Roman Catholicism

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Australia's highest court agreed Wednesday Nov. 13, 2019, to hear an appeal from the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, giving Cardinal George Pell his last chance at getting his convictions overturned.(AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)
November 13, 2019 - 4:45 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court agreed Wednesday to hear an appeal from the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, giving Cardinal George Pell his last chance at getting his convictions overturned. The decision by the High Court of Australia comes...
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The leader of Poland's ruling right-wing Law and Justice party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, center, swears in as a member of the parliament during a gala inauguration of a new four-year term of the national parliament in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019.(AP Photo)
November 12, 2019 - 10:21 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president laid out his vision for a tolerant nation rooted in Christian traditions and appealed Tuesday for an end to political conflict as he inaugurated a new four-year term in the country's parliament. Andrzej Duda paid homage to Poland's tradition of being a land...
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In this Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, photo, Sister Sukanya Sukchai adjusts a newly made chasubles at Catholic preparatory school in Bangkok, Thailand. Seamstresses from the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sisters of Bangkok are studiously snipping and sewing, fashioning robes for the upcoming visit of Pope Francis. They’ve been working tirelessly, running up the ceremonial garments Pope Francis will wear during his four-day visit to Thailand later this month. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
November 12, 2019 - 1:36 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's capital boasts garment makers ranging from bespoke tailors to sweatshops, but for a truly divine frock, you have to look a little harder. In a Catholic preparatory school, seamstresses from the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sisters of Bangkok are studiously...
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Pope Francis delivers his message during his Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
November 10, 2019 - 8:24 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday called for South Sudan politicians to salvage a tenuous peace deal and to bring a definitive end to conflicts to the African nation, which he announced he intends to visit in the coming year. In public remarks from a Vatican palace window overlooking St...
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Items removed from a church by anti-government protesters go up in flames in a barricade built by the protesters, in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Chile's president on Thursday announced measures to increase security and toughen sanctions for vandalism following three weeks of protests that have left at least 20 dead. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
November 08, 2019 - 5:59 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Hooded protesters looted a Roman Catholic church Friday near the main gathering site for three weeks of mass protests against Chile's government over inequality. An Associated Press photographer witnessed people dragging church pews, statues of Jesus and other religious...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2012 file photo, San Salvador's Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas celebrates Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral in San Salvador, El Salvador. On Nov. 3, 2019, Escobar Alas apologized for the alleged sexual abuse of an unidentified minor 25 years ago by priest Leopoldo Sosa Tolentino, who is currently suspended from his duties. (AP Photo/Luis Romero, File)
November 03, 2019 - 2:40 pm
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's top Roman Catholic cleric apologized Sunday for the alleged sexual abuse by a priest of an unidentified minor 25 years ago. "We have apologized to the victim and now I am repeating it publicly, and we also ask for forgiveness from the community for the...
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Pope Francis waves to faithful from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, during the weekly Angelus prayer at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)
October 28, 2019 - 10:47 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has declared that the Vatican Secret Archive isn't so secret after all. Francis on Monday officially changed the name of the Holy See archive to remove what he said were the "negative" connotations of having "secret" in its name. From now on, the vast trove of...
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Pope Francis presides over a Mass for the closing of the Amazon synod in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
October 27, 2019 - 1:54 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — On the heels of a landmark call by Amazon region bishops for married men to become priests, Pope Francis on Sunday exhorted Catholics to be open to new ways of evangelization, saying the church must "open new roads for the proclamation of the Gospel." He also cautioned against...
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Participants in the Amazon synod attend a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on the occasion of the World Missionary Day, at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP)
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October 27, 2019 - 6:47 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic bishops from across the Amazon called Saturday for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in the region, an historic proposal that would upend centuries of Roman Catholic tradition. The majority of 180 bishops from nine Amazonian...
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Ximena Bobadilla Ortiz, left, gets her face painted by Belen Marquez before the Catrinas parade down Mexico City's iconic Reforma avenue during Day of the Dead celebrations, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)
October 26, 2019 - 8:43 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans paraded in the streets of the capital dressed as elegant skeletons Saturday as the country's Day of the Dead festivities extend in scope and popularity. Thousands of revelers gathered at the foot of Mexico City's Angel of Independence statue wearing costumes and face...
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