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In ex-Soviet Georgia, pope issues veiled criticism of Russia

By Philip Pullella and Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) – Pope Francis called for respect for international law and the sovereign rights of nations as he arrived in Georgia on Friday, an implicit criticism of Russia, which keeps troops in two … Continue reading

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Pope embarks on peace mission to Caucasus

Rome (AFP) – Pope Francis set off Friday for Georgia and Azerbaijan on what Vatican officials billed as a mission to promote peace in a troubled part of the world, three months after he visited neighbouring Armenia. “The holy father … Continue reading

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Dutch man due in Myanmar court on insulting religion charge

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in the Myanmar city of Mandalay says a Dutch citizen has been charged with “insulting religion.” Local officials said Klaas Haytema, 30, was due in court later Friday after he was arrested a week … Continue reading

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Russia, Syria geopolitics frame pope's Caucasus trip

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis’ trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan will be filled with religiously symbolic encounters with Catholics, Orthodox, Muslims and Jews. Current events in Syria and other geopolitical concerns might overshadow the message. Francis arrives Friday in … Continue reading

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Five key facts about Georgia's Christian tradition

Tbilisi (AFP) – Pope Francis arrives in Georgia on Friday for a three-day visit as part of a broader tour of the Caucasus region. Here are some key points about Georgia’s ancient Christian tradition. – Ancient Christian nation – Georgia … Continue reading

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New temple highlights Mormon church growth, bucking national trend

At a time when many Christian denominations are experiencing declines in membership in the US, one sect’s numbers have continued to grow: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon church.  Granted, the rate of … Continue reading

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Audit: Take back $3.4M in FEMA grants to church school

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Auditors say the Federal Emergency Management Agency should take back nearly all of $3.5 million in grants given to a church-run school in coastal Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, though a school official says it never got … Continue reading

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Colombia president says Pope Francis to visit

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) More BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos says Pope … Continue reading

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Colombian president says Pope Francis will visit the country early next year

Dave: Rumsfeld botched his leadership for our country in overseeing the war our country got involved in not a very promising endorsement. This has nothing to do with this article but I find it absolutely amazing that Trump or Giuliani … Continue reading

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Pope Francis to visit Colombia in first quarter of 2017: president

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Pope Francis will visit Colombia in the first quarter of next year, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Thursday, days after signing a peace deal with Marxist rebels which the pontiff has actively backed. Santos and the … Continue reading

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