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On his native turf, Pope Frances touches on cherished issues

History's first Latin American pope returns to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time on Sunday, bringing a message of solidarity with the region's poor, who are expected to turn out in... Read more »

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Benedict XVI is honored for keen devotion to church music

Benedict XVI, emeritus pope and theologian, reflected on Saturday on classical music as an "encounter with the divine," saying listening to Mozart helps him experience "very deeply the Lord's... Read more »

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Ten Commandments decision prompts conservative outcry

The Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision to order a Ten Commandments monument removed from the state Capitol grounds has so angered conservatives in the Legislature that some Republicans are calling... Read more »

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Papal visit puts Andes presidents' eco-record under scrutiny

In the vine-entangled forests of the Aguarague National Park, crude that seeped for decades out of abandoned wellheads saturates the soil and has stained the bedrock of creeks that provide water to... Read more »

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Pope brings 'church for the poor' to South America's poorest

Pope Francis is taking his "church for the poor" to three of South America's poorest and most peripheral countries, making a grueling, week-long trip that will showcase the pope at his... Read more »

Published July 2, 2015

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Winton's rescue of Jewish children revealed after 50 years

"Is there anyone in our audience tonight who owes their life to Nicholas Winton?" asked the presenter of the popular BBC magazine program "That's Life". Read more »

Published July 2, 2015

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As SC fire investigated, stats show church fires not unusual

The Rev. John Taylor feared the worst when he learned his church was on fire, only days after a mass shooting at a black church in Charleston prompted Southern leaders to call for removing... Read more »

Published July 1, 2015

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Pope to visit poor in Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay

Pigs rummage through garbage searching for leftovers. The people live in shacks made of plywood and corrugated metal. Any semblance of stability in the sprawling slum of 15,000 families is upended... Read more »

Published June 30, 2015

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Image of Asia: Ramadan in Malaysia

photo by Joshua Paul, a Malaysian religious student walks in the National Mosque during Islam's holiest month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, which is intended to be a monthlong spiritual cleansing and... Read more »

Published June 26, 2015

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Lawmakers move from Confederate flag debate to grieving

Having agreed to consider removing the Confederate flag from South Carolina's Statehouse, lawmakers are now saying goodbye to a beloved black colleague whose slaying in a mass church shooting has... Read more »

Published June 24, 2015

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Pope: Forgive Catholic persecution of evangelical Christians

Pope Francis asked forgiveness Monday for the Catholic Church's persecution of members of a small evangelical church in Italy whose leader was excommunicated and followers branded as heretics... Read more »

Published June 22, 2015

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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

Across the Middle East last week, Muslims marked the start of Ramadan, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts. Read more »

Published June 22, 2015

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Attacked in places most sacred, congregations struggle on

The blast, powered by at least 40 sticks of dynamite, ripped into the stillness before dawn. Read more »

Published June 22, 2015

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Charleston church victims' families forgive suspect in court

They forgave him. They advised him to repent for his sins, and asked for God's mercy on his soul. One even told Dylann Storm Roof to repent and confess, and "you'll be OK." Read more »

Published June 19, 2015

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During Ramadan, keeping an eye out for fraudulent halal meat

For millions of Muslims, the holy month of Ramadan marks a time for ritual fasting during the day and, often, a large meal with friends and family after sundown. For those buying and selling... Read more »

Published June 19, 2015

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Image of Asia: Muslims gather for Ramadan Friday prayers

In this photo by Achmad Ibrahim, Indonesian Muslim men gather for the first Friday prayers during Ramadan at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta. Read more »

Published June 19, 2015

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Pope challenges world to clean up its filth, fix 'perverse' economy

With a poet's lyricism, a former chemist's precision and a pontiff's moral thunder, Pope Francis recast humanity's relationship with nature in stark ethical terms, hoping to spur a warming, filthy... Read more »

Published June 18, 2015

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Q&A: What is Ramadan and why do Muslims fast all day?

Millions of Muslims around the world will mark the start of Ramadan on Thursday, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts. Here's a look at some questions and answers... Read more »

Published June 17, 2015

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Muslims worldwide to mark the start of Ramadan on Thursday

Muslims around the world will mark the start of Ramadan on Thursday, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts. Read more »

Published June 17, 2015

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Egypt court confirms death sentence for ousted president

An Egyptian court on Tuesday confirmed the death sentence of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi over the mass 2011 prison break that eventually brought him to power, making him the first... Read more »

Published June 16, 2015

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French app hopes to link Muslim faithful with prayer sites

They simply wanted a place to pray, as required five times a day for faithful Muslims. But in France, that's not necessarily simple. Read more »

Published June 14, 2015

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Before Francis, long line of popes voiced environment alarm

Anxiety has so gripped American conservatives over Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on the environment that you might think a pope had never before blamed fossil fuels for global warming. Or... Read more »

Published June 11, 2015

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Pope creates abuse tribunal for cases of bishop negligence

Pope Francis has created a new Vatican tribunal section to hear cases of bishops accused of failing to protect children from sexually abusive priests, the biggest step the Holy See has taken yet to... Read more »

Published June 10, 2015

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Muslim chaplain: Derogatory remarks made on United flight

A Muslim chaplain at Northwestern University said Wednesday that she wants United Airlines to make a public statement acknowledging she faced discriminatory treatment on a flight after asking for... Read more »

Published June 3, 2015

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A bitter battle for control of oldest synagogue in the US

A bitter struggle for control over the nation's oldest synagogue goes to trial this week, with lawyers saying they may use more than 1,000 exhibits dating as far back as 1733. Read more »

Published May 31, 2015

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