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Guantanamo prisoners in protest over women guards

Some prisoners in the highest-security unit of the Guantanamo Bay detention center have launched a protest against what they consider the religiously offensive use of female guards to move them... Read more »

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews attack Jerusalem buses over ad

Dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews hurled stones and slashed the tires of buses bearing ads promoting female worship at a key Jerusalem holy site, Israeli police said Tuesday. Read more »

Published Oct. 21, 2014

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Pope Francis beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end

Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which... Read more »

Published Oct. 19, 2014

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Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to... Read more »

Published Oct. 18, 2014

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Bishops revise document on gays, expect approval

Catholic bishops predicted widespread approval Saturday of a revised document laying out the church's position on gays, sex, marriage and divorce, saying the report is a "balanced" reflection of... Read more »

Published Oct. 18, 2014

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Vatican alters draft report translation about gays

The Vatican is watering down a ground-breaking overture to gays — but only if they speak English. Read more »

Published Oct. 16, 2014

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Saudi sentences iconic Shiite cleric to death

A well-known Shiite cleric was sentenced to death Wednesday by a court in Saudi Arabia, sparking fears of renewed unrest from his supporters in the kingdom and neighboring Bahrain. Read more »

Published Oct. 15, 2014

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Bishops acknowledge the reality of Catholic families

Catholic bishops are showing unprecedented openness to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays have gifts to offer the church and should be accepted and that there are... Read more »

Published Oct. 13, 2014

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Yemen's crisis reflects arc of Arab Spring revolts

Yemen's 2011 Arab Spring revolt began with a nucleus of young men and women, a mix of socialists, secularists and moderate Islamists. In the capital's "Change Square," they launched their sit-in... Read more »

Published Oct. 12, 2014

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Qatar pledges $1B for Gaza Strip reconstruction

Qatar pledged $1 billion Sunday toward the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip after this year's devastating Israel-Hamas war, once again using its vast wealth to reinforce its role as a regional... Read more »

Published Oct. 12, 2014

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Gay rights groups hail new Catholic tone

Gay rights groups are cautiously cheering a shift in tone from the Catholic Church toward homosexuals, encouraged that Pope Francis' famous "Who am I to judge?" position has filtered down to... Read more »

Published Oct. 10, 2014

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Snowden, pope, refugees in Nobel Peace Prize buzz

Bettors this year are putting their money on Edward Snowden, Pope Francis or a Pakistani schoolgirl as favorites to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Read more »

Published Oct. 9, 2014

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Top Vatican cardinal wants streamlined annulments

The Vatican's top lawyer says he favors a radical change in how the Catholic Church handles marriage annulments to speed them up and reduce costs and red tape. Read more »

Published Oct. 9, 2014

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Bishops emphasize being best possible Catholic

Pope Francis' emphasis on a church that is merciful rather than moralizing is having a pronounced effect inside a meeting of bishops on family life, with the bishops emphasizing that the faithful... Read more »

Published Oct. 8, 2014

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Saudi: Hajj free of Ebola amid protective measures

Saudi Arabia's acting health minister said Monday that this year's hajj has been free of Ebola and other contagious diseases because of measures taken by the kingdom to protect more than 2 million... Read more »

Published Oct. 6, 2014

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Pope Francis to bishops: Be creative about families' needs

Pope Francis says a creative, humble approach is needed as the Vatican tries to understand why many in the Catholic Church have gone their own way on sexual and family issues like contraception,... Read more »

Published Oct. 5, 2014

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Pope Francis seeks 'sincere, open' debate on family issues

Pope Francis says he is looking for a "sincere, open and fraternal" debate about divisive family issues that opens Sunday with progressives hoping for change and conservatives intent on keeping the... Read more »

Published Oct. 4, 2014

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5 things to know about the Vatican's family synod

Pope Francis on Sunday opens a two-week meeting of bishops and cardinals from around the world aimed at making the church's teaching on family life — marriage, sex, contraception, divorce and... Read more »

Published Oct. 4, 2014

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Ebola casts pall over Eid holiday in West Africa

The raging Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 3,400 people in West Africa cast a pall Saturday over celebrations in the region of Eid, one of Islam's most important holidays. Read more »

Published Oct. 4, 2014

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Muslims celebrate Eid as hajj pilgrimage nears end

Muslims around the world celebrated the start of Islam's biggest holiday on Saturday as more than 2 million pilgrims took part in one of the final rites of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Read more »

Published Oct. 4, 2014

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Pope faces hopes, risks at family conference

From his stylish living room overlooking St. Peter's Square, Cardinal Walter Kasper doesn't come off as a figure at the center of one of the greatest storms swirling in Catholicism in decades. Read more »

Published Oct. 3, 2014

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Pope faces hopes, risks at family conference

From his stylish living room overlooking St. Peter's Square, Cardinal Walter Kasper doesn't come off as a figure at the center of one of the greatest storms swirling in Catholicism in decades. Read more »

Published Oct. 3, 2014

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In Saudi Arabia, Muslims pray on climax of hajj

Some 2 million Muslims from around the world gathered Friday at a desert hill near Mecca in Saudi Arabia in an act of faith and repentance during the climactic emotional and spiritual moment of the... Read more »

Published Oct. 3, 2014

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LDS Church's international mark to be on display during conference

The expanding international footprint of the Mormon church will be on display this weekend during a biannual conference that brings 100,000 church members to Salt Lake City to listen to words of... Read more »

Published Oct. 3, 2014

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Saudi overhaul reshapes Islam's holiest city Mecca

Now the market and the homes of Mecca are gone. Monumental luxury hotel towers crowd around the Grand Mosque where the Kaaba is located, dwarfing it. Read more »

Published Oct. 1, 2014

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