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January 7, 2019 10:59 AM Pope decries rise of nationalism, flaws of globalization

In this photo taken with slow shutter speed Pope Francis leaves after celebrating an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Pope Francis has appealed to European leaders to show “concrete solidarity” to 49 migrants stranded aboard a pair of rescue vessels. Francis, addressing faithful in St. Peter’s Square Sunday 135

December 31, 2018 12:25 PM Vatican spokesman, deputy resign suddenly amid overhaul by Pope Francis

The spokesman for the Vatican and his deputy resigned suddenly Monday, weeks after Pope Francis appointed an Italian journalist -- and close friend -- as the new editorial director of communications. Vatican Spokesman Greg Burke tweeted the news that he and his deputy, Paloma Garcia Ovejero, had resigned, effective Jan. 1. "At this time of transition 126

December 29, 2018 7:40 PM Retired Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Mulvee dies at 88

A retired bishop who led Roman Catholic dioceses in Delaware and Rhode Island has died. He was 88. A statement posted on the Diocese of Providence's website says former Bishop Robert E. Mulvee died on Friday at St. Antoine Residence in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, after a brief illness. In 1985, Pope John Paul II appointed Mulvee to serve as the seventh 85

December 28, 2018 1:28 PM Vatican official urges Iraq's Christians to forgive, rebuild

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican secretary of state urged Iraqi Christians who have endured years of Islamic extremist persecution to forgive, reconcile and rebuild their broken communities as he celebrated Mass Friday in Iraq's largest Christian town. Cardinal Pietro Parolin has spent the Christmas holidays in Iraq in a show of Pope Francis' solidarity with the region's 114

December 27, 2018 5:05 AM Pope's initial blind spot on sex abuse threatens legacy

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2018, file photo, Pope Francis arrives in Piazza Armerina, Sicily. It has been a wretched year for Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse conspired with events beyond his control to threaten his legacy and throw the Catholic hierarchy into a credibility crisis not seen in modern times. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File) 134

December 25, 2018 12:04 PM Pope's Christmas wish: World fraternity despite differences

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (Latin for 'to the city and to the world' ) Christmas' day blessing from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) Pope Francis delivers his message as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra 132

December 24, 2018 9:15 PM The Latest: Pope: Choose simplicity over Christmas greed

Pope Francis kisses a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) Pope Francis spreads incense in front of a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra 121

December 18, 2018 10:49 AM Don't blame migrants for everything, Pope tells politicians

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Tuesday condemned nationalist leaders who blame migrants for their countries’ problems and themselves fostered mistrust in society by pursuing dishonest gain and xenophobic and racist policies. The 82-year-old pope, who has made defense of migrants a plank of his papacy, made the comments in his message for the Catholic 116

December 16, 2018 6:23 PM New Ukrainian Orthodox leader gives 1st liturgy, urges unity

Ukrainian new head of Ukrainian Orthodox church Metropolitan Epiphanius speaks during a closed-door synod of three Ukrainian Orthodox churches to approve the charter for a unified church and to elect leadership in the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. Ukrainian Orthodox leaders on Saturday approved the creation of a unified 100

November 29, 2018 11:15 PM West Virginia diocese releases names of accused priests

FILE - In this March 28, 2017, file photo Archbishop William Lori leads a funeral Mass for Cardinal William Keeler at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore. West Virginia's Roman Catholic archdiocese released the names Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, of priests or deacons who it said have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse since 1950. (AP Photo/Patrick 118