Christianity

July 30, 2019 - 11:40 am
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — An official says the Cyprus government is "greatly troubled and dismayed" by an Orthodox Christian bishop's comments on homosexuality, which he said were needlessly stirring up social tensions on the Mediterranean island nation. Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said...
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Pope Francis salutes from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Sunday, July 28, 2019. Francis on Sunday bowed his head in silent prayer for the migrants, perhaps as many as 150, who perished last week in shipwrecks of smuggler’s boats near the Libyan coast. He invited faithful in St. Peter’s Square to join him in praying for the victims and their families. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
July 28, 2019 - 4:08 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is appealing for swift, decisive action by governments so that more migrants don't die at sea. Francis on Sunday bowed his head in silent prayer for the migrants, perhaps as many as 150, who perished last week in the Mediterranean Sea in shipwrecks of smugglers'...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2003 file photo, guard towers and razor wire ring the compound at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., the site of the last federal execution. Democratic presidential candidates may have a delicate balancing act when dealing with the Justice Department's announcement that it will begin executing federal death row inmates for the first time since 2003. The Democratic Party is more unified in its opposition to capital punishment than in years past, but a majority of Americans continue to support the death penalty. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
July 26, 2019 - 5:27 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The question to Michael Dukakis, the Democratic presidential candidate in 1988, was brutally personal. "If Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?" Bernard Shaw, a CNN anchor, asked, referring to the Massachusetts...
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July 26, 2019 - 4:19 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Benedict XVI, the 92-year-old former pontiff, has made an unscheduled day trip to the Alban hills near Rome. The Vatican on Friday said Emeritus Pope Benedict, who relinquished the papacy due to physical frailty, traveled a day earlier to Castel Gandolfo, which is home to the...
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July 25, 2019 - 4:16 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named a Brazilian journalist, Christiane Murray, as his deputy spokeswoman in the latest important appointment boosting the presence and prestige of women at the Vatican. The 57-year-old Murray joined Vatican Radio in 1995 and has recently been helping to...
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FILE - A 2015 file photo shows West Virginia Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, then-bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. In a news conference scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, 2019, West Virginia's Roman Catholic Diocese says it's set to discuss its "future leadership," 10 months after the resignation of Bransfield. (Scott McCloskey/The Intelligencer via AP, File)
July 23, 2019 - 7:43 am
WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Pope Francis named Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan to lead West Virginia's Catholics on Tuesday following a scandal over the former bishop's sexual harassment of adults and lavish spending of church money. The 72-year-old Brennan replaces Bishop Michael Bransfield,...
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FILE - A 2015 file photo shows West Virginia Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, then-bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. In a news conference scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, 2019, West Virginia's Roman Catholic Diocese says it's set to discuss its "future leadership," 10 months after the resignation of Bransfield. (Scott McCloskey/The Intelligencer via AP, File)
July 23, 2019 - 3:07 am
WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on the leadership changes at West Virginia's Roman Catholic diocese (all times local): 6:10 a.m. Pope Francis has named Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan to lead the Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia diocese following a scandal over the former bishop's...
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In this photo taken Wednesday, July 17, 2019, Jose Robles, center in white hat, walks with supporters before he presented himself to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in Tukwila, Wash. The prospect of nationwide immigration raids has provided evidence that legions of pastors, rabbis and their congregations stand ready to help vulnerable immigrants with offers of sanctuary and other services. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
July 18, 2019 - 1:04 pm
So far this week, an anticipated nationwide sweep has not materialized at the expected magnitude. Yet the mere prospect of such action has prompted legions of pastors, rabbis and their congregations across the United States to stand ready to help vulnerable immigrants with offers of sanctuary and...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2019 file photo, Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo salutes during a wreath-laying ceremony to mark the 121st anniversary of Philippine independence at Manila's Rizal Park, Philippines. Officials say police have filed sedition and other criminal complaints against the vice president, three opposition senators, four Roman Catholic bishops and a university president for allegedly conniving to destabilize President Rodrigo Duterte's administration. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
July 18, 2019 - 8:13 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police filed sedition and other criminal complaints Thursday against the vice president, three opposition senators, four Roman Catholic bishops and other critics of President Rodrigo Duterte for allegedly plotting to destabilize his administration. Vice...
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People holds hands as they chant at a rally before the start of a march in opposition to the Trump administration's plans to continue with raids to catch immigrants in the country illegally, Sunday, July 14, 2019, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Julius Constantine Motal)
July 14, 2019 - 3:22 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — As a nationwide immigration crackdown loomed, religious leaders across the country used their pulpits Sunday to quell concerns in immigrant communities and spring into action to help those potentially threatened by the operation. A Chicago priest talked during his homily about the...
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