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Islamic leader urges Muslims to visit Jerusalem holy site

The head of the world's largest Islamic organization on Monday paid a rare visit to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, urging Muslims to follow suit to strengthen Palestinian claims to the holy site. Read more »

Published Jan. 5, 2015

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Islamic leader urges Muslims to visit Jerusalem holy site

The head of the world's largest Islamic organization on Monday paid a rare visit to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, urging Muslims to follow suit and come to the city in a bid to strengthen Palestinian... Read more »

Published Jan. 5, 2015

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Myanmar Catholics pleased to welcome first local cardinal

Church colleagues on Monday proudly welcomed home Archbishop Charles Maung Bo, a day after his appointment by Pope Francis as Myanmar's first Roman Catholic cardinal. Read more »

Published Jan. 5, 2015

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Pope picks 15 new cardinals reflecting diversity

Pope Francis named 15 new cardinals Sunday, selecting them from 14 nations including far-flung corners of the world such as Tonga, New Zealand, Cape Verde and Myanmar to reflect the diversity of... Read more »

Published Jan. 4, 2015

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Pope picks 15 new cardinals to reflect diversity

Pope Francis named 15 new cardinals Sunday, selecting them from 14 nations, including far-flung corners of the world such as Tonga, New Zealand, Cape Verde and Myanmar, to reflect the diversity of... Read more »

Published Jan. 4, 2015

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Jailed in Egypt, journalists fate still uncertain

For a year, three Al-Jazeera English journalists have been locked up in Egypt on terrorism-related charges widely viewed as trumped up for political reasons. Read more »

Published Dec. 29, 2014

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Jailed in Egypt, journalists fate still uncertain

For a year, three Al-Jazeera English journalists have been locked up in Egypt on terrorism-related charges widely viewed as trumped up for political reasons. Read more »

Published Dec. 29, 2014

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Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast

A somber Pope Francis steeped his Christmas message to the world Thursday in sadness for those with little cause for joy — abused children, refugees, hostages and others suffering from... Read more »

Published Dec. 25, 2014

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Faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas

Several thousand Christian pilgrims on Wednesday flocked to the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, lifting spirits after a year of... Read more »

Published Dec. 24, 2014

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Cuba's relations with Catholic Church hit high point

Golden rays of tropical sunlight slant through the caved-in roof of Saint Thomas de Villanueva chapel. Vandals shattered the stained-glass windows and scrawled their names on the thick walls during... Read more »

Published Dec. 24, 2014

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Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass and calls Iraqi refugees

Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass Wednesday in St. Peter's Basilica and a phone call to some Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes by Muslim militants. Read more »

Published Dec. 24, 2014

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Planning for first U.S. visit of Pope Francis already underway

Pope Francis' scheduled trip to Philadelphia is still nine months away, but planning for his first U.S. visit began months ago. Preparing for the event, predicted to draw more than 1 million people... Read more »

Published Dec. 24, 2014

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Women excised from public life, abused by IS

The gunmen came to the all-girls' elementary school in the Iraqi city of Fallujah at midday with a special delivery: piles of long black robes with gloves and face veils, now required dress code... Read more »

Published Dec. 23, 2014

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Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

To the Catholic Church's "seven deadly sins," Pope Francis has added the "15 ailments of the Curia." Read more »

Published Dec. 22, 2014

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Church members each get $500 to do good for world

On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone. Read more »

Published Dec. 22, 2014

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Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from... Read more »

Published Dec. 22, 2014

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Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the... Read more »

Published Dec. 21, 2014

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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 »

Published Dec. 20, 2014

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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 »

Published Dec. 18, 2014

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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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