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Archbishops in Slovenia resign over finances

Slovenia's top Catholic Church dignitaries resigned on Wednesday in the wake of financial problems involving one of the dioceses in the country. Full story

Pope Francis and the 'remarkable new face' of the Catholic Church

   Top Talkers: In a statement made on Monday, July 29, 2013, Pope Francis stated he wouldn't judge gay priests. Francis' comments stand in direct contrast to the views of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who said gay men should not be priests. The Morning Joe panel discusses and NBC News' Anne Thom

LGBT advocate: Pope’s comment 'opens door for conversation'

   National Catholic Reporter Columnist Kate Childs Graham and Executive Director of New Ways Ministry Francis DeBernardo join Richard Lui to discuss comments made by Pope Francis on gay people in the Catholic Church and how his comments will impact American churches.

Pope says of gays: ‘Who am I to judge’

Pope Francis said at a press conference Monday that the Catholic Church is clear on not marginalizing gay people and that lobbies of all kinds pose a greater threat to the Church. Full story

Pope Francis: ‘Who am I to judge’ gay people?

   Answering questions about the Catholic Church while visiting Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis said women need to have an equal role in the church, though did not address the idea of female priests. And when asked about gay people, the pontiff responded, “Who am I to judge?”

Pope of the people refocuses on Vatican’s agenda

   The new Pope has so far kept his devotion to the poor his central focus. On his ongoing trip to Brazil, he made a point to visit one of Rio de Janeiro’s slum neighborhoods and has refused to protect himself, going without bullet-proof glass between him and Catholic believers. Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhod

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  Senators seek justice for military sexual assault victims

In an exclusive special report, NBC’s Maria Shriver speaks with three senators who are working to create legislation that will allow outside prosecutors to decide whether or not to take military sexual assault cases to trial rather than relying on military commanders to play that role.

  New pope will confront sexual abuse in the Catholic Church

NBC’s Claudio Lavanga talks with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin to talk about Pope Francis’s efforts to confront sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

  Over 35 percent of Hispanics call themselves born-again, says Time

Time Magazine reports on the surprising rise in evangelical Latinos in the United States, and Rick Stengel joins Morning Joe to discuss why many Latinos are leaving the Catholic Church for other denominations.

  Pope Francis causes controversy in foot-washing ceremony

Top Talkers: The Morning Joe panel -- including Random House's Jon Meacham, the Financial Times' Gillian Tett, New York Magazine's John Heilemann and Bloomberg Businessweek's Josh Green -- discusses how the newly-installed Pope Francis is already making waves in the Catholic Church.

  What can the Catholic Church learn from corporate America?

On Holy Thursday, Jesuit priest, Father James Martin, joins Morning Joe to discuss the Catholic Church's new pope, Pope Francis, and why the pope chose to forego the traditional big mass in Rome's Saint Peter's Square to wash the feet of juvenile offenders in Rome.

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A Congolese child attends celebrations to mark the Day of the African Child at the Catholic church in the town of Rutshuru, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, June 16, 2013. Picture taken June 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC CONGO - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION ANNIVERSARY

Congolese children attend celebrations to mark the Day of the African Child at the Catholic church in the town of Rutshuru, eastern DRC
Congolese children attend celebrations to mark the Day of the African Child at the Catholic church in the town of Rutshuru, eastern DRC

Congolese children attend celebrations to mark the Day of the African Child at the Catholic church in the town of Rutshuru, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, June 16, 2013. Picture taken June 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC CONGO - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION ANNIVERSARY

Father Sebastian J. Rossouw of the Regina Mundi Catholic Church
Father Sebastian J. Rossouw of the Regina Mundi Catholic Church

Father Sebastian J. Rossouw of the Regina Mundi Catholic Church, Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 June 2013

"It is so painful to see an old man (be in) pain every day," said Thembeni Sibeko, who works as a greeter at Regina Mundi, a Catholic church where opponents of the apartheid regime that Mandela helped topple often gathered.
"It is so painful to see an old man (be in) pain every day," said Thembeni Sibeko, who works as a greeter at Regina Mundi, a Catholic church where opponents of the apartheid regime that Mandela helped topple often gathered.

"It is so painful to see an old man pain every day," said Thembeni Sibeko, who works as a greeter at Regina Mundi, a Catholic church where opponents of the apartheid regime that Mandela helped topple often gathered.