Religious issues

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Phoenix Park in Dublin, Ireland, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. Pope Francis is on a two-day visit to Ireland. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
August 26, 2018 - 7:12 pm
DUBLIN (AP) — Pope Francis issued a sweeping apology Sunday for the "crimes" of the Catholic Church in Ireland, saying church officials didn't respond with compassion, truth or justice to the many children and women who were abused over generations. Francis was interrupted by applause from the...
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People read aloud names of children as they gather to protest at the site of the former Tuam home for unmarried mothers in County Galway, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. Survivors of one of Ireland's wretched mother and baby homes hold their own demonstration Sunday. The location is Tuam, site of a mass grave of hundreds of babies who died at a church-run home. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)
August 26, 2018 - 10:13 am
KNOCK, Ireland (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Ireland (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Hundreds of people have marched through the town of Tuam, Ireland, reading aloud the names of an estimated 800 babies who died at a Catholic Church-run orphanage and were buried in a mass grave near a...
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Migrants waiting to be disembarked from the Italian Coast Guard ship "Diciotti" in the port of Catania, Italy, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (Orietta Scardino/ANSA via AP)
August 26, 2018 - 8:45 am
ROME (AP) — Italy's Catholic bishops offered to care for a majority of 140 migrants the country's government had prevented from leaving an Italian coast guard ship docked for days in a Sicilian harbor because politics shouldn't be practiced at the expense of the poor, prominent churchmen said...
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Pope Francis waves from a car as he leaves Dublin Castle at the end of his meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. Pope Francis is on a two-day visit to Ireland. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
August 25, 2018 - 2:09 pm
DUBLIN (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Ireland (all times local): 7:20 p.m. The Vatican says Pope Francis has met with eight survivors of clerical and institutional abuse on the first day of his trip to Ireland, which is ground zero for the Catholic Church's abuse scandal. Vatican...
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Pope Francis, center, is flanked by Irish President Michael D. Higgins, left, and President's wife Sabina, upon his arrival at the Presidential residence in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. Pope Francis is on a two-day visit to Ireland. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
August 25, 2018 - 6:32 am
DUBLIN (AP) — Pope Francis arrived Saturday in Ireland, ground zero of the Catholic Church's sex abuse crisis, with the institution under fire across the globe for its systemic failures to protect children from rapists or to punish bishops who hid the crimes. Francis is making the first papal visit...
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August 24, 2018 - 5:16 am
DUBLIN (AP) — A prominent Irish survivor of priestly sexual abuse has told a Vatican-sponsored conference that the Holy See must put in place "robust structures" to hold accountable bishops and Vatican officials who fail to protect children from predator priests. Marie Collins, a former member of...
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FILE - In this July 3, 2015, file photo, Abbot Xuecheng of the Beijing Longquan Temple poses for a photo in one of the temple buildings in Beijing, China. According to a statement issued Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, Chinese police have opened an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against one of the country's best-known Buddhist monks whose case has highlighted the growth of the #MeToo movement in China. (Chinatopix via AP, File)
August 23, 2018 - 3:28 am
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police have opened an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against one of the country's best-known Buddhist monks whose case has highlighted the growth of the #MeToo movement in China. A statement issued by the State Religious Affairs Administration on Thursday...
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August 22, 2018 - 7:11 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The leader of the world's largest Roman Catholic fraternal group is condemning clergy sex abuse and calling for reforms in the church, including a renewed commitment to celibacy by priests. Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the New Haven, Connecticut-based Knights of Columbus...
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August 21, 2018 - 11:57 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Roman Catholic university in Pennsylvania plans to remove the names of three bishops from campus buildings, saying it is acting in solidarity with victims of child sexual abuse following the release of a grand jury report accusing church leaders of helping cover up decades...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 file photo, Pope Francis prays for the victims of the Kerala floods during the Angelus noon prayer in St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican. Pope Francis has issued a letter to Catholics around the world condemning the "crime" of priestly sexual abuse and cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
August 20, 2018 - 6:15 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis vowed Monday that "no effort must be spared" to root out priestly sex abuse and cover-up from the Catholic Church, but gave no indication that he would take action to sanction complicit bishops or end the Vatican culture of secrecy that has allowed the crisis to...
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