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Chinese Catholics keep faith amid Beijing-Vatican spatupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 02:17:00

Beijing and the Vatican are again shadow boxing over the ordination of a new Chinese bishop without the Pope's blessing.

Episcopal Church approves same-sex blessing serviceupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 19:59:00

Episcopal priests will be allowed to conduct services blessing same-sex relationships under a policy approved Tuesday at the church's national convention in Indianapolis.

Gay marriage stance costs pastor a flockupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 19:59:00

A minister's support for same-sex marriage costs him his congregation. CNN's David Mattingly reports.

Top Egypt official resigns after clashesupdated: Wed Jun 20 2012 21:13:00

Muslims and Christians alike say Egypt's generals have to go following clashes that left at least 25 dead on Sunday.

No verdict in Philadelphia priest sex abuse trial, source saysupdated: Wed Jun 20 2012 16:25:00

A Philadelphia jury was unable to reach a verdict Wednesday on four of five charges in a landmark priest sex abuse case, according to a source familiar with the proceeding.

Top U.S. archbishop linked to abusive priest payout planupdated: Thu May 31 2012 13:48:00

One of the most powerful Catholic Church leaders in America approved payments of $20,000 to get abusive priests to leave the church, abuse victims and the archdiocese in question said Thursday.

Vatican: Pope not resigning over alleged papers leakupdated: Thu May 31 2012 11:22:00

Pope Benedict XVI's spokesman has denied the pontiff will resign over the arrest of his butler on suspicion of leaking confidential documents, the Vatican press office said Thursday.

Vatican butler's arrestupdated: Thu May 31 2012 11:22:00

An investigation into the Pope's butler continues in a document leaking scandal. CNN's Brooke Baldwin reports.

No cardinal suspected of pope papers leak, Vatican insistsupdated: Mon May 28 2012 21:08:00

Pope Benedict XVI's spokesman denied Monday that a cardinal or a woman were being investigated alongside the pope's butler on suspicion of leaking confidential documents.

Crisis at the Vatican?updated: Mon May 28 2012 21:08:00

Some Vatican watchers are seeing a crisis of government at The Vatican. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.

Pope's butler arrested over Vatican documents leakupdated: Sat May 26 2012 09:56:00

Pope Benedict's butler has been arrested on suspicion of leaking confidential documents to an Italian journalist, the Vatican said Saturday.

Philadelphia priest: Not archdiocese's policy to tell police about abuse reportsupdated: Tue May 22 2012 20:11:00

A priest who assisted Monsignor William Lynn investigate clergy sex abuse claims testified Tuesday that it was not the archdiocese's policy to contact law enforcement or other victims of abuse.

Church lawyer: 'Somebody lied to me' about list of priests suspected of abuseupdated: Mon May 14 2012 20:54:00

A lawyer for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia testified Monday that church officials lied to him about the whereabouts of a hidden list of 35 priests suspected of sexually abusing children.

Calls for Irish Catholic chief to resignupdated: Fri May 04 2012 11:09:00

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland faces calls to resign. Peter Taggart explains why.

The pope, political prisoners and Cubaupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 22:34:00

Pope Benedict XVI visits Cuba following the Vatican-brokered release of political prisoners. Patrick Oppmann reports.

Cuba sets Good Friday as holiday after pope's requestupdated: Sat Mar 31 2012 22:11:00

Cuban President Raul Castro has granted Pope Benedict XVI's request to make Good Friday a holiday -- at least this year -- Cuban state media reported Saturday.

Pope Benedict XVI's Mass in Havanaupdated: Sat Mar 31 2012 22:11:00

CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports on Pope Benedict's Havana Mass and his meetings with the Castro brothers.

Pope calls for greater freedoms in Cuba as he ends two-country tourupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 05:57:00

Greeted by throngs of Catholic worshipers from across the region, Pope Benedict XVI ended his two-country tour in Havana's Revolution Plaza with a reference to what he described as a need for "authentic freedom."

Pope calls for worshipers to remember 'essence' of Christmasupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 05:55:00

Pope Benedict XVI presided over Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, delivering a homily that focused on the "essence" of the holiday rather than the "commercial celebration" it has become.

Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Massupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 05:55:00

Pope Benedict XVI speaks about the need for peace in his Christmas Eve Mass.

