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Pope Francis baptizes 10-year-hold Giorgio Capezzuoli during the Easter vigil service in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope seeks to bring faith to “ends of the Earth”

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith “to the ends of the Earth” as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica. The […]

04/19/2014

In this photo released by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis delivers his blessing during a meeting with the Italian pro-life movement, at the Vatican Friday, April 11, 2014. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Pope assumes responsibility for priest sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Friday he took personal responsibility for the “evil” of priests who raped and molested children, asking forgiveness from victims and saying the church must be even bolder in […]

04/11/2014

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope stresses strength, courage, hope in new year

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, laying out his hopes Wednesday for the just-begun year, urged people to work for a world where everyone accepts each other’s differences and where enemies recognize that they are […]

01/01/2014

Pope Francis holds a monstrance as he celebrates a New Year's Eve vespers service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope asks people if they used 2013 to help others

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis used his year-end prayer service on Tuesday evening to urge people to ask themselves a tough question: Did they mainly spend 2013 promoting self-interests or helping others? That’s what […]

12/31/2013

Pope Francis waves as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Dec. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis is Time’s Person of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) — Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Roman Catholic church’s new leader has changed the perception of the church in an extraordinary way […]

12/11/2013

The Notre Dame administration building, known as the Golden Dome, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond, FILE)

Notre Dame sues over birth control mandate

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame on Tuesday filed another lawsuit opposing portions of the federal health care overhaul that forces it to provide health insurance for students and employees that […]

12/03/2013

Attendees sing a song at the Sunday Assembly, a godless congregation founded by British comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. A new mega-church movement is generating buzz from London to Los Angeles, but this time it's a belief in non-belief that's drawing crowds on Sunday mornings. Sunday Assembly began in London in January and soared in popularity among atheists looking for a place to air their views with other likeminded people and now the concept has taken hold across the pond. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Atheist ‘mega-churches’ take root across US, world

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church. Hundreds packed in for more than an hour of rousing music, an inspirational sermon, a reading and some quiet reflection. The […]

11/10/2013

Appeals court deals blow to contraceptive mandate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided appeals court panel is siding with Ohio business owners who challenged the birth control mandate under the new federal health care law. The business owners are two brothers who say […]

11/01/2013

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Vatican polls parishes on birth control, marriage

NEW YORK (AP) — The Vatican is taking the unusual step of conducting a worldwide survey on how parishes deal with sensitive issues such as birth control, divorce and gay marriage, seeking input ahead of […]

10/31/2013

A woman holding a flag of Italian Communist Refoundation Party thumps her fist on the hearse carrying the coffin of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke as it arrives at the Society of St. Pius X, a schismatic Catholic group, in Albano Laziale, on the outskirts of Rome, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Lapresse)

Priebke lawyer calls off funeral amid protests

ALBANO LAZIALE, Italy (AP) — The bitterly protested funeral of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke was called off hours after it was to have taken place Tuesday by his lawyer, who said police prevented friends […]

10/15/2013

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