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Egypt's Coptic Pope warns of increased attacks on Christians

CAIRO (AP) — The leader of Egypt’s Coptic Christian church warned on Monday of increased attacks on Christians, saying national unity is being “defaced.” In a meeting with lawmakers, Pope Tawadros II said that since 2013 there have been 37 … Continue reading

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Catholic pilgrims visit Auschwitz ahead of visit by pope

Pilgrims walk on a path behind a wire fence in the former German Nazi Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, in Oswiecim, Poland, to pay respect and pray on Monday, July 25, 2016. Thousands of catholic pilgrims begun pouring in Poland ahead a … Continue reading

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Alabama jailer charged with using Bible to smuggle drugs

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A county jail guard in Alabama has been charged with trying to smuggle drugs inside a Bible. Sheriff Rick Singleton says 32-year-old Kenneth Lee Lawson of Florence was arrested Saturday night during a shift change when … Continue reading

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Newport Jazz Festival gets new vision with Christian McBride

Christian McBride is no stranger to the main stage at the Newport Jazz Festival and this year he’ll again be up there in a trio with pianist Chick Corea and drummer Brian Blade. But he’ll also be turning his attention … Continue reading

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Pope condemns terrorism and violence in Munich and Kabul

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has condemned “deplorable acts of terrorism and violence” in Munich and Kabul that have left dozens dead in recent days. Addressing a crowd in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Francis urged believers to join … Continue reading

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Francis and Poland differ on migrants ahead of pope's visit

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Support for migrants is so central to Pope Francis’ vision for the church that he has made welcoming them a potential test for those seeking entry to Heaven on Judgment Day. The pontiff’s advocacy for refugee … Continue reading

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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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