Pope? Yes, Dalai Lama? No

“It’s an odd fact of history,” ruminates Time magazine, “that the world’s youngest empire, the U.S., established diplomatic relations with the oldest, the Holy See, only a little over 30 years ago under (President) Ronald Reagan” who was long described as an advocate of church-state separation.

Pope Francis attends a special audience with the members of the UCIIM Catholic union of Italian secondary school teachers

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 21 2015 (IPS) - When the United States established diplomatic relations with the Holy See back in January 1984, a televangelist asked rather sarcastically: when will Mecca send its own ambassador to Washington DC? “It’s an odd fact of history,” ruminates Time magazine, “that the world’s youngest empire, the U.S.,

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Pope Francis Apologizes for Church’s ‘Grave Sins’ Against Native People

Campesino leader Amandina Quispe, of Anta, Peru, who attended the grass-roots summit, said the church still holds lands it should give back to Andean natives.

Pope Francis talks to Indian leaders

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — Pope Francis apologized Thursday for the sins, offenses and crimes committed by the Catholic Church against indigenous peoples during the colonial-era conquest of the Americas, delivering a powerful mea culpa on the part of the church in the climactic highlight of his South American pilgrimage. History's first Latin

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Pope Francis’ Drug War Riffs Keep Offending Mexico

First he warns of the impending ‘Mexicanization’ of Argentina. Then he says ‘the devil is punishing Mexico.’ ¿Qué pasa, Francisco?

Pope Francis attends a special audience with the members of the UCIIM Catholic union of Italian secondary school teachers

In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis attends a special audience with the members of the UCIIM Catholic union of Italian secondary school teachers, in the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Saturday, March 14, 2015. MEXICO CITY — Almost everyone seemed to love what Pope Francis had to

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Buenos Aires Victims Urge Pope Francis To Focus On Sex Abuse In His Home City

Pope Francis has promised not to tolerate more sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Argentine victims wish the former Buenos Aires archbishop had taken that stance years ago.

Pope Francis meets ambassadors to the Holy See, at the Vatican, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Pope Francis on Monday criticized abortion as evidence of a "throwaway culture" that wastes people as well as food, saying such a mentality is a threat to world peace. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Pool)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Pope Francis made headlines last month when he announced the Vatican will take a “zero tolerance” policy toward sexual abuse in the church. In a historic move, Francis also promised to celebrate mass in Italy in June with several victims of sexual abuse, a gesture lauded for its significance in helping to overcome

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Justice Delays Health Law’s Birth Control Mandate

Justice Sotomayor grants religion-affiliated groups’ request to refrain from including birth control coverage in employee insurance.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Only hours before the law was to take effect, a Supreme Court justice on Tuesday blocked implementation of part of President Barack Obama's health care law that would have forced some religion-affiliated organizations to provide health insurance for employees that includes birth control. Justice Sonia Sotomayor's decision

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Catholic Hospitals Grow, And With Them Questions Of Care

A wave of mergers and alliances between Catholic hospital chains and secular, taxpayer-supported community hospitals have taken trend in Washington

Oct. 17: This story has been corrected Over the past few years, Washington state’s liberal voters have been on quite a roll. Same-sex marriage? Approved. Assisted suicide? Check. Legalized pot? That too. Strong abortion protections? Those have been in place for decades. Now, though, the state finds itself in the middle of a trend that hardly

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