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Pope Francis marries flight attendants Carlos Ciuffardi, left, and Paola Podest, center, during a flight from Santiago, Chile, to Iquique, Chile, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Pope Francis celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding, marrying these two flight attendants from Chile’s flagship airline during the flight. The couple had been married civilly in 2010, however, they said they couldn’t follow-up with a church ceremony because of the 2010 earthquake that hit Chile. (L'Osservatore Romano Vatican Media/Pool Photo via AP)
Church conservatives question pope's airborne nuptialsA day after Pope Francis grabbed headlines by marrying two flight attendants while flying 36,000 feet over Chile, the conservative Catholic commentariat questioned the legitimacy of the impromptu sacrament
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Pope Francis boards the pope mobile as he departs from the government palace in Lima, Peru, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Pope to visit Peruvian region hard hit by El Nino floodsWhen Pope Francis travels Saturday to northern Peru he will find a region still reeling from devastating floods nearly a year ago
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Pope Francis waves as he departs the government palace in Lima, Peru, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
The Latest: Traditionalist blog questions mid-flight weddingThe honeymoon, as it were, is apparently over
The Associated Press12 hours ago
Pope Francis listens to the speech by Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski at the government palace in Lima, Peru, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Pope: Corruption is 'social virus' infecting Latin AmericaPope Francis strongly condemned corruption in Latin America as a "social virus" infecting all aspects of life in stern remarks Friday to Peru's president and high-ranking political leaders
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Pope Francis embraces a child during his visit to the Hogar Principito, or Little Prince home, a shelter for children who were working in the mines, in Puerto Maldonado, Peru, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. Francis travelled deep into the Amazonian rainforest to demand an end to the relentless exploitation of its timber, gas and gold and the recognition of its indigenous peoples as the primary custodians to determine the future of "our common home." (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Pope to indigenous: Amazon is 'heart of the church'From deep in the scorching Amazon rainforest, Pope Francis demands that corporations stop their relentless extraction of timber, gas and gold from God's "holy ground," and called on governments to allow its indigenous peoples to help determine its future
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Baby dies, 17 injured after car hits crowd on Rio boardwalkBrazilian authorities say a motorist who drove into a crowded boardwalk along Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana beach killed a baby and injured 17 people
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Honduran congressman indicted in US for drug traffickingA Honduran legislator has been charged in U.S. federal court with participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy and related weapons offenses
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2 sentenced for laundering billions in South American goldTwo Florida businessmen have been sentenced in a $3.6 billion money-laundering case involving South American gold
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2017 file photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, a U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright of Lyons, Ga., upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Wright was one of four U.S. troops and four Niger forces killed in an ambush by dozens of Islamic extremists on a joint patrol of American and Niger Force. U.S. President Donald Trump’s approach to Africa in his first year in office has been one largely of neglect - and then suddenly one of shocking insult. The killings of the four U.S. soldiers in the West African nation of Niger set off outrage, along with questions about why the U.S. military was there at all.  (Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne/U.S. Air Force via AP, File)
Thorny global issues abound a year into Trump presidencyIn his first year in office, President Donald Trump has made sharp departures from years and even decades of US foreign policy
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Puerto Rico finances under scrutiny amid plea for helpTop financial officials in Puerto Rico offered a peek Friday into why the U.S. territory is mired in an 11-year recession as a federal control board demanded more transparency and information about the island's finances
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6.3-magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico's Gulf of CaliforniaA 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck offshore in Mexico's Gulf of California, and there are no immediate reports of damage
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Couple donates supplies to Hurricane Maria victims for sonA Maine couple whose son died in a cargo ship accident delivered more than 30,000 pounds of supplies to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
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Jamaica imposes curfew in Montego Bay amid rise in crimeAuthorities in Jamaica have declared a state of emergency in areas including the popular tourist town of Montego Bay amid a rise in violent crime
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Protesters demonstrate against the Rev. Fernando Karadima, and his protege Juan Barros, bishop of Osorno, as Pope Francis rides past on his way to celebrates Mass at the Maquehue Airport in Temuco, Chile, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Chile's church has yet to recover its credibility following the scandal over Karadima, Chile's most notorious pedophile priest. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slanderVictims of a notorious Chilean pedophile priest are outraged that Pope Francis accused them of slander
The Associated Press1 day ago
Osornos Bishop Juan Barros smiles as he leaves the altar after Mass was celebrated by Pope Francis on Lobito Beach in Iquique, Chile, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Many Chileans are furious over Francis' 2015 decision to appoint Barros, a bishop close to the Rev. Fernando Karadima, who the Vatican found guilty in 2011 of abusing dozens of minors over decades. Barros has always denied he knew what Karadima was doing when he was the priest's protege, a position that many Chileans have a hard time believing. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
In Chile, pope met by protests, threats, burned churchesIn Chile, Pope Francis was greeted with protests, threats and the burning of at least 11 churches _ hostility unheard of for a papal visit in modern times
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