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Rebuilding peace: Cyprus restores derelict churches, mosques

MYRTOU, Cyprus (AP) — Seyfi Tunelci long watched in sorrow as the derelict Orthodox Christian monastery at Myrtou in Cyprus’ overwhelmingly Muslim north crumbled before his eyes. Now he’s part of an island-wide team toiling to repair the medieval building … Continue reading

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Clinton picks Kaine, devout Catholic and bridge-builder

In announcing Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate on Friday, Hillary Clinton put forward exactly what she wants – someone with deep governing experience and national security expertise. Someone who could, as she has put it, “literally get up one day … Continue reading

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Court: Birth control mandate violates religious rights

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled in favor of a Missouri lawmaker who cited religious objections while challenging the inclusion of birth control coverage in his government-provided health insurance. State Sen. Paul Wieland said Friday that … Continue reading

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Emails: Group asked governor for religious objections order

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Emails disclosed in a lawsuit over a blocked Mississippi law that protects religious objections to same-sex marriage show a Christian legal group asked Gov. Phil Bryant to institute the protections through an executive order in 2015. … Continue reading

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Venezuela's government accepts Vatican mediation in crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro has accepted a proposal by the opposition to ask the Vatican to facilitate dialogue with Venezuela’s socialist government. The Union of South American Nations’ Secretary General Ernesto Samper met late Thursday with Maduro … Continue reading

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As nuns' numbers fall, pope says OK to use social media

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican official says the number of nuns who dedicate their lives to prayer and contemplating God is dwindling, even as Pope Francis has written a new document praising their relevance in the world. Monsignor Jose … Continue reading

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Report: Vatican OKs security level for papal Mass in Poland

Young people react , during a concert organized for the participants of the World Youth Day to be held next week, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. The gathering of hundreds of thousands of young people from around the … Continue reading

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Vatican invited to mediate in Venezuela crisis

By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) – The Roman Catholic Church may soon join Ibero-American leaders seeking dialogue between Venezuela’s feuding government and opposition, the head of a regional bloc said on Thursday. “I think it’s good news this petition has … Continue reading

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Biblical sale: Christian theme park puts items on the block

Max Donahoe leaves an estate sale from The Holy Land Experience religious theme park after he purchased two replica Roman soldier helmets, Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. The Christian theme park is holding the sale amid declining revenue … Continue reading

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Dylann Roof lawyer wants evidence kept out of church trial

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A lawyer defending the man charged in the Charleston church shootings wants a judge to keep some video and other evidence out of his federal hate crimes trial, and says explaining why in public could harm … Continue reading

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