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Vatican’s guidelines for reporting sex abuse spark disbelief

Survivors of clergy sex abuse and their advocates are dismayed by a document for new Catholic bishops which suggests they do not need to report abuse to legal authorities, released this month after being used at a September training session … Continue reading

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The pope and the patriarch: Why are Russians skeptical of historic summit?

When Pope Francis meets Patriarch Kirill in Cuba on Friday, it will be undeniably historic. Not only will it be the first meeting between leaders of the Roman Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church since the two churches split … Continue reading

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Federal trial delayed in South Carolina church massacre

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – A judge delayed the federal trial for the white man accused of shooting dead nine parishioners at a historic black church in Charleston last June after federal prosecutors on Thursday said the government … Continue reading

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Federal trial again delayed in Charleston church shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A judge on Thursday delayed the trial of a white man charged in the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a Charleston church as attorneys wait to see whether the federal government will seek the … Continue reading

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5 Things to Know about the pope’s trip to Mexico

VATICAN CITY (AP) — History’s first Latin American pope travels to Mexico on Friday for a weeklong tour of some of the most violent, poverty-stricken and peripheral places in the Americas. He’ll be bringing a message of hope and solidarity … Continue reading

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Gay imam helps young Muslims balance religion, sexuality

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Growing up in Algeria, Shaira had almost everything a young man could wish for. But he also had a big secret. In a land where homosexuality is still a crime and a sin, he was forced … Continue reading

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Church talks help make Cuba ‘perfect place for negotiations’

HAVANA (AP) — The heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches will hold a historic meeting Friday in the threadbare international airport of an officially secular, communist-run tropical island. Odd as the location seems, Pope Francis’ and Patriarch … Continue reading

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The Latest: Ex-priest worked at Catholic charity in Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the arrest in Arizona of a former priest in the 1960 cold-case killing of a Texas schoolteacher (all times local): 3:15 p.m. The former priest arrested in the 1960 death of a Texas schoolteacher … Continue reading

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Pope takes bridge-building mission to Mexico

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis heads to Cuba and Mexico on Friday for a trip encompassing two of the defining themes of his papacy: bridge-building diplomacy and his concern for migrants seeking a better life. Prior to embarking on … Continue reading

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Jailed church official wins latest child-endangerment appeal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Roman Catholic church official could soon seek bail after a Pennsylvania appeals court refused to review a decision to throw out his child-endangerment conviction. Monsignor William Lynn has been in and out of prison as state … Continue reading

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