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Parishioners appealing judge’s order to vacate closed church

BOSTON (AP) — For nearly 11 years now, parishioners have protested the closing of their church on the Massachusetts seacoast, keeping round-the-clock vigil there and holding Sunday services even though the Roman Catholic Church has de-consecrated the sanctuary. Thursday, the … Continue reading

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Side story of slain Salvadoran archbishop: A family divided

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Maria Luisa de Martinez is one of the staunchest defenders of the memory of slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. She sits on the board of the foundation that bears his name. She’s organized commemorative … Continue reading

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Ireland votes on gay marriage; Catholic leaders opposed

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland’s voters were deciding Friday whether to legalize gay marriage in this once-staunchly Catholic land in what the government’s equality minister called “a referendum like no other.” Opinion polls throughout the two-month campaign suggest the government-backed amendment … Continue reading

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El Salvador’s beatified Romero symbol of new Church

San Salvador (AFP) – Thirty-five years after he was gunned down while saying mass, controversial Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified Saturday, held up by Pope Francis as a symbol of a Catholic Church dedicated to the poor. In … Continue reading

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Church of Scotland decision on married gay clergy delayed

London (AFP) – A Church of Scotland decision on whether to allow the ordination of married gay ministers was delayed on Thursday to allow wider consultation. The Church’s presbyteries, or local areas, will now be asked to vote on the … Continue reading

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Critics bash Louisiana governor on ‘religious freedom’ order

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — “Arrogant” and “cynical” — that’s what Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called President Barack Obama last fall after the president issued an executive order addressing the hot-button social issue of illegal immigration. Months later, Jindal is … Continue reading

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Slain Salvadoran archbishop’s beatification a rallying point

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — To some he was a champion of the poor, a defender of human rights during some of El Salvador’s darkest days. Others called him a supporter of armed revolution, a Marxist guerrilla clothed in … Continue reading

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Vatican high-flyer denies trying to bribe abuse victim

Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s former top Catholic cleric, now Pope Francis’ finance chief, on Thursday denied trying to bribe a victim of a paedophile priest to keep quiet as an inquiry heard of horrifying abuse. Cardinal George Pell spoke out … Continue reading

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Communist China’s unlikely Catholic outpost: Tibetans

Opening the church door in Baihanluo reveals a large portrait of Pope Francis — something of a paradox in an ethnically Tibetan area of Communist China. The village is only reachable on foot or by horse, and surrounded by snow-capped … Continue reading

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Chinese leader: Religions must be free of foreign influence

BEIJING (AP) — China’s president warned Wednesday that religions must be independent from foreign influence, as the government asks domestic religious groups to pledge loyalty to the state. China is ruled by the officially atheist Communist Party, and Beijing attempts … Continue reading

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