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Pope offers gelato to Rome's neediest to mark feast day

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:02:06 GMT2018-04-23T12:02:06Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is offering up 3,000 servings of gelato to Rome's neediest....



Pope ordains 16 priests, tells them always 'be merciful'

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 08:50:26 GMT2018-04-22T08:50:26Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is reminding priests to always be merciful, as he ordained 16 men in a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica....



New South African church celebrates drinking alcohol

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:54:11 GMT2018-04-21T11:54:11Z

ORANGE FARM, South Africa (AP) -- Dressed in a red robe and a gold-trimmed bishop's miter, the clergyman pours whiskey into his cupped hand and anoints the forehead of the man sitting before him....



Memoir of secretly baptized Jewish boy under new scrutiny

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:46:36 GMT2018-04-20T13:46:36Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- It's an incident that has stained the Vatican for 160 years: a 6-year-old Jewish boy taken from his family by papal police and brought to Rome to be raised Catholic after church authorities learned his housekeeper had secretly had him baptized....



Key findings in analysis of memoir of a Jew raised Catholic

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:31:34 GMT2018-04-20T13:31:34Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The case of Edgardo Mortara has roiled Catholic-Jewish relations ever since the 6-year-old Jewish boy was taken from his home in Bologna by papal police in 1858 and brought to Rome to be raised a Catholic. The move was ordered after church authorities learned he had been secretly baptized. Church law at the time required all Catholics to be raised as Catholics and educated in the faith....



Cyprus church defrocks priest for 1st time over sex offense

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:06:33 GMT2018-04-18T16:06:33Z

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- A senior cleric says Cyprus' Orthodox Christian Church has for the first time defrocked a priest for sexually abusing his step-daughter when she was a child....



Pope meets father of British toddler at center of battle

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:41:27 GMT2018-04-18T11:41:27Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The father of a terminally ill British toddler met Wednesday with Pope Francis and begged him to make another bid for his son's life, after an appeals court ruled that the child cannot be taken to Italy for further medical treatment....



Israeli series exposes raw wounds from ethnic Jewish divide

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:14:32 GMT2018-04-17T06:14:32Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- An electrifying new documentary series on the problematic integration of Middle Eastern Jews by Israel's European founders in the 1950s has reopened old wounds of an ethnic divide within Judaism ahead of the country's 70th anniversary festivities....



Pope 'deeply disturbed' by lack of common response to Syria

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 12:30:15 GMT2018-04-15T12:30:15Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis told the faithful in St. Peter's Square that he is "deeply disturbed" by the international community's failure to come up with a common response to the crisis in Syria and other parts of the world....



Legion vows to respond to victims' request for compensation

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 22:15:29 GMT2018-04-13T22:15:29Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Legion of Christ religious order said Friday it will try to respond to requests for compensation from former seminarians who were sexually abused by its founder and then discredited for having publicly denounced him....