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VATICAN CITY (AP) — 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.

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is hosting an unprecedented exhibition of Russian fine art, bringing treasures from Moscow's famed Tretyakov Gallery to Rome following a sold-out exhibit of Vatican works at the state museum two years ago.

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NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The communications minister of Cyprus says a rare 6th-century portrait mosaic of St. Mark which was looted from an Orthodox Christian church more than four decades ago has returned intact to the Mediterranean island nation.

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Championing the cause of the poor, Pope Francis on Sunday lamented that "the wealthy few" enjoy what, "in justice, belongs to all" and said Christians cannot remain indifferent to the growing cries of the exploited and the indigent, including migrants.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – A self-described white nationalist with a social media connection to the suspect in last month’s Pittsburgh synagogue massacre faces gun-related charges after his relatives reported concerns about his behavior and violent rhetoric to the FBI, according to court records.

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BEIJING (AP) — A bishop who has resisted demands to join China's Communist Party-controlled church body has been taken into custody, a Catholic news service reported, despite recent moves by Beijing and the Holy See toward reconciliation.

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ROME (AP) — Italy's Catholic Church says it will open talks with the government to respond to a European Court of Justice ruling that says Italy has the right to recover millions of euros in property taxes.

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Italy's Catholic bishops are declaring a new era of transparency and truth about clergy sex abuse, as awareness of the scandal that has convulsed much of the Catholic world begins to take hold in a country where it was long ignored.

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is giving a prominent new role to the Vatican's most trusted sex crimes investigator as he seeks to improve the Holy See's response to abuse at a time when the church and papacy are facing a credibility crisis.

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Lawyers for the family of a 15-year-old girl who went missing in 1983 pressed Italian prosecutors and the Vatican on Wednesday for more details regarding human bone fragments found in an annex of the Holy See's embassy in Rome.

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Tuesday that human bones were found during renovation work near its embassy to Italy, reviving talk about one of the Holy See's most enduring mysteries — the fate of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee who disappeared in 1983.

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — A monthlong meeting of Catholic bishops marked by demands for women's rights wrapped up Saturday with delegates saying a place for women at the church's decision-making table was a "duty of justice" and that the church as a whole must recognize the urgency of "inescapable…

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis wrapped up a monthlong meeting of bishops dedicated to young people by saying Saturday the Catholic Church was being "persecuted" and "dirtied" by accusations from the devil — an apparent reference to claims that he covered up for a sexual predator that have …

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NEW DELHI (AP) — Protesters on Saturday set fire to a Hindu religious center in southern India for supporting a Supreme Court decision allowing women of menstruating age at one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The umbrella organization of Catholic religious orders in the U.S. is suggesting that its members consider voluntarily identifying priests accused of sexual abuse, opening up what could be a major new chapter in the Catholic Church's long-running abuse and cover-up saga, The …

 VATICAN CITY  — As the Vatican copes with the growing clergy sex abuse scandal and declining number of priests worldwide, it is laying the groundwork to open formal debate on an issue that has long been taboo: opening up the priesthood to married men in parts of the world where clergy are scarce.

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — As the Vatican copes with the growing clergy sex abuse scandal and declining number of priests worldwide, it is laying the groundwork to open formal debate on an issue that has long been taboo: opening up the priesthood to married men in parts of the world where clergy ar…

NEW WILMINGTON – Motivational speaker, former NFL player, and sports trainer Anthony Griggs will speak during the 2018 Spiritual Emphasis Westminster (SEW) speaker series at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Wallace Memorial Chapel on Westminster’s campus.

GREENVILLE – Thiel College Adjunct Professor of Religion and Campus Pastor Jayne M. Thompson is celebrating 35 years of ordained ministry, 25 years of campus pastoral work and five years of teaching and service to Thiel College.

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SHARON – Church Women United in the Shenango Valley will celebrate “World Community Day” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 at First Presbyterian Church, East State Street, Sharon. The theme, “In Harmony with God’s People,” will feature Alanna Knox rhythm drumming during the worship.

NEW WILMINGTON – Award-winning singer-songwriter, peace activist, writer and public speaker David LaMotte will open the 2018 Spiritual Emphasis Westminster (SEW) speaker series at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Wallace Memorial Chapel on Westminster’s campus.

THERE was a concert pianist in the last century who longed to play in the great concert hall in Vienna.

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WEST MIDDLESEX – A “Blue Mass,” honoring the many law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel from a wide range of jurisdictions in the county, will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 9 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in West Middlesex.

MINNEAPOLIS – Pope Francis’ decree that the death penalty is “inadmissible” in all cases could pose a dilemma for Roman Catholic politicians and judges in the United States who are faced with whether to strictly follow the tenets of their faith or the rule of law.

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