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FILE - In this Monday, April 18, 2005 file photo, U.S. Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick attends a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. On Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 the Vatican announced Pope Francis defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, files)
February 16, 2019 - 12:13 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and of sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday. McCarrick, 88, is the highest-ranking Catholic...
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FILE - In this April 23, 2002 file photo Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of the Archdiocese of Washington, waves as he arrives at the Vatican in a limousine. On Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 the Vatican announced Pope Francis defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)
February 16, 2019 - 9:41 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick (all times local): 3:40 p.m. A U.S. Catholic church leader says the Vatican's defrocking of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick shows no bishop is above the church's law. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, whose own...
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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2016, file photo, a man walks past the Salt Lake Temple, a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Parents of Mormon missionaries will be able to hear their children's voices a lot more often under new rules announced Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, that allow the proselytizing youngsters to call home every week instead of only twice a year. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
February 15, 2019 - 6:54 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Parents of Mormon missionaries will be able to hear their children's voices a lot more often under new rules announced Friday that allow the proselytizing youngsters to call home every week instead of only twice a year. The move is aimed at encouraging families to be more...
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French writer Frederic Martel gestures during an interview with Associated Press, in Paris, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. In the explosive book "In the Closet of the Vatican" author Frederic Martel describes a gay subculture at the Vatican and calls out the hypocrisy of Catholic bishops and cardinals who in public denounce homosexuality but in private lead double lives. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
February 15, 2019 - 2:26 pm
PARIS (AP) — A gay French writer has lifted the lid on what he calls one of the world's largest gay communities, the Vatican, estimating that most of its prelates are homosexually inclined and attributing much of the current crisis in the Catholic Church to an internal struggle. In the explosive...
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In this 2019 photo provided by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Aimee Maddonna smiles while sitting with her children at her home in Simpsonville, S.C. The South Carolina mother has sued both the state and federal government, saying she’s a victim of religious discrimination on the part of a federally funded foster-care agency that turned her down because of her Catholic faith. Maddonna says the agency in 2014 initially encouraged her to become a foster parent but cut off ties once realizing that she is Catholic and not a “born-again” Christian, as the agency’s internal rules require. (Courtesy of Aimee Maddonna/Americans United for Separation of Church and State via AP)
February 15, 2019 - 12:55 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Catholic mother says a federally funded South Carolina foster agency abruptly stopped working with her and won't allow her to foster children because she's "not the right kind of Christian." In a federal lawsuit filed Friday, Aimee Maddonna and her lawyers say Miracle Hill...
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February 13, 2019 - 1:26 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says it is teaming up with Microsoft on an academic prize to promote ethics in artificial intelligence. Pope Francis met privately on Wednesday with Microsoft President Brad Smith and the head of a Vatican scientific office that promotes Catholic Church positions on...
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February 10, 2019 - 3:48 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Two newspapers are reporting that about 380 Southern Baptist church leaders and workers have been accused of sexual misconduct since 1998, leaving more than 700 victims. The San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle reported Sunday that their six-month joint...
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FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2010, file photo, Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman, listens to officials at a prison in Sheikhupura near Lahore, Pakistan. The Christian woman freed by Pakistan's Supreme Court which acquitted her on blasphemy charge was transferred to southern Karachi by Pakistan's security agencies, but has told a friend, who spoke to her on telephone, that she is being held in a room unable to leave and unable to find out when she can leave Pakistan. (AP Photo, File)
February 09, 2019 - 1:55 pm
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan has been transferred from a secret location near the capital to another in Karachi, but is still unable to leave the country to join her daughters in Canada, a friend said Saturday. Aman...
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gestures during a parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. During the plenary session the Ukrainian parliament voted to the Constitution on joining the EU and NATO. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
February 09, 2019 - 10:01 am
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine must join the European Union and NATO to protect itself from Russia's expansionist actions, Ukraine's president said Saturday as he officially launched his re-election campaign. President Petro Poroshenko, who is seeking a second five-year term in the March 31 vote,...
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Pope Francis smiles as he arrives in the Paul VI hall on the occasion of his weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
February 09, 2019 - 8:37 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will meet with migrants in Morocco and visit a training institute for imams that seeks to be a bulwark against Islamic extremism during his March 30-31 visit to the North African country. The Vatican on Saturday released the schedule for the pope's trip to Rabat. It...
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