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Pope visits Armenia's closed border with Turkey on last day

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Pope Francis is wrapping up his trip to Armenia with a Sunday liturgy in the Apostolic cathedral celebrated by his Orthodox hosts and a visit to Armenia’s closed border with Turkey amid new tensions with Ankara … Continue reading

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Turkey says Pope shows 'crusader mentality' by calling 1915 killings genocide

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Turkish deputy prime minister said on Saturday that it was “unfortunate” that Pope Francis had labeled the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a genocide, and that it reflected the papacy’s “Crusader mentality”. Departing from … Continue reading

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Why Evangelicals say US is no longer Christian

Evangelical Christians are mourning a cultural shift they see as a loss in both their influence at home and the nation’s ability to hold a Christian standard for the world.  A majority of white Evangelical Protestants – 59 percent – … Continue reading

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Religious tensions in Myanmar village after mosque destroyed

Scores of police have been deployed to guard a village in central Myanmar where religious tensions are running high after a Buddhist mob destroyed a mosque, authorities said Saturday. It is the latest flare-up of anti-Muslim violence in Myanmar, which … Continue reading

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Pope says 'never again' to tragedies like Armenian genocide

By Margarita Antidze and Philip Pullella YEREVAN (Reuters) – A somber Pope Francis, “with pain in my heart,” paid tribute on Saturday to the 1.5 million Armenians massacred in 1915, an event which he has labeled a genocide, risking Turkey’s … Continue reading

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Pope visits Armenian genocide memorial

Yerevan (AFP) – Pope Francis on Saturday insisted memory “cannot be stifled” as he visited the main Armenian genocide memorial in Yerevan, on the second day of a trip likely to stir tensions with Turkey. Francis — accompanied by President … Continue reading

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Pope prays at Armenia memorial after denouncing 'genocide'

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Pope Francis demanded Saturday that the world never forget the victims of the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians at the country’s imposing genocide memorial, hours after drawing a standing ovation from his hosts when he declared the … Continue reading

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Pope denounces Armenian 'genocide' in Yerevan visit

Yerevan (AFP) – Pope Francis on Friday denounced the mass killing of Armenians a century ago by Ottoman forces as “genocide”, risking Turkey’s fury as he met Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian. “Sadly this tragedy, this genocide, was the first of … Continue reading

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Pope on visit to Armenia cites 'genocide', likely to anger Turkey

Pope Francis (C), Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan and Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II (L) attend a welcoming ceremony at Zvartnots airport outside Yerevan, Armenia, June 24, 2016. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili More YEREVAN (Reuters) – Pope Francis departed from his prepared … Continue reading

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Brazil's Bible, beef and bullets lobby backs Temer, unfazed by scandal

By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) – Conservative legislators in Brazil say they will back interim President Michel Temer through a growing corruption scandal in return for support for their right-wing social agenda, including tougher abortion restrictions and looser gun control. … Continue reading

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