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June 18, 2021, 9:03 PM

US Catholic bishops OK steps toward possible rebuke of Biden

The bishops privately cast their vote after nearly three hours of debate.
June 18, 2021, 9:03 PM
June 18, 2021, 11:20 AM

Heated debate before US Catholic bishops vote on Communion

U.S. Catholic bishops have debated heatedly over how to address concerns about Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, who continue to receive Communion despite supporting abortion rights
June 18, 2021, 11:20 AM
June 17, 2021, 2:33 PM

Rift on Communion policy as US Catholic bishops open meeting

Divisions have flared up among U.S. Catholic bishops as they opened a national meeting highlighted by a sensitive agenda item: a possible rebuke of Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, who receive Communion while supporting abortion rights
June 17, 2021, 2:33 PM
June 11, 2021, 12:40 PM

Pope taps South Korean to head Vatican office for priests

Pope Francis has tapped a South Korean bishop to lead the Vatican office responsible for the world’s 400,000 Catholic priests
June 11, 2021, 12:40 PM
June 10, 2021, 2:04 PM

Pope rejects German cardinal's resignation, urges reform

Pope Francis has refused to accept the resignation of German Cardinal Reinhard Marx over the sex abuse scandal in the church
June 10, 2021, 2:04 PM
June 10, 2021, 12:33 PM

Pope Francis blesses UEFA officials ahead of Euro 2020

Pope Francis has met with UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin and other soccer officials to offer his blessings before the European Championship kicks off in Rome
June 10, 2021, 12:33 PM
June 10, 2021, 12:05 AM

Vatican's financial crimes prosecution hurt by inexperience

European evaluators are warning that the Vatican’s efforts to investigate and prosecute financial crimes are suffering from understaffing and inexperience
June 10, 2021, 12:05 AM
June 7, 2021, 3:03 AM

Cleared Chicago priest holds first Mass since reinstatement

Three men had claimed the Chicago priest sexually abused them as children.
June 7, 2021, 3:03 AM
June 6, 2021, 5:36 PM

Italian nun slain by 3 teen girls beatified as martyr

She was stabbed 19 times by three teen girls apparently fascinated by Satan.
June 6, 2021, 5:36 PM
June 5, 2021, 11:11 PM

Wisconsin priest digs in to refuse bishop's demand to resign

The Rev. James Altman calls himself "a lowly priest" serving a blue-collar city.
June 5, 2021, 11:11 PM
June 4, 2021, 1:31 PM

'Dead end': German cardinal offers to quit over church abuse

A leading German cardinal and confidant of Pope Francis has offered to resign over the church’s mishandling of clergy sexual abuse scandals and declared that the church had arrived at “a dead end.”
June 4, 2021, 1:31 PM
May 30, 2021, 5:34 PM

Pope invites Lebanese Christians to Vatican for peace prayer

He asked for prayers for Lebanon itself so it can enjoy “a more serene future.”
May 30, 2021, 5:34 PM
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Pope sends envoys to German diocese in church abuse crisis

Pope Francis is sending envoys to the German archdiocese of Cologne to investigate possible mistakes by senior church officials in handling past sexual abuse cases and the “complex pastoral situation” in the deeply divided church there
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Cardinal Pell eyes a Vatican scandal he suspected long ago

Cardinal Pell was convicted and then acquitted of sex abuse charges in Australia
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Pope taps fellow Jesuit to lead sensitive Hong Kong church

Pope Francis has named a new bishop for Hong Kong, tapping the head of his own Jesuit order in the region, the Rev. P
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Pope raises alarm about Italy's precariously low birthrate

Pope Francis is adding his voice to the chorus of alarm about Italy’s falling population, which the coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated
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Pope meets Argentine president months after abortion law

Pope Francis has met with Argentine President Alberto Fernandez, months after Argentina legalized abortion despite a personal appeal from the pontiff and opposition from the local Catholic Church
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Pope meets Argentine president months after abortion law
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Pope creates lay ministry to boost supply of faith teachers

Pope Francis has formally created a new lay ministry to encourage greater participation of secular women and men in the teaching of the Catholic faith, especially in places where priests are in short supply
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Judge slain in Sicily by mafiosi put on path to sainthood

A magistrate slain by mobsters has been beatified by the Roman Catholic church.
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Pope: God doesn't distinguish between natives, foreigners

Pope Francis is denouncing “aggressive” nationalism that rejects migrants in his annual message for migrants and refugees
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Ex-priest accused of sexually abusing a minor 4 decades ago

A former Virginia priest has been charged with sexually assaulting a minor four decades ago
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Pope prays for pandemic's end and for a 'horizon of hope'

Pope Francis prays for a return of what he calls “a horizon of hope and peace.”
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Pope enables Vatican prosecutions of cardinals, bishops

Pope Francis has sent another message to Vatican-based cardinals about his intent to hold them accountable for criminal misconduct
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Pope sets 40-euro Vatican gift cap in corruption crackdown

Pope Francis set a 40-euro ($48) gift cap for all Vatican employees in one of his biggest efforts yet to crack down on corruption in the Holy See
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Pope asks US bishop to resign after cover-up investigation

