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Church members each get $500 to do good for world

CHICAGO (AP) — On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone. LaSalle Street Church had received a tidy $1.6 million from a real estate … Continue reading

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Pope canonizes 2 Indians, 4 Italians

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis canonized six new saints Sunday, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala, in a packed ceremony in St. Peter’s Square. The pope said the new saints, four Italians from … Continue reading

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Pope canonizes 2 Indians, 4 Italians

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis canonized six new saints Sunday, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala, in a packed ceremony in St. Peter’s Square. The pope said the new saints, four Italians from … Continue reading

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Vatican prosecutor didn’t report abusive priest

BOSTON (AP) — Legal documents show an American priest named by Pope Francis as the Vatican’s sex crimes prosecutor was among church officials who failed to report an abusive priest to law enforcement before the now-jailed man committed other acts … Continue reading

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6 new Catholic saints at a glance

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday canonized six new saints, two Indians and four Italians, all of whom dedicated their lives to helping the poor. Here is a look at the new saints: ___ GIOVANNI ANTONIO FARINA, born … Continue reading

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Vatican prosecutor didn’t report abusive priest

BOSTON (AP) — Legal documents show an American priest named by Pope Francis as the Vatican’s sex crimes prosecutor was among church officials who failed to report an abusive priest to law enforcement before the now-jailed man committed other acts … Continue reading

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Pope condemns ‘unacceptable’ synagogue attack

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is condemning what he calls an “unacceptable” attack on a Jerusalem synagogue and is calling for Israel and the Palestinians to take “courageous” steps to forge peace. Francis told his weekly General Audience on … Continue reading

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Pope turns Santa with Christmas giveaway for homeless

Rome (AFP) – Pope Francis is raffling off unwanted gifts including a Fiat Panda, tandem bike and coffee machine to raise money for the homeless. For just 10 euros ($12.50) those hoping to get their clutches on perfume, pens and … Continue reading

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Pope demands just distribution of world’s bounty

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis demanded a more just distribution of the world’s bounty for the poor and hungry Thursday, telling a U.N. conference on nutrition that access to food is a basic human right that shouldn’t be subject to … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe stadium church service stampede kills 11: police

HARARE (Reuters) – Eleven people were killed and dozens injured in a stampede at a stadium in Zimbabwe, as thousands of people at a church service tried to leave through the same exit, police said on Friday. Around 30,000 people … Continue reading

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