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Pope assumes responsibility for migrants in Vatican reform

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is showing his profound concern for refugees by assuming direct responsibility for migrant issues in a new Vatican department that merges four Vatican offices into one handling peace, the environment and human trafficking issues. … Continue reading

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Indiana woman cites religious freedom law in abuse defense

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The attorney for a woman charged with child abuse says Indiana’s religious freedom law gives her the right to discipline her children according to her evangelical Christian beliefs. Kin Park Thaing of Indianapolis was arrested in February … Continue reading

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Pope applauds Colombia peace deal but sidesteps truth panel

Pope Francis delivers his message during his weekly general audience, in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) More VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has praised Colombia’s peace deal but has declined an … Continue reading

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Judge to weigh objections to closed church shooting hearing

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge in South Carolina will hear objections from news organizations to closing a hearing in the Charleston church shootings trial. The defense wants to keep some evidence out of Dylann Roof’s federal death penalty … Continue reading

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Pope welcomes Colombia ceasefire, declines Vatican role

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Wednesday welcomed the end of Colombia’s war with the FARC rebels but declined an invitation to help establish a court to prosecute atrocities committed during the conflict. Francis, the first pontiff to come … Continue reading

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Food stamp fraud suspects to make religious defense argument

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Polygamous sect members accused of food stamp fraud may testify at an upcoming hearing in an attempt to persuade a judge they were following religiously rooted communal living practices and not breaking the law. U.S. … Continue reading

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Christian woman told to remove headscarf for license: ACLU lawsuit

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) – The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday filed a lawsuit accusing Alabama county officials of violating a Christian woman’s religious rights by forcing her to remove her headscarf before taking her driver’s license photo. Yvonne … Continue reading

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Judge tosses Kansas Muslim inmate's religious-rights lawsuit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge in Kansas has thrown out a Muslim inmate’s lawsuit that accused a county jail and its administrators of violating the convicted killer’s religious rights. U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Waxse dismissed Eddie Gordon … Continue reading

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Egypt parliament adopts disputed law on churches

Cairo (AFP) – The Egyptian parliament on Tuesday adopted a law on regulating the construction of churches, despite opposition by some members of the Christian community which complains of discrimination. Egypt’s Copts, the Middle East’s largest Christian minority, have long … Continue reading

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Egyptian parliament approves long-awaited church building law

By Ahmed Aboulenein and Mohamed Abdellah CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s parliament approved on Tuesday a long-awaited law that governs building and renovating churches, an issue that has led in the past to attacks on members the country’s Christian minority by … Continue reading

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