Vatican

Pope Francis
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AP News
February 13, 2020 - 10:41 am
Pope Francis refused to approve the ordination of married men or women as deacons to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has divided the Catholic Church and emboldened his conservative critics. Read more here.
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Nelson Perez, the next Archbishop of Philadelphia.
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Mark Abrams
January 24, 2020 - 4:00 am
The arrival of a new archbishop is likely to mean management in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will lean more in the direction of Pope Francis' vision for the Catholic Church. That's the view of a Villanova University theology professor who closely follows the Vatican and church operations here...
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Bishop Nelson J. Perez officates over The Sacrament of Confirmation ceremony at The Church of St. Martin of Tours on December 7, 2012 in Bethpage, New York.
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Mark Abrams
January 23, 2020 - 6:15 am
Pope Francis has named Bishop Nelson Perez, leader of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, as the new archbishop of Philadelphia. Read more here.
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Pope Francis looks at the crowd after he delivered the Urbi et Orbi (Latin for 'to the city and to the world' ) Christmas' day blessing from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019.
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AP News
December 25, 2019 - 7:24 am
Pope Francis offered a Christmas message of hope Wednesday against darkness that cloaks conflicts and relationships in large parts of the world from the Middle East to the Americas to Africa. Read more here.
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Pope Francis celebrates a Mass for the Philippine community of Rome, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican to Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.
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AP News
December 17, 2019 - 10:50 am
Pope Francis abolished the "pontifical secret" used in clergy sexual abuse cases Tuesday, responding to mounting criticism that the high degree of confidentiality has been used to protect pedophiles, silence victims and prevent police from investigating crimes. Read more here.
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New York Giants
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AP News
December 09, 2019 - 5:52 pm
A former New York Giants team chaplain who faced sexual abuse allegations nearly 20 years ago has been sued by one of the accusers. Read more here.
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Catholic church in Massachusetts
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AP News
December 09, 2019 - 3:18 pm
More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due to stresses,...
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Vatican head of security Domenico Giani, right, with the pope.
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AP News
October 14, 2019 - 12:51 pm
The Vatican's latest leaks scandal claimed its first victim Monday, as Pope Francis' chief bodyguard resigned over the leak of a Vatican police flyer identifying five employees who were suspended as part of a financial investigation. Read more here.
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Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput
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Mark Abrams
September 26, 2019 - 4:00 am
Philadelphia's archbishop is 75 and by Vatican law, has presented his resignation to the pope.
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Pope Francis blesses the coffin as he celebrates the funeral service of Cardinal Leon Kalenga Badikebele, the Apostolic nuncio in Argentina, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, June 15, 2019.
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June 17, 2019 - 10:56 am
By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican formally opened debate Monday on letting married men be ordained as priests in remote parts of the Amazon where priests are so few that Catholics can go weeks or months without attending a Mass. The call for study on the proposal...
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