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Christmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanity

With British and German forces separated only by a no-man's land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: "Stille Nacht, Heilige... Read more »

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Idaho's new Catholic leader meets followers

The Rev. Peter F. Christensen, Idaho's next Catholic bishop, has set an assignment for himself even before he assumes his office: Learn Spanish. Read more »

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Analysis: New focus on how Pakistan will address militancy

Many wonder if the attack that killed 148 people at a Pakistani school will be a watershed in the country's long, conflicted history with Islamic militancy. Read more »

Published Dec. 18, 2014

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Biden marks start of Hanukkah at national menorah

The smell of latkes — fresh potato pancakes — wafted over the National Mall on Tuesday as Vice President Joe Biden marked the first night of Hanukkah. Read more »

Published Dec. 16, 2014

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Vatican offers olive branch to US nuns in sweeping investigation

The Vatican went out of its way Tuesday to mend fences with American nuns, thanking them for their selfless work caring for the poor and promising to value their "feminine genius" more, while... Read more »

Published Dec. 16, 2014

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5 people escape from Sydney cafe in hostage crisis

Five people escaped from a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of hostages during Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the cafe earlier held up a flag with an Islamic... Read more »

Published Dec. 15, 2014

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3 flee from Sydney cafe at heart of hostage drama

Three people ran out a fire exit of a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of people hostage at the height of Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the cafe were seen holding up... Read more »

Published Dec. 14, 2014

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Black churches pray in protest of police slayings

Congregants in African-American churches across the country wore black to Sunday services and prayed over the men in attendance in a symbolic stand against fatal police shootings of unarmed black men. Read more »

Published Dec. 14, 2014

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Pope marks Latin America feast with Argentine folk hymns

Pope Francis is calling for Latin America to care for its poorest and most marginalized, those who have been "enslaved" and exploited by an economic system that he said treats them as useless. Read more »

Published Dec. 12, 2014

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Vatican: Bishops should move forward on family

The Vatican set the stage Tuesday for Pope Francis' next church meeting on the family, urging bishops to be guided not just by doctrine but by Francis' message of mercy and the "turning point" of... Read more »

Published Dec. 9, 2014

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Lawsuit over $60M gift to Catholic order in court

Rhode Island Supreme Court justices on Tuesday raised questions about the conduct of a disgraced Roman Catholic order, but they also expressed doubts about whether lawsuits can move forward over... Read more »

Published Dec. 9, 2014

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Pope notes resistance to reform but moves ahead

Pope Francis convened his cardinal advisers to chart the reform of the Vatican bureaucracy Tuesday after acknowledging resistance to his changes but saying he welcomes the debate and is... Read more »

Published Dec. 9, 2014

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Religious nonprofits that object to covering birth control in health plans challenge federal law

In the latest religious challenge to the federal health care law, faith-based organizations that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans argued in federal appeals court... Read more »

Published Dec. 8, 2014

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Religious nonprofits challenge health law

A group of faith-based religious organizations that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans told a panel of federal judges that they should be treated like religions and not... Read more »

Published Dec. 8, 2014

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Syrian Jewish bibles could spark ownership dispute

Two decades after Israeli spies helped Syrian Jews whisk ancient Hebrew bibles from Damascus to Jerusalem, Israel's national library asked an Israeli court on Monday to grant it custodianship over... Read more »

Published Dec. 8, 2014

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Some Sri Lankans want pope's visit postponed

Some Roman Catholic priests and laypeople in Sri Lanka are seeking the postponement of Pope Francis' trip to the island nation next month, citing the visit's closeness to the country's presidential... Read more »

Published Dec. 6, 2014

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Pope says truth must prevail in Dominican sex case

Pope Francis assured Dominican authorities on Wednesday that the truth must prevail in the case of his former ambassador to the Caribbean country who is accused of sexually abusing young boys. Read more »

Published Dec. 3, 2014

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Pope prays in Istanbul mosque in new outreach

His head bowed and hands clasped in front of him, Pope Francis stood Saturday for two minutes of silent prayer facing east inside one of Istanbul's most important mosques, as he shifted gears... Read more »

Published Dec. 1, 2014

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Pope, patriarch demand end to Islamic State attacks

Pope Francis and the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians demanded an end to the violent persecution of Christians in Syria and Iraq on Sunday and called for dialogue with Muslims,... Read more »

Published Dec. 1, 2014

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Pope visits iconic religious sites in Istanbul

His head bowed and hands clasped in front of him, Pope Francis on Saturday stood in two minutes of silent prayer facing east inside one Istanbul's most important religious sites, as he shifted... Read more »

Published Nov. 29, 2014

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Death row inmate's prison food religious complaint rejected

A federal judge in Connecticut has rejected the arguments of a home invasion killer on death row who complained that the food he is being served in prison is not kosher. Read more »

Published Nov. 28, 2014

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Pope urges more Muslim opposition to IS in Turkey

Pope Francis condemned the Islamic State group's assault on Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, as he arrived Friday in Turkey to encourage Muslim leaders to take a... Read more »

Published Nov. 28, 2014

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Islamists hold small protests in Egypt, 5 killed

Egyptian security forces quickly put down scattered protests Friday as an attempt by Islamists to hold the first major anti-government rallies in months fizzled, with at least two protesters and... Read more »

Published Nov. 28, 2014

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Evangelicals with gay children challenging church

Linda Robertson did what they believed was expected of them as good Christians. Read more »

Published Nov. 27, 2014

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Pope to Europe: Accept immigrants, create jobs

Pope Francis demanded Tuesday that Europe craft a unified and fair immigration policy, saying the tens of thousands of refugees coming ashore each year need acceptance and assistance, not... Read more »

Published Nov. 25, 2014

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