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Catholic Church: Largest Christian church, led by the Pope
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 consists of almost 3,500 dioceses around the world. The pope, who is the Bishop of Rome, is the chief pastor of the church, entrusted with the universal Petrine ministry of unity and correction. The church's administration, the Holy See, is in the Vatican City, a tiny enclave of Rome, of which the pope is head of state.

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As Polish Church embraces politics, Catholics leave [Video]

As Polish Church embraces politics, Catholics leave

Katarzyna Lipka is no longer Catholic, and she says that is a political statement. Like many, she has been drifting away from the Church - and in November, after the country's courts decreed a..

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SE Cupp: Attacking Amy Coney Barrett's Catholicism may backfire [Video]

SE Cupp: Attacking Amy Coney Barrett's Catholicism may backfire

In this week’s edition of “Unfiltered from Home,” host SE Cupp examines how some Democrats’ attempt to “otherize” Amy Coney Barrett’s Catholicism could backfire if she is chosen to..

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Irish PM apologizes over shocking Church child mortality report [Video]

Irish PM apologizes over shocking Church child mortality report

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin has formally apologized for the state's "profound failure," after a government report detailed shocking conditions at Catholic Church-run homes for mothers and..

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Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow dies after contracting coronavirus [Video]

Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow dies after contracting coronavirus

The Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia has died after contractingCovid-19. The 70-year-old had served as archbishop since 2012 and was one ofthe most senior figures in the Catholic Church..

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Report details dark chapter in Ireland's history [Video]

Report details dark chapter in Ireland's history

Thousands of infants died in Irish homes for unmarried mothers and their offspring run by the Catholic Church from the 1920s to the 1990s, an inquiry found on Tuesday, an "appalling" mortality rate..

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Public Masses in Italy to resume May 18, ending bitter Church-state rift

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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

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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

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Senior Italian cardinal, papal vicar for Rome, has coronavirus

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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

Catholics around the world joined Pope Francis in praying the rosary on Thursday night to ask God to end the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more people in Italy than anywhere else.
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Coronavirus: Do not kiss Holy Cross, says Archbishop Goa

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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

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Rome Catholic churches ordered closed due to coronavirus, unprecedented in modern times

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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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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Pope defrocks rape-convict Kerala vicar

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Vatican says pope 'slightly unwell', dismisses speculation

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Disgraced Catholic order vows to turn page on abuse with new norms

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Pope asks Catholics to say 'Never Again' to the Holocaust

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Pence to Pope Francis: 'You have made me a hero'

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Ex-pope Benedict wants name removed from new book: aide

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Philippines' Catholics parade 'Black Nazarene' in celebration of Christ

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Pope Francis led the world's 1.3 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas on Tuesday, urging them not to let the Church's failings lead them away from accepting God's love.
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Mexican Catholic group says late leader Maciel abused at least 60 minors

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Pope, closing synod, decries plundering of the Amazon

Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to the plundering of the Amazon basin, as he closed an assembly of Roman Catholic bishops who discussed the challenges the Church faces in the region.
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Vatican synod proposes ordaining married men as priests in the Amazon

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Haitian Catholics march for political reform as protests spread

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