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Tango treat for birthday boy Pope Francis

Rome (AFP) – Hundreds of couples performed a tango on St Peter’s square on Wednesday in a birthday treat for Pope Francis, a proud Argentinian who was reportedly a mean dancer himself in his youth. With the recent gloomy weather … Continue reading

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Church of England names first female bishop

Stockport (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The Church of England on Wednesday named a saxophone-playing vicar with a taste for football as its first female bishop in a move hailed as an important step towards greater equality. Libby Lane was named … Continue reading

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Pope leads global praise for ‘historic’ US-Cuba rapprochement

Paris (AFP) – Pope Francis led a chorus of global plaudits for Wednesday’s breakthrough in US-Cuban relations, hailed as “historic” in Europe and South America and prompting celebrations on the streets of Havana. In a personal coup for the pope, … Continue reading

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Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for birthday

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday — and 800 kilograms (1,760 pounds) of chicken meat for the poor. The Vatican said Wednesday the meat, provided by a … Continue reading

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Gross released after a year of talks, Vatican involved: U.S. senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Negotiations for the release of ailing U.S. aid worker Alan Gross lasted for about a year, with significant involvement by the Vatican, U.S. Senator Richard Durbin told Reuters on Wednesday. Durbin said the White House called him … Continue reading

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Nigeria’s Buhari picks southern Christian lawyer as running mate

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s main opposition contender Muhammadu Buhari has picked southern Christian lawyer Yemi Osinbajo to be his running mate in elections set for February 2015, the party leader said on Wednesday. Choosing a Christian from the south to … Continue reading

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In S. Sudan, churches struggle to keep role as trusted peacemakers

Wearing an immaculate white cassock, Catholic Bishop Paride Taban strides through the mud and tents of the Jebel displaced persons camp in South Sudan’s capital Juba on a recent Sunday. The camp is hardly sacred ground: thousands of ethnic Nuer live … Continue reading

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Vatican signals new tone on US nuns

An unprecedented Vatican investigation of U.S. women’s religious orders that alarmed Roman Catholic sisters when the inquiry began years ago ended Tuesday with a report signaling a softer approach under Pope Francis. The report praised sisters for their selfless work … Continue reading

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Church of England to name first woman bishop: press

London (AFP) – The Church of England is to name its first ever female bishop, ending centuries of male leadership following a historic change to its rules, British media report. The church is set to ordain a female priest as … Continue reading

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Olympic archery at the Vatican? Why not? says cardinal

Rome (AFP) – A top cardinal has suggested the Vatican could host Olympic archery if Italy wins its newly-unveiled bid to host the 2024 Games. “That seems to me to be an excellent idea,” Portuguese cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins was … Continue reading

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