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Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attack

MILAN (AP) — The Vatican is downplaying the significance of an alleged planned attack against the Vatican, saying the threat dates from 2010 and therefore is not relevant or of particular concern today. The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, … Continue reading

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Sex club seeks Nashville blessing by vowing to be a church

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville swingers club has undergone a conversion — it says it’s now a church — in order to win city approval so it can open next to a Christian school. The story began last fall, … Continue reading

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1980s pop star named president of Catholic school in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — A pop star from the 1980s and ’90s has been named president of an all-boys Catholic school in Honolulu. Glenn Medeiros will start his new job July 1, the St. Louis School board of trustees announced Wednesday. … Continue reading

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Maradona meets the pope again: ‘I’m Francis’ top fan’

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Diego Maradona says he’s Pope Francis’ top fan. The Argentine soccer great met with the pope on Thursday to help promote an education charity that Francis started in Argentina when he was the archbishop of Buenos … Continue reading

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Armenian Church makes saints of 1.5 million genocide victims

ECHMIADZIN (Armenia) (AFP) – The Armenian Church on Thursday conferred sainthood on some 1.5 million Armenians massacred by Ottoman forces a century ago, as tensions raged over Turkey’s refusal to recognise the killings as genocide. The ceremony, which is believed … Continue reading

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Officials:extremist’s misfire foiled attack on Paris church

PARIS (AP) — An Islamic extremist with an arsenal of loaded guns was prevented from opening fire on churchgoers only because he accidentally shot himself in the leg, French officials said Wednesday. The 24-year-old computer science student, who was also … Continue reading

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Armenian archbishop in Argentina proud of pope

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The head of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Argentina says he is proud, but definitely not surprised, that his friend Pope Francis recently called the 1915 mass killing of Armenians in Turkey “genocide.” Archbishop Kissag … Continue reading

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Armenian Church to canonise 1.5 million genocide victims

Yerevan (AFP) – The Armenian Church prepares Thursday to canonise up to 1.5 million Armenians massacred in the Ottoman Empire amid tensions over Turkey’s refusal to recognise the killings as genocide. The ceremony — that could become the biggest canonisation … Continue reading

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One dead, 23 others sick from suspected botulism at Ohio church

By Mary Wisniewski (Reuters) – A woman has died and 23 others were sickened by a suspected botulism outbreak after a potluck lunch at an Ohio church, health officials said on Wednesday. Fifty to 60 people attended the Sunday lunch … Continue reading

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Pope to visit Cuba en route to U.S., capping diplomatic role

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis will visit Cuba en route to the United States in September, the Vatican said on Wednesday, capping his success in bringing the former enemies together after more than half a century … Continue reading

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