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Pope asks forgiveness for ‘evil’ of child abuse by priests

By Naomi O’Leary VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis made his first public plea for forgiveness on Friday for the “evil” committed by priests who molested children, using some of his strongest words yet on the Roman Catholic Church’s sexual … Continue reading

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Pope leads Palm Sunday procession at Vatican

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Tens of thousands of Romans, tourists and pilgrims have joined Pope Francis in a solemn Palm Sunday service in St. Peter’s Square. Under cloudy skies, Francis celebrated Mass on the steps of the square as the … Continue reading

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Pope gives a lift to 2 kids in St. Peter’s Square

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given a lift to two lucky kids during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square. A particularly jovial Francis hopped off his white, open-air car Wednesday to greet a group of fifth graders … Continue reading

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Sombre, tired-looking pope presides at Palm Sunday services

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A tired and sombre-looking Pope Francis led a Palm Sunday service before more than 100,000 people, opening two packed weeks of activities including Easter and the canonization of two popes. The faithful waved … Continue reading

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Somber, tired-looking pope presides at Palm Sunday services

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A tired and somber-looking Pope Francis led a Palm Sunday service before more than 100,000 people, opening two packed weeks of activities including Easter and the canonization of two popes. The faithful waved … Continue reading

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Vatican responds to next round of UN abuse inquiry

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has responded to the latest round of U.N. sex abuse inquiries by suggesting it is only responsible for implementing a U.N. treaty against torture within the confines of the tiny Vatican City State. The … Continue reading

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Muslim group urges new way of dealing with radicals

Seeking a way to prevent violence like last year’s deadly Boston Marathon bombing, an Islamic advocacy group Monday announced a plan aimed at helping U.S. mosques identify and reeducate radicals. The Muslim Public Affairs Council — which long has pushed … Continue reading

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Syrian army seizes ancient Christian town near Lebanese border

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian soldiers backed by Hezbollah fighters recaptured on Monday the town of Maaloula, north of Damascus, military sources and state television said, closing off more of the rebel supply route through the Qalamoun mountains near Lebanon. Islamist … Continue reading

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Hezbollah-owned TV channel says 3 of its journalists killed in attack in Christian Syria town

BEIRUT (AP) — Hezbollah-owned TV channel says 3 of its journalists killed in attack in Christian Syria town. Article source: Article Source

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Obama: religious violence has no place in US

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama warned Monday that religious violence had no place in US society after a gunman with alleged anti-Semitic ties killed three people at a Jewish center and retirement home. “Nobody should have to worry about … Continue reading

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