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Pope Francis (AP Photo)

New pope revives question: What is a ‘Latino?’

(AP) – He is being hailed with pride and wonder as the “first Latino pope,” a native Spanish speaker born and raised in the South American nation of Argentina. But for some Latinos in the United States, there’s a catch:

03/24/2013

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)

New pope’s views bind simplicity with ‘complexity’

VATICAN CITY (AP) — At gatherings of Latin American bishops, then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was often a star speaker about economic inequities in a profit-driven world.

03/14/2013

US Representative of Ohio and House Speaker John Boehner (AP photo)

Boehner turns down invitation for Vatican visit

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner is turning down President Barack Obama’s invitation to be in the U.S. delegation to the installation of Pope Francis. He said he’d like to go, but it’s impossible with his current duties including the budget debate.

03/14/2013

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White smoke signals Catholic church has chosen a new pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) — White smoke signals Catholic church has chosen a new pope.

03/13/2013

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Some South African Catholics want reforms from new pope

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some South African Catholics say they hope a new pope will reform their church to allow them to help prevent the spread of AIDS, deal with pregnancies resulting from rape, and think about allowing priests to marry.

03/12/2013

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Top contenders to be the next pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals from around the world gather this week in a conclave to elect a new pope. Several names have come up repeatedly as strong contenders. Here is a look at who they are:

03/10/2013

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Survey of American Catholics shows division

(AP) – In a survey days after Pope Benedict XVI announced his abdication, Catholics split over whether they hope his successor will generally preserve tradition or make changes in Catholic teaching.

02/28/2013

2 NY nun siblings, 96 and 98, die a day apart

MENANDS, N.Y. (AP) — They were born sisters and worked as Roman Catholic sisters for decades before spending their last years living in the same upstate New York residence for nuns.

01/23/2013

No tax, no blessing: German church insists on levy

BERLIN (AP) – The road to heaven is paved with more than good intentions for Germany’s 24 million Catholics. If they don’t pay their religious taxes, they will be denied sacraments, including weddings, baptisms and […]

09/30/2012

Archbishop urges defense of teachings on marriage

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – The archbishop of Newark is urging more than 1 million Roman Catholics in northern New Jersey – especially Catholic politicians – to defend marriage against those he says would “deconstruct or […]

09/26/2012

Minn. Catholic bishops seek marriage fight donors

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s Roman Catholic bishops are urging churchgoers to donate money for television ads in support of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. The Star Tribune reports that a letter […]

09/26/2012

German group slams Catholic 'pay to pray' decree

BERLIN (AP) – A Catholic reform group in Germany criticized the country’s bishops Monday for declaring that believers who refuse to pay religious taxes won’t be able to receive the sacrament, become godparents or work […]

09/24/2012

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