Catholic Church

St. Paul Cathedral, the mother church of the Pittsburgh Diocese
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Mark Abrams
April 24, 2019 - 3:28 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Diocese of Allentown has launched a compensation program for victims of clergy sex abuse, similar to one started in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia . Matt Kerr, director of communications for the Diocese of Allentown, said Washington D.C.-based attorney Kenneth...
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Church benches in the Catholic Church.
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Mark Abrams
April 18, 2019 - 5:45 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia's archbishop gathered archdiocesan priests at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Thursday to lead them in a recommitment to their ministry, even as the church works to tackle the ongoing fallout from the clergy sex abuse crisis. Archbishop...
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Four more Philadelphia churches have been nominated for historic designation by the City of Philadelphia, but the Archdiocese is concerned that the list may be growing too large.
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Mike DeNardo
April 17, 2019 - 4:36 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Four more Philadelphia churches have been nominated for historic designation by the City of Philadelphia, but the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is concerned that the list may be growing too large. Local historian Celeste Morello doesn't attend any of them, but she told...
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ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: Pope Benedict XVI waves to pilgrims, for the last time as head of the Catholic Church, from the window of Castel Gandolfo where he will start his retirement today on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy.
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Mark Abrams
April 11, 2019 - 5:00 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newradio) -- A Villanova University theology professor says the former pope's decision to weigh in on the Catholic Church clergy sex abuse crisis may have been unwise. Massimo Faggioli, who is also a respected Vatican watcher, says the move by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to publish...
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The long-time archbishop of Atlanta, Bishop Wilton Gregory, has been tapped by Pope Francis to lead the Archdiocese of Washington.
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Mark Abrams
April 04, 2019 - 3:06 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The longtime archbishop of Atlanta has been tapped by Pope Francis to lead the Archdiocese of Washington. "I see this appointment as an appointment to be the pastor of the Archdiocese of Washington. I was not elected to Congress," said Archbishop Wilton Gregory...
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Governor Murphy holds a press conference with advocates, community and faith leaders on impact of marijuana legalization and expungement legislation in Trenton.
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David Madden
March 29, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A bill on the governor’s desk in New Jersey would allow victims of sexual abuse when they were children a two-year window to file civil lawsuits, and one man who says he was victimized by a Catholic priest in Newark four decades ago is hopeful that Phil Murphy...
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Pope Francis seen on a giant screen at right, celebrates Mass outside Loreto's cathedral, central Italy, Monday, March 25, 2019.
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March 26, 2019 - 4:26 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The founder and all-female editorial board of the Vatican's women's magazine have quit after what they say was a Vatican campaign to discredit them and put them "under the direct control of men," that only increased after they denounced the sexual abuse of nuns by clergy. The...
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Father Armand Garcia, who was placed on administrative leave by the Philadelphia Archdiocese last March, was formally charged with rape, corruption of minors and possession of child pornography.
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Mark Abrams
March 05, 2019 - 3:18 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Rape charges have been filed against a Philadelphia priest for an assault on a teen girl five years ago. Father Armand Garcia, who was placed on administrative leave by the Philadelphia Archdiocese last March, was formally charged with rape, corruption of minors and...
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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 1940 file photo Pope Pius XII receives the special envoy to the Vatican, Myron C. Taylor, who presented a letter from U. S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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March 04, 2019 - 5:19 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Declaring that the church "isn't afraid of history," Pope Francis said Monday he has decided to open up the Vatican archives on World War II-era Pope Pius XII, who has been criticized by Jews of staying silent on the Holocaust and not doing enough to save lives. Describing that...
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Pope Francis
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Mark Abrams
March 03, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - - A week ago, an unprecedented Vatican summit on clergy sexual abuse ended. While some had greater expectations of Pope Francis and church leadership, a Villanova professor believes they're on the right track for reform. Many observers labeled the summit's results as...
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