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What Pope John Paul II could have learned from Sinead O’Connor

It was Oct. 3, 1992, when Sinead O’Connor sang a haunting a capella cover of Bob Marley’s “War” on Saturday Night Live, in which she replaced the word “racism” with “child abuse” and tore up a picture of Pope John … Continue reading

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John XXIII’s brief papacy made big mark for church

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope John XXIII left his imprint on humanity and the Catholic Church he led for fewer than five years, helping propel him to sainthood on Sunday. Here are some highlights, in deeds and words: EARLY YEARS … Continue reading

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Vatican: Pope’s private calls don’t reflect policy

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — What Pope Francis may tell Catholics in private telephone conversations doesn’t reflect church policy, the Vatican’s spokesman said Thursday. An unusual statement from The Rev. Federico Lombardi came after days of speculation that the pope … Continue reading

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Architect Polly Osborne’s philosophy: Green is good

After having grown up on the Monterey Peninsula, L.A. architect Polly Osborne couldn’t help but take nature into consideration in her work. “It was all around me,” Osborne says. So too were pioneers whose ideas would ripple down the history … Continue reading

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Why would a young person today be religious?

Read more on this story here. SEE ALSO: Why Easter is so important to Christians Listen to more of The Week’s mini podcasts: A Shakespeare scholar examines the Bard’s influence in House of Cards Your weekly streaming recommendation: The Story … Continue reading

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Rome braces for pilgrim crowds at pope saints ceremony

Rome (AFP) – Rome is getting ready for hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and dozens of foreign delegations visiting the Vatican on Sunday for an historic event — the double canonisation of popes John Paul II and John XXIII. Italy’s … Continue reading

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Vandals deface Pope John Paul II memorial before canonization

KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) – Vandals daubed paint across a stone memorial commemorating the late Pope John Paul II in his home region of southern Poland on Wednesday, days before he is to be made a saint. Police fenced off the … Continue reading

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Israel to send call-up papers to Christian Arabs

Jerusalem (AFP) – Israel is to start sending call-up papers to all Christian Arabs of military service age, the army said Tuesday, angering Arab lawmakers who accused the government of seeking to divide Christians from Muslims. Military service will remain … Continue reading

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Pope John XXIII launched Vatican II and then some

VATICAN CITY (AP) — On the night of Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII did something so natural that it’s astonishing it was so revolutionary at the time. He came to the window of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace and spoke … Continue reading

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In eastern Ukraine, religion is another battleground

Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) – In the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the split between nationalists and pro-Russians extends to religion, with sharp divides appearing between churches tied to Moscow and those that want to keep the country united. “We should … Continue reading

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