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Pope Francis washes feet of elderly, disabled in pre-Easter ritual

Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 elderly and disabled people Thursday — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others... Read more »

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Educational freedom and religious schools: Supreme Court hears school tax credit challenge

Supporters of an education tax credit program that offers scholarships to private and religious schools in New Hampshire packed the Supreme Court chambers for arguments on the constitutionality of... Read more »

Published 23 hours ago

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Obama: Religious intolerance has ‘no place in our society’

President Barack Obama on Monday called on Americans to stand up against religious bigotry as he offered his support to the families of those killed in shootings at two Jewish community centers in... Read more »

Published April 14, 2014

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Israeli families gather for ritual Passover meal

Families across Israel gathered after sundown Monday for ritual meals signaling the start of Passover, with holiday observances overshadowed by a fatal shooting in the West Bank. Read more »

Published April 14, 2014

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Obama remembers Kansas shooting victims

President Barack Obama on Monday honored those killed in a weekend attack at two Jewish facilities in Kansas, saying no one should have to worry about their security while gathering with their... Read more »

Published April 14, 2014

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Pope poses for 'selfies' after Palm Sunday homily

Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he hopped off his... Read more »

Published April 13, 2014

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Pope assumes responsibility for priest sex abuse

Pope Francis said Friday he took personal responsibility for the "evil" of priests who raped and molested children, asking forgiveness from victims and saying the church must be even bolder in its... Read more »

Published April 11, 2014

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Bill would name the Bible as Louisiana state book

Lawmakers are moving ahead with a proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book, despite concerns the bill would land the Legislature in court. Read more »

Published April 10, 2014

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Tragic past, rebirth in Berlin's Jewish community

The epicenter of the Holocaust, the city where Hitler signed the death warrants of 6 million Jews, seems an unlikely candidate for the world's fastest growing Jewish community. Read more »

Published April 7, 2014

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Ex-Palestinian prisoner teaches Hebrew, tolerance

Facing a classroom of Palestinian 10th graders, Hebrew teacher Esmat Mansour asks his students who is for and against learning the language. A few raise their hands in favor, others against and he... Read more »

Published April 6, 2014

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Bishops celebrate Mass along Mexico border

Roman Catholic leaders made a rare visit to the border and celebrated Mass on Tuesday in the shadow of the fence separating the U.S. and Mexico, offering Holy Communion through the steel barrier to... Read more »

Published April 1, 2014

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Bishops seek immigration reform during border trip

Less than a week after President Barack Obama discussed immigration reform in a meeting with Pope Francis, a delegation of Roman Catholic leaders is visiting the U.S-Mexico border Tuesday to raise... Read more »

Published April 1, 2014

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Town's regular moment of prayer is at the center of Supreme Court case

A town board in upstate New York moved efficiently through its March meeting agenda: roll call, the Pledge of Allegiance, a moment of prayer. Read more »

Published March 29, 2014

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Obama, Pope Francis give distinctly different accounts of meeting Thursday

President Barack Obama and the Vatican gave distinctly different accounts of the president's audience with Pope Francis on Thursday, with Obama stressing their common ground on poverty and... Read more »

Published March 27, 2014

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Photo gallery: Historical meetings of popes and US presidents

President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time at the Vatican on Thursday, holding a nearly hourlong audience with the pontiff. The president and pope both appeared tense at the... Read more »

Published March 27, 2014

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US lobbies Vatican for pope visit in 2015

Where should Pope Francis visit next year? Read more »

Published March 25, 2014

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High court seems divided over birth control rule

Seemingly divided, the Supreme Court struggled Tuesday with the question of whether companies have religious rights, a case challenging President Barack Obama's health overhaul and its guarantee of... Read more »

Published March 25, 2014

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Justices tackle health law birth control coverage

Supreme Court justices are weighing whether corporations have religious rights that exempt them from part of the new health care law that requires coverage of birth control for employees at no... Read more »

Published March 25, 2014

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Pope taps women, victims for sex abuse commission

Pope Francis named the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy Saturday, signaling an openness to reach beyond church officials to plot the commission's course and... Read more »

Published March 22, 2014

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Opportunity, risk seen in Obama's meeting with pope, advisers say

The White House announced in January that Obama would meet Francis during a European trip. Both the President and Michelle Obama will be there, as well as National Security adviser Susan Rice and... Read more »

Published March 20, 2014

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Pope Francis sees banner first year, but expectations high

From his simple sound bites to his breaking of Vatican rules, Pope Francis has made being Catholic cool in his first year. Read more »

Published March 12, 2014

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Pope's Franciscans kick-start St. Francis of Assisi church restoration effort

Pope Francis' namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, founded his order of mendicant friars in the 13th century after receiving a calling from God to "rebuild my church." Some 800 years later, St.... Read more »

Published March 12, 2014

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Orthodox NYC Jews protest proposed Israeli draft

Lower Manhattan turned into a human river of black-garbed people on Sunday as tens of thousands ultra-Orthodox Jews took to the streets, their anguished prayers booming through loudspeakers in... Read more »

Published March 9, 2014

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Former baseball star Mariano Rivera rescues, renovates NY church

Retired Yankees star Mariano Rivera is picking up another save in New York. Read more »

Published March 6, 2014

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Pope Francis finds hype surrounding him 'offensive'

Pope Francis finds the hype that is increasingly surrounding him "offensive," according to an interview published Wednesday, even as the Vatican itself is marking the anniversary of his election... Read more »

Published March 5, 2014

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