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Pope Francis visits with journalists during the papal flight direct to Rio de Janeiro, Monday, July 22, 2013.  Francis, the 76-year-old Argentine who became the church's first pontiff from the Americas in March, returns to the embrace of Latin America to preside over the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day festival.  During his flight from Rome, Francis warned about youth unemployment in some countries in the double digits, telling about 70 journalists aboard the papal plane that there is a "risk of having a generation that hasn't worked." He said, "Young people at this moment are in crisis." (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

PHOTOS: Francis begins first trip home as pope

Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro to begin a weeklong visit to participate in the World Youth Day festival. After making a no-frills flight on a charter jet from Italy on Monday, the pontiff […]

07/23/2013

Faithful cheer in front of Rio de Janeiro's cathedral, background, as they wait for the arrival of Pope Francis, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, July 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

Pope Francis arrives to Brazil’s warm embrace

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis returned Monday to the warm embrace of Latin America, landing in Brazil to begin his first international trip as pontiff. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff waited on the tarmac […]

07/22/2013

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Arsonist ordered to pay $8.9M for church fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles County prosecutors say a convicted arsonist has been ordered to pay $8.9 million in restitution and serve an 18-year sentence for setting a church fire in Hacienda Heights. Deputy […]

07/19/2013

In this photo taken on Saturday, June 25, 2011 Monsignor Claudio Maria Celli shows to journalists the new portal, www.news.va, during a press conference at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Pope OKs indulgences for the tweeting classes

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is offering indulgences for Facebook fans, Twitter lovers and other “virtual” participants of the upcoming World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro — but there’s a hitch. The Holy […]

07/19/2013

In this Tuesday, March 19, 2013 photo, Pope Francis is driven through the crowd in his open-top popemobile in St. Peter's Square for his inauguration Mass at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Angelo Carconi, File)

Pope nixes bulletproof popemobile for Rio trip

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is forgoing the bulletproof popemobile for his upcoming trip to Brazil for the Catholic Church’s youth festival, further evidence that he has no qualms about tweaking the Vatican’s security […]

07/17/2013

Pope Francis kneels in prayer in front of the icon of the Virgin Mary inside St. Mary Major Basilica, Rome, Italy, Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. (AP Photo)

Pope visits Vatican lot after urging ‘humble’ cars

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is following up on his call for priests to eschew fancy cars. A Vatican official says the 76-year-old pope visited the Vatican garage where the city state’s fleet of […]

07/11/2013

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Pope criminalizes leaks, sex abuse in first laws

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis overhauled the laws that govern the Vatican City State on Thursday, criminalizing leaks of Vatican information and specifically listing sexual violence, prostitution and possession of child pornography as crimes […]

07/11/2013

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Catholic hospitals accept birth control rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — A trade group for Catholic hospitals says it can accept the Obama administration’s compromise on birth control coverage. The Catholic Health Association says it’s pleased with final rules for faith-affiliated nonprofits from […]

07/09/2013

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Few Milwaukee clergy abuse victims get large sums

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Clergy sex abuse victims have long accused the Archdiocese of Milwaukee of spending more money on lawyers to protect itself than to care for those who suffered at the hands of abusive […]

07/05/2013

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Final gov’t birth control rule for faith groups

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration issued its final compromise Friday for religiously affiliated charities, hospitals and other nonprofits that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans. The Health and Human Services […]

06/28/2013

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Boy Scouts vote on policy toward openly gay boys

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — In one of their most dramatic choices in a century, local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America voted Thursday on whether to ease a divisive ban and allow openly gay […]

05/23/2013

The Crystal Cathedral in a 2010 AP file photo.

Crystal Cathedral church gets new name

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — The church once known as California’s Crystal Cathedral has been renamed Shepherd’s Grove. The church is moving next month to St. Callistus Catholic Church in Orange. The Roman Catholic Diocese of […]

05/17/2013

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