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U.S. EPA chief hopes Pope will spur concern on climate change

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday she hoped Pope Francis’ upcoming message to his flock on the environment would help galvanize concern about climate change and convince skeptics that … Continue reading

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Michelin no longer the bible for Paris’s top eateries: food critic

Paris (AFP) – An American food critic has put France’s famed restaurant bible, the Michelin guide, to the test — and found most of its top Paris listings not worth their exorbitant prices, with lesser-known upstart eateries offering far better … Continue reading

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After turmoil, Church of England consecrates first woman bishop

By Phil Noble YORK, England (Reuters) – The Church of England consecrated its first woman bishop on Monday, the culmination of years of efforts by Church modernizers to overcome opposition from traditionalists – one of whom briefly shouted a protest … Continue reading

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EPA administrator at Vatican ahead of encyclical.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Obama administration is seeking to hitch its climate change message onto that of the ever-popular Pope Francis, whose upcoming environmental encyclical has drawn more speculation than any papal document in recent memory. The head of … Continue reading

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MLK children working to settle dispute over Bible, prize

ATLANTA (AP) — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s children are trying to resolve a legal dispute over their father’s traveling Bible and Nobel Peace Prize without going to trial. The slain civil rights icon’s estate, which is controlled by … Continue reading

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MLK children work to settle dispute over Bible, Nobel prize

ATLANTA (AP) — The children of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. are trying to settle a lawsuit over their father’s traveling Bible and Nobel Peace Prize without going to trial, according to a judge’s order. King’s estate, controlled by … Continue reading

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Vatican to offer haircuts, shaves as well as showers to Rome’s homeless

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican will offer homeless people in Rome not only showers but also haircuts and shaves when new facilities open next month, the head of Pope Francis’ charity office said. The Vatican announced last year that … Continue reading

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Church of England gets first female bishop despite protest

York (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The Church of England ended centuries of male-only leadership on Monday as Libby Lane became its first female bishop in a ceremony briefly disrupted by a traditionalist priest’s protest. Around 100 bishops gathered around the … Continue reading

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Mormon leaders call for laws protecting some gay rights as well as religious liberties

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon leaders call for laws protecting some gay rights as well as religious liberties. Society Culture GLBT Issues Article source: Article Source

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Spanish judge charges 10 Catholic priests with child sexual abuse

MADRID (Reuters) – Ten Spanish priests were charged with child sexual abuse on Tuesday, in a case brought after Pope Francis telephoned the victim to offer the Church’s apology, court documents showed. The victim, now 24, wrote to the pope … Continue reading

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