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Vatican Committee: Church Credibility at Risk Over Sex Abuse

Vatican Committee: Church Credibility at Risk Over Sex Abuse

By Nicole Winfield | Dec 18
Organizers of an upcoming Vatican summit on sex abuse prevention are warning that the credibility of the Catholic Church is in jeopardy over the abuse scandal and are urging participants to meet with victims personally before coming to Rome.

Kids at a Vatican Charity Give Pope Francis a Birthday Cake

Kids at a Vatican Charity Give Pope Francis a Birthday Cake

Dec 16
Children who frequent a Vatican pediatric dispensary have given Pope Francis a birthday cake, a day before he turns 82.

Church Renovation Lifts Christmas Spirit in Bethlehem

Church Renovation Lifts Christmas Spirit in Bethlehem

By Mohammed Daraghmeh | Dec 10
A historic renovation of the Church of the Nativity is lifting spirits in the biblical town of Bethlehem, offering visitors a look at ancient mosaics and columns that have been restored to their original glory for the first time in 600 years.

Nebraska Principal on Leave After Banning Christmas Symbols

Nebraska Principal on Leave After Banning Christmas Symbols

By Margery A. Beck | Dec 10
A Nebraska elementary school principal has been placed on leave after a conservative Christian group threatened legal action over her ban on Christmas and holiday symbols in her school.

Holocaust Survivors Gathering for Global Hanukkah Ceremonies

Holocaust Survivors Gathering for Global Hanukkah Ceremonies

Dec 4
Survivors of the Nazi Holocaust are gathering in four cities around the world for menorah-lighting ceremonies marking the third night of Hanukkah.

Pope Says He's Worried About Homosexuality in the Priesthood

Pope Says He's Worried About Homosexuality in the Priesthood

Dec 1
Pope Francis has been quoted in a soon-to-be published book as saying that having gays in the clergy "is something that worries me" and remarking that some societies are considering homosexuality a "fashionable" lifestyle.

Pope Taps Experts, US Cardinal to Help Prep for Abuse Summit

Pope Taps Experts, US Cardinal to Help Prep for Abuse Summit

By Nicole Winfield | Nov 24
Pope Francis named the Vatican's top sex abuse investigator and a close U.S. ally to an organizing committee for a February abuse prevention summit that has become a high-stakes credibility test following a new eruption of the scandal in the U.S.

Pope to Meet with Young Inmates, AIDS Patients in Panama

Pope to Meet with Young Inmates, AIDS Patients in Panama

Nov 21
The Vatican is confirming Pope Francis will travel to Panama in January for the Catholic Church's big youth rally, and says he'll also spend time there with juvenile delinquents and people suffering from AIDS.

Pope: the Din of 'Ever More Rich' Drown Out Cries of Poor

Pope: the Din of 'Ever More Rich' Drown Out Cries of Poor

Nov 18
Pope Francis is praying with thousands of poor people in the splendor of St. Peter's Basilica and decrying that the "few rich" grow even wealthier.

After Losing Re-Election Bid, Kim Davis May have Found Her Next Gig

After Losing Re-Election Bid, Kim Davis May have Found Her Next Gig

Nov 15
After losing her re-election bid for the clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky during the midterms, Kim Davis, who refused same-sex couples marriage licenses in 2015, may be on the path to her next job.

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