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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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Mormons finding a home in southern New Jersey

A piece of Camden's criminal past is making way for a more righteous future. Read more »

Published Nov. 23, 2014

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Pope canonizes 2 Indians, 4 Italians

Pope Francis canonized six new saints Sunday, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala, in a packed ceremony in St. Peter's Square. Read more »

Published Nov. 23, 2014

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Pope demands just distribution of world's bounty

Pope Francis demanded a more just distribution of the world's bounty for the poor and hungry Thursday, telling a U.N. conference on nutrition that access to food is a basic human right that... Read more »

Published Nov. 20, 2014

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Aide: Obama open to limits in war authorization

The Obama administration is open to limits on the duration of its military efforts in Iraq and Syria and on the potential use of ground forces in a new war authorization against the Islamic State,... Read more »

Published Nov. 19, 2014

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Palestinians kill 4 in Jerusalem synagogue attack

Two Palestinian cousins armed with meat cleavers and a gun stormed a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers Tuesday, killing four people in the city's bloodiest attack in years. Police killed... Read more »

Published Nov. 18, 2014

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Brittany Maynard's mom blasts Vatican remarks about her daughter's decision to die

Brittany Maynard's mother is responding angrily to the Vatican's criticism of Maynard's decision to end her life early under an Oregon law written to let terminally ill patients die on their own... Read more »

Published Nov. 18, 2014

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Pope reinforces traditional family values

Pope Francis is seeking to reassure the church's right-wing base that he's not a renegade bent on changing church doctrine on family issues — weeks after a Vatican meeting of bishops... Read more »

Published Nov. 17, 2014

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France: At least 1 Frenchman in Islamic video

A 22-year-old French convert to radical Islam appears in a propaganda video showing a beheaded American aid worker and the deaths of Syrian soldiers, a Paris prosecutor said Monday. Read more »

Published Nov. 17, 2014

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Pope Francis confirms he will visit the United States next year

Pope Francis confirmed Monday that he will make his first papal visit to the United States in September to attend an international meeting in Philadelphia on the theme of family, as part of a U.S.... Read more »

Published Nov. 17, 2014

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Islamic State group says it'll mint its own coins

The leader of the Islamic State group has ordered the terror organization to start minting gold, silver and copper coins for its own currency — the Islamic dinar. Read more »

Published Nov. 14, 2014

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Pope to meet victims of Philippines' Haiyan storm

Pope Francis will celebrate Mass and host a luncheon for Filipino survivors of the deadly Typhoon Haiyan during his Jan. 12-19 visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, his second visit to Asia in a... Read more »

Published Nov. 14, 2014

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Pope to comfort Filipino victims of deadly typhoon

Pope Francis will host a luncheon for Filipino survivors of the deadly Typhoon Haiyan during his Jan. 12-19 visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, his second visit to Asia in a year that confirms... Read more »

Published Nov. 14, 2014

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Iraq Christians guard village taken from IS group

The flag of an Iraqi Christian minority party is hoisted high over the village of Bakufa in northern Iraq, less than a month after Islamic State militants were pushed out and the extremists' black... Read more »

Published Nov. 13, 2014

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Holiday names stricken from school calendar in Maryland's Montgomery County

Christmas and Easter have been stricken from next year's school calendar in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C. So have Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. Read more »

Published Nov. 12, 2014

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Married Jesus? New book adds fuel to conspiracies

A researcher who has attracted attention and criticism with his revisionist Biblical theories says he has found new evidence that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and that early Christians... Read more »

Published Nov. 12, 2014

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Oy vey, holidays! Does Hanukkah wannabe Christmas?

Christmas has Elf on the Shelf. Now Hanukkah has Mensch on a Bench — not to mention Maccabee on the Mantel. Read more »

Published Nov. 11, 2014

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