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Former pope Benedict makes rare appearance with successor Francis

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Former pope Benedict made one of his rare public appearances on Tuesday to be feted by his successor Pope Francis, two days after Francis denied reports that Benedict was still exercising influence in the Vatican. Benedict, … Continue reading

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Retired pope thanks reigning pope for his focus on mercy

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI endorsed Pope Francis’ mercy-filled ministry Tuesday during an unprecedented Vatican ceremony featuring a reigning pope honoring a retired one on the 65th anniversary of his ordination as a priest. The ceremony served … Continue reading

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Eight suicide bombers target Lebanese Christian village

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Eight suicide bombers attacked a Lebanese Christian village on Monday, killing five people and wounding dozens more, in the latest violent spillover of the five-year-old Syrian war into Lebanon. Security sources said they believed Islamic State was … Continue reading

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Suicide attack targets church in Lebanese village: sources

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Four suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a church in a Lebanese village on Monday as residents were preparing for the funerals of victims of a multiple suicide attack earlier in the day, security sources said. Medical … Continue reading

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Armenia expects wider recognition of 'genocide' after German vote, pope's remarks

By Margarita Antidze YEREVAN (Reuters) – Armenia expects more countries to recognize the 1915 massacre of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire a century ago as a “genocide” after remarks by Pope Francis and the stance taken by Germany’s parliament, its … Continue reading

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LGBT rights groups call on Orthodox Church to embrace gays

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Two gay rights’ groups have called on the Orthodox Church to open up “safe spaces for dialogue and reconciliation” within the church for gays. In an open letter sent to the Orthodox council which this weekend … Continue reading

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Pope Francis says church should seek forgiveness from LGBT people

The LGBT community and other marginalized groups deserve an apology from Catholics, said Pope Francis on Sunday.  Speaking to reporters on a plane en route from Armenia to Rome, Francis said that the church “must not only apologize…to a gay … Continue reading

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Pope's message of peace resonates with Syrian Armenians

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — For most in Armenia, the visit by Pope Francis will be best remembered for his willingness to declare the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians “genocide” and for his message of peace and reconciliation with Turkey. For ethnic … Continue reading

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Turkey: Pope's genocide remarks won't help peace efforts

Pope Francis, right, and Catholicos Karekin II release white doves in front of Ararat’s mountain after a ceremony at the Khor Virap’s monastery, Armenia, Sunday, June 26, 2016. (L’Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP) More ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey says … Continue reading

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Duterte ready to clash with Catholic church on birth control

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president-elect says he will aggressively promote artificial birth control in the country even at the risk of getting in a fight with the dominant Catholic church, which staunchly opposes the use of contraceptives. Duterte … Continue reading

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