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Pope played crucial role in US-Cuba rapprochement

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The crucial role played by Pope Francis in bringing Cuba and the United States together signals that history’s first Latin American pope has no qualms about putting the Holy See on the front lines of diplomacy, … Continue reading

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China arrests American Christian aid worker near North Korean border

By Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING (Reuters) – China arrested on Friday a Korean American Christian aid worker who was being held near the country’s border with North Korea, signaling a toughening crackdown on Christian activists in the sensitive region. Peter Hahn, … Continue reading

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US-Cuba breakthrough took route through Canada to Vatican

Washington (AFP) – The US-Cuba normalization process began in secret in spring 2013 in Canada and accelerated after the personal intervention of Pope Francis, culminating in Wednesday’s historic announcement. US President Barack Obama authorized his administration to launch exploratory discussions … Continue reading

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Three killed, several injured in crash outside California church

(Reuters) – Three people were killed and at least nine others injured when a driver ploughed into a group of pedestrians leaving a holiday church service in a southern California city of Redondo Beach on Wednesday night, police said. The … Continue reading

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Pope treats homeless to new sleeping bags

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis marked his 78th birthday by ordering the distribution of hundreds of sleeping bags to homeless people in Rome, Vatican officials said Thursday. Konrad Krajewski, the archbishop in charge of the pope’s charity work, led … Continue reading

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Egypt jails 40 Morsi backers for church fires

Cairo (AFP) – An Egyptian court sentenced 40 backers of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to up to 15 years in jail Thursday for violence including torching churches, a judicial source said. Followers of Morsi have been the target of … Continue reading

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How much does US-Cuba thaw owe to Pope Francis?

For a man who desires nothing from the material world, it was perhaps the perfect birthday present. Shortly after Pope Francis blew out the candles on a cake presented to him in St Peter’s Square for his 78th birthday, it … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict helped free American from Cuba

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis rightly got credit for helping bring the U.S. and Cuba together and free U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross. But it was Francis’ predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who made the first high-level Vatican manoeuver … Continue reading

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Tango treat for birthday boy Pope Francis

Rome (AFP) – Hundreds of couples performed a tango on St Peter’s square on Wednesday in a birthday treat for Pope Francis, a proud Argentinian who was reportedly a mean dancer himself in his youth. With the recent gloomy weather … Continue reading

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Church of England names first female bishop

Stockport (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The Church of England on Wednesday named a saxophone-playing vicar with a taste for football as its first female bishop in a move hailed as an important step towards greater equality. Libby Lane was named … Continue reading

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