Roman Catholicism

Pope Francis stands next to an amphora containing holy oil during a Chrism Mass inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Thursday, April 18, 2019. During the Mass the Pontiff blesses a token amount of oil that will be used to administer the sacraments for the year. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
April 18, 2019 - 1:28 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is ushering in the most solemn period in the Catholic liturgical calendar by celebrating a Holy Thursday Mass, made more poignant this year following the devastation of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. The Crism Mass celebrates the unity of priests with their bishops...
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A worker checks on a wooden support structure placed on the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Nearly $1 billion has already poured in from ordinary worshippers and high-powered magnates around the world to restore Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after a massive fire. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
April 17, 2019 - 9:42 am
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 6:45 p.m. The Walt Disney Co. has pledged to contribute $5 million to aid in the reconstruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral after Monday's fire. In a statement on Wednesday, Disney chairman...
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In this image made available on Tuesday April 16, 2019 flames and smoke rise from the blaze after the spire toppled over on Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. An inferno that raged through Notre Dame Cathedral for more than 12 hours destroyed its spire and its roof but spared its twin medieval bell towers, and a frantic rescue effort saved the monument's "most precious treasures," including the Crown of Thorns purportedly worn by Jesus, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Thierry Mallet)
April 16, 2019 - 5:46 pm
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron pledged Tuesday to rebuild Paris' beloved Notre Dame Cathedral "even more beautifully" after a raging fire destroyed its spire and its roof but spared most of the structure, including the church's twin medieval bell towers. Macron said he wanted to see...
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FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2010, photo, a muskrat swims in a pond near Buffalo, N.Y. Roman Catholics in the Detroit area get a reprieve from their obligation to abstain from eating meat on Fridays during Lent. But only to dine on a certain rodent. The Archdiocese of Detroit says a long-standing permission dating to the region's missionary history in the 1700s allows local Catholics to eat muskrat "on days of abstinence, including Fridays of Lent." (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)
April 16, 2019 - 11:48 am
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit-area Roman Catholics have one more dining option during Lent than most other followers of the faith. The culinary appeal of that item, however, is up for debate. A long-standing permission allows local Catholics to eat muskrat — a furry, marsh-dwelling rodent native to the...
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People pray as Notre Dame cathedral is burning in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris' soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
April 15, 2019 - 9:47 pm
PARIS (AP) — Some kneeled, some folded their hands to make silent entreaties. Others sang with their eyes focused on the sky that had gone from blue to yellow and orange, and filled with acrid smoke. In an impromptu act of togetherness and hope, Parisians and visitors to France's charismatic...
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Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
April 15, 2019 - 2:10 pm
PARIS (AP) — A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris' soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below. The blaze...
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Pope Francis holds a palm frond as he celebrates a Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
April 14, 2019 - 3:35 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis warned against being judgmental and too full of oneself, including authorities in the Catholic church, in his Palm Sunday homily during Mass in St. Peter's Square, which was crowded with tens of thousands of pilgrims, tourists and Romans. The day ushers in Holy Week...
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Pope Francis kneels to kiss the feet of South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit, at the Vatican, Thursday, April 11, 2019. Pope Francis has closed a two-day retreat with South Sudan authorities at the Vatican with an unprecedented act of respect, kneeling down and kissing the feet of the African leaders. (Vatican Media via AP)
April 11, 2019 - 2:33 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis knelt and kissed the feet of South Sudan's rival leaders Thursday, in an unprecedented act of humbleness to encourage them to strengthen the African country's faltering peace process. At the close a two-day retreat in the Vatican for the African leaders, the pope...
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FILE - This Oct. 19, 2014 file photo shows Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican to attend the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI, and a mass for the closing of a two-week synod on family issues, celebrated by Pope Francis. Retired Pope Benedict XVI has published an analysis of the origins of the clergy sex abuse scandal, blaming it on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and church laws that protected priests in a rare commentary, published Thursday April 11, 2019.(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, FILE)
April 11, 2019 - 7:38 am
Retired Pope Benedict XVI has published an analysis on the Catholic Church's clergy sex abuse scandal, blaming it on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and church laws that protected priests. The essay immediately raised eyebrows, seeming to interfere with or even contradict Pope Francis' own...
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FILE - This 1989 file photo shows Father Arthur Perrault in Albuquerque, N.M. A jury has found a former priest guilty of sexually abusing a boy nearly three decades ago at a veterans' cemetery and Air Force base in New Mexico. The jury reached the verdict Wednesday, April 10, 2019, against Perrault, who had vanished from New Mexico in 1992. He was returned to the United States in September from Morocco to face charges of aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact. (The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)
April 10, 2019 - 3:36 pm
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. jury found a former Roman Catholic priest who was captured in Morocco guilty Wednesday of sexually abusing an altar boy at a veterans' cemetery and Air Force base in New Mexico in the early 1990s. The jury reached the verdict against 81-year-old Arthur Perrault...
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