Roman Catholicism

This undated photo provided by the family in May 2020 shows Joseph Policelli at the piano with his niece Stephanie Mayne. At funerals, he made the organ moan, and at weddings, it thundered in joy. On Christmas, bells twinkled; on Easter, trumpets blasted. He delivered victorious graduation marches and bellowing birthday celebrations, blaring the pipes and vibrating the pews every Sunday in between. He was unassuming, egoless and largely anonymous, but in the lives of generations of Catholics in communities around Massachusetts, Policelli played the soundtrack. He died from COVID-19 on April 27, 2020 at 71. (Family photo via AP)
May 18, 2020 - 11:28 am
At funerals, he made the organ moan, and at weddings, it thundered in joy. On Christmas, bells twinkled; on Easter, trumpets blasted. He delivered victorious graduation marches and bellowing birthday celebrations, blaring the pipes and vibrating the pews every Sunday in between. He was unassuming,...
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Father Jose Maria Galvan, wearing gloves to prevent the spread of COVID-19, places the host in the hands of a parishioner during the morning mass at St. Eugenio Church, in Rome, Monday, May 18, 2020. Italy partially lifted lockdown restrictions Monday after a two-month coronavirus lockdown. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 18, 2020 - 7:04 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Italy and the Vatican opened a new phase in the virus crisis Monday, with churches resuming public Masses after a sharp confrontation between the Italian church and state over limits on worshipping in the era of COVID-19. Guards in hazmat suits took the temperature of the...
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FILE - In this 1979 file photo, Pope John Paul II, left, poses with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was elected Pope on April 19, 2005 and chose Benedict XVI as his papal name. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is honoring St. John Paul II on the centenary of his birth and floating the idea that he should be called “the Great,” as only two other popes have been. (AP Photo/File)
May 18, 2020 - 5:42 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — St. John Paul II was honored on the centennial of his birth with special Masses at the Vatican and in his native Poland on Monday, an anniversary that comes as the Polish church finds itself shaken by new allegations of sexual abuse by clerics. From the small town of Wadowice...
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FILE - In this Saturday, April 11, 2020 file photo, Rev. Timothy Pelc blesses Easter baskets outside St. Ambrose Church in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich. Pelc, wearing church vestments and protective gear, offered a prayer and sprayed holy water from a squirt gun instead of blessing baskets inside the church in a bid to maintain social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. (Natalie White via AP)
May 17, 2020 - 2:45 pm
DETROIT (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest in the Detroit area has taken aim at his parishioners in a bid to maintain social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, using a squirt gun to shoot holy water. Photos posted on social media by the St. Ambrose Church show the Rev. Tim Pelc shooting water...
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FILE - In this Friday, March 27, 2020 file photo, Pope Francis delivers the Urbi and Orbi prayer (To the City and To the World) in an empty St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. The pontiff likened the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to a storm laying bare illusions that people can be self-sufficient and instead finds "all of us fragile and disoriented" and needing each other's help and comfort. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 16, 2020 - 11:17 am
On a rainy evening in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis delivered a special blessing, asking God for help against the coronavirus. The square in Vatican City would normally be packed with onlookers, but no one was standing on the glistening cobblestones in March as he implored God to "not leave us...
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May 14, 2020 - 11:01 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A leading Jewish human rights group has called on Bosnia’s authorities to ban a memorial Mass for Croatian pro-Nazis killed at the end of World War II. The controversial gathering of Croatia's far-right supporters has been held annually in the southern Austrian...
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Leonardo Cabaña cries in the arms of his friend Raphael Benevides beside the casket of his father, Héctor Miguel Cabaña, who died of COVID-19 before the funeral home service led by the Rev. Fabian Arias, Monday, May 11, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. In hard-hit New York City, the coronavirus outbreak has taken a particularly heavy toll on Hispanic communities. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
May 12, 2020 - 7:38 am
NEW YORK (AP) — One is a Roman Catholic church in Queens; the other, a Lutheran church in Manhattan. But the COVID-19 pandemic has united the two Hispanic congregations in grief. Between them, they have lost more than 100 members to the coronavirus, and because of lockdown rules, they lack even the...
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In this April 10, 2020, photo provided by Sky News Australia, Cardinal George Pell is interviewed in Sydney following his release from prison after Australia's highest court cleared him of child sex crimes. Pell, Pope Francis’s former finance minister said in a television interview broadcast on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, that some church officials believed that he was prosecuted by Australian authorities because of the trouble he had caused in the Vatican with financial reforms. (Sky News Australia via AP)
May 07, 2020 - 4:26 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Cardinal George Pell knew a notorious pedophile priest had been moved decades ago because he had sexually abused children, and should have removed an unstable priest in another parish who was also a suspected pedophile, a government inquiry concluded. A report...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2019, file photo, St. Patrick's Day Parade grand marshal Gerald "Jerry" Counihand, center, and his wife, Lisa Harrison Counihand, right, stand after being blessed by Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, left, at the St. Patrick's Day parade in Savannah, Ga. Catholic leaders say Hartmayer, Atlanta’s new archbishop, will be installed Wednesday, May 6, in a Mass that will blaze a new path through old traditions. Inside the cathedral, some of the priests and others in attendance will look on from a choir loft so as not to violate social distancing practices. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)
May 06, 2020 - 12:16 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta’s new archbishop will be installed Wednesday in a Mass that will blaze a new path through old traditions, Catholic leaders say. Inside the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta, a small number of the priests and others in attendance will look on from a choir loft so as not...
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May 05, 2020 - 5:36 am
ROME (AP) — The Vatican says internal migrants should have the same legal protections as refugees and says their children should have the right to birth certificates, education and being reunited with their parents if separated. The Vatican on Tuesday published a booklet of pastoral guidelines to...
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