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In this Thursday, Dec. 7, 1995 photo, Former Nazi SS captain Erich Priebke enters military court in Rome. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)

Hundreds protest funeral for Nazi criminal

ALBANO LAZIALE, Italy (AP) — Shouting “murderer” and “executioner,” hundreds of people jeered the remains of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke as his coffin arrived Tuesday for a funeral Mass celebrated by a splinter Catholic […]

10/15/2013

A damaged grave after a vandal attack is shown in the Protestant Cemetery of Mt. Zion, Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Attack on Jerusalem graves unnerves Christians

JERUSALEM (AP) — Christian leaders in Israel are up in arms over what they say is a string of relentless attacks on church properties and religious sites — most recently the desecration of a historic […]

10/09/2013

Pope Francis smiles during his meeting with cloistered nuns at the St. Chiara Basilica, in Assisi, Italy, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)

6 goals the Pope highlights in St. Francis’ town

ASSISI, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis broke bread with the poor and embraced the disabled on a pilgrimage to his namesake’s hometown Friday, urging the faithful to follow the example of the 13th-century St. Francis, […]

10/04/2013

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Vatican: Benedict XVI may attend pope canonization

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be declared saints on April 27 at a ceremony that might see two living popes honoring two dead ones. The Vatican on Monday […]

09/30/2013

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Pope’s blunt remarks pose challenge for bishops

NEW YORK (AP) – In recent years, many American bishops have drawn a harder line with parishioners on what could be considered truly Roman Catholic, adopting a more aggressive style of correction and telling abortion […]

09/21/2013

Irish poet Seamus Heaney, center, displays his Nobel literature prize medal, surrounded by his family, from left: his son Michael, daughter Catherine, his wife Marie and son Christopher, after receiving it from the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf at the Concert Hall in Stockholm, Sweden on Dec. 10, 1995. (AP Photo/Eric Roxfelt, File)

‘Don’t be afraid': Final words from Seamus Heaney

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland mourned the loss of its Nobel laureate poet, Seamus Heaney, with equal measures of poetry and pain Monday in a funeral full of grace notes and a final message from the […]

09/02/2013

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Churches changing bylaws after gay marriage ruling

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Worried they could be sued by gay couples, some churches are changing their bylaws to reflect their view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman. Although […]

08/24/2013

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Religious order files reveal decades of LA abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hundreds of pages of secret church files released Wednesday shed light on the troublesome careers of a dozen religious order priests, brothers and nuns accused of sexually abusing children while working […]

07/31/2013

Pope Francis leaves the Church of Jesus after celebrating a mass, in Rome, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Analysis: Pope’s revolution; not all are pleased

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Francis Revolution is underway. Not everyone is pleased. Four months into his papacy, Francis has called on young Catholics in the trenches to take up spiritual arms to shake up […]

07/31/2013

Pilgrims and residents gather on Copacabana beach before the arrival of Pope Francis for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Clergy, faithful digest Francis’ Brazil message

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In word and deed during his trip to Brazil, Pope Francis put clergy and faithful alike on notice: Get energized, go out and spread the Gospel, give the Roman Catholic […]

07/30/2013

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