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LDS Church's international mark to be on display during conference

The expanding international footprint of the Mormon church will be on display this weekend during a biannual conference that brings 100,000 church members to Salt Lake City to listen to words of... Read more »

Published Oct. 3, 2014

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Saudi overhaul reshapes Islam's holiest city Mecca

Now the market and the homes of Mecca are gone. Monumental luxury hotel towers crowd around the Grand Mosque where the Kaaba is located, dwarfing it. Read more »

Published Oct. 1, 2014

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Fight for growing Pentecostal vote in Brazil

Brazil's rapid religious transformation is reverberating through the country's tight presidential race, where abortion and gay marriage have emerged as hot-button issues and Pentecostal... Read more »

Published Oct. 1, 2014

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Pope urges Europe to open doors to refugees

Pope Francis urged Europe to open its doors to refugees Wednesday as he marked the anniversary of a deadly migrant shipwreck off Sicily by meeting with survivors and relatives of the victims. Read more »

Published Oct. 1, 2014

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Spain celebrates beatification of Opus Dei leader

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Madrid on Saturday for the beatification of an early leader of the Roman Catholic organization Opus Dei. Read more »

Published Sept. 27, 2014

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Republicans rallying behind religious liberty

Fighting to improve their brand, leading Republicans rallied behind religious liberty at a Friday gathering of evangelical conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting... Read more »

Published Sept. 26, 2014

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Republicans rallying behind religious liberty

Prospective Republican presidential candidates are promoting religious liberty at home and abroad at a gathering of evangelical conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues that... Read more »

Published Sept. 26, 2014

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Republicans rallying behind 'religious liberty'

Prospective Republican presidential candidates are expected to promote "religious liberty" at home and abroad at a gathering of religious conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama... Read more »

Published Sept. 26, 2014

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Islamic State militants kill 40 Iraqi troops

A wave of suicide bombings by Islamic State militants in western Iraq has killed 40 soldiers amid waning efforts by security forces to retake territory from the Sunni extremist group, a senior Iraqi commander said Monday. Read more »

Published Sept. 22, 2014

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#MeetMyGrandma: Mormons aim to capture the best stories from grandmas

The Mormon church's family history research center is launching a social media campaign encouraging youngsters around the world to share their best stories about their grandmothers. Read more »

Published Sept. 21, 2014

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Pope Francis denounces perversion of religion for violence

Pope Francis denounced how extremists around the world are "perverting" religion to justify violence as he arrived Sunday in Albania, a Balkan nation where Christians and Muslims endured brutal... Read more »

Published Sept. 21, 2014

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Pope chooses a moderate for Chicago archbishop

Pope Francis on Saturday appointed Bishop Blase Cupich, a moderate who has called for civility in the culture wars, as the next archbishop of Chicago, signaling a shift in tone in one of the most... Read more »

Published Sept. 20, 2014

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Dalai Lama praises China's leader as 'realistic'

The Dalai Lama praised Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday for being "more realistic" and principled than his predecessors, a day after Xi's three-day visit to India ended. Read more »

Published Sept. 20, 2014

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Pope Albania visit showcases Muslim-Christian ties

The one-room, stone church of St. Nicholas has sat on the top of a hill here since the 16th century, destroyed three times and rebuilt in a testament to the Catholic presence in this region that... Read more »

Published Sept. 20, 2014

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Fierce fighting in Yemeni capital kills 120

Shiite rebels and Sunni militiamen battled in Sanaa for a second day Friday in battles that have killed at least 120 people and have shaken the Yemeni capital with thousands fleeing their homes.... Read more »

Published Sept. 19, 2014

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40 'I'do's' at Vatican as Pope marries 20 couples

Forty "I do's" — or "Si" in Italian — were pronounced in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother. Read more »

Published Sept. 14, 2014

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Pope urges world to shed apathy toward what he characterizes as third world war

Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning "war is madness" at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers killed... Read more »

Published Sept. 13, 2014

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Pope Francis to marry couples with kids, cohabitating

Pope Francis is making good on his insistence that the Catholic Church welcome all faithful — not just those who obey church teaching perfectly. He'll marry 20 couples this weekend, including... Read more »

Published Sept. 12, 2014

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Pope Francis may declare Sri Lanka's 1st saint

Pope Francis may make a 17th century priest Sri Lanka's first Roman Catholic saint during his trip next year, making good on his promise to give Asia more saints as models for the faithful, Sri... Read more »

Published Sept. 12, 2014

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Obama outlining mission to fight Islamic militants

Hours before President Barack Obama's prime-time address on a strategy for fighting Islamic State militants, the Senate's Democratic leader urged quick authorization of the president's request to... Read more »

Published Sept. 10, 2014

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Kerry to meet with new Iraqi prime minister

With a new Iraqi government finally in place and a growing Mideast consensus on defeating insurgent threats, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Baghdad Wednesday to press Iraq's Shiite... Read more »

Published Sept. 10, 2014

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Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone

The president of the overwhelmingly Catholic Philippines proposed Wednesday to give Muslims in the south the ability to run their own government under their own flag, part of a peace plan aimed at... Read more »

Published Sept. 10, 2014

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Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada gay marriage laws in court

For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is readying to hear arguments over same-sex weddings in a political... Read more »

Published Sept. 8, 2014

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US and UK seek partners to go after Islamic State

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pressed fellow NATO leaders Thursday to confront the "brutal and poisonous" Islamic State militant group that is wreaking havoc in... Read more »

Published Sept. 4, 2014

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Video purports to show second beheading of US journalist

Islamic State extremists released a video posted Tuesday showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes... Read more »

Published Sept. 2, 2014

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