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Catholic Church: Largest Christian church, led by the Bishop of Rome
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 civilisation. The church is headed by the Bishop of Rome, known as the pope. Its central administration is the Holy See.

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Freed George Pell asks press to keep 'social distance' [Video]

Freed George Pell asks press to keep 'social distance'

Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell was seen at an Australian gas station, just a day after his court acquittal and release from prison on sexual abuse allegations.

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Cardinal Pell leaves prison after Australian High Court quashes conviction on sex offenses [Video]

Cardinal Pell leaves prison after Australian High Court quashes conviction on sex offenses

Australia's highest court on Tuesday acquitted former Vatican treasurer George Pell of sexually assaulting two teenaged choirboys in the 1990s, allowing the 78-year-old cardinal to walk free from jail.

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Cardinal George Pell to find out if bid for freedom successful [Video]

Cardinal George Pell to find out if bid for freedom successful

The highest-ranking Catholic church figure to be convicted of child sex abuse is in prison in Australia for abusing two choir boys.

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Jerusalem's Via Dolorosa empty due to coronavirus fears [Video]

Jerusalem's Via Dolorosa empty due to coronavirus fears

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is usually the global focus of Easter celebrations, but this year it will be bereft of Easter pilgrims to see them. Edward Baran reports.

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Swiss chocolate Easter bunnies come with masks [Video]

Swiss chocolate Easter bunnies come with masks

The Easter holidays are likely to be somber this year, as millions of people are expected to stay in confinement, to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

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Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre closes amid coronavirus fears [Video]

Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre closes amid coronavirus fears

Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, revered in Christian tradition as the site of Jesus's crucifixion and burial, was closed on Wednesday (March 25) as a precaution against the coronavirus.

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Pope leads video prayer to end pandemic [Video]

Pope leads video prayer to end pandemic

Pope Francis led the world's Roman Catholics in prayer on Wednesday to ask God to stop the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pope Francis calls for prayer amid coronavirus crisis [Video]

Pope Francis calls for prayer amid coronavirus crisis

Pope Francis called for worldwide prayer to tackle the coronavirus crisis in his Angelus message on Sunday. Emer McCarthy reports.

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Priest hears drive-through confessions amid coronavirus [Video]

Priest hears drive-through confessions amid coronavirus

Devout Catholics in Bowie, Maryland won't have to surrender their place of worship, despite local guidance for social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak. Thanks to Father Scott Holmer's quick..

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Catholics Around The World Pray With Pope Francis For End To Coronavirus [Video]

Catholics Around The World Pray With Pope Francis For End To Coronavirus

Pope Francis held a special prayer vigil on Thursday night in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Catholics all over the world joined the Pope in praying the rosary to ask God to end the coronavirus..

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Australia court hears final appeal in Pell sex abuse case [Video]

Australia court hears final appeal in Pell sex abuse case

Former Vatican treasurer under Pope Francis is the highest-ranking Catholic official convicted of child sex crimes.

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Philippines: Church attendance hits low over coronavirus fears [Video]

Philippines: Church attendance hits low over coronavirus fears

Fears over coronavirus outbreak keep people away from Sunday mass services in the country with the largest Roman Catholic community in Asia.

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Churches shuttered as South Korea battles coronavirus [Video]

Churches shuttered as South Korea battles coronavirus

Amid the biggest coronavirus outbreak outside China, churches across South Korea were empty on Sunday with some holding online services and the country's Catholic Church halting mass for the first time..

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Pope nixes proposal to let married men be priests [Video]

Pope nixes proposal to let married men be priests

Pope Francis, in one of the most significant decisions of his papacy, appears to have bowed to conservative pressure and dismissed a proposal to use married men to offset dwindling numbers of priests...

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Catholic Church to reveal decision on priestly celibacy in Amazon [Video]

Catholic Church to reveal decision on priestly celibacy in Amazon

Church mulls decision due to scarcity of priests in Amazon and decreasing number of Roman Catholics in Latin America.

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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

Catholics criticized a cardinal's order to close churches in Rome on Friday to help contain the spread of coronavirus and Pope Francis cautioned against "drastic measures".
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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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WA bishop Christopher Saunders steps down amid 'revelations'

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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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Vatican says pope 'slightly unwell', dismisses speculation

The Vatican moved on Friday to dismiss speculation that Pope Francis was anything more than "slightly unwell" as the 83-year-old Roman Catholic leader canceled official audiences for the second day.
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Disgraced Catholic order vows to turn page on abuse with new norms

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Vatican police make new raid in investigation of London property deal

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Amazon Catholics pledge to press on after Pope says no to married priests

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