Roman Catholicism

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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In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, members of Amazon indigenous populations walk during a Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession from St. Angelo Castle to the Vatican. In foreground is a wooden statue portraying a naked pregnant woman. Pope Francis’ meeting on the Amazon is wrapping up after three weeks of debate over married priests, the environment _ and the destruction of indigenous statues that underscored the willingness of conservatives to violently vent their opposition to the pope. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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October 25, 2019 - 10:54 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis asked forgiveness Friday from Amazonian bishops and tribal leaders after thieves stole indigenous statues from a Vatican-area church and tossed them into the Tiber River in a bold show of conservative opposition to history's first Latin American pope. Speaking "as...
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Supporters of late dictator Gen. Francisco Franco place flowers outside Mingorrubio's cemetery, outskirts of Madrid, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Spain has exhumed the remains of Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from his grandiose mausoleum outside Madrid and flown them by helicopter for reburial in a small family crypt north of the capital. The government-ordered, closed-door operation on Thursday satisfies a decades-old desire of many in Spain who considered the vainglorious mausoleum that Franco built an affront to the tens of thousands who died in Spain's Civil War and his subsequent regime as well as to Spain's standing as a modern democratic state. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
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October 24, 2019 - 2:04 pm
MADRID (AP) — Turning a momentous page in its history, Spain on Thursday exhumed the remains of dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from his grandiose mausoleum outside Madrid and reburied them in a small family crypt north of the capital. The day-long operation featured Franco's coffin being flown by...
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FILE - In this July 12, 2012 file photo, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, cheif of the Conference of European Rabbis, gestures during a news conference in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 12, 2012. Chief Rabbi Goldschmidt will give the Moshe Rosen Award, which recognizes non-Jews who promote dialogue, understanding and tolerance to ensure a Jewish future in Europe, to founder of Catholic charity Andrea Riccardi during a ceremony Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 in Rome. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer, file)
October 24, 2019 - 10:35 am
MILAN (AP) — The chief rabbi of the main Orthodox rabbinical alliance in Europe says that a resurgence of anti-Semitism on the continent "poses an existential threat to the Jewish community." The warning by Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmit was sounded as the Conference of European Rabbis awarded the...
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In this photo taken on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, Guardia Civil officers stand guard in front of The Valley of the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, outskirts of Madrid, After a tortuous judicial and public relations battle, Spain's Socialist government has announced that Gen. Francisco Franco's embalmed body will be relocated from a controversial shrine to a small public cemetery where the former dictator's remains will lie along with his deceased wife. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
October 24, 2019 - 2:32 am
MADRID (AP) — The body of dictator Gen. Francisco Franco is being exhumed Thursday from the grandiose mausoleum at the Valley of the Fallen before being transferred to a more discreet, private resting place. The much-criticized operation fulfills a decades-old desire of many in Spain who considered...
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Pope Francis, top right, recites the Angelus prayer from his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
October 23, 2019 - 10:17 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's financial watchdog agency on Wednesday strongly denied allegations of wrongdoing by Vatican prosecutors who ordered an unprecedented raid on its offices and seizure of confidential documents. The board of the Financial Information Authority, which works with...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 11, 2017 file photo, the sun sets on a Baptist church in Georgia. According to new data released Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, by the Pew Research Center, the portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christian. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
October 17, 2019 - 1:04 pm
The portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christians, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. Based on telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, Pew said Thursday that 65% of...
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Vatican head of security Domenico Giani, right, flanks Pope Francis' pope mobile at the end of a canonization Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. The Vatican said Monday Oct. 14, 2019 that Francis’ chief bodyguard Giani has resigned over the leak of a Vatican police flyer identifying five Holy See employees who were suspended as part of a financial investigation, adding that Giani bore no responsibility for the leak, but that he had resigned to ensure the serenity of the investigation and “out of love for the church and faithfulness” to the pope. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
October 14, 2019 - 9:44 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's latest leaks scandal claimed its first victim Monday, as Pope Francis' chief bodyguard resigned over the leak of a Vatican police flyer identifying five employees who were suspended as part of a financial investigation. The Vatican said its police chief, 57-year-...
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