Pope's Havana visit raises questions of whom he'll meetupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 23:57:00

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Havana on Tuesday amid speculation over whether he will meet with the island's former president, Fidel Castro, and how far he'll press the country for greater political and religious freedoms.

Catholics greet pope in Mexicoupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 05:47:00

Thousands of Catholics greet Pope Benedict XVI in an open air Mass in central Mexico.

Cubans return home ahead of pope's visitupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 20:40:00

Cubans return home to emotional homecomings ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Cuba. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.

Pope dons Mexican sombreroupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 06:59:00

CNN's Rafael Romo says Pope Benedict XVI wearing a sombrero holds significant symbolism for the Mexican people.

Philadelphia priest trial refocuses abuse scandalupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 01:44:00

Opening statements are scheduled for Monday in Philadelphia in the first case in which an official of a Roman Catholic archdiocese has been accused of protecting abusive priests by moving them from parish to parish.

Philadelphia priest abuse trial to draw plenty of attentionupdated: Sun Mar 25 2012 18:40:00

Opening arguments are scheduled for Monday in Philadelphia in the first case in which an official of a Roman Catholic archdiocese has been accused of protecting abusive priests by moving them from parish to parish.

New book accuses Vatican of hiding cases of sexual abuse of minorsupdated: Sun Mar 25 2012 06:23:00

On the same day Pope Benedict addressed and blessed a group of 1,800 children in Guanajuato, Mexico, three Mexican authors released a book accusing the Vatican of hiding or ignoring cases of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Mexicoupdated: Sat Mar 24 2012 15:41:00

Pope Benedict XVI begins a Latin American tour in historical Guanajuato, Mexico. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Mexico spends millions to greet popeupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 17:32:00

The Mexican government is spending millions of dollars to welcome the pope. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Mexico spends millions to greet popeupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 17:32:00

It has been a project of celestial proportions, but it's finally ready. Construction workers have labored nonstop for months.

How GOP got Catholicizedupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 13:12:00

There was a time when the Republican Party was strictly for White Anglo Saxon Protestants. It was an alliance between Country Club Episcopalians and twice born followers of the Old Time Gospel, all firmly opposed to mass Catholic immigration from Europe. The nativism of the GOP drove Catholics into the welcoming arms of Al Smith, Jack Kennedy, Tip O'Neill and the Democratic Party.

Pope's visit overshadowed by predecessor's legacy in Mexicoupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 12:43:00

It was an exciting day for Laura Dominguez and her 11-year-old daughter Paulina.

Pope overshadowed by predecessorupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 12:43:00

A papal visit to Mexico is likely to be overshadowed by the previous pope. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Egypt's Coptic Pope Shenouda III laid to restupdated: Wed Mar 21 2012 01:13:00

Thousands of people flooded into Cairo's Abbasiya Cathedral Tuesday to say a final farewell to Pope Shenouda III, the spiritual leader of Egypt's Coptic Christians for more than four decades.

Egypt's Coptic Pope laid to restupdated: Wed Mar 21 2012 01:13:00

Mourners pay their respects at the funeral of Coptic Pope Shenouda III who died on Saturday. CNN's Ian Lee reports.

Cuban authorities release 'Ladies in White' marchers, dissident saysupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 12:01:00

Cuban authorities have released dozens of members of the "Ladies in White" group after detaining them, a dissident said Monday.

Overcrowding at Coptic pope's viewing leads to 3 deaths, dozens of injuriesupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 00:48:00

Overcrowding inside a cathedral where Coptic Christians had gathered to pay last respects to their pope caused a stampede that left three people dead and more than 50 injured, a health official said.

Egypt's Coptic pope dies at 88updated: Sat Mar 17 2012 18:37:00

Coptic Pope Shenouda III, the spiritual leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian community for nearly four decades, died Saturday, according to the head of the Egyptian General Coptic Association. He was 88.

Head of Anglican church to step downupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 10:26:00

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, head of the 85 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion, announced Friday he will step down from his post at the end of the year.

Mugabe, Archbishop of Canterbury meetupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 10:26:00

The Archbishop of Canterbury appeals to President Mugabe to end the persecution of Anglicans. Nkepile Mabuse reports.

