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    Roman Catholics in the Philadelphia region are bracing for more parish closures.

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    As most of the world's Christians prepare this week to commemorate the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, leaders including Pope Francis emphasize connecting with Jesus' life and teachings. But one scholar incites controversy.

  • In this March 31, 2014, photo the new $2.2 million mansion that is the residence of Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory stands in the upscale Buckhead neighborhood in Atlanta. Gregory apologized for his spending and offered to put the home up for sale after Pope Francis permanently removed a German bishop for his lavish spending on a renovation project. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta archbishop: Mansion likely to be sold

    After strong objections from local Roman Catholics, Archbishop Wilton Gregory said in an interview Wednesday that he believes the church will probably sell a $2.2 million mansion built for his own use.

  • Pope Francis delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican,  Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    EDITORIAL: Obama at the Vatican

    President Obama meets Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday before heading to the Colosseum to continue his spring break with a little sightseeing. Given that no president has done more to alienate Roman Catholics than this one, the papal-presidential audience will be an interesting test of the Holy Father's capacity to forgive.

  • One year on job, Francis remains popular pontiff

    Whether it's his simple lifestyle, candid statements or the energy he's brought as the first non-European pontiff in centuries, Pope Francis is popular with Roman Catholics -- and others -- one year into the job, a new survey reveals.

  • FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2014 file photo, West Virginia's interim president Gordon Gee greets a fan before an NCAA college basketball game between West Virginia and Oklahoma State in Morgantown, W.Va.  A West Virginia University search committee on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014,  did an about-face and endorsed interim President E. Gordon Gee for the job permanently.  The committee made the recommendation during an emergency meeting in Morgantown. The recommendation now goes to the WVU Board of Governors.  (AP Photo/Andrew Ferguson)

    WVU committee endorses Gee for full-time job

    A West Virginia University search committee on Friday did an about-face and endorsed interim President E. Gordon Gee for the job permanently.

  • Dr. Michael Drake speaks during a press conference after being named the new president at Ohio State University following a university board meeting where he was voted in at the school Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2014.  (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

    Ohio State names California educator as president

    Ohio State University trustees picked a California educator as the school's next president Thursday, ending a search that began with the former president's retirement following remarks critical of Roman Catholics and Southeastern Conference schools.

  • Pope Francis leaves St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican to celebrate the rite of acceptance and meeting with the catechumens, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    'Pope Francis Effect' has negligible impact for U.S. Catholics: poll

    For all the good press new Pope Francis has gotten since his election, the first extensive survey of American Catholics finds his impact on church attendance and membership has been less than overwhelming.

  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York

    Pope Francis' ambassador to U.S. bishops: Make Catholics feel more at home in the church

    The Vatican ambassador to the United States told American bishops on Monday that they should make Roman Catholics feel more at home in the church.

  • ** FILE ** In this Oct. 22, 1978, file photo, Pope John Paul II blesses the faithful in St. Peter's Square from a Vatican City balcony right after he was named pontiff. A Vatican official says Pope John Paul II has cleared the final obstacle before being made a saint. (AP Photo)

    KELLNER: D.C. shrine in the spotlight as John Paul II nears sainthood

    The July 5 announcement by the Vatican that blessed John Paul II, the pontiff who died in 2005, has been "cleared" by Pope Francis for canonization was not overly surprising. From the chants of "Santo Subito!" ("Saint Now!") at his funeral to his beatification two years ago to the two miracles attributed to him, the Polish-born pope was a favorite among Roman Catholics, and he was respected and loved by many beyond the church's ranks.

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  • Book cover of "American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll" by Bradley J. Birzer.

    CITIZEN JOURNALISM: Founding Catholic

    Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737-1832), the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence, also served as a diplomat to Canada, a U.S. senator and a Maryland state senator. He was the last of the signers of the Declaration to die. Bradley Birzer is the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American history and director of American studies at Hillsdale College in Michigan. His book "American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll" is scheduled for release Feb. 15, and can be pre-ordered on

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