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Protesters demonstrate June 22, 2018, while blocking the street outside the Justice Ministry in Madrid, Spain. The first comprehensive internal inquiry on sex abuse allegations by a religious order in Spain has identified 81 children and 37 adult victims by 96 Jesuits since the late 1920s, in a report released Friday.

Jesuits in Spain admit to decades of sexual abuse

Protesters demonstrate June 22, 2018, while blocking the street outside the Justice Ministry in Madrid, Spain. The first comprehensive internal inquiry on sex abuse allegations by a religious order in Spain has identified 81 children and 37 adult victims by 96 Jesuits since the late 1920s, in a report released Friday.

January 22, 2021, 5:32pm Churches & Religion

MADRID — The first comprehensive internal inquiry on sex abuse allegations by a religious order in Spain has identified 81 children and 37 adult victims of 96 Jesuits since the late 1920s, a much higher number than the cases that had so far been publicly known. Read story

FILE - In this Aug.22, 1997 file photo, Pope John Paul II meditates by the grave of his former friend geneticist Jerome Lejeune, during a private visit to the Chalo-Saint-Mars cemetery near Paris. Pope Francis on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, approved the "heroic virtues" of Dr. Jerome Lejeune, who discovered the genetic basis of Down syndrome, lived from 1926-1994 and was particularly esteemed by St. John Paul II for his anti-abortion stance.

French doctor who made Down discovery closer to sainthood

FILE - In this Aug.22, 1997 file photo, Pope John Paul II meditates by the grave of his former friend geneticist Jerome Lejeune, during a private visit to the Chalo-Saint-Mars cemetery near Paris. Pope Francis on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, approved the "heroic virtues" of Dr. Jerome Lejeune, who discovered the genetic basis of Down syndrome, lived from 1926-1994 and was particularly esteemed by St. John Paul II for his anti-abortion stance.

January 21, 2021, 8:26am Churches & Religion

ROME — The French doctor who discovered the genetic basis of Down syndrome but spent his career advocating against abortion as a result of prenatal diagnosis has taken his first major step to possible sainthood. Read story

A Catholic pastor receives the first of the two Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccinations Dec. 23 at a hospital in Chicago. In a growing consensus, religious leaders at the forefront of the anti-abortion movement in the United States are telling their followers that the leading vaccines available to combat COVID-19 are acceptable to take.

Anti-abortion leaders support virus vaccine

A Catholic pastor receives the first of the two Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccinations Dec. 23 at a hospital in Chicago. In a growing consensus, religious leaders at the forefront of the anti-abortion movement in the United States are telling their followers that the leading vaccines available to combat COVID-19 are acceptable to take.

January 16, 2021, 6:02am Churches & Religion

In a growing consensus, religious leaders at the forefront of the anti-abortion movement in the United States are telling their followers that the leading vaccines available to combat COVID-19 are acceptable to take, given their remote and indirect connection to lines of cells derived from aborted fetuses. Read story

President-elect Joe Biden, right, campaigns Jan. 4 for Senate candidates Raphael Warnock, left, and Jon Ossoff, not pictured, in Atlanta.

Warnock, Biden wins thrill religious liberals

President-elect Joe Biden, right, campaigns Jan. 4 for Senate candidates Raphael Warnock, left, and Jon Ossoff, not pictured, in Atlanta.

January 16, 2021, 6:00am Churches & Religion

WASHINGTON — The Rev. and Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock shares more than a party with President-elect Joe Biden: Both Democrats made faith a central part of their political identity on the campaign trail — and their victories are emboldening religious liberals. Read story

Australia financial unit admits huge Vatican transfer error

January 13, 2021, 8:40am Churches & Religion

VATICAN CITY — Australia’s financial intelligence agency has admitted it vastly misreported the amount of money transferred from the Vatican to Australia over the past six years by nearly $1.5 billion. Read story

FILE - In this file photo dated  Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, Pope Francis holds his pastoral staff as he arrives to celebrate Mass, at St. Peter's Basilica.  Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly allow women to do more things during Mass, Monday Jan. 11, 2021, while reaffirming they cannot be priests.

Pope says women can read at Mass, but still can’t be priests

FILE - In this file photo dated  Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, Pope Francis holds his pastoral staff as he arrives to celebrate Mass, at St. Peter's Basilica.  Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly allow women to do more things during Mass, Monday Jan. 11, 2021, while reaffirming they cannot be priests.

