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Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jun. 29, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Pelosi receives Communion in Vatican amid abortion debate

Jun. 29, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Pope Francis on Wednesday and received Communion during a papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, witnesses said, despite her position in support of abortion rights. Pelosi attended the morning Mass marking the feasts of St. Peter...

Pope urges end to ideological polemics over old Latin Mass

Jun. 29, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged the Catholic faithful Wednesday to stop exploiting the old Latin Mass for ideological reasons and to start discovering the beauty of the new liturgy that grew from the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. Francis penned a letter to rank-and-file...

FBI opens sweeping probe of clergy sex abuse in New Orleans

Jun. 29, 2022 10:15 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The FBI has opened a widening investigation into sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in New Orleans going back decades, a rare federal foray into such cases looking specifically at whether priests took children across state lines to molest them, officials and others familiar...

After Roe's demise, clergy lead faithful in praise, laments

Jun. 26, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

Praise and lament for the overturning of abortion rights filled sacred spaces this weekend as clergy across the U.S. rearranged worship plans or rewrote sermons to provide their religious context -- and competing messages -- about the historic moment. Abortion is a visceral issue...

Italian nun slain in Haiti is hailed by pope as martyr

Jun. 26, 2022 07:17 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday hailed as a martyr an Italian missionary nun slain in Haiti, where she cared for poor children. The diocese of Milan says Sister Luisa Dell’Orto, 64, was slain “during an armed aggression, probably with the aim of robbery," in...

In Lebanon, how to say 'I do' sparks fierce debate

Jun. 26, 2022 02:07 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Dona-Maria Nammour was looking for a love story. The night she met Mazen Jaber for the first time, they ended up dancing for hours. But their tale is about more than a meet-cute to happily-ever-after romance. It is also about frictions in their native Lebanon over...

Congo bishops say pope's Canada trip a good sign for future

Jun. 25, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Congo’s Catholic bishops, coping with disappointment over a scrubbed visit by Pope Francis, said Saturday that his decision to go ahead with a trip to Canada was an “encouraging sign” that his knee treatment was working, as they held out hope for a rescheduled date. ...

Pope hails families, blasts 'culture of waste' after Roe

Jun. 25, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated families Saturday and urged them to shun “selfish” decisions that are indifferent to life as he closed out a big Vatican rally a day after the U.S. Supreme Court ended constitutional protections for abortion. Francis didn’t refer to the...

University renames newest dorm for 1st Black grad and wife

Jun. 25, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Jesuit university in New Orleans has renamed its newest residence hall after its first Black graduate, his late wife, and their family. Norman C. Francis graduated from the law school at Loyola University of New Orleans in 1955 and was president of the...