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Sombre, tired-looking pope presides at Palm Sunday services

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A tired and sombre-looking Pope Francis led a Palm Sunday service before more than 100,000 people, opening two packed weeks of activities including Easter and the canonization of two popes. The faithful waved … Continue reading

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Somber, tired-looking pope presides at Palm Sunday services

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A tired and somber-looking Pope Francis led a Palm Sunday service before more than 100,000 people, opening two packed weeks of activities including Easter and the canonization of two popes. The faithful waved … Continue reading

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Vatican responds to next round of UN abuse inquiry

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has responded to the latest round of U.N. sex abuse inquiries by suggesting it is only responsible for implementing a U.N. treaty against torture within the confines of the tiny Vatican City State. The … Continue reading

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Muslim group urges new way of dealing with radicals

Seeking a way to prevent violence like last year’s deadly Boston Marathon bombing, an Islamic advocacy group Monday announced a plan aimed at helping U.S. mosques identify and reeducate radicals. The Muslim Public Affairs Council — which long has pushed … Continue reading

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Syrian army seizes ancient Christian town near Lebanese border

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian soldiers backed by Hezbollah fighters recaptured on Monday the town of Maaloula, north of Damascus, military sources and state television said, closing off more of the rebel supply route through the Qalamoun mountains near Lebanon. Islamist … Continue reading

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Hezbollah-owned TV channel says 3 of its journalists killed in attack in Christian Syria town

BEIRUT (AP) — Hezbollah-owned TV channel says 3 of its journalists killed in attack in Christian Syria town. Article source: Article Source

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Obama: religious violence has no place in US

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama warned Monday that religious violence had no place in US society after a gunman with alleged anti-Semitic ties killed three people at a Jewish center and retirement home. “Nobody should have to worry about … Continue reading

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UN to grill Vatican again on clergy sex abuse

NEW YORK (AP) — A second U.N. committee plans to question Vatican officials on failures to stop clergy sex abuse. The hearing scheduled for May 5-6 in Geneva will look at whether the Vatican’s record on child protection violates the … Continue reading

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Syria troops retake Christian town of Maalula

Maalula (Syria) (AFP) – Syrian troops retook the ancient Christian town of Maalula from rebels Monday, a day after President Bashar al-Assad said the three-year old civil war was turning in his favour. During the operation, Al-Manar television, the broadcaster … Continue reading

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Syrian army seizes ancient Christian town near Lebanon border

By Firas Makdesi MAALOULA, Syria (Reuters) – Syrian soldiers backed by Hezbollah fighters recaptured the town of Maaloula, north of Damascus, on Monday, military sources and state television said, further squeezing rebels’ supply routes through the Qalamoun mountains into Lebanon. … Continue reading

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