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Spurred by pope, Spanish Catholic Church confronts sexual abuse

Madrid (AFP) – Spain’s Catholic Church, which has long been accused of silencing cases of priests sexually abusing children, is starting to take a hard line against offenders, spurred by Pope Francis. A judge in the southern city of Granada … Continue reading

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Vatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A new Vatican outreach initiative to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its Internet promo video came under such ridicule that it was quickly taken down. … Continue reading

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Two cases of child pornography possession in Vatican in 2014

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican, which is still struggling with the effects of a worldwide pedophilia scandal in the Catholic Church, discovered two cases of possession of child pornography within its own walls last year, its … Continue reading

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U.S. EPA chief hopes Pope will spur concern on climate change

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday she hoped Pope Francis’ upcoming message to his flock on the environment would help galvanize concern about climate change and convince skeptics that … Continue reading

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Michelin no longer the bible for Paris’s top eateries: food critic

Paris (AFP) – An American food critic has put France’s famed restaurant bible, the Michelin guide, to the test — and found most of its top Paris listings not worth their exorbitant prices, with lesser-known upstart eateries offering far better … Continue reading

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After turmoil, Church of England consecrates first woman bishop

By Phil Noble YORK, England (Reuters) – The Church of England consecrated its first woman bishop on Monday, the culmination of years of efforts by Church modernizers to overcome opposition from traditionalists – one of whom briefly shouted a protest … Continue reading

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EPA administrator at Vatican ahead of encyclical.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Obama administration is seeking to hitch its climate change message onto that of the ever-popular Pope Francis, whose upcoming environmental encyclical has drawn more speculation than any papal document in recent memory. The head of … Continue reading

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MLK children working to settle dispute over Bible, prize

ATLANTA (AP) — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s children are trying to resolve a legal dispute over their father’s traveling Bible and Nobel Peace Prize without going to trial. The slain civil rights icon’s estate, which is controlled by … Continue reading

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MLK children work to settle dispute over Bible, Nobel prize

ATLANTA (AP) — The children of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. are trying to settle a lawsuit over their father’s traveling Bible and Nobel Peace Prize without going to trial, according to a judge’s order. King’s estate, controlled by … Continue reading

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Vatican to offer haircuts, shaves as well as showers to Rome’s homeless

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican will offer homeless people in Rome not only showers but also haircuts and shaves when new facilities open next month, the head of Pope Francis’ charity office said. The Vatican announced last year that … Continue reading

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