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Catholic Church: Largest Christian church, led by the Bishop of Rome
The Catholic Church, sometimes referred to as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with approximately 1.3 billion baptised Catholics worldwide as of 2018. As the world's oldest and largest continuously functioning international institution, it has played a prominent role in the history and development of Western civilization. The church is headed by the bishop of Rome, known as the pope. Its central administration is the Holy See.


John Hume, Northern Ireland peace maker, dies [Video]

John Hume, Northern Ireland peace maker, dies

John Hume, a Roman Catholic architect of Northern Ireland's Good Friday peace agreement who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in ending 30 years of sectarian violence, has died at the age of 83...

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John Hume: Nobel laureate and former leader of Northern Ireland's SDLP has died [Video]

John Hume: Nobel laureate and former leader of Northern Ireland's SDLP has died

Hume, a Catholic, is chiefly known for being a key figure in the Northern Ireland peace process, having insisted on the importance of holding talks with republican party Sinn Féin.View on euronews

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State-linked Chinese hackers 'infiltrated Vatican' [Video]

State-linked Chinese hackers 'infiltrated Vatican'

Hackers linked to the Chinese government have infiltrated Vatican computer networks, including the Roman Catholic Church's Hong Kong-based representative, a U.S. firm that tracks state-backed cyber..

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DR Congo church weighs in as parliament protests continue [Video]

DR Congo church weighs in as parliament protests continue

The Catholic Church weighs in on the political crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Catholics attend first mass in Rio since virus lockdown [Video]

Catholics attend first mass in Rio since virus lockdown

The devoted of the Catholic church welcomed the chance to attend a mass after almost three months praying and listening to ceremonies from home via social media.View on euronews

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The "Pope Francis Effect": Cardinal, archbishop talk leader's big impact

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Donald Trump claims Joe Biden is 'against God;' Biden aides call Trump a hypocritical divider

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Vatican urges Catholics to drop investments in fossil fuels, arms

The Vatican urged Catholics on Thursday to disinvest from the armaments and fossil fuel industries and to closely monitor companies in sectors such as mining to check if they are damaging the..
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Trump’s Visits to Church and Shrine Draw Fierce Rebukes From D.C. Clergy

The Episcopal bishop Mariann Edgar Budde and the Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory said the president was using holy sites as political props.
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Trump to visit Catholic shrine in DC amid criticism over 'photo op' at Episcopal church, clearing George Floyd protest

Donald Trump will visit a Catholic shrine in Washington just hours after critics branded his visit to St. John's Episcopal Church a "photo op."
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Former Mexican bishop shot in neck after getting caught in crossfire

A former prominent Roman Catholic bishop on Monday said he was shot in the neck as he was traveling by car through his home state at the weekend.
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As Catholics mark 100 years since birth of John Paul, shadows remain

The Catholic Church on Monday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope John Paul II but questions remained about whether he did enough against sexual abuse.
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French Catholics celebrate mass in parking lot

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Coronavirus drains Vatican coffers as income falls, deficits loom

Late last month, the Vatican announced the coronavirus pandemic had forced Pope Francis to postpone an annual fund raising campaign among Catholics worldwide to help him carry out his ministry.
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South Carolina's Roman Catholic churches among the first in nation to reopen

Roman Catholic churches across South Carolina reopened for services on Monday for the first time since a coronavirus-related shutdown began on March 17, allowing parishioners to attend Mass in person.
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Public Masses in Italy to resume May 18, ending bitter Church-state rift

Italy's government and Roman Catholic bishops signed an agreement on Thursday to allow the faithful to attend Masses again from later this month, ending a standoff between the Church and state over the..
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Atlanta's archbishop installed by social distance

Atlanta's new archbishop was installed in a Mass that tweaked Catholic traditions to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. (May 6)  
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Two of the largest Catholic archdioceses in U.S. reopen cemeteries for visits

Two of the largest Roman Catholic archdioceses in America are opening up eight cemeteries for visitors in the New York City area on Sunday, after closing them weeks ago due to the new coronavirus..
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In a Philippine lockdown, priests bring church to the community

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Knights of Malta Grand Master who healed rift with Vatican dies

Giacomo Dalla Torre, the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta who steered the global Catholic chivalric order and charity to reconciliation with the Vatican after a period of conflict, died on..
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Italy bishops scold government for excluding Mass from lockdown easing

Italy's Roman Catholic Church has reprimanded the government for not allowing the faithful to return to Masses at the start of a gradual staged end to Europe's longest coronavirus lockdown.
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Pope postpones two mega-events by a year because of coronavirus

Pope Francis has postponed two major international Catholic Church events by a year because of the uncertainties caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Vatican said on Monday.
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Poland's parliament sends abortion bill to parliamentary commission

Poland's lower house of parliament voted on Thursday to send a bill on tightening abortion rules in the staunchly Catholic country to a parliamentary commission for further work.
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Senior Italian cardinal, papal vicar for Rome, has coronavirus

Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, Pope Francis' vicar for the diocese of Rome, on Monday became the highest-ranking Catholic official known to test positive for coronavirus.
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California Catholic church begins drive-up confessionals amid coronavirus outbreak

A Catholic church in California has a drive-up confessional to deal with coronavirus outbreak restrictions.
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Locked-down French Catholics mark holy mass via YouTube

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Poland limits numbers at Catholic masses due to coronavirus

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Catholics worldwide pray with pope for end to coronavirus pandemic

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Rome churches remain open after Catholics rail against 'Christ in quarantine'

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Catholics rail against 'Christ in quarantine' church closures in Rome

Catholics criticized a cardinal's order to close churches in Rome on Friday to help contain the spread of coronavirus and Pope Francis cautioned against "drastic measures".
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Rome's Catholic churches were ordered closed on Thursday because of the coronavirus pandemic, in a moved believed to be unprecedented in modern times.
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Trump will hold an event for Catholic supporters in Wisconsin next week shortly after officials at the White House advised to 'avoid crowding.'
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Catholic Italy adapts to religion in a time of coronavirus

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'Put it in God's hands': As coronavirus spreads, changes come for Catholics at Mass

As the new coronavirus spreads around the United States, Catholic churches are changing practices during Mass. But most worshipers aren't too worried.
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Another victim of coronavirus: Spain's religious statue-kissing

A Spanish pre-Easter tradition, where Catholics flock in droves to kiss statues of Jesus and Mary, fell victim to the coronavirus epidemic this week as churches with some of the most sought-after..
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Catholic churches are changing parts of Mass as coronavirus spreads

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Pope Francis picks Savannah bishop to lead Atlanta archdiocese

Pope Francis on Thursday named Gregory Hartmayer, the Roman Catholic bishop of Savannah, to lead the Atlanta archdiocese, its 100 parishes and 1.2 million Catholics.
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Armed Man Dies After Shooting at Catholic Church in California, Authorities Say

The man entered Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Santa Ana on Sunday afternoon before Mass, the police said. The authorities do not know if the man was killed by the police, or if he fatally shot..
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Vatican says pope 'slightly unwell', dismisses speculation

The Vatican moved on Friday to dismiss speculation that Pope Francis was anything more than "slightly unwell" as the 83-year-old Roman Catholic leader canceled official audiences for the second day.
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Coronavirus fears lead Holy Land Catholic churches to give communion by hand only

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Amazon Catholics pledge to press on after Pope says no to married priests

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