CNN Reporter moves to Cubaupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 09:23:00

CNN's Patrick Oppmann moves from Seattle to Havana, Cuba.

Cuban dissidents removed from churchupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 09:23:00

Thirteen Cubans who occupied a church in Havana in the hopes of meeting with the pope instead were escorted from the building late Thursday by police, the Havana Archdiocese said.

Why evangelicals love Santorum, hated JFKupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 09:15:00

Sen. Rick Santorum, who is campaigning to become America's second Catholic president, disagrees from the bottom of his gut with the first Catholic to hold the office.

Philly priest sex abuse case cover-up?updated: Mon Feb 27 2012 13:53:00

CNN's Susan Candiotti reports on a memo that says a Philadephia cardinal ordered a priest sex abuse file shredded.

Judge rejects dismissal in child sex cover-up case against clericupdated: Mon Feb 27 2012 13:53:00

A judge on Monday rejected a motion to dismiss charges against a Philadelphia archdiocese official accused of covering up evidence of suspected sexual abuse of children.

Poll: Men, evangelicals boost Santorum updated: Wed Feb 22 2012 06:05:00

A poll released Wednesday showed Rick Santorum maintaining his lead nationwide among likely Republican voters, topping his closest rival Mitt Romney by a margin of nine percentage points.

Pope appoints 22 new cardinalsupdated: Sat Feb 18 2012 07:59:00

Pope Benedict appointed 22 new cardinals at the Vatican on Saturday, with his choices for the lofty role likely to influence who will be appointed as the next pontiff.

Vatican official defends Pope Benedict in sex abuse scandalupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 19:14:00

A top Roman Catholic official opened a conference on protecting children from sexual abuse Monday by defending Pope Benedict XVI, arguing that he deserved thanks for his efforts.

Catholics upset with contraception rulesupdated: Sat Feb 04 2012 11:05:00

The Catholic church is outraged at new contraception rules. CNN's Brianna Keilar has more.

Bishops don't speak for most Catholics on contraceptionupdated: Sat Feb 04 2012 11:05:00

Recently, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Religious Liberty argued that the Obama administration's requirement that most health insurance plans cover contraception goes against "the mandate of Jesus Christ."

Pope prays for Syria and Myanmar in Christmas messageupdated: Sun Dec 25 2011 09:07:00

Pope Benedict XVI prayed for peace in Syria, reconciliation in Myanmar, and comfort in flood-stricken Thailand and the Philippines in his annual Christmas message "To the City and the World" on Sunday.

Pope confirms plans to visit Mexico, Cubaupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 00:07:00

Pope Benedict XVI confirmed plans Monday to visit Mexico and Cuba before Easter.

It's wrong to bar altar girlsupdated: Wed Nov 23 2011 18:24:00

If there is one institution that has made a point of desperately trying to keep women in their place, it's organized religion.

Chicago Archdiocese to pay $3.2 million to settle sex abuse case, attorney saysupdated: Tue Nov 15 2011 16:55:00

The Archdiocese of Chicago will pay $3.2 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged church leaders failed to remove a priest they knew had sexually abused minors, the plaintiff's attorneys said Tuesday.

Pope plans visits to Mexico, Cubaupdated: Fri Nov 11 2011 09:26:00

Pope Benedict XVI is planning potential trips to Mexico and Cuba in 2012, the Vatican said.

Who says Mormons aren't Christians?updated: Wed Oct 12 2011 11:19:00

The Rev. Robert Jeffress, a leading evangelical minister, claimed last Friday that Mormons are not Christians. Jeffress went on to declare that Mormonism is "a cult," meaning it's not a "real" religion, and he implored his followers to reject Mitt Romney, a Mormon, as a candidate for president because as Jeffress sees it: "As Christians, we have the duty to prefer and select Christians as our leaders."

Q&A: Egypt's tensions explainedupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 12:11:00

Violence has returned to the streets of Cairo -- this time in fresh confrontations between army forces and pro-Coptic Christian protesters.

Straddling the line between church and politics in 2012 GOP raceupdated: Mon Oct 10 2011 17:10:00

Thomas Jefferson famously wrote about the wall of separation between church and state. He didn't mention separating church and politics, but everybody knows it's a sticky wicket.

