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In this photo taken on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, vocal pedagogue Bernadeta Balabanska conducts the open air choir rehearsal at St. Archangel Michael church in the town of Rakovsky, central Bulgaria, ahead of an upcoming visit by Pope Francis. During his first visit to the Orthodox country of Bulgaria, on May 5 and 6, Pope Francis will visit the capital, Sofia, and the town of Rakovsky, which is home of the largest Catholic community in the Balkan country. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)
May 05, 2019 - 4:26 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Bulgaria (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has offered Pope Francis a very personal gift at the start of his visit to the Balkan nation: A cup of Bulgarian yogurt. Borissov said Sunday after meeting with...
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Pope Francis is welcomed by children wearing traditional dresses upon his arrival in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sunday, May 5, 2019. Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 05, 2019 - 4:01 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Pope Francis arrived Sunday in Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that has taken a hard line against migrants at the same time the pontiff has urged Europe to open its arms and hearts to refugees. During his two-day visit, Francis plans to tour a refugee...
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Pope Francis is welcomed by children wearing traditional dresses upon his arrival in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sunday, May 5, 2019. Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 05, 2019 - 3:40 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that has taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. On a two-day trip that began Sunday,...
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In this photo taken on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, vocal pedagogue Bernadeta Balabanska conducts the open air choir rehearsal at St. Archangel Michael church in the town of Rakovsky, central Bulgaria, ahead of an upcoming visit by Pope Francis. During his first visit to the Orthodox country of Bulgaria, on May 5 and 6, Pope Francis will visit the capital, Sofia, and the town of Rakovsky, which is home of the largest Catholic community in the Balkan country. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)
May 05, 2019 - 3:11 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Bulgaria (all times local): 10 a.m. Pope Francis has arrived in Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that taken a hard line against migrants. That stance conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable...
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Pope Francis boards the airplane on the occasion of a three-day trip to Bulgaria and Macedonia at Rome's Fiumicino International airport, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
May 05, 2019 - 2:25 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is heading to Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that taken a hard line against migrants, which conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. Francis is expected to visit a refugee center during...
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Pope Francis boards the airplane on the occasion of a three-day trip to Bulgaria and Macedonia at Rome's Fiumicino International airport, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
May 05, 2019 - 2:10 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will be spending two days in Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest member and a country with an unreceptive climate for migrants that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. Francis is expected to tour a...
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A statute of St. Anthony is seen kept out side the exploded St. Anthony's church as naval soldiers carry out reconstruction work in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, May 3, 2019. Catholic services are being canceled for a second weekend in Sri Lanka's capital after the government warned of more possible attacks by the same Islamic State-linked group that carried out Easter suicide bombings. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
May 05, 2019 - 12:28 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan Catholics are celebrating Sunday Mass in their homes for a second week as churches remain closed after reports of possible fresh attacks by Islamic extremists. Cardinal Malcom Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, offered a televised Mass from his residence that...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2018, file photo California Attorney General Xavier Becerra talks during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. The California attorney general’s office will review how all 12 Roman Catholic dioceses in the state handled allegations of child sexual abuse that have resulted in payouts of hundreds of millions of dollars to victims. Attorney General Becerra sent out letters to the dioceses on Thursday, May 2, 2019, Sacramento diocese spokesman Kevin Eckery told the Sacramento Bee. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
May 03, 2019 - 10:54 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California attorney general's office will review how all 12 Roman Catholic dioceses in the state handled allegations of child sexual abuse that have resulted in payouts of hundreds of millions of dollars to victims. Attorney General Xavier Becerra sent out letters to the...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 file photo, attorney Jeff Anderson speaks at a news conference in San Francisco, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. The California attorney general's office will review how all 12 Roman Catholic dioceses in the state handled allegations of child sexual abuse that have resulted in payouts of hundreds of millions of dollars to victims. Attorney General Xavier Becerra sent out letters to the dioceses on Thursday, May 2, 2019, Sacramento diocese spokesman Kevin Eckery told the Sacramento Bee. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
May 03, 2019 - 10:49 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California attorney general's office will review how all 12 Roman Catholic dioceses in the state handled allegations of child sexual abuse that have resulted in payouts of hundreds of millions of dollars to victims. Attorney General Xavier Becerra sent out letters to the...
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May 03, 2019 - 10:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California attorney general's office will review how all 12 Roman Catholic dioceses in the state handled allegations of child sexual abuse that have resulted in payouts of hundreds of millions of dollars to victims. Attorney General Xavier Becerra sent out letters to the...
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