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Church must be open to sick, homeless, pope says on Holy Thursday

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, starting four packed days culminating in Easter, said the Catholic Church must always be a refuge for the needy and later washed the feet of 12 disabled people at a traditional … Continue reading

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Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a “slave.” Francis’ decision in … Continue reading

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Pope washes feet of disabled, including elderly Muslim

Rome (AFP) – Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen elderly and disabled people including a Libyan Muslim during an Easter ritual in Rome on Thursday imitating Jesus Christ’s humility. The 77-year-old bent down with difficulty to wash and … Continue reading

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Pope asks forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Friday personally asked forgiveness for thousands of child sex abuses carried out by priests and promised more action following accusations of cover-ups and excessive leniency by the Vatican. “I feel compelled… to personally … Continue reading

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Pope asks forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Friday personally asked forgiveness for thousands of child sex abuses carried out by priests and promised more action following accusations of cover-ups and excessive leniency by the Vatican. “I feel compelled… to personally … Continue reading

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Pope struggles to keep fellow Latin Americans in Catholic fold: Poll

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Despite a high-profile first year as the head of the Vatican, Pope Francis has not been able to stem the tide of fellow Latin Americans turning away from Catholicism and toward Evangelicalism, or secularism in more prosperous … Continue reading

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Pope struggles to keep fellow Latin Americans in Catholic fold: Poll

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Despite a high-profile first year as the head of the Vatican, Pope Francis has not been able to stem the tide of fellow Latin Americans turning away from Catholicism and toward Evangelicalism, or secularism in more prosperous … Continue reading

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Christian ‘Biblical Patriarchy’ Leader Sued for ‘Inappropriate’ Sexual Acts

Former Vision Forum leader Douglas Phillips resigned from his ministry last year, but it looks like the once-popular leader in the “biblical patriarchy” and Christian homeschooling movement isn’t out of trouble yet. On Tuesday, one of his former followers sued … Continue reading

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Christian ‘Biblical Patriarchy’ Leader Sued for ‘Inappropriate’ Sexual Acts

Former Vision Forum leader Douglas Phillips resigned from his ministry last year, but it looks like the once-popular leader in the “biblical patriarchy” and Christian homeschooling movement isn’t out of trouble yet. On Tuesday, one of his former followers sued … Continue reading

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Pope asks forgiveness for ‘evil’ of child abuse by priests

By Naomi O’Leary VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis made his first public plea for forgiveness on Friday for the “evil” committed by priests who molested children, using some of his strongest words yet on the Roman Catholic Church’s sexual … Continue reading

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