Religion

Worshippers attend a prayer ceremony known as the "celebration of the word" led by Antelmo Pereira at the Catholic church in Santa Rosa, Brazil, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. In remote Amazonian communities that are only accessible by boat, villagers can go for months without sacraments that only priests are allowed to deliver - including Mass and confessions, and the faithful have to depend on missionaries such as Pereira that are only allowed to lead prayer ceremonies. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
October 03, 2019 - 11:23 am
SANTA ROSA, Brazil (AP) — More than 100 bishops from South American countries are convening Sunday in Rome to address concerns in the Amazon region, especially for indigenous people. One item on the synod’s agenda is a proposal to study the possibility of priestly ordination for married men who...
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Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, speaks during a press conference announcing a Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region, at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. The meeting, which opens on Oct. 6, will discuss social and environmental problems faced by the inhabitants of the Amazon, including the increasing rate of deforestation in the region. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
October 03, 2019 - 7:35 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Organizers of a Vatican meeting on the Amazon defended plans to introduce debate on married priests, saying Thursday the proposal represents the “the voice of the local church” and isn’t an official proposal of the pope. Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri acknowledged the Oct. 6-27...
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United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo waves as he walks with his wife Susan, left, and Mayor of Pacentro, Guido Angelilli, on the occasion of his visit to Pacentro, central Italy, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. On his last day of his three-day trip to Italy, Pompeo visited the town in the region of Abruzzo where his father's family comes from and where he says he still has distant relatives. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
October 03, 2019 - 6:41 am
ROME (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met privately with Pope Francis and visited his ancestral home in southern Italy on Thursday as the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump roiled Washington. On a day when a former special envoy for Ukraine was due to be interviewed in the...
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U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, left, and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio pose for photographers in Rome, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Italy at the start of a four-nation tour of Europe as the push to impeach President Donald Trump gains steam at home. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
October 02, 2019 - 11:57 am
ROME (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo publicly acknowledged for the first time Wednesday he was on the July 25 phone call in which President Donald Trump pressed Ukraine’s president to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden. “I was on the phone call,” Pompeo said at a joint news...
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A school teacher Dresses up as a girl as a statue depicting Indian freedom leader Mahatma Gandhi's Dandi March, on the eve of Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Dandi March is the name given to the Salt Satyagraha (Salt March) where Gandhi and other freedom fighters marched 241 miles to the sea to make their own salt on April 6, 1930 as an act of civil disobedience against the British colonial rule. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
October 01, 2019 - 11:21 am
GURGAON, India (AP) — The ideal candidate, India's oldest political party says on the registration form for an upcoming state election, is a teetotaler who prefers "khadi," home-spun cotton fabrics, in the style of independence leader Mahatma Gandhi. "It's like an ode to Gandhi on his 150th birth...
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October 01, 2019 - 8:14 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Bosnia to remove a Serbian Orthodox church that it says was illegally built on land owned by a Bosnian Muslim war widow after she and her family were forced to flee their village during the country's 1992-95 war...
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FILE- In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Albuquerque International Sunport in Albuquerque, N.M. A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds about half of Americans think Donald Trump's actions as president have made things worse for African Americans, Muslims and women. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
September 30, 2019 - 5:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Large majorities of black and Latino Americans think Donald Trump's actions as president have made things worse for people like them, and about two-thirds of Americans overall disapprove of how he's handling race relations, according to a new poll conducted by The Associated Press-...
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September 30, 2019 - 9:18 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met privately Monday with an American Jesuit who has been attacked by conservative U.S. Catholics for reaching out to gays, the latest evidence of Francis' willingness to shrug off right-wing criticism for the sake of his pastoral priorities. The Vatican listed the...
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A firefighting helicopter sprays water on a fire at a train station, in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. The fire broke out on the line that connects the holy Muslim cities of Mecca and Medina. Police said there were no injuries in the blaze. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
September 29, 2019 - 9:50 am
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A fire broke out Sunday at a train station in the Saudi city of Jiddah, with local media saying five people had been injured. Thick black smoke could be seen Sunday afternoon in the sky over Jiddah, a city on the Red Sea. The fire struck a train station on the line that...
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Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the occasion of the Migrant and Refugee World Day, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
September 29, 2019 - 5:54 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday decried "the culture of comfort" that leads to indifference in the face of a global migration and refugee crisis. The pope who has made caring for migrants a hallmark of his papacy spoke during a Mass for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees. "We cannot...
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