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Pope Francis arrives at Riga airport, Latvia, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. Francis is travelling to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to mark their 100th anniversaries of independence and to encourage the faith in the Baltics, which saw five decades of Soviet-imposed religious repression and state-sponsored atheism. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
September 24, 2018 - 4:43 am
RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Pope Francis traveled Monday to the Baltic nation of Latvia, seeking to recognize its suffering under Soviet and Nazi occupation and to encourage the Christian faith that nevertheless endured. On the third day of his Baltic pilgrimage, Francis laid flowers at the monument to...
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Pope Francis arrives at Riga airport, Latvia, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. Francis is travelling to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to mark their 100th anniversaries of independence and to encourage the faith in the Baltics, which saw five decades of Soviet-imposed religious repression and state-sponsored atheism. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
September 24, 2018 - 4:39 am
RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Pope Francis traveled Monday to the Baltic nation of Latvia, seeking to recognize its suffering under Soviet and Nazi occupation and to encourage the Christian faith that nevertheless endured. On the third day of his Baltic pilgrimage, Francis laid flowers at the monument to...
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Pope Francis stops for a moment of prayer during his visit to the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Francis began his second day in the Baltics in Lithuania's second city, Kaunas, where an estimated 3,000 Jews survived out of a community of 37,000 during the 1941-1944 Nazi occupation. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
September 23, 2018 - 11:18 am
KAUNAS, Lithuania (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to the three Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Pope Francis has warned Lithuanians not to forget the suffering of past generations and stay alert to future threats as he visited a museum dedicated...
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Pope Francis greets people as he arrives for a Mass at the Santakos Park, in Kaunas, Lithuania, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. Francis is paying tribute to Lithuanians who suffered and died during Soviet and Nazi occupations on the day the country remembers the near-extermination of its centuries-old Jewish community during the Holocaust. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
September 23, 2018 - 4:14 am
KAUNAS, Lithuania (AP) — Pope Francis paid tribute Sunday to Lithuanians who suffered and died during Soviet and Nazi occupations on the day the country remembers the near-extermination of its centuries-old Jewish community during the Holocaust. Francis began his second day in the Baltics in...
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FILE - In this June 7, 2016, file photo, David Clohessy, center, of the National Director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and attorneys, Billy Keeler, left, and Craig Vernon, for a Utah resident who was abused as a youth at the ward pictured, speak on his behalf and other survivors of childhood sexual abuse from the Lamanite (Indian) Placement Program in Salt Lake City. Four Native Americans who claimed they were sexually abused while enrolled in a now-defunct Mormon church foster program decades ago have filed paperwork to dismiss their cases after reaching financial settlements. Vernon, an attorney who represented the tribal members, says the terms are confidential and include no admission of wrongdoing. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)
September 22, 2018 - 4:51 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Four Native Americans who claimed they were sexually abused while enrolled in a now-defunct Mormon church foster program decades ago filed paperwork to dismiss their cases after reaching financial settlements, a lawyer said. Allegations have been made against the church by...
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Pope Francis smiles as he arrives with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, right, ahead of a meeting with authorities, civil society and diplomatic corps in the square in front of the Presidential Palace, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Pope Francis begins a four-day visit to the Baltics amid renewed alarm about Moscow's intentions in the region it has twice occupied. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
September 22, 2018 - 9:18 am
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Pope Francis urged Lithuanians to use their decades of suffering under Soviet and Nazi occupations to become models of tolerance in an intolerant world as he began a three-nation tour of the Baltics on Saturday amid renewed alarm over the intentions of neighboring Russia...
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Pope Francis, flanked by papal trip organizer Mauricio Rueda Beltz, center, shakes hands with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite at the end of a meeting with authorities, civil society and diplomatic corps in the square in front of the Presidential Palace, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Pope Francis begins a four-day visit to the Baltics amid renewed alarm about Moscow's intentions in the region it has twice occupied. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
September 22, 2018 - 7:53 am
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to the Baltic countries (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Lithuania's president has expressed gratitude to Pope Francis for paying tribute to Holocaust victims in the Baltic nation. Francis landed Saturday in the capital Vilnius for a four-day...
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September 22, 2018 - 6:25 am
ROME (AP) — The Vatican has announced a breakthrough "provisional agreement" with China on the appointment of bishops, an issue that for decades has caused tensions between the Holy See and Beijing. Beijing's long-held insistence that it must approve appointments of bishops in China had thwarted...
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Pope Francis boards his airplane on the occasion of his trip to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia at Rome's Fiumicino International Airport, Saturday, Sept.22, 2018. Pope Francis heads to Europe's northeastern peripheries this weekend to celebrate the faith in three Baltic countries amid renewed alarm about Russia's intentions in the region it twice occupied. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 22, 2018 - 4:35 am
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Russia will be the elephant in the room as Pope Francis begins a four-day visit to the Baltics amid renewed alarm about Moscow's intentions in the region it has twice occupied. Francis arrived early Saturday in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, for a four-day trip that also...
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Pope Francis boards his airplane on the occasion of his trip to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia at Rome's Fiumicino International Airport, Saturday, Sept.22, 2018. Pope Francis heads to Europe's northeastern peripheries this weekend to celebrate the faith in three Baltic countries amid renewed alarm about Russia's intentions in the region it twice occupied. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 22, 2018 - 2:32 am
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Russia will be the elephant in the room as Pope Francis begins a four-day visit to the Baltics amid renewed alarm about Moscow's intentions in the region it has twice occupied. Francis boarded a special Alitalia flight that lands early Saturday in Vilnius, the Lithuanian...
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