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Pope and pop rock Catholic youth party

Brzegi (Poland) (AFP) – Saints dropping disco moves and nuns belting their hearts out rocked the final night of a Catholic youth extravaganza headlined by Pope Francis in Poland on Saturday. A grinning Francis was cheered on by over one … Continue reading

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Parents of gay Poles urge pope to help fight homophobia

Kraków (Poland) (AFP) – The worried parents of 16 young gay Poles have implored Pope Francis to help combat what they call “widespread” homophobia in Poland, as the pontiff visited the strongly Catholic EU state for the first time. Pointing … Continue reading

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Pope condemns 'wave of terror,' urges young people to shun indifference

By Philip Pullella and Wojciech Zurawski KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Saturday condemned the “devastating wave of terrorism” and war that has hit the world and urged a huge crowd of young people not to be indifferent to … Continue reading

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Pope tells kids to get off their backsides

Brzegi (Poland) (AFP) – Pope Francis urged “drowsy and dull kids” to swap their sofas and video games for walking boots on Saturday at an international Catholic youth festival in Poland. He warned the popular piece of sitting-room furniture gave … Continue reading

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Masked attackers target religious devotees in Bangladesh

DHAKA (Reuters) – Masked attackers stormed a religious meeting place in southwest Bangladesh, cutting off the long hair of the worshippers, police said on Saturday. It was not clear whether the attack was linked in any way to other killings … Continue reading

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Saints' blood and bones inspire Catholic pilgrims in Poland

KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Relics of saints aren’t rare in Krakow, especially these days. Embedded in a gray memorial stone, a story below the altar where Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Saturday in a shrine dedicated to St. John Paul … Continue reading

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Bill would prevent LGBT discrimination at religious schools

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The conflict between religious freedom and gay rights has a new battleground — California’s religious colleges and universities. A bill moving through the Legislature would remove a longstanding exemption from anti-discrimination laws for religious institutions, potentially … Continue reading

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Teen released, 2 still in custody for French church attack

PARIS (AP) — A teenager detained following the gruesome killing of an 85-year-old priest by a pair of jihadi attackers in northwest France was released Saturday, a French official said. An official with the Paris prosecutor’s office said investigators questioning … Continue reading

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The Latest: Pope meets girl whose artificial limbs he funded

KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the pope’s visit to Poland (all times local): 12:40 a.m. A Vatican spokesman says that Pope Francis has met with a child without legs for whom he bought artificial limbs. The Rev. Federico … Continue reading

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Pope visits sites tied to Polish saints in Krakow

Pope Francis, center, attends the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) with youths participating in World Youth Days, in Blonie Park, Krakow, Poland, Friday, July 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) More KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Pope Francis has prayed at … Continue reading

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