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The Latest: Catholic diocese 'saddened' by nuns' slayings

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the slayings of two Catholic nuns in Mississippi (all times local): 4:25 p.m. The Catholic Diocese of Jackson says it’s “terribly saddened” by the slayings of two sisters found dead at their Mississippi … Continue reading

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In Israel's religious press, Hillary Clinton is invisible

BNEI BRAK, Israel (AP) — Hillary Clinton may become the president of Israel’s most important ally, but her image is banished from a significant swath of the country’s media: the ultra-Orthodox press whose deeply conservative readership chafes at images of … Continue reading

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Mural honoring victims of Charleston church massacre defaced

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A mural honoring the nine black parishioners fatally shot at a South Carolina church has been defaced. Redux Contemporary Art Center says on its Facebook page that the downtown Charleston mural was defaced late Saturday or … Continue reading

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South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu back in hospital

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s family foundation says that he has admitted himself to a Cape Town hospital for treatment of a recurring infection. The statement issued late Wednesday by his foundation said the … Continue reading

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Attacker is killed after stabbing guard at Egypt church

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s state news agency says a knife-wielding attacker has been shot and killed after he stabbed a guard at a Coptic church. MENA says the attack happened early on Wednesday at the Virgin Mary church in Cairo’s … Continue reading

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Taiwan vice president to visit Vatican as it eyes better China ties

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan’s vice president will next month visit the Vatican, its sole diplomatic ally in Europe, on a trip that could anger China as the Holy See looks for rapprochement with the world’s most populous country. Chen Chien-jen … Continue reading

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The Latest: Pope leads prayers for earthquake victims

AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in central Italy (all times local): 10:40 a.m. Pope Francis has skipped his catechism lesson during his Wednesday general audience and instead led pilgrims in praying the rosary for the victims … Continue reading

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Pope, saddened by earthquake, cancels speech to pray for victims

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, saddened by an earthquake that struck central Italy overnight, on Wednesday canceled a speech he was to have given at his general audience and instead prayed with the crowd for victims and survivors. “Hearing … Continue reading

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The Surprising Reason Why More Americans Aren’t Going To Church

The standard narrative of American religious decline goes something like this: A few hundred years ago, European and American intellectuals began doubting the validity of God as an explanatory mechanism for natural life. As science became a more widely accepted … Continue reading

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Feds: Church shooting suspect entrenched in his beliefs

FILE – This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office shows Dylann Roof. The Justice Department intends to seek the death penalty against Roof, the man charged with killing nine black parishioners last year in … Continue reading

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