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Papal welcome at US seminary expected to be rowdy and reverent

The last time a pope visited the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary just outside Philadelphia, he got a rousing, even rowdy, rock star welcome. "Viva! Viva Papa!" the seminarians shouted. Read more »

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Islamic State images purport to show destroyed Syrian temple

The Islamic State group released propaganda images Tuesday that purport to show militants laying explosives in and then blowing up the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria's ancient caravan... Read more »

Published Aug. 25, 2015

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'Roving rabbis' spread across Montana on kosher mission

Two young Orthodox rabbis have traded their studies in Brooklyn for the back roads of Montana, where they are teaching the far-flung faithful how to keep kosher in Big Sky Country. Read more »

Published Aug. 2, 2015

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Lawyer: Tennessee shooter's uncle detained in Jordan

An uncle of the man who killed four Marines and a sailor in Tennessee has been in custody in Jordan since a day after the attacks on two military sites, a lawyer said Tuesday. Read more »

Published July 21, 2015

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APNewsBreak: Mayors at Vatican seek 'bold climate agreement'

Dozens of environmentally friendly mayors from around the world demanded Tuesday that their national leaders take bold steps at the Paris climate talks this year, saying that may be the last chance... Read more »

Published July 21, 2015

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Shooter's family offers sympathy to families of his victims

As the families of four Marines and a sailor shot to death in Chattanooga grieved their losses Saturday, the family of the man authorities say pulled the trigger offered sympathy, condolences and... Read more »

Published July 19, 2015

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Texas residents condemn plan for Muslim cemetery

Muslims say they're looking for a place to bury their dead. Locals say it's a plot to gain a foothold in their small rural Texas town. Read more »

Published July 19, 2015

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AP Photo: At Ramadan, Cairo callers wake you up before dawn

Essam Sayed works in a time-honored profession — one that employs him for one month a year. He is a second-generation "mesaharati," which loosely translates from Arabic as "dawn caller." Read more »

Published July 15, 2015

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Stampede kills 27 during religious bathing festival in India

At least 27 people were killed and dozens injured Tuesday in a stampede during a Hindu religious bathing festival on a river bank in southern India. Read more »

Published July 14, 2015

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Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche dies in Chinese prison

Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche has died in prison 13 years into serving a sentence for what human rights groups say were false charges that he was involved in a bombing in a public park. He was... Read more »

Published July 13, 2015

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UNESCO backs Jordan as Jesus' baptism site as debate goes on

For years, Christian pilgrims have waded into the Jordan River from both its eastern and western banks to connect with a core event of their faith — the baptism of Jesus. The parallel... Read more »

Published July 13, 2015

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Pope visits Paraguay slum, calls church to welcome sick

Pope Francis put into practice his call for the world's poor and powerless to not be left on the margins of society by visiting a flood-prone slum Sunday and insisting that the Catholic Church be a... Read more »

Published July 12, 2015

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Pope gushes about Paraguayan women during Mass in Caacupe

Pope Francis lauded the strength and religious fervor of Paraguayan women on Saturday while visiting the country's most important pilgrimage site, where thousands of his fellow Argentines joined... Read more »

Published July 11, 2015

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Thousands await papal Mass at Caacupe shrine in Paraguay

When Marta Noella was a girl, she says she was frequently beaten by her strict father. At 14, she was so depressed she planned to kill herself by stepping in front of a car. Read more »

Published July 10, 2015

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Disney allows Sikh worker to show turban and uncut beard

A Sikh American deliveryman who claimed his routes at Walt Disney World were restricted so visitors wouldn't see his turban and unshaved beard has won the right to have the same routes as other... Read more »

Published July 10, 2015

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Pope sees notorious Bolivia prison where money buys survival

Pope Francis is wrapping up his pilgrimage to Bolivia with a visit Friday to its notoriously violent and overcrowded Palmasola prison, where inmates have the run of the place, drugs are cheaper... Read more »

Published July 10, 2015

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Pope asks pardon for church's 'crimes' against indigenous

Pope Francis apologized Thursday for the sins, offenses and crimes committed by the Catholic Church against indigenous peoples during the colonial-era conquest of the Americas, delivering a... Read more »

Published July 9, 2015

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Pope to meet representatives for workers, poor in Bolivia

Pope Francis rallied tens of thousands of flag-waving Bolivians during his first public Mass in Bolivia on Thursday, one of the key days of his South American pilgrimage. It will culminate with a... Read more »

Published July 9, 2015

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Pope insists on church role in Bolivia after limits imposed

Pope Francis arrived in Bolivia on Wednesday on the second leg of his South American tour and immediately insisted that the Catholic Church continue to play an important role in society amid... Read more »

Published July 8, 2015

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Pope's speech to Congress to be broadcast from US Capitol

Pope Francis' historic speech to Congress in September will be viewed by tens of thousands on the Capitol grounds and beyond in a landmark event to rival any presidential inauguration or State of... Read more »

Published July 8, 2015

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Pope wraps Ecuador leg of SAmerica trip, next stop Bolivia

Pope Francis wraps up the first leg of a three-nation South American pilgrimage Wednesday after issuing an impassioned call for a new economic and ecological world order where the goods of the... Read more »

Published July 7, 2015

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Groups call for Hindu, vegan displays at Arkansas Capitol

Arkansas' decision to put a Ten Commandments display on its Capitol grounds could lead to a monument menagerie that includes a statue of a monkey-faced deity and a banner promoting a vegan lifestyle. Read more »

Published July 7, 2015

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Pope urges Latin Americans to unify, spread the faith

Pope Francis urged a crowd of more than 1 million people Tuesday to channel the same urgency that brought Latin America its independence from Spain into spreading the faith on a continent where... Read more »

Published July 7, 2015

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Pope puts family first at outdoor Mass in steamy Guayaquil

Pope Francis received a hero's welcome in Ecuador's biggest city Monday as he celebrated the first public Mass of his South American tour, telling hundreds of thousands of faithful their families... Read more »

Published July 6, 2015

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Hundreds of thousands gather for pope Mass in South America

Hundreds of thousands of people filled a park in Ecuador's main port city Monday for Pope Francis' first big event of his three-nation South American tour, hoping for a glimpse of Latin America's... Read more »

Published July 6, 2015

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