Roman Catholicism

Pope Francis delivers his blessing as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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September 13, 2020 - 10:59 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged political leaders to listen to protesters and heed their calls for political and social change, an apparent reference to protests in Belarus against the country's authoritarian president. Francis didn’t mention Belarus or any country in his appeal Sunday...
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FILE - This Friday, June 12, 2020 file photo shows St. John's Episcopal Church next to a large "Black Lives Matter" banner on the AFL-CIO building near the White House in Washington. In 2020, mainline Protestant denominations, including the Episcopal, United Methodist and Presbyterian-USA churches, are now deeply engaged in campaigns against racism and voter suppression. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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September 13, 2020 - 9:59 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The images were vivid: President Donald Trump brandishing a Bible outside an Episcopal church in Washington that had been boarded up amid racial injustice protests. Episcopal leaders reacted with outrage at what they deemed a cynical photo-op. “He didn’t say a prayer. … It was used...
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Pope Francis has his hands sanitized by his personal assistant during his weekly general audience general audience in San Damaso courtyard at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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September 09, 2020 - 5:06 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis wore a face mask and used hand sanitizer Wednesday as he appealed for the faithful to look out for the health of others as well as themselves during the coronavirus pandemic. Francis took off the mask as his car pulled into the San Damaso courtyard inside the...
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Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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September 06, 2020 - 6:53 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Sunday that gossiping is a “plague worse than COVID” that is seeking to divide the Catholic Church. Francis strayed from his prepared text to double down on his frequent complaint about gossiping within church communities and even within the Vatican bureaucracy...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 file photo, a moment of the closing event of an inter-religious prayer gathering, in front of the Basilica of St. Francis, Assisi, Italy. The Franciscan friars in Assisi say Pope Francis will journey there next month to sign a new encyclical, expected to stress the value of brotherly relations during and after the pandemic, in what could be his first visit outside of the Rome area since Italy went into lockdown. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
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September 05, 2020 - 7:28 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is next month set to make what would be his first visit outside Rome since Italy was put under lockdown in early March when it became the first country in Europe to feel the full brunt of the coronavirus pandemic. The pope is to journey to Assisi, the birthplace in...
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People wear face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while Pope Francis waves as he arrives for his first general audience with faithful since February when the coronavirus outbreak broke out, in the San Damaso courtyard at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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September 02, 2020 - 8:24 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis described solidarity as the way out of the coronavirus pandemic crisis as he held his first public audience in nearly six months Wednesday after a pause brought on by Italy's outbreak. “The current pandemic has highlighted our interdependence. We are all linked to...
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FILE - In this photo taken on March 27, 2020, Pope Francis, white figure standing alone at center, delivers an Urbi et orbi prayer from the empty St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. If ever there was a defining moment of Pope Francis during the coronavirus pandemic, it came on March 27, the day Italy recorded its single biggest daily jump in fatalities. From the rain-slicked promenade of St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis said the virus had shown that we’re all in this together, that we need each other and need to reassess our priorities. (Yara Nardi/Pool Photo via AP )
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August 30, 2020 - 2:42 am
ROME (AP) — On the March day that Italy recorded its single biggest jump in coronavirus fatalities, Pope Francis emerged from lockdown to offer an extraordinary prayer and plea to his flock to reassess their priorities, arguing the virus had proved they needed one another. Francis’ words from the...
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Tracy Holden of Wilmington, Del., during the Pledge of Allegiance, outside the venue where Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden will speak later tonight, during the final day of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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August 20, 2020 - 10:01 pm
A convention without a roaring crowd, confetti cannons, funny hats — a gathering in name only — delivered the Democratic presidential nomination to Joe Biden on Thursday, the culmination of a lifelong pursuit that comes at a time of crisis. Here are key takeaways from the final night of the...
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FILE - Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Esiscopal Diocese of Washington speaks during a service outside St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, in a Friday, June 19, 2020 file photo. The Democratic Party is tapping a diverse group of faith leaders to speak at its presidential nominating convention this week. Among those speakers is Bishop Mariann Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, who will deliver the benediction on Tuesday, the second night of the Democratic convention.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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August 16, 2020 - 1:17 pm
The Episcopal bishop of Washington, D.C., who criticized President Donald Trump after he held a Bible aloft at a photo op at a historic church in her diocese, is among the diverse group of faith leaders selected by Democrats to speak at their presidential nominating convention. Bishop Mariann Budde...
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Zimbabwe journalist Hopewell Chin'ono appears at the magistrates courts while handcuffed in Harare, Wednesday, July, 22, 2020. Chin'ono known for exposing alleged government corruption is now accused of plotting against the government. Hopwell Chin'ono appeared alongside Jacob Ngarivhume, an opposition politician who is accused of conspiring with to mobilize anti government protests planned for July 31.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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August 16, 2020 - 9:46 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe is embroiled in an economic and political crisis marked by human rights abuses, said the country's Roman Catholic bishops, who were then criticized by the government as “evil” and trying to promote genocide. In a pastoral letter read out at all Catholic churches...
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