African nation by calling for a future where reconciliation, hope and sustainable development become "weapons of peace." (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 05, 2019 - 7:56 am
MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Pope Francis praised Mozambique's president and opposition leader Thursday for their courage in signing a landmark new peace accord, as he opened a visit to the southern African nation by calling for a future where reconciliation, hope and sustainable development become "...
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September 04, 2019 - 3:58 pm
DENVER (AP) — After watching his mother die slowly when he stopped her medication, Neil Mahoney knew he wanted the option of ending his own life peacefully when a doctor told him in July that he had months to live after being diagnosed with cancer. A physician was willing to help him do that under...
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Pope Francis waves as he boards an aircraft on his way to Maputo, Mozambique, in Rome's Fiumicino International airport, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Pope Francis heads this week to the southern African nations of Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius, visiting some of the world's poorest countries in a region hard hit by some of his biggest concerns: conflict, corruption and climate change. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
September 04, 2019 - 3:13 pm
MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Pope Francis opened a three-nation pilgrimage to southern Africa on Wednesday with a strategic visit to Mozambique, just weeks after the country's ruling party and armed opposition signed a new peace deal and weeks before national elections. Thirty years after St. John...
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Pope Francis is greeted by a flight attendant as he boards his flight to Maputo, Mozambique, in Rome's Fiumicino International airport, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Pope Francis heads this week to the southern African nations of Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius, visiting some of the world's poorest countries in a region hard hit by some of his biggest concerns: conflict, corruption, and climate change. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
September 04, 2019 - 12:01 pm
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis acknowledged his growing opposition within the conservative right-wing of the U.S. Catholic Church and said in off-hand remarks aboard the papal plane Wednesday it is "an honor if the Americans attack me." Francis commented on critics of his papacy when he...
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