Christianity

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 - 1:35 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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A car that crashed into the entrance of the Crossroads United Methodist Church located at 1100 Hague Avenue is visible from inside of the church on the morning of Sunday, December 23, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. A woman drove into the church during morning services, injuring several people. (Brooke LaValley/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)
December 23, 2018 - 2:17 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A car smashed through a church wall in Ohio during Sunday morning services, injuring six people and shattering stained glass. Firefighters say the six injured at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Columbus were treated for cuts and other injuries. The Rev. Jay Anderson says...
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A man inspects his house damaged by a tsunami in Carita, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. The tsunami occurred after the eruption of a volcano around Indonesia's Sunda Strait during a busy holiday weekend, sending water crashing ashore and sweeping away hotels, hundreds of houses and people attending a beach concert. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
December 23, 2018 - 3:29 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on a tsunami that hit the coast around Indonesia's Sunda Strait (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Pope Francis has prayed for the dead, the missing and the homeless in the tsunami that struck Indonesia. Francis told tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on...
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, center left, attends a closed-door synod of three Ukrainian Orthodox churches to approve the charter for a unified church and to elect leadership in the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. Poroshenko has told the crowd "the creation of our Church is another declaration of Ukraine's independence and you are the main participants of this historic event." (Mikhail Palinchak, Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Pool Photo via AP)
December 22, 2018 - 8:12 am
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president on Saturday signed a bill that orders the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to change its name to reflect its ties to Moscow. The Ukrainian church has been part of the Russian Orthodox Church for centuries, but some Ukrainian orthodox clerics, with government...
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December 21, 2018 - 12:28 pm
ROME (AP) — The Anglican Church's representative to the Holy See has resigned following an allegation of sexual misconduct. A statement from the Anglican Centre in Rome, an ecumenical study center and headquarters for the Archbishop of Canterbury's envoy to the Holy See, announced the resignation...
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Pope Francis attends the traditional greetings to the Roman Curia, at the Vatican, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. Pope Francis vowed that the Catholic Church will "never again" cover up clergy sex abuse and demanded that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in. (Filippo Monteforte/Pool Photo via AP)
December 21, 2018 - 10:32 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis demanded Friday that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in and vowed that the Catholic Church will "never again" hide their crimes. Francis dedicated his annual Christmas speech to Vatican bureaucrats to abuse, evidence that a year of...
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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2014, file photo, Archbishop Blase Cupich acknowledges after the retiring Cardinal Francis George presents the crozier the during his Installation Mass at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, issued a blistering report about clergy sexual abuse, saying that Catholic dioceses in Illinois has not released the names of at least 500 clergy accused of sexually abusing children. Cupich in a statement said that although he regretted "our failures to address the scourge of clerical sexual abuse," the archdiocese has been a leader in dealing with the issue, including a policy since 2002 of reporting "all allegations of child sexual abuse to civil authorities." (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, Pool, File)
December 20, 2018 - 9:08 pm
The Catholic archbishop of Chicago, who was hand-picked by the pope to help organize an upcoming Vatican summit on clergy sex abuse, will have a leading role in the church's effort to seek reforms, including the response to new allegations from the Illinois attorney general. Cardinal Blase Cupich...
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In this 2013 photo, sister missionaries are evacuated from Temple Square in Salt Lake City, to be checked out by emergency personal, after a gas leak was detected in the South Visitors Center. Female missionaries with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide now have the option to wear dress slacks, the church announced Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)
December 20, 2018 - 4:32 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Female missionaries with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide now have the option to wear dress slacks, the church announced Thursday. Members of the Missionary Executive Council said the change takes effect immediately and is primarily motivated by safety...
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This Nov. 16, 2013 photo shows the Los Angeles auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Alexander Salazar in Garden Grove, Calif. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Salazar, following allegations of misconduct with a minor in the 1990s, officials said Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. (Kevin Sullivan/The Orange County Register via AP)
December 19, 2018 - 4:53 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Los Angeles auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Alexander Salazar, following an allegation of sexual misconduct with a child in the 1990s, officials said Wednesday. The Vatican announced the resignation in a one-line statement. It was the...
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FILE - In a Monday, April 23, 2018 file photo, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan outlines a federal lawsuit her office filed against Champaign, Ill.-based Suburban Express Inc., and owner Dennis Toeppen accusing it of discriminating and harassing customers and their families, during a news conference in Chicago. Madigan on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 issued a blistering report about clergy sexual abuse, saying that Catholic dioceses in Illinois received allegations of child sexual abuse by 500 more clergy than previously publicly identified. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)
December 19, 2018 - 4:37 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Wednesday issued a blistering report about clergy sexual abuse, saying that Catholic dioceses in Illinois has not released the names of at least 500 clergy accused of sexually abusing children. The preliminary report found that the church's...
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