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Pope Francis wears a safety helmet as he arrives to visit the earthquake damaged Cathedral of Camerino, Italy, Sunday, June 16, 2019. The pontiff will be celebrating mass in front of the cathedral that was heavily damaged by the 2016 earthquake that hit the central Italian Marche region. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
June 16, 2019 - 7:30 am
CAMERINO, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis donned a white firefighter's safety helmet Sunday to enter a damaged cathedral during a visit to central Italy, where he gave encouragement to people still struggling three years after devastating earthquakes struck. Francis traveled to the town of Camerino,...
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The Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit, second left, leads the first mass in a side chapel, two months after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, Saturday June 15, 2019, in Paris. (Karine Perret, Pool via AP)
June 15, 2019 - 4:20 pm
PARIS (AP) — The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15th fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire. Exactly two...
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Activists hold up signs outside the Vatican as Pope Francis meets with oil executives, Friday, June 14, 2019. The meeting marked the second year that Francis has invited oil and financial sector executives to the Vatican to impress upon them his concern that preserving God’s creation is one of the fundamental challenges facing humankind today. (Claudio Peri/ANSA via AP)
June 14, 2019 - 9:55 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Some of the world's major oil producers committed Friday to supporting "economically meaningful" carbon pricing regimes after a Vatican climate summit and a personal appeal from Pope Francis to avoid "perpetrating a brutal act of injustice" against the poor and future...
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FILE - In this Thursday, May 9, 2019 file photo, Malta's Archbishop Charles Scicluna talks to journalists during a press conference at the Vatican's press room, Rome. The Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, is meeting Poland's Catholic bishops to share his experience in tracking crimes, after the Polish church admitted knowledge of hundreds of cases of abuse of minors by priests. Scicluna is attending the bishops' plenary session Friday, June 14 in Walbrzych, southwestern Poland, at the Episcopate's invitation. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)
June 14, 2019 - 7:05 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, met with Poland's Catholic bishops on Friday to share his experience in tracking crimes, after the Polish church admitted knowing about hundreds of cases over the years where priests abused minors. Scicluna...
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June 14, 2019 - 6:32 am
BERLIN (AP) — A German court has lifted a city's ban on the burkini, an all-encompassing swimsuit used by some Muslim women. Wearing the garments in municipal pools in the western city of Koblenz was forbidden at the beginning of this year after the local council narrowly approved a ban. Officials...
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In this courtroom drawing, Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques on March 15, 2019 appears via video link at the Christchurch District Court, from the maximum security prison in Auckland where he's being held, Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, June 14, 2019. Tarrant pleaded not guilty to all the charges filed against him. (AP Photo/Stephanie McEwin)
June 14, 2019 - 2:16 am
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The man accused of the New Zealand mosque attacks smirked as his lawyer entered not guilty pleas to terrorism, murder and attempted murder charges Friday before a judge who set his trial for next May. The courtroom was filled with 80 survivors and family members of...
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FILE: In this June 1, 2019 file photo, Saudi King Salman chairs the Islamic Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. May 31 and June 1 Salman hosts three high-level summits in Mecca, drawing heads of state from across the Middle East and Muslim countries to present a unified Muslim and Arab position on Iran. The monarch called on the international community to use all means to confront Iran and accuses the Shiite power of being behind "terrorist operations" that targeted Saudi oil interests. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
June 13, 2019 - 6:46 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Iran's U.N. Mission says the government "categorically rejects" the U.S. claim that it was responsible for the latest incidents against oil tankers...
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FILE - In this March 27, 2019 file photo, a woman receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., north of New York City. On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, federal health officials updated the U.S. measles case count, saying 1,001 illnesses have been reported since the beginning of the year. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
June 13, 2019 - 5:43 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York eliminated a religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, following a trend of states trying to clamp down on opt-outs in the face of its worst measles outbreak in decades . The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly voted Thursday to repeal the...
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June 13, 2019 - 7:24 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has demanded obedience from Vatican ambassadors and reminded them of their duties before him, God and the faithful after years of scandal have tarnished the reputation of the Holy See's diplomatic corps. Francis told envoys they may have reservations about papal...
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Christa Brown, of Denver, Colo., speaks outside the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting Tuesday, June 11, 2019, during a rally in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)
June 12, 2019 - 7:24 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — Sharing a stage with tearful survivors of sex abuse, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention apologized Wednesday for the abuse crisis besetting his denomination and outlined an array of steps to address it. "We are broken-hearted and angry," said the Rev. J.D...
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