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Pope to World Cup: Overcome racism, greed in sport

Pope Francis has a message for the World Cup: Let football be a showcase for teamwork and solidarity, not an exhibition of racism and greed. Read more »

Published June 12, 2014

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Israel chooses veteran hard-liner as president

Israel's parliament on Tuesday chose Reuven Rivlin, a veteran nationalist politician and supporter of the Jewish settlement movement, as the country's next president, putting a man opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state into... Read more »

Published June 10, 2014

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Militants overrun parts of key Iraqi city of Mosul

Islamic militants overran parts of Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul on Tuesday, driving security forces from their posts and seizing the provincial government headquarters, security bases and other key buildings. Prime Minister... Read more »

Published June 10, 2014

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Pope wades into Mideast peace with prayer summit

Pope Francis plunged head-first into Mideast peace-making Sunday, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for a remarkable evening of peace prayers just weeks after the last... Read more »

Published June 8, 2014

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Pope seeks to rekindle dream of Mideast peace

Pope Francis is seeking to rekindle the dream of peace by bringing the Israeli and Palestinian presidents together this weekend for a unique common prayer for peace in the Vatican gardens. Read more »

Published June 6, 2014

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US judge in Oklahoma grants health care injunction to nearly 200 Catholic employers

A federal judge has granted nearly 200 Catholic employers an injunction to temporarily prevent the U.S. government from forcing them to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives. Read more »

Published June 5, 2014

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Sudanese woman appeals death sentence for allegedly converting to Christianity from Islam

A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to recant her Christian faith after allegedly converting from Islam has appealed the sentence, her lawyer said. Read more »

Published June 5, 2014

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Pope Francis shakes up Vatican financial watchdog

Pope Francis ousted the all-Italian board of the Vatican's financial watchdog agency Thursday and installed a more international set of experts following clashes between the board and the agency's... Read more »

Published June 5, 2014

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Pope Francis to meet sex abuse victims at Vatican

Pope Francis announced Monday he would meet soon with a group of sex abuse victims at the Vatican and declared "zero tolerance" for any member of the clergy who would violate a child. Read more »

Published May 27, 2014

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Abuse victims skeptical about meeting with pope

A Massachusetts man who took part in a private meeting six years ago between Pope Benedict XVI and victims of sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests said Tuesday that he hopes another summit planned... Read more »

Published May 27, 2014

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Pope wraps up delicate Mideast pilgrimage

Pope Francis wrapped up his Mideast pilgrimage Monday with a balancing act of symbolic and sometimes spontaneous gestures to press his call for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and... Read more »

Published May 26, 2014

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Pope Francis honors Holocaust survivors in Israel

Pope Francis honored Jews killed in the Holocaust and other attacks and kissed the hands of Holocaust survivors as he capped his three-day Mideast trip with poignant stops Monday at some of the... Read more »

Published May 26, 2014

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Pope gives Palestinians boost of support

Pope Francis delivered a powerful boost of support to the Palestinians during a Holy Land pilgrimage Sunday, repeatedly backing their statehood aspirations, praying solemnly at Israel's... Read more »

Published May 25, 2014

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Pope, patriarch pray in Holy Sepulcher church

Pope Francis and the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians prayed together Sunday inside the Jerusalem church that symbolizes their divisions, calling their historic meeting a step... Read more »

Published May 25, 2014

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Pope opens Mideast trip lamenting Syrian conflict

Pope Francis denounced arms dealers and appealed Saturday for an urgent end to the Syrian civil war as he began his three-day trip to the Middle East with an emotional meeting with refugees from... Read more »

Published May 24, 2014

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Pope opens Mideast trip lamenting Syrian conflict

Pope Francis called on Saturday for an "urgent" end to the Syrian civil war and the refugee crisis it has spawned as he opened a three-day trip to the Middle East. Read more »

Published May 24, 2014

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5 things to watch for during pope's Mideast trip

Pope Francis' trip to the Middle East offers a host of symbolically important — and potentially problematic — moments, from the gifts he'll receive to the venues he'll visit and words... Read more »

Published May 24, 2014

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Palestine refugees hope Pope Francis will highlight plight

Pope Francis will spend less than half an hour in this Palestinian refugee camp during a jam-packed Holy Land tour this weekend, but residents hope even a brief visit will shine a light on what... Read more »

Published May 22, 2014

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Vatican says bank needs 'corrective measures'

The Vatican's financial watchdog agency said Monday that "corrective measures" were necessary at the Holy See's troubled bank to continue the path toward financial transparency and compliance with international anti-money laundering... Read more »

Published May 19, 2014

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Vatican says bank needs 'corrective measures'

The Vatican's financial watchdog agency said Monday that "corrective measures" were necessary at the Holy See's troubled bank to continue the path toward financial transparency and compliance with... Read more »

Published May 19, 2014

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Pope's trip to Holy Land stirs diplomatic dilemmas

When Pope Francis sets foot in the Holy Land next week, he'll be treading on diplomatic eggshells at virtually every stop. Read more »

Published May 16, 2014

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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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