Roman Catholicism

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 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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Pope Francis shakes hands with Matsuki Kamoshita as he meets with victims of the March 11, 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in northern Japan Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)
November 25, 2019 - 4:37 am
TOKYO (AP) — Pope Francis voiced concern about nuclear power Monday after meeting with victims of Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster, saying the development of future energy sources must take environmental considerations into account. Francis didn’t explicitly back a ban on nuclear energy during his...
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Pope Francis, center, prepares to leave after meeting with Japan's Emperor Naruhito, right, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
November 25, 2019 - 1:25 am
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis’ visit to Japan (all times local): 5 p.m. 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 conduct Mass on Monday...
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Pope Francis blows out after lighting a candle as he visits Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
November 24, 2019 - 4:16 am
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Pope Francis traveled to Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Sunday to demand that world powers renounce their nuclear arsenals, declaring the use and possession of atomic bombs an “immoral” crime and a dangerous waste. Standing before survivors of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombings,...
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Workers secure a 26mt (85 feet) tall fir tree in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. The tree, which will be trimmed as a Christmas tree, comes from the Asiago Plateau in north-eastern Italy and was donated by the Veneto region. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
November 23, 2019 - 12:44 pm
TOKYO (AP) — The Vatican’s Caritas Internationalis charity says it learned in 2017 of pedophilia concerns involving its Central African Republic director, but left it for his superiors to investigate and he remained in place and in ministry until this year. CNN revealed the scandal over the Rev...
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