Roman Catholicism

FILE - In this Monday, July 11, 2016 filer, Pope Francis greets Paloma Garcia Ovejero, right, and Greg Burke at the Vatican. The Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke, and his deputy resigned suddenly Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 amid an overhaul of the Vatican's communications operations that coincides with a troubled period in Pope Francis' papacy. In a tweet, Burke said he and his deputy, Paloma Garcia Ovejero, had resigned effective Jan. 1. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
December 31, 2018 - 2:29 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke, and his deputy resigned abruptly Monday amid an overhaul of the Vatican's communications operations and a crisis period in Pope Francis' papacy. The departures of Burke and his deputy, Paloma Garcia Ovejero, signaled that the problems...
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Congolese opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu is blessed by Msg. Fridolin Ambongo, the the newly appointed Archbishop of Kinshasa at Notre Dame du Congo cathedral in Kinshasa, Congo, Saturday Dec. 29, 2018. Congolese people are heading to the polls Sunday Dec. 30 for a presidential race plagued by years of delay and persistent rumours of lack of preparation. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
December 29, 2018 - 1:09 pm
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's top archbishop on Saturday urged peace on the eve of the country's long-delayed presidential election , saying differences of opinion are no reason to "light the country on fire." Hours later, the leading candidates failed to agree on a guarantee for a peaceful vote...
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FILE - In this March 4, 2015, file photo, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick speaks during a memorial service in South Bend, Ind. The Vatican has taken testimony from a man who says the ex-Cardinal sexually abused him for years starting when he was 11, evidence that the initial case against the retired archbishop has expanded dramatically to include serious allegations of misconduct. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
December 28, 2018 - 4:16 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's sexual abuse case against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has expanded significantly after a man testified that the retired American archbishop sexually abused him for years starting when he was 11, including during confession. James Grein testified Thursday in New...
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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2018, file photo, Pope Francis arrives in Piazza Armerina, Sicily. It has been a wretched year for Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse conspired with events beyond his control to threaten his legacy and throw the Catholic hierarchy into a credibility crisis not seen in modern times. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
December 27, 2018 - 2:47 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — It has been a wretched year for Pope Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse conspired with events beyond his control to threaten his legacy and throw the Catholic hierarchy into a credibility crisis not seen in modern times. The latest development — a high-profile verdict...
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Pope Francis delivers his message during the Urbi et Orbi (Latin for 'to the city and to the world' ) Christmas' day blessing from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
December 25, 2018 - 7:43 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered a Christmas wish for fraternity among people of different nations, cultures, faiths, races or ideas, describing the world's differences as a richness, not a danger, and championing the rights of religious minorities. His plea Tuesday for stronger bonds among...
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Pope Francis delivers his message as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
December 25, 2018 - 5:31 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' Christmas celebrations (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Pope Francis has offered his Christmas wish for fraternity among people of different faiths, races or ideas, urging the world to put aside "partisan interests" to find a political solution to wars...
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Pope Francis kisses a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
December 25, 2018 - 1:33 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Christmas Eve observances at the Vatican (all times local): 10:05 p.m. Pope Francis is urging Christians to forgo the greed, hoarding and materialism of Christmas and to focus instead on its message of simplicity, charity and love. Francis celebrated a Christmas...
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Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, and his entourage arrive at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally recognized by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, ahead of midnight Mass after he crossed an Israeli military checkpoint from Jerusalem, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. Palestinians are preparing to host pilgrims from around the world in celebrating Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
December 24, 2018 - 5:06 pm
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Pilgrims from around the world flocked to Bethlehem on Monday for what was believed to be the biblical West Bank city's largest Christmas celebrations in years. Hundreds of locals and foreign visitors milled in Manger Square as bagpipe-playing Palestinian Scouts paraded...
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Pope Francis kisses a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
December 24, 2018 - 3:35 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged Christians on Monday to forgo the greed, gluttony and materialism of Christmas and to focus instead on its message of simplicity, charity and love. Francis celebrated a Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, opening a busy week for the pope that includes...
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People stand outside a first aid station in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican , Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. The pope's official almsgiver has opened a health station beneath St. Peter's Square to serve the homeless, expanding Pope Francis' efforts to care for the needy living close to the heart of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
December 22, 2018 - 2:47 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The pope's official almsgiver has opened a health station beneath St. Peter's Square to serve the homeless, expanding Pope Francis' efforts to care for the needy living close to the heart of the Roman Catholic Church. The Vatican said Saturday that the Mother of Mercy health...
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