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Syria’s Assad pays Easter visit to recaptured Christian town

By Firas Makdesi MAALOULA, Syria (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited an ancient Christian town recaptured from rebels last week, state media said, as he seeks to persuade minorities that the government is their best protection against … Continue reading

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Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity’s most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the … Continue reading

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Unease in Vatican over cardinal’s ‘luxury flat’

Vatican City (AFP) – An Italian cardinal is moving into a 600-square-metre (6,500 square foot) Vatican apartment in apparent contradiction with Pope Francis’s call for a “poor Church”, Italian daily La Repubblica reported on Sunday. Tarcisio Bertone is the Vatican’s … Continue reading

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Reliving the Seder story, in old ways and new

A votive in a glass holder, etched with the Star of David and the words “In memory,” sits on the granite table. “We will remember the terrible tragedy,” Ron Wolfson says, referring to the previous day’s shootings at two Jewish … Continue reading

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Pope presides at Vatican Mass leading Catholics into Easter

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Saturday led Easter rites commemorating what Christians believe was Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, and urged people to rediscover direction in their lives. Marking the second Easter season of his … Continue reading

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Pope seeks to bring faith to "ends of the Earth"

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith “to the ends of the Earth” as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica. The vigil is among the Vatican’s … Continue reading

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At Easter, Ukrainian church condemns Russian ‘aggression’

By Alastair Macdonald KIEV (Reuters) – As Russians and Ukrainians celebrated Easter on Sunday with their nations locked in conflict, the head of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church condemned Russian “aggression” and said “evil” would be defeated. “Against our peace-loving nation, which … Continue reading

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The Hallmark Channel Offended Christian Viewers by Not Taking the Lord’s Name in Vain

The Hallmark Channel’s Facebook page is usually a magical place, filled with requests for marathons of The Waltons, technical questions, and praise for the channel’s non-stop parade of “inspirational” programming. But last weekend, the channel’s decision to mute the word … Continue reading

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The Hallmark Channel Offended Christian Viewers by Not Taking the Lord’s Name in Vain

The Hallmark Channel’s Facebook page is usually a magical place, filled with requests for marathons of The Waltons, technical questions, and praise for the channel’s non-stop parade of “inspirational” programming. But last weekend, the channel’s decision to mute the word … Continue reading

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Pope leads torch-lit Good Friday procession

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is presiding over a torch-lit Way of the Cross procession at the Colosseum marking Good Friday in Rome. The pope’s resolve to focus the Catholic church’s attention on those who suffer was reflected in meditations … Continue reading

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