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Vatican on alert for Islamist attack, but no plot: security chief

ROME (Reuters) – The Vatican is on alert in case of an attack by Islamist militants against the city-state or Pope Francis, but officials are not aware of any specific plot, the head of Vatican security said in a rare … Continue reading

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Why tolerance of religion is not enough

With calm and respectful questions, the nine justices of the US Supreme Court debated yet another case about religious freedom on Wednesday. This one involved a Muslim woman who was not hired by a company because she wore a head … Continue reading

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Pope prays with thousands for kidnap victims in Syria, Iraq

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has led tens of thousands of people in prayer in St. Peter’s Square for Christians and others who have been kidnapped or are victims of other “intolerable brutality” in Syria and Iraq. The pope … Continue reading

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Former Washington basketball star Christian Welp dies at 51

SEATTLE (AP) — Christian Welp, the 7-foot (2.13-meter) German center who holds the University of Washington’s career scoring record and played three seasons in the NBA, has died. He was 51. The school confirmed the death Sunday. It didn’t provide … Continue reading

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Pope to Venezuelans: work together for common good, dialogue

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging Venezuelans to pull together for the common good of their nation after the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy during an anti-government protest. In Caracas, some protesters are alarmed by a crackdown … Continue reading

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Pope Francis prays for teenager killed in Venezuela protest

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis called on Sunday for an end to political violence in Venezuela and said he would pray for a teenager killed during an anti-government demonstration last week. Protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro turned … Continue reading

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Pope denounces ‘intolerable brutality’ in Iraq, Syria

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Sunday denounced the “intolerable brutality” being inflicted on Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria by Islamic State group militants. “Unfortunately the tragic news just keeps coming from Iraq and Syria,” the … Continue reading

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Republicans shelve measure labeling Idaho a ‘Christian state’

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – A county branch of the Republican Party in Idaho voted to shelve for now a measure that would have labeled the state as Christian to bolster what supporters called the Judeo-Christian underpinnings of … Continue reading

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Arson damages Christian seminary in Jerusalem in suspected hate crime

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An arson attack damaged a Greek Orthodox seminary near Jerusalem’s Old City on Thursday and anti-Christian graffiti in Hebrew at the scene suggested the incident was a hate crime. Police said no one was injured by the … Continue reading

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Churches, synagogues, mosques bear tough New England winter

BOSTON (AP) — Religious leaders in snowbound New England are beginning to ask themselves how on Earth their houses of worship will make ends meet after all these acts of God. Churches, synagogues and mosques report attendance is down at … Continue reading

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