Romney's faith an issue in GOP race?updated: Mon Oct 10 2011 17:10:00

CNN's Candy Crowley looks at how GOP candidates are dancing around fellow Republican Mitt Romney's Mormon faith.

Zimbabwean Anglicans dividedupdated: Mon Oct 10 2011 15:52:00

The archbishop of Canterbury tries to heal rifts in the Anglican church of Zimbabwe, Nkepile Mabuse reports

Prime minister says Egypt 'scrambling' after at least 23 killed in clashesupdated: Mon Oct 10 2011 04:55:00

Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf said Monday that clashes hours earlier between army forces and pro-Coptic Christian protesters had "brought us back" to the tense, violent period at the onset of the recent revolution.

Pope: The Church in Germany 'will continue to be a blessing'updated: Sun Sep 25 2011 22:03:00

Pope Benedict XVI said goodbye to his native Germany on Sunday, capping a packed four-day visit in which he met with political and religious leaders in a country that -- like many others in Europe -- has seen growing disenchantment with the Roman Catholic Church.

A papal homecoming for Benedict XVIupdated: Sat Sep 24 2011 15:01:00

Pope Benedict XVI meets members of the Muslim community in Germany. CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports.

Pope straddles dividing lines in Germany visitupdated: Sat Sep 24 2011 15:01:00

On the third day of his visit to his native Germany, Pope Benedict XVI made two stops Saturday straddling the lines of history that have divided the country violently -- in past decades into Communist east and democratic west and in past centuries into mostly Protestant north and stalwart Catholic south.

Pope 'deeply shaken' in meeting with sex abuse victims in Germanyupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 22:33:00

Pope Benedict XVI met Friday with a group of people who had been sexually abused by clergy in his native Germany, where disenchantment with the Roman Catholic Church has grown in the wake of the scandal.

Pope in Germany 'to speak about God,' not politicsupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 07:29:00

On his first state visit to his homeland, Pope Benedict XVI met Thursday with Germany's prime minister and president and spoke to legislators, but insisted that his purpose was not economic or political, but spiritual.

Ireland ramps up battle with Vatican over child abuseupdated: Sun Sep 04 2011 13:48:00

Ireland stepped up its battle with the Roman Catholic Church over child abuse Sunday, with Justice Minister Alan Shatter vowing to pass a law requiring priests to report suspicions of child abuse, even if they learn about them in confession.

Vatican rejects Irish criticism over child sex abuse by priestsupdated: Sat Sep 03 2011 10:41:00

The Vatican has rejected criticism that church leaders sought to cover up extensive abuse of young people by priests in Ireland, in a lengthy statement sent to the Irish government Saturday.

Pilgrimage to meet the Popeupdated: Sun Aug 21 2011 14:04:00

Pope Benedict XVI is in Madrid, Spain for World Youth Day. CNN's Al Goodman reports.

Brazil to host World Youth Day, pope announcesupdated: Sun Aug 21 2011 14:04:00

Rio de Janeiro will host the next World Youth Day, Pope Benedict XVI announced Sunday to hundreds of thousands of young Roman Catholic pilgrims at the close of this year's event in Madrid.

Protests greet Pope in Spainupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 12:43:00

Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Madrid for World Youth Day, but demonstrators protest over the cost of the pontiff's visit.

Pope reaches out to youths in Spainupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 12:43:00

Catholic youths should not hide their beliefs from their peers, Pope Benedict XVI told them in a World Youth Day speech delivered Thursday in Spain.

Man charged with planning to disrupt Spanish protest marchupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 06:49:00

A man arrested in Madrid on suspicion of planning an attack against a demonstration to protest the visit of Pope Benedict XVI was a volunteer for the papal visit's organizing committee, a committee senior spokesman said Wednesday.

Hosting the Pope a costly honor for Spainupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 06:49:00

Critics say hosting Pope Benedict XVI in Madrid for World Youth Day is too costly. CNN's Al Goodman reports.

U.S. Catholic bishops revise guidelines against sex abuseupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 23:12:00

To fight child abuse by priests, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops revised its 2002 charter Thursday, the group said.

2010: Graham attends library ceremonyupdated: Wed May 11 2011 18:48:00

Evangelist Billy Graham makes his first public appearance in years while attending the re-opening of his library.

