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A monk and a woman walk inside the Pechersk Lavra monastic complex in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Ukraine on Friday banned the activities of religious organizations "affiliated with centers of influence" in Russia and said it would examine the links between the Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox churches. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

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Pastor Kenneth Drayton and Tomika Reid try to inspire passengers through spiritual guidance on the road as part of what they see as Christian ride-hailing ministries. Drayton is an ordained pastor in Brooklyn. Reid is a single mother and children’s book author in New Jersey. Both drive for Lyft and share the word of God as roving preachers. And they both believe the church goes beyond the brick-and-mortar. Drayton says the power of God can be experienced outside a sanctuary. Reid has lost several loved ones and hopes to encourage passengers by telling her story of faith.

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A Roman Catholic priest from Massachusetts accused of sexually assaulting a child more than a decade ago has been indicted by a grand jury on forcible child rape and indecent assault and battery charges. Authorities said Tuesday that Monsignor Francis Strahan assaulted an altar boy on two occasions from 2004 until 2008 when the boy was between the ages of 11 and 13. Strahan was the pastor of St. Bridget Parish in Framingham at the time. Strahan’s attorney said his client denies the allegations. The Archdiocese of Boston cooperated with the investigation and has placed Strahan on leave.

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Pope Francis says female genital mutilation is a “crime” that must stop. Francis was responding Sunday to a question about women’s rights en route home from Bahrain. He gave a lengthy denunciation of how women in many cultures are treated as second-class citizens or worse. He said “we have to continue to fight this because women are a gift.” Speaking about the ritual genital mutilation of young girls, he said: “How is it that today in the world we cannot stop the tragedy?" The pope called the mutilation "a crime. It’s a criminal act!”

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Pope Francis attends a prayer meeting and Angelus with bishops, priests, consecrated people, seminarians and pastoral workers, at the Sacred Heart Church in Manama, Bahrain, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. Pope Francis is making the November 3-6 visit to participate in a government-sponsored conference on East-West dialogue and to minister to Bahrain's tiny Catholic community, part of his effort to pursue dialogue with the Muslim world. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Pope Francis attends a prayer meeting and Angelus with bishops, priests, consecrated people, seminarians and pastoral workers, at the Sacred Heart Church in Manama, Bahrain, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. Pope Francis is making the November 3-6 visit to participate in a government-sponsored conference on East-West dialogue and to minister to Bahrain's tiny Catholic community, part of his effort to pursue dialogue with the Muslim world. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Mother Teresa, left, is seen with Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, John Sanness, during the award ceremony in Oslo, Dec. 10, 1979. B…

The second Vatican Ecumenical Council - Roman Catholicism's greatest assembly of prelates in history - was opened Oct. 11, 1962 by Pope John X…

The papal procession moves down main nave in St. Peter's Basilica, in the Vatican, Sept. 29, 1963 for the opening ceremony of the second phase…

The Rev. Edwin C. O'Connell, center, of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, and the Rev. Bartholomew J. Laurello, right, of St. Catherine's Chur…