January 11, 2021, 8:58am Churches & Religion

ROME — Pope Francis changed church law Monday to explicitly allow women to do more things during Mass, granting them access to the most sacred place on the altar, while continuing to affirm that they cannot be priests. Read story

Seattle archbishop is stonewalling push for more transparency of church sex-abuse cases, group contends

January 5, 2021, 11:20am Churches & Religion

Their ranks include ex-federal prosecutors, a retired judge, a one-time assistant police chief, even a former priest. But a group of prominent Catholics say they still can’t get an audience with Seattle’s new archbishop in their push to address the fallout of a lingering scandal. Read story

FILE - In this June 19, 2020 file photo, Rev. Mariann Budde, bishop of Washington's Episcopal diocese, speaks during a service outside St. John's Episcopal Church near the White House in Washington. Budde is among more than 2,000 faith leaders and faith-based activists who signed a statement that is set to be released Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, urging members of Congress "to honor" the result of November's election by avoiding "a delayed and drawn out objection" on Wednesday, Jan. 6 when President-elect Joe Biden's win is set to be certified.

Faith leaders urge Congress to honor election result

FILE - In this June 19, 2020 file photo, Rev. Mariann Budde, bishop of Washington's Episcopal diocese, speaks during a service outside St. John's Episcopal Church near the White House in Washington. Budde is among more than 2,000 faith leaders and faith-based activists who signed a statement that is set to be released Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, urging members of Congress "to honor" the result of November's election by avoiding "a delayed and drawn out objection" on Wednesday, Jan. 6 when President-elect Joe Biden's win is set to be certified.

January 4, 2021, 12:12pm Churches & Religion

WASHINGTON — More than 2,000 faith leaders and religious activists are calling on members of Congress to honor the result of November’s election and avoid “a delayed and drawn out objection” this week when President-elect Joe Biden’s win is set to be certified. Read story

FILE - In this May 29, 2020 file photo, images of Ravi Zacharias are displayed in the Passion City Church during a memorial service for him in Atlanta. A posthumous sex scandal involving  Zacharias, who founded the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries has placed the global organization in a wrenching predicament.

Ministry roiled by late founder’s sexual misconduct scandal

FILE - In this May 29, 2020 file photo, images of Ravi Zacharias are displayed in the Passion City Church during a memorial service for him in Atlanta. A posthumous sex scandal involving  Zacharias, who founded the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries has placed the global organization in a wrenching predicament.

January 4, 2021, 8:11am Churches & Religion

NEW YORK — A posthumous sexual misconduct scandal involving the man who founded, in his own name, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries has placed the global Christian organization in a wrenching predicament. It faces calls from within its own ranks to change its name, pay reparations to any victims and oust… Read story

A detail of the 1514 fresco "Sybils receiving instruction from Angels" by Italian High Renaissance master painter Raffaello Sanzio, known as Raphael, adorns the inside of Santa Maria della Pace church, in Rome, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Like elsewhere in Europe, museums and art galleries in Italy were closed this fall to contain the spread of COVID-19, meaning art lovers must rely on virtual tours to catch a glimpse of the treasures held by famous institutions such as the Uffizi in Florence and the Vatican Museums in Rome. However, some exquisite gems of Italy's cultural heritage remain on display in real life inside the country's churches, some of which have collections of renaissance art and iconography that would be the envy of any museum.

Italian churches home to art

A detail of the 1514 fresco "Sybils receiving instruction from Angels" by Italian High Renaissance master painter Raffaello Sanzio, known as Raphael, adorns the inside of Santa Maria della Pace church, in Rome, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Like elsewhere in Europe, museums and art galleries in Italy were closed this fall to contain the spread of COVID-19, meaning art lovers must rely on virtual tours to catch a glimpse of the treasures held by famous institutions such as the Uffizi in Florence and the Vatican Museums in Rome. However, some exquisite gems of Italy's cultural heritage remain on display in real life inside the country's churches, some of which have collections of renaissance art and iconography that would be the envy of any museum.

January 2, 2021, 6:07am Churches & Religion

ROME — Like elsewhere in Europe, museums and art galleries closed in Italy in the spring and again in the fall to contain the spread of COVID-19, leaving virtual tours as the best option for art lovers who wanted to see the treasures held by institutions such as the Uffizi… Read story