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In this image distributed by Vatican Media, Argentine President Javier Milei, second from left, his sister and Secretary-General of the Presidency Karina Milei, left, and Foreign Minister Diana Mondino, right, exchange gifts with Pope Francis as they arrive in the pontiff&#039;s studio at The Vatican for a private audience, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. Milei, who will meet Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni later in the day, attended the canonization of the first Argentine female saint, Mar&iacute;a Antonia de Paz y Figueroa also known as &quot;Mama Antula&quot; in St. Peter&#039;s Basilica on Sunday. In the background is Italian Renaissance painter Pietro Cristofaro Vannucci known as Il Perugino&#039;s &#039;The resurrection of Christ&#039; (1499).

After rough start, pope and Argentina’s Milei meet amid speculation Francis might finally go home

In this image distributed by Vatican Media, Argentine President Javier Milei, second from left, his sister and Secretary-General of the Presidency Karina Milei, left, and Foreign Minister Diana Mondino, right, exchange gifts with Pope Francis as they arrive in the pontiff&#039;s studio at The Vatican for a private audience, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. Milei, who will meet Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni later in the day, attended the canonization of the first Argentine female saint, Mar&iacute;a Antonia de Paz y Figueroa also known as &quot;Mama Antula&quot; in St. Peter&#039;s Basilica on Sunday. In the background is Italian Renaissance painter Pietro Cristofaro Vannucci known as Il Perugino&#039;s &#039;The resurrection of Christ&#039; (1499).

February 12, 2024, 2:33pm Churches & Religion

Despite their rocky start, Argentina's President Javier Milei and Pope Francis appeared to have hit it off as they held their first meeting Monday amid speculation that the Argentine pontiff might finally go home for a visit later this year. Read story

Emergency vehicles line the feeder road outside Lakewood Church during a reported active shooter event, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, in Houston.

Reluctant pastor’s son to most-viewed preacher: Shooting puts new spotlight on Joel Osteen

Emergency vehicles line the feeder road outside Lakewood Church during a reported active shooter event, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, in Houston.

February 12, 2024, 10:34am Churches & Religion

Joel Osteen is one of the most familiar faces in American religion. Read story

The Rev. James Martin, Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe, N.M., left, and Rev. Eric Andrews attend the closing Mass on June 18 for the Outreach conference at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, in New York. Martin is the founder of Outreach, a unique Jesuit-run program of outreach to LGBTQ+ Catholics.

Jesuits expand Outreach to LGBTQ+ Catholics

The Rev. James Martin, Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe, N.M., left, and Rev. Eric Andrews attend the closing Mass on June 18 for the Outreach conference at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, in New York. Martin is the founder of Outreach, a unique Jesuit-run program of outreach to LGBTQ+ Catholics.

February 10, 2024, 6:05am Churches & Religion

Even as Catholic dogma continues to repudiate same-sex marriage and gender transition, one of the most prominent religious orders in the United States — the Jesuits — is strengthening a unique outreach program for LGBTQ+ Catholics. Read story

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Washington Senate strikes ‘delicate’ balance on rules for clergy reporting child abuse

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February 9, 2024, 7:29am Churches & Religion

Washington lawmakers are trying to thread the needle on when religious leaders must report child abuse. Read story

Robert Pinedo, who lives and works in Vancouver, strolls past the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater during his lunch break. The Archdiocese of Seattle announced its final plans to consolidate its 136 parishes into just 60 parish families.

3 ‘parish families’ ahead: Catholic parishes in Clark County revamped in Seattle archdiocese plan

Robert Pinedo, who lives and works in Vancouver, strolls past the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater during his lunch break. The Archdiocese of Seattle announced its final plans to consolidate its 136 parishes into just 60 parish families.

February 7, 2024, 6:06am Churches & Religion

Local Catholic churches have fewer engaged parishioners, a shortage of priests, dwindling finances and deteriorating campuses, leading the Archdiocese of Seattle to consolidate 136 parishes into 60. Read story

Seattle Archdiocese announces final plan to consolidate Catholic parishes

February 5, 2024, 6:47pm Churches & Religion

The Archdiocese of Seattle announced over the weekend its far-reaching plan to consolidate 136 Catholic parishes throughout Western Washington into 60 “parish families.” Read story

FILE - Dancers perform in front of an image of St. Brigid projected onto The Wonderful Barn in Leixlip, Kildare, Ireland, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023 during the Herstory Festival of Light. Devotees of St. Brigid in Ireland plan to celebrate on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, with the scheduled return of a relic associated with the so-called &ldquo;matron saint of Ireland&rdquo; &mdash; about a millennium after her remains were removed from her hometown of Kildare. It&rsquo;s part of a series of observances in Ireland and around the world marking the 1,500th anniversary of her death.

Who was St. Brigid and why is she inspiring many 1,500 years after her death?

FILE - Dancers perform in front of an image of St. Brigid projected onto The Wonderful Barn in Leixlip, Kildare, Ireland, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023 during the Herstory Festival of Light. Devotees of St. Brigid in Ireland plan to celebrate on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, with the scheduled return of a relic associated with the so-called &ldquo;matron saint of Ireland&rdquo; &mdash; about a millennium after her remains were removed from her hometown of Kildare. It&rsquo;s part of a series of observances in Ireland and around the world marking the 1,500th anniversary of her death.

February 4, 2024, 5:31am Churches & Religion

Devotees of St. Brigid are commemorated the 1,500th anniversary of her death Thursday, the feast day of the so-called matron saint of Ireland, who’s been gaining a modern following. Read story

Elder Patrick Kearon speaks Dec. 8, 2019, at the First Presidency Christmas Devotional at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. (Scott G.

Mormon official: Let’s do more for sex abuse victims

Elder Patrick Kearon speaks Dec. 8, 2019, at the First Presidency Christmas Devotional at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. (Scott G.

February 3, 2024, 6:04am Churches & Religion

The newest member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ top governing body said every faith — including his — must do more to protect victims of sexual abuse and help facilitate a healing process. Read story

The Holy Name of Jesus Church in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia, Pa.

Church’s bells strike a chord in Philly neighborhood

The Holy Name of Jesus Church in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia, Pa.

February 3, 2024, 6:04am Churches & Religion

Late last year, Rev. Alfred Bradley planned a Christmastime surprise for the neighborhood he grew up in. He was bringing back the sound of church bells to the Fishtown neighborhood. Read story

Eastern WA school board considers starting meetings with prayer. Students pushed back

February 2, 2024, 8:04am Churches & Religion

A suggestion that the Prosser School Board should open its meetings with a prayer has resulted in objections from students and threats of legal action from a national organization. Read story