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In this Feb. 7, 2020, photo, converted Catholic Priest Joshua Whitfield, left, his daughter Zoe-Catherine, 5, and the rest of his family stand behind their chairs to say grace before dinner in north Dallas. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

Father Josh: A married Catholic priest in a celibate world

Feb. 14, 2020 2:12 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The priest wakes up at 4 a.m. on the days he celebrates the early Mass, sipping coffee and enjoying the quiet while his young children sleep in rooms awash in stuffed animals and Sesame Street dolls and pictures of saints. Then he kisses his wife goodbye and drives through the empty suburban...

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2019 file photo, residents gather outside the Catholic church of Novo Cruzador, Brazil, after attending a prayer led by missionary Antelmo Pereira on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. Roman Catholic priests, on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, along with deacons and bishops across the Amazon voiced surprise, resignation and reluctant acceptance of Pope Francis' refusal to allow married men to be ordained priests, lamenting that their faithful will continue to be deprived of Mass and subject to competing evangelical churches that have made impressive inroads in the region.  (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

Amazon's Catholics mull church future after pope's letter

Feb. 14, 2020 12:04 AM EST

Roman Catholic priests, deacons and bishops across the Amazon voiced surprise, resignation and reluctant acceptance of Pope Francis' refusal to allow married men to be ordained priests, lamenting that their faithful will continue to be deprived of Mass and subject to competing evangelical churches that have made...

FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva celebrates after scoring a goal during a friendly soccer match in Guararema, Brazil.  Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and received a papal blessing, with the encounter being posted on his social media accounts, Thursday Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine, FILE)

Ex-Brazilian leader da Silva meets the pope, gets blessing

Feb. 13, 2020 2:56 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva met Thursday with Pope Francis at the Vatican, received a papal blessing and said the two discussed prospects for a “more just and fraternal world." Da Silva posted photos of the encounter on his Twitter and Facebook accounts...

Pope Francis reads his message during the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope avoids question of married priests in Amazon document

Feb. 12, 2020 6:53 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis refused Wednesday to approve the ordination of married men or women as deacons to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has divided the Catholic Church and emboldened his conservative critics. In an eagerly awaited document, Francis...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to supporters at a primary night election rally in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

10 Things to Know for Today

Feb. 12, 2020 6:34 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. SANDERS EDGES BUTTIGIEG IN NEW HAMPSHIRE The self-described democratic socialist edges his moderate rival and scores the first clear victory in the Democratic Party’s chaotic 2020 nomination fight. ...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019 file photo, Pope Francis attends a feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology, at the Vatican. Pope Francis will mark the fifth anniversary of his ecological manifesto by visiting a southern Italian region where decades of toxic-waste dumping by the mob have polluted the environment and sickened its people. The diocese of Acerra announced Francis’ May 24 visit on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope to visit Malta on May 31 in first foreign trip of 2020

Feb. 10, 2020 8:55 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will visit the Mediterranean island nation of Malta on May 31, the Vatican said Monday, confirming the Pope's first foreign trip for the year. Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna said he expected the visit would highlight the need for Malta to welcome migrants, despite its...

Pope Francis delivers a blessing during the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope to Web companies: guard against human traffickers' bait

Feb. 9, 2020 4:59 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called on internet-based companies Sunday to be vigilant about keeping human traffickers from using electronic communications to entrap victims. Francis said during his remarks to the public in St. Peter's Square on Sunday that the “plague” of human...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019 file photo, Pope Francis attends a feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology, at the Vatican. Pope Francis will mark the fifth anniversary of his ecological manifesto by visiting a southern Italian region where decades of toxic-waste dumping by the mob have polluted the environment and sickened its people. The diocese of Acerra announced Francis’ May 24 visit on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope to visit Italian region poisoned by toxic waste dumping

Feb. 8, 2020 2:16 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will mark the fifth anniversary of his ecological manifesto by visiting a southern Italian region where decades of toxic-waste dumping by the mob have polluted the environment and sickened its people. The diocese of Acerra announced Francis’ May 24 visit on Saturday....

Pope Francis caresses a baby during his weekly general audience in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope's Amazon document due Wednesday amid married priest row

Feb. 7, 2020 7:44 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will release his eagerly-awaited document on the Amazon next Wednesday, with attention focused on whether he will approve calls by the region's bishops to ordain married men to address a priest shortage there. Speculation about Francis' decision has intensified in recent...

Pope Francis caresses a baby during his weekly general audience in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope, with eye to Argentine debt, urges financial solidarity

Feb. 5, 2020 2:19 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged the International Monetary Fund and finance ministers from across Latin America to work together to end economic “injustices,” saying Wednesday that new forms of solidarity can give hope to the poorest. “We aren’t condemned to universal...