Billy Graham hospitalized for pneumoniaupdated: Wed May 11 2011 18:48:00

Famed evangelist Billy Graham, 92, was being treated Wednesday at an Asheville, North Carolina, hospital for pneumonia following an overnight health episode, according to a spokesman.

Presbyterian Church U.S.A. to allow gay and lesbian clergyupdated: Tue May 10 2011 23:10:00

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Tuesday voted to allow the ordination of openly gay and lesbian ministers.

Sectarian tension hits Cairoupdated: Mon May 09 2011 07:59:00

Ben Wedeman reports on how an outbreak of sectarian violence resulted in attacks on churches in Cairo.

Egyptian Copts, reeling from violence, want protectionupdated: Mon May 09 2011 07:59:00

Muslim-Christian sectarian violence intensified in Egypt this weekend, spurring an emergency meeting of the Cabinet and public exhortations from Coptic Christians for international protection.

At least 6 dead in Egyptian sectarian violenceupdated: Sun May 08 2011 02:53:00

At least six people were killed and 120 injured in sectarian clashes outside a church in Cairo on Saturday, officials said. Pope John Paul II Beatified In Romeupdated: Mon May 02 2011 10:10:00

The late Catholic leader moves one step closer to becoming a saint

Polish city honors popeupdated: Sun May 01 2011 17:17:00

CNN's Diana Magnay on the reaction to John Paul II's beatification in the Polish city of Krakow.

Poles already think of John Paul II as a saintupdated: Sun May 01 2011 17:17:00

For many Poles, John Paul II's beatification simply confirms what they already knew. They thought him a saint already, the very fact of his papacy a blessing for Poland.

Beatification of Pope John Paul llupdated: Sun May 01 2011 11:17:00

Nadia Bilchik talks to T.J. Holmes about the process of beatification, and others who have been through the process.

Chicago family credits Pope John Paul II with personal miracleupdated: Sat Apr 30 2011 16:37:00

Christopher Lukasik was building shelves when a metal rod hit his eye, tearing about a third of his optic nerve fibers and leaving everybody from his doctors to his family wondering whether he would ever see again.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe in Rome for John Paul II's beatificationupdated: Sat Apr 30 2011 11:50:00

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arrived in Rome for the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II, airport officials said Saturday, despite his EU-wide travel ban for alleged human rights abuses.

Rome prepares for beatification of John Paul IIupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 14:15:00

More than one million people are expected in Rome this weekend for the beatification of Pope John Paul II, the biggest event in Vatican City since his death six years ago.

Pope urges peace on Easterupdated: Sun Apr 24 2011 19:46:00

During Easter celebrations at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI addresses the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa.

New Hampshire congressman calls Catholic bishop a 'pedophile pimp'updated: Sat Apr 02 2011 09:00:00

The New Hampshire House majority leader lashed out Friday on his Facebook page at a Roman Catholic bishop, calling the clergyman a "pedophile pimp" who "has no moral credibility to lecture anyone."

Egypt's military begins rebuilding burned Coptic churchupdated: Sun Mar 13 2011 09:15:00

Egypt's military has started rebuilding a church burned down in an outbreak of unrest between Christian Copts and Muslims, a military official told CNN on Sunday.

13 killed in sectarian clashes in Egyptupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 10:20:00

Thirteen people were killed and 90 wounded in clashes between Coptic Christians and Muslims in Cairo, state-run Egyptian television reported Wednesday.

Seven victims of sectarian clashes buried in Egyptupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 06:13:00

Mourners gathered Thursday to bury seven Coptic Christians killed in sectarian clashes that left more than a dozen dead in the Egyptian capital this week.

Vatican warns of papal ticket scamsupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 12:31:00

The Vatican is warning people who plan to travel to the beatification of Pope John Paul II to look out for scammers claiming to sell tickets for the ceremony.

Port Authority sued over still-unbuilt church near ground zeroupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 14:03:00

A lawsuit claims that the owners of the World Trade Center reneged on an agreement for rebuilding a Greek Orthodox church destroyed in the collapse of the twin towers after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Iraqi Christians face uncertain futureupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 11:14:00

Iraqi Christians seeking refuge in France face an uncertain future. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.

Iraqi Christians find refuge in Franceupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 11:14:00

At Sunday mass in the suburbs outside Paris, a score of Iraqi Catholics are praying for themselves and their families.

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