A Roman Catholic diocese in Minnesota says Pope Francis asked its bishop to resign after he was investigated by the Vatican for allegedly interfering with past investigations into clergy sexual abuse
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3 months ago

Pope Francis once again confronts the specter of COVID-19 during Holy Week and Easter

Pope Francis once again confronts the specter of COVID-19 during Holy Week and Easter.
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For the pope, another Holy Week under COVID lockdown
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Pope taps Chilean sex abuse whistleblower for Vatican panel

Pope Francis has named a Chilean survivor of clerical sex abuse to serve on a Vatican commission that advises the pontiff on how to protect children from pedophile priests
3 months ago
Pope taps Chilean sex abuse whistleblower for Vatican panel
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Belgian bishop lashes out at Vatican over gay unions decree

A Belgian bishop has lashed out at the Vatican over its decree that the Catholic Church won’t bless same-sex unions
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Pope says he symbolically kneels in plea for Myanmar peace

Pope Francis has made a dramatic appeal for bloodshed to end in Myanmar
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Same-sex union blessings ban upsets gay Catholics in Asia

The Vatican’s edict that same-sex unions cannot be blessed because they are sinful has been met with criticism by rights activists and gay Catholics in parts of the Asia-Pacific region as inconsistent and out of step with contemporary community standards
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LGBTQ Catholics stung by Vatican rebuff of same-sex unions

Francis has endorsed providing legal protections for same-sex couples.
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Vatican bars gay union blessing, says God 'can't bless sin'

The Vatican has decreed that the Catholic Church won't bless same-sex unions, saying that God “cannot bless sin.”
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4 months ago

Pope weighed Iraq virus risk but believes God will protect

Pope Francis says he weighed the risks of a high-profile trip to Iraq during the coronavirus pandemic
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Pope Francis holds historic meeting with religious groups, top Iraq Shiite cleric 

Pope Francis held a historic meeting with religious groups and Iraq's top Shiite cleric.
4 months ago
Pope Francis holds historic meeting with religious groups, top Iraq Shiite cleric 
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Pope Francis' historic trip continues into northern Iraq

The pontiff called for unity and forgiveness for Muslim extremists as he visited multiple churches destroyed by ISIS.
4 months ago
Pope Francis' historic trip continues into northern Iraq
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Pope visits Erbil on last day of historic visit to Iraq

Pope Francis held mass at a stadium in Erbil, where some 10,000 people gathered to cheer his arrival.
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Pope visits Erbil on last day of historic visit to Iraq
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Pope Francis’ spends last day in Iraq

How his historic trip brought a message of peace to a city that was pillaged by ISIS only four years ago.
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Pope Francis’ spends last day in Iraq
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Where IS ruled, pope calls on Christians to forgive, rebuild

Pope Francis urged Iraqi Christians to forgive injustices committed against them
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Pope Francis denounces religious extremism during Iraq visit

The pope reached out to Iraq’s Shia Muslim community in his historic visit to the country.
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Pope Francis denounces religious extremism during Iraq visit
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Pope to visit Iraq church damaged by IS militants

In a stop rich in symbolism, Pope Francis will visit a church damaged during the Islamic State's reign of terror in the town of Qaraqosh, a center for Christian life in Iraq
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Pope Francis is on day 2 of his historic visit to Iraq

The pope travelled to the holy city of Najaf and met one of the most powerful figures in Shia Islam, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
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Pope Francis is on day 2 of his historic visit to Iraq
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ABC News Live Update: Pope Francis in Iraq for 1st papal visit

Plus, Democrats have the votes to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion dollar COVID relief plan in the Senate, and primates at the San Diego Zoo have started receiving a COVID vaccine.
4 months ago
ABC News Live Update: Pope Francis in Iraq for 1st papal visit
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Pope Francis brings message of peace to Iraq

The pope brought a message of peace, reconciliation and tolerance to Iraq during his visit to the predominantly Muslim country. He was met by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.
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Pope Francis brings message of peace to Iraq
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Pope Francis brings message of unity and tolerance to Iraq

Pope Francis offered his help to bridge religious divides in the country.
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Pope brings message of unity and tolerance to Iraq
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Pope Francis visits Iraq

Some health experts are concerned the historic trip could become a COVID super-spreader event.
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Pope Francis visits Iraq
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Pope urges Iraq to embrace its Christians on historic visit

The Pope will urge the country’s dwindling number of Christians to stay put.
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Pope arrives in Iraq to rally Christians despite pandemic
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Pope Francis visits Iraq

The pope visits despite violence escalating and COVID cases rising throughout the country.
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Pope Francis visits Iraq
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Pope arrives in Iraq for historic visit

Pope Francis touched down in Iraq on Friday morning in a first-ever Papal visit, as the war-torn country grapples with another wave of the coronavirus.
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Pope arrives in Iraq for historic visit
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Pope makes 1st visit to Iraq

Pope Francis is traveling to Iraq on Friday in the country’s first papal visit. ABC News’ Ian Pannell reports on how, after years of persecution, Christians are cautiously returning to Iraq.
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Pope makes 1st visit to Iraq
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Why the pope's visit to Iraq is so significant

"The Iraqi people are waiting for us," the pope said.
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Why the pope's visit to Iraq is so significant