Roman Catholicism

February 19, 2018 - 8:25 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis backed down Monday and accepted the resignation of Nigerian bishop who had been rejected for years by the priests of his diocese, setting a precedent that could have repercussions in Chile and elsewhere when papal authority is challenged. The announcement came after...
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February 17, 2018 - 10:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, celebrated the funeral Mass for an Army National Guard soldier and native of Ghana who died rescuing some of more than a dozen people trapped in the deadliest fire in the city in quarter of a century. A funeral was...
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February 17, 2018 - 5:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A key victim in the Chilean sex abuse scandal said he felt his story was finally heard after an hours-long meeting with a Vatican sex-crimes investigator on Saturday, the same day Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission amid criticism of how he is handling the...
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February 17, 2018 - 12:10 pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Records obtained by a newspaper show that the teen accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school cut his arms while posting on a social media site and said he wanted to buy a gun in September 2016, more than a year before the massacre. The Sun-Sentinel reports the...
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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Santa Marta chapel at the Vatican, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
February 17, 2018 - 8:17 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission by naming new members Saturday, after coming under fire for his overall handling of the scandal and his support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse. The announcement of the...
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February 16, 2018 - 4:53 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Mary Ann Glendon, has resigned from the board of the Vatican bank in the latest vote of no-confidence in the bank's efforts to turn itself around. The Institute for Religious Works said Friday that Glendon was leaving to "devote more...
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February 16, 2018 - 8:11 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is inviting 300 young people to the Vatican next month to personally present their hopes and concerns about the Catholic Church, after an online questionnaire failed to generate enough feedback. The March 19-24 meeting is designed to help the Vatican prepare for a...
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February 15, 2018 - 3:58 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Roman Catholic diocese where two priests were killed earlier this month has withdrawn all nuns from the hyper-violent city of Chilapa in southern Mexico. The diocese said in a statement that the parents of one of the nuns had been killed and that their school had to close for...
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Pope Francis arrives at the Basilica of Saint Anselmo prior to walking in procession to the Basilica of Santa Sabina before the Ash Wednesday mass opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for Christians before Holy Week and Easter, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Pope Francis is marking Ash Wednesday with prayer and a solemn procession between two churches on one of ancient Rome's seven hills. (Filippo Monteforte/POOL PHOTO via AP)
February 15, 2018 - 10:39 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Thursday that Pope Francis meets frequently with victims of sexual abuse, seeking to defuse a mounting scandal over his unbridled support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse. Spokesman Greg Burke said Francis meets in...
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February 15, 2018 - 8:58 am
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest accused of molesting two boys in North Dakota in the 1990s has pleaded not guilty. Fernando Sayasaya was recently returned to the United States from the Philippines, where he had been since 1998. He entered his pleas Thursday to two counts of felony gross...
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