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Pope Francis celebrates a Easter vigil mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 20, 2019.
AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia
April 20, 2019 - 4:31 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — At an Easter vigil in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged people to resist cynicism or pursuing the "glitter of wealth," and to avoid seeking life's meaning in "things that pass away." "Do not bury hope!" Francis exclaimed, after noting that when things go...
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Survivors of sex abuse hold a cross as they gather in front of Via della Conciliazione, the road leading to St. Peter's Square, visible in background, during a twilight vigil prayer of the victims of sex abuse, in Rome, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.
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February 21, 2019 - 1:35 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The day began with an African woman telling an extraordinary gathering of Catholic leaders that her priestly rapist forced her to have three abortions over a dozen years after he started violating her at age 15. It ended with a Colombian cardinal warning them they could all face...
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February 17, 2019 - 8:47 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is asking for prayers for this week's sex abuse summit at the Vatican , calling abuse an "urgent challenge of our time." He has summoned bishops to Rome to help him chart a way forward after decades of abuse by priests and prelates and the systematic cover-ups of...
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Pope Francis attends the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a United Nations agency, in Rome.
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Mark Abrams
February 17, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Pope Francis convenes a major summit of bishops, archbishops and cardinals in the Vatican later this week where the clergy sex abuse crisis will be on the front burner. The church leaders will meet with the pope for a four-day session starting Thursday to discuss how...
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December 24, 2018 - 5:30 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged Christians on Monday to forgo the greed, gluttony and materialism of Christmas and to focus instead on its message of simplicity, charity and love. Francis celebrated a Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, opening a busy week for the pope that includes...
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December 22, 2018 - 4:02 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The pope's official almsgiver has opened a health station beneath St. Peter's Square to serve the homeless, expanding Pope Francis' efforts to care for the needy living close to the heart of the Roman Catholic Church. The Vatican said Saturday that the Mother of Mercy health...
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Andrew Medichini/AP
December 21, 2018 - 8:31 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis vowed Friday that the Catholic Church will "never again" cover up clergy sex abuse and demanded that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in. Francis dedicated his annual Christmas speech to the Vatican bureaucracy to abuse, evidence that a...
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AP Photo/Andrew Medichini
December 07, 2018 - 1:27 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has launched an investigation into a small Chilean religious order of nuns after some sisters denounced sexual abuse at the hands of priests and mistreatment by their superiors, a turning point that shows the Holy See is now willing to investigate allegations of...
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Pope Francis leaves s at the end of his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.
AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino
September 12, 2018 - 9:37 am
By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is summoning the presidents of every bishops conference around the world for a February summit to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children — evidence that he realizes the scandal is global and that inaction...
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In this Aug. 21, 2018 photo, Joseph Bambera, Roman Catholic bishop of Scranton, Pa., discusses the clergy abuse crisis in an interview with The Times-Tribune in Scranton.
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September 05, 2018 - 7:25 am
A Roman Catholic bishop who apologized to his flock last month for the "misguided and inappropriate decisions of church leaders" is reckoning with his own role — revealed in federal court a decade ago — in the system that protected pedophile priests. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera handled three...
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