Christianity

November 12, 2019 - 9:38 am
BALTIMORE (AP) — Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles, an immigrant from Mexico, overwhelmingly won election Tuesday as the first Hispanic to head the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Gómez, 67, has been serving as the conference's vice president for the past three years. Regarding doctrine, he...
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November 12, 2019 - 9:27 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's conservative government says it's scrapping plans to criminalize blasphemy. Justice Minister Costas Tsiaras said Tuesday that the proposal has been removed from draft legislation that's being debated in Parliament. It would have made blasphemy punishable by up to two...
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November 12, 2019 - 7:58 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president laid out his vision of a tolerant Poland rooted in its Christian traditions and appealed Tuesday for an end to political conflict as he inaugurated a new four-year term in the country's parliament. Andrzej Duda paid homage to Poland's tradition of being a...
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In this Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, photo, Sister Sukanya Sukchai adjusts a newly made chasubles at Catholic preparatory school in Bangkok, Thailand. Seamstresses from the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sisters of Bangkok are studiously snipping and sewing, fashioning robes for the upcoming visit of Pope Francis. They’ve been working tirelessly, running up the ceremonial garments Pope Francis will wear during his four-day visit to Thailand later this month. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
November 12, 2019 - 2:36 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's capital boasts garment makers ranging from bespoke tailors to sweatshops, but for a truly divine frock, you have to look a little harder. In a Catholic preparatory school, seamstresses from the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sisters of Bangkok are studiously...
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In this Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, photo, Sister Sukanya Sukchai adjusts a newly made chasubles at Catholic preparatory school in Bangkok, Thailand. Seamstresses from the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sisters of Bangkok are studiously snipping and sewing, fashioning robes for the upcoming visit of Pope Francis. They’ve been working tirelessly, running up the ceremonial garments Pope Francis will wear during his four-day visit to Thailand later this month. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
November 12, 2019 - 1:11 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's capital boasts garment makers ranging from bespoke tailors to sweatshops, but for a truly divine frock, you have to look a little harder. In a Catholic preparatory school, seamstresses from the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sisters of Bangkok are studiously...
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FILE - This August 2019 file photo released by the Utah Department of Corrections shows Ron Lafferty. Utah prison officials say Lafferty, a death-row inmate whose double-murder case was featured in the book "Under the Banner of Heaven" and who was nearing an execution by firing squad, has died of natural causes. Utah Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kaitlin Felsted said in a statement Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, that 78-year-old Lafferty died at the state prison in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper. (Utah Department of Corrections via AP, File)
November 11, 2019 - 7:01 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah death-row inmate who killed his brother's wife and her toddler because of his strong polygamist beliefs in a case made famous by the book "Under the Banner of Heaven" has died of natural causes, prison officials said Monday. Ron Lafferty, 78, died at the state prison in...
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Bishops sing during an opening hymn at the start of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Fall General Assembly at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
November 11, 2019 - 5:18 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — US Catholic bishops received a challenging to-do list Monday as they opened their national assembly — notably to support immigrants and refugees, extend the campaign to curtail clergy sex abuse and work harder to combat gun violence. They also were urged by Pope Francis' envoy to...
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FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 file photo, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, left, sits with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, before the conference's annual fall meeting in Baltimore. Clergy sex abuse is once again on the agenda as U.S. Catholic bishops meet in November 2019 _ but so is a potentially historic milestone: Archbishop Gomez, an immigrant from Mexico, is widely expected to win election as the first Hispanic president of the bishops’ national conference. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
November 10, 2019 - 1:08 pm
Clergy sex abuse is once again on the agenda as U.S. Catholic bishops meet this week — but so is a potentially historic milestone: Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, an immigrant from Mexico, is widely expected to win election as the first Hispanic president of the bishops' national conference...
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Pope Francis delivers his message during his Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
November 10, 2019 - 9:24 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday called for South Sudan politicians to salvage a tenuous peace deal and to bring a definitive end to conflicts to the African nation, which he announced he intends to visit in the coming year. In public remarks from a Vatican palace window overlooking St...
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Pope Francis delivers his blessing during his Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
November 10, 2019 - 8:40 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging Bolivians, including its politicians, to calmly await the outcome of a disputed election review. Francis on Sunday told pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter's Square that he was entrusting to their prayers "the situation of beloved Bolivia," noting that it...
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