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Jew, Muslim join pope's delegation in Holy Land

A rabbi and a Muslim leader will join Pope Francis on his upcoming trip to the Holy Land, the first time an official papal delegation has included members of other faiths, the Vatican said Thursday. Read more »

Published May 15, 2014

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Pope OKs miracle for Paul VI in sainthood process

Pope Paul VI, who did much to modernize the Roman Catholic Church but pronounced a ban on artificial contraception which was widely defied by the faithful, has moved a step closer to sainthood with... Read more »

Published May 10, 2014

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Pope demands 'legitimate redistribution' of wealth

Pope Francis called Friday for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the "economy of exclusion" that is taking hold today. Read more »

Published May 9, 2014

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Pope demands 'legitimate redistribution' of wealth

Pope Francis called Friday for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the "economy of exclusion" that is taking hold today. Read more »

Published May 9, 2014

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Massachusetts: Pledge of Allegiance not religious

The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools does not discriminate against atheists. Read more »

Published May 9, 2014

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US Latinos less Catholic, more polarized on faith

Latinos in the United States are abandoning the Roman Catholicism of their childhood in increasing numbers to become evangelical Protestants or leave organized religion altogether, according to a... Read more »

Published May 7, 2014

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Rebels evacuating strongholds in Syria's Homs

Exhausted and worn out from a year-long siege, hundreds of Syrian rebels on Wednesday left their last remaining bastions in the heart of the central city of Homs under a ceasefire deal with... Read more »

Published May 7, 2014

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Israeli says he has found King David's citadel

An Israeli archaeologist says he has found the legendary citadel captured by King David in his conquest of Jerusalem, rekindling a longstanding debate about using the Bible as a field guide to... Read more »

Published May 6, 2014

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Brunei's new laws affect Sultan's Hollywood ties

Hollywood is responding to harsh new laws in the tiny Southeast Asia nation of Brunei by boycotting the Beverly Hills Hotel. Read more »

Published May 5, 2014

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Supreme Court ruling favors prayer at council meeting

A narrowly divided Supreme Court upheld decidedly Christian prayers at the start of local council meetings on Monday, declaring them in line with long national traditions though the country has... Read more »

Published May 5, 2014

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Clergy members say North Carolina's constitutional ban on gay marriage violates religious freedom

A coalition of clergy members is challenging North Carolina's constitutional ban on gay marriage with an unusual approach in a federal lawsuit: They say it violates their religious freedom. Read more »

Published April 29, 2014

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Pilgrims amass in Poland to celebrate John Paul II

From distant Canada to small Polish towns, pilgrims were arriving Saturday in places linked to Pope John Paul II for concerts and prayers held on the eve of him being declared a saint Read more »

Published April 26, 2014

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Pope Francis deeply influenced by both saintly popes

When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio almost became pope in 2005, he told a confidant that — had he been elected — he would have named himself after the pope he so admired: John XXIII. Read more »

Published April 26, 2014

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Benedict XVI to join in double sainthood ceremony for John Paul II and John XXIII

Retired pontiff Benedict XVI will help Pope Francis celebrate the sainthood ceremony Sunday for John Paul II and John XXIII, setting the stage for an unprecedented occurrence of two living popes... Read more »

Published April 26, 2014

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Syrian lawmaker first to field run for presidency

A Syrian lawmaker on Wednesday registered his candidacy for the June 3 presidential election, becoming the first contender in the June 3 vote that will held in the midst of the country's civil war... Read more »

Published April 23, 2014

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Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers

A senior Egyptian police officer was killed by a bomb placed under his car in a western Cairo suburb Wednesday, the latest in a series of targeted attacks on police and the military as Islamic... Read more »

Published April 23, 2014

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Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip

Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting a Japanese war shrine, saying he thought it was a beautiful site and only a place of prayer. Read more »

Published April 23, 2014

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Syria to hold presidential election on June 3

Syria announced Monday that presidential elections will be held June 3, setting the stage for President Bashar Assad to win a new, seven-year term in the midst of a civil war that has torn apart the country and makes it impossible... Read more »

Published April 21, 2014

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Easter service marks Colorado massacre centennial

Linda Linville climbed down the steep stone steps into the dugout on the southern Colorado prairie Sunday where one branch of her family was wiped out in one day 100 years ago. Read more »

Published April 21, 2014

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John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal

Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range... Read more »

Published April 21, 2014

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Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted so... Read more »

Published April 20, 2014

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Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper. Read more »

Published April 20, 2014

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Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual... Read more »

Published April 19, 2014

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Filipino devotees re-enact crucifixion of Christ

Devotees in northern Philippine villages had themselves nailed to wooded crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as thousands of local and foreign spectators watched the bloody annual... Read more »

Published April 18, 2014

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Pope Francis washes feet of elderly, disabled in pre-Easter ritual

Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 elderly and disabled people Thursday — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others... Read more »

Published April 17, 2014

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