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Faithful dance and sing in front of Pope Francis as he celebrates a Mass for the Congolese Catholic community of Rome in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
December 01, 2019 - 6:02 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Congolese dancing and singing enlivened St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, as Pope Francis celebrated a special Mass for Catholics from the violence-wracked African nation and denounced arms suppliers for helping to fuel the conflict. The whoops of joy and the chorus of...
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Christian clergymen, carry a wooden relic believed to be from Jesus' manger outside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. A tiny wooden relic believed to have been part of Jesus' manger has returned to its permanent home in the biblical city of Bethlehem 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
November 30, 2019 - 11:09 am
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — A tiny wooden relic that some Christians believe to be part of Jesus' manger arrived Saturday in its permanent home in the biblical city of Bethlehem 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope. Sheathed in an ornate case, cheerful crowds greeted the...
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November 30, 2019 - 11:07 am
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The loosening of limits on sexual abuse claims in New Jersey is expected to create a tectonic shift in the way those lawsuits are brought, giving hope to victims who have long suffered in silence and exposing a broader spectrum of institutions to potential liability. A law...
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Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
November 27, 2019 - 10:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has tapped a Bank of Italy executive to take over the Vatican’s financial intelligence unit following a scandal that resulted in the Vatican being suspended from an international anti-money laundering network. Carmelo Barbagallo has been head of the Italian central...
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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2018, file photo, the angel Moroni statue, silhouetted against the sky, sits atop the Salt Lake Temple at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Utah is set to become the 19th state to enact a ban on the discredited practice of conversion therapy after state officials revised a proposal to win back the support of the influential Church of a Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
November 27, 2019 - 2:25 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah is on its way to becoming the 19th state to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy in January after state officials formed a proposal that has the support of the influential Church of a Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert announced...
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Lebanese women shout slogans, as they hold an Arabic placard that reads:"No to violence, no to sectarianism, no to civil war," during a protest at a former Beirut frontline between Christian district of Ain el-Rummaneh and a Muslim Shiite district of Shiyah, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Hundreds of Lebanese women marched across a former front line in the Lebanese capital carrying white roses and Lebanese flags to denounce overnight clashes between rival groups that injured dozens of people. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
November 27, 2019 - 10:57 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Lebanese women marched across a former front line in the Lebanese capital Wednesday carrying white roses and Lebanese flags to denounce overnight clashes between rival groups that injured dozens of people. They pledged no return to civil war. But amid a political impasse...
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Pope Francis speaks during a news conference onboard the papal plane on his flight back from a trip to Thailand and Japan, Monday, Nov. 26, 2019. (Remo Casilli/Pool Photo via AP)
November 26, 2019 - 11:21 am
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis defended a controversial raid on the Vatican’s financial watchdog agency, saying Tuesday it showed the Vatican’s in-house system of checks was working. Francis said he authorized the Oct. 1 raid after the Vatican criminal prosecutor came to him with...
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Pope Francis gives a speech at Sophia University in Tokyo Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (Kim Hong-ji/Pool Photo via AP)
November 25, 2019 - 7:04 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Pope Francis wrapped up his visit to Japan in a very personal way Tuesday, spending the morning with his Jesuit confreres in the community that would have been his own had his dream to be a missionary come true. Francis celebrated morning Mass in the chapel of the Jesuit-run Sophia...
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Rev. Nicola Corradi, in wheelchair, Armando Gomez and Rev. Horacio Corbacho, are escorted out of a courtroom, after being found guilty of sexual abuse of deaf children at a Catholic-run school, in Mendoza, Argentina, Monday, Nov. 26, 2019. The court sentenced Rev. Nicola Corradi, to 42 years in prison, and Rev. Horacio Corbacho, to 45 years, for acts that occurred at the Institute in Lujan de Cuyo, a municipality in the northwestern province of Mendoza. The court also sentenced gardener Armando Gómez to 18 years in prison. (AP Photo/Marcelo Ruiz Mendoza)
November 25, 2019 - 1:05 pm
MENDOZA, Argentina (AP) — Two priests were found guilty on Monday of sexually abusing deaf children at a Catholic-run school in Argentina and sentenced to more than 40 years in prison, in a case that has shaken the church in Pope Francis’s homeland. A three-judge panel in the city of Mendoza...
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Iwao Hakamada, who converted to Catholicism during his decades on death row, speaks during a press conference after attending the Mass held by Pope Francis at the Tokyo Dome Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Tokyo. A former Japanese professional boxer who spent 48 years in prison for murders he says he did not commit was among some 50,000 people greeting Pope Francis as he entered Tokyo Dome stadium to celebrate Mass on Monday. (Kyodo News via AP)/Kyodo News via AP)
November 25, 2019 - 4:42 am
TOKYO (AP) — A former Japanese professional boxer who spent 48 years in prison for murders he says he did not commit was among some 50,000 people greeting Pope Francis as he entered Tokyo Dome stadium to celebrate Mass on Monday. Iwao Hakamada, who converted to Catholicism during his decades on...
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