Christianity

October 03, 2019 - 3:11 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday named one of Italy’s leading anti-Mafia prosecutors as president of the Vatican’s criminal tribunal, just as a new scandal erupted over alleged financial wrongdoing in the heart of the Holy See. The appointment of Giuseppe Pignatone came two days after...
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Worshippers attend a prayer ceremony known as the "celebration of the word" led by Antelmo Pereira at the Catholic church in Santa Rosa, Brazil, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. In remote Amazonian communities that are only accessible by boat, villagers can go for months without sacraments that only priests are allowed to deliver - including Mass and confessions, and the faithful have to depend on missionaries such as Pereira that are only allowed to lead prayer ceremonies. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
October 03, 2019 - 11:23 am
SANTA ROSA, Brazil (AP) — More than 100 bishops from South American countries are convening Sunday in Rome to address concerns in the Amazon region, especially for indigenous people. One item on the synod’s agenda is a proposal to study the possibility of priestly ordination for married men who...
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Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, speaks during a press conference announcing a Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region, at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. The meeting, which opens on Oct. 6, will discuss social and environmental problems faced by the inhabitants of the Amazon, including the increasing rate of deforestation in the region. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
October 03, 2019 - 7:35 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Organizers of a Vatican meeting on the Amazon defended plans to introduce debate on married priests, saying Thursday the proposal represents the “the voice of the local church” and isn’t an official proposal of the pope. Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri acknowledged the Oct. 6-27...
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United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo waves as he walks with his wife Susan, left, and Mayor of Pacentro, Guido Angelilli, on the occasion of his visit to Pacentro, central Italy, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. On his last day of his three-day trip to Italy, Pompeo visited the town in the region of Abruzzo where his father's family comes from and where he says he still has distant relatives. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
October 03, 2019 - 6:41 am
ROME (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met privately with Pope Francis and visited his ancestral home in southern Italy on Thursday as the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump roiled Washington. On a day when a former special envoy for Ukraine was due to be interviewed in the...
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October 01, 2019 - 8:14 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Bosnia to remove a Serbian Orthodox church that it says was illegally built on land owned by a Bosnian Muslim war widow after she and her family were forced to flee their village during the country's 1992-95 war...
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September 30, 2019 - 9:18 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met privately Monday with an American Jesuit who has been attacked by conservative U.S. Catholics for reaching out to gays, the latest evidence of Francis' willingness to shrug off right-wing criticism for the sake of his pastoral priorities. The Vatican listed the...
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Yemeni Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdullah al-Hadrami addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeenah Moon)
September 28, 2019 - 7:59 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders (all times local): 9 p.m. Yemen's new foreign minister is vowing that the government will "end any attempt to tear apart our homeland." He's sharply criticizing Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who control...
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September 28, 2019 - 7:54 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The last victim compensation funds at Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses are closing as lawmakers plunge back into a years-old fight over whether to let long-ago victims of child sexual abuse sue perpetrators and institutions. It's more than a year after a landmark grand...
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September 26, 2019 - 8:21 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Religious-based adoption agencies that contract with the state of Michigan will be allowed to refuse to place children in LGBT homes under a preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge Thursday. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids blocked Democratic state...
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Pope Francis greets nuns during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
September 26, 2019 - 2:06 pm
ROME (AP) — A Togolese nun has successfully defended a first-ever dissertation at a Vatican-sanctioned university on the sexual abuse of nuns by priests — the latest evidence of a problem confronting the Catholic Church in the #MeToo era. Sister Makamatine Lembo was awarded summa cum laude at her...
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