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Aging Catholic nuns get care at Jewish nursing home

NEW YORK (AP) — For 98-year-old Sister Angela Rooney, it was one of the most jarring moves of her life. She always thought she would live out her days as she had for decades, in a convent under the time-honored … Continue reading

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Catholics organize to promote pope’s climate change message

NEW YORK (AP) — There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines. When Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated teaching document on the environment and climate change in … Continue reading

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Church unnerved by Ireland’s huge ‘Yes’ to gay marriage

Dublin (AFP) – The once-dominant Catholic Church in Ireland was trying to come to terms Sunday with an overwhelming vote in favour of gay marriage, saying it needed a “new language” to connect to people. As jubilant “Yes” supporters nursed … Continue reading

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Israeli lawyer wins $2.9 million pay claim against Orthodox church

Jerusalem (AFP) – An Israeli court has ordered the Greek Orthodox church to stump up $2.9 million in fees owed to a local lawyer for cases dating back to 2002, court authorities said Wednesday. The Israel Courts Administration said Tel … Continue reading

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Vatican finance minister denies Australian bribe allegation

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Pope Francis’ finance minister has denied an allegation that he offered a bribe to a victim of clergy abuse to protect a pedophile priest. The allegation against Cardinal George Pell was made under oath on Wednesday … Continue reading

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Former rebels, devout cheer as murdered archbishop beatified in El Salvador

By Nelson Renteria SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified on Saturday, the final step before sainthood, 35 years after he was gunned down at the altar by a right-wing death squad for denouncing the oppression of … Continue reading

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British anti-slavery chief enlists Vatican in global pact to end slavery

By Chris Arsenault VATICAN CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Britain’s anti-slavery commissioner received the backing of the Catholic Church on Saturday for a campaign to push for a global pact vowing to eradicate slavery in the next 15 years. Kevin … Continue reading

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British anti-slavery chief enlists Vatican in global pact to end slavery

By Chris Arsenault VATICAN CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Britain’s anti-slavery commissioner received the backing of the Catholic Church on Saturday for a campaign to push for a global pact vowing to eradicate slavery in the next 15 years. Kevin … Continue reading

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Salvadoran ‘voice of voiceless’ archbishop Romero to be beatified

San Salvador (AFP) – Thousands gathered in San Salvador Saturday to celebrate the beatification of Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, a divisive figure whose defense of the poor and repressed split both his nation and the Church. Waving flags and decked … Continue reading

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Salvadoran ‘voice of voiceless’ archbishop Romero to be beatified

San Salvador (AFP) – Thousands gathered in San Salvador Saturday to celebrate the beatification of Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, a divisive figure whose defense of the poor and repressed split both his nation and the Church. Waving flags and decked … Continue reading

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