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Man faces hate crime charge in Florida church arson attack

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OCALA, Fla. — A man accused of setting a Florida church on fire last year is facing a federal hate crime charge, prosecutors announced...

Biden inauguration priest under investigation in California

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Jesuit priest who presided over an inaugural Mass for President Joe Biden is under investigation for unspecified allegations and...

Vatican pressed on decree limiting Latin Mass in St. Peter’s

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ROME — A second Catholic cardinal has questioned the legitimacy of a recent decree by the Vatican to restrict the celebration of the old...

St. Patrick’s Day to be largely virtual in NYC for 2nd year

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NEW YORK — A largely virtual St. Patrick's Day is planned for New York City on Wednesday, one year after the annual parade celebrating...

Pope says he symbolically kneels in plea for Myanmar peace

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Wednesday appealed for bloodshed to end and dialogue to prevail in Myanmar, saying he symbolically kneels in that...

Belgian bishop lashes out at Vatican over gay unions decree

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BRUSSELS — A Belgian bishop has lashed out at the Vatican over its decree that the Catholic Church won’t bless same-sex unions since God...

Chicago parish fiercely backs priest after sex abuse claims

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CHICAGO — When her teenage son was murdered outside a church in 2006, Pam Bosley contacted ministers around Chicago, hoping someone would help make...

LGBTQ Catholics stung by Vatican rebuff of same-sex unions

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The Vatican’s declaration that same-sex unions are a sin the Roman Catholic Church cannot bless was no surprise for LGBTQ Catholics in the United...

Jesuits in US pledge $100M for racial reconciliation

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The U.S.-based branch of the Jesuits has unveiled ambitious plans for a “truth and reconciliation” initiative in partnership with descendants of people once enslaved...

Iraqi woman who met the pope sees little chance for change

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BAGHDAD — The story of Doha Sabah Abdallah's personal tragedy and loss deeply resonated with Pope Francis during his historic visit last weekend to...