Roman Catholicism

President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, right, welcomes Pope Francis as he arrives at the Kadriorg Presidential Palace in Tallinn, Estonia, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Pope Francis concludes his four-day tour of the Baltics visiting Estonia. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
September 25, 2018 - 2:46 am
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Pope Francis is wrapping up his pilgrimage to the Baltics with a stop in Estonia, often considered one of the least religious countries in the world. Francis met Tuesday with President Kersti Kaljulaid upon arriving in the capital Tallinn. Later, he presides over a youth...
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Pope Francis smiles as he arrives with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, right, ahead of a meeting with authorities, civil society and diplomatic corps in the square in front of the Presidential Palace, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Pope Francis begins a four-day visit to the Baltics amid renewed alarm about Moscow's intentions in the region it has twice occupied. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
September 22, 2018 - 8:18 am
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Pope Francis urged Lithuanians to use their decades of suffering under Soviet and Nazi occupations to become models of tolerance in an intolerant world as he began a three-nation tour of the Baltics on Saturday amid renewed alarm over the intentions of neighboring Russia...
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U2 rock band frontman Bono Vox talks to reporters during a press conference he held after meeting Pope Francis, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
September 19, 2018 - 1:59 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — U2 frontman Bono described Pope Francis as being "aghast" about sex abuse in the Catholic Church. The Irish singer meet privately with Francis on Wednesday at the Vatican hotel where the pope lives, to discuss themes including that Bono told reporters included "the wild beast...
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September 17, 2018 - 9:35 am
MADRID (AP) — Church officials in northern Spain say the Vatican has suspended a priest for 10 years over allegations that he abused schoolchildren more than three decades ago. The priest, Jose Manuel Ramos, is required to serve out his suspension in a monastery outside of his Astorga diocese,...
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A 2015 photo shows West Virginia Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling Charleston. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of West Virginia Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, and authorized an investigation into allegations he sexually harassed adults. (Scott McCloskey/The Intelligencer via AP)
September 13, 2018 - 5:01 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a U.S. bishop Thursday and authorized an investigation into allegations he sexually harassed adults, adding awkward drama to an audience with U.S. church leaders over the abuse and cover-up scandal roiling the Catholic Church. The...
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Pope Francis kisses a baby as he arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for his weekly general audience, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 12, 2018 - 2:31 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis summoned the presidents of the world's bishops' conferences Wednesday to a summit on preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children, responding to the greatest crisis of his papacy with the realization that Vatican inaction on the growing global scandal now...
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September 12, 2018 - 12:36 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — As U.S. Catholic leaders head to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis about a growing church abuse crisis, the cardinal leading the delegation has been accused by two people of not doing enough to stop a priest who was arrested this week on sexual abuse charges. Two people tell The...
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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2017 file photo, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein looks at Pope Francis delivering his message during an audience at the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican. Archbishop Georg Gaenswein told a book presentation Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, that the sex abuse scandal that has convulsed the Catholic Church for years is "its own 9/11." (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
September 11, 2018 - 3:51 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — With the Catholic Church in crisis once again over clerical sex abuse and cover-up, Pope Francis will meet Thursday with U.S. cardinals and bishops who are demanding to know how one of their own was able to climb the clerical ranks despite allegations that he slept with...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, a local resident leaves a church after voting in the general election in Cumming, Iowa. Religion's role in politics and social policies is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections, yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to an AP-NORC national poll conducted Aug. 16-20, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
September 11, 2018 - 8:08 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Religion's role in politics and public policy is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections, yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to a poll released Tuesday by The Associated...
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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2018 file photo, Pope Francis is caught in pensive mood during his weekly general audience at the Vatican. Francis' papacy has been thrown into crisis by accusations that he covered-up sexual misconduct by ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
September 10, 2018 - 11:17 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' top advisers say the Vatican is preparing the "necessary clarifications" about accusations that the pope covered up the sexual misconduct of a now-disgraced American cardinal. Francis' nine cardinal advisers expressed their "full solidarity" Monday with the pope...
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