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Ivory Coast names Catholic bishop to head reconciliation efforts

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara appointed a Catholic archbishop on Tuesday to head the West African nation’s flagging post-war reconciliation efforts ahead of elections later this year, a senior official with the presidency said. The world’s top … Continue reading

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Gamer convention could leave Indiana over religious freedom bill

(Reuters) – A major gaming convention, Gen Con, threatened on Tuesday to move its annual event out of Indiana if Gov. Mike Pence signs into law a controversial bill that would allow private businesses to deny service to homosexuals on … Continue reading

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With GOP votes, Indiana House OKs religious objection bill

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House approved by a wide margin Monday a proposal strengthening protections for religious objections in state law that opponents say could provide legal cover for discrimination against gay people. Republicans cast all the “yes” votes … Continue reading

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Pope finally gets his pizza – albeit hand

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis, who recently lamented he can’t slip out and get a pizza like he used to, finally got a pie — albeit one hand-delivered to his popemobile. Pizza maker Enzo Cacialli had a pie on hand … Continue reading

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Marlins’ Christian Yelich finalizes $49.57M, 7-year contract

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The Marlins took another step toward keeping their young talent in Miami, finalizing a $49.57 million contract with outfielder Christian Yelich. Yelich gets $570,000 this year, the same salary as in the one-year deal he agreed … Continue reading

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Indiana House passes controversial ‘religious freedom’ bill

(Reuters) – A controversial Indiana bill that could protect business owners who don’t want to provide services for same-sex couples moved closer to law on Monday, after passage by the state’s House. Senate Bill 101, known as the “Religious Freedom … Continue reading

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Cruz launches campaign at world’s largest Christian college

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz showed he was a candidate in a hurry early Monday morning, announcing his presidential candidacy on Twitter just after midnight, several hours before the official launch at the college founded by the late … Continue reading

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Religion helps Vanuatuans through cyclone shock

Celine Jimmy prayed three times before running out of a clubhouse into the darkness to a family home as Cyclone Pam roared through her village in Vanuatu, her four children close by her side. “The trees were falling down and … Continue reading

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Pope: Earth’s water must be protected, available to everyone

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is encouraging the world to ensure its water supplies are protected and available to all. Francis noted the United Nations was marking Sunday as an occasion to draw attention to water’s importance. He quoted … Continue reading

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Pope in Naples: Resist local Mafiosi, seek honest jobs

NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis, visiting Italy’s impoverished south on Saturday, encouraged Neapolitans to resist exploitation by Mafia dons and instead seek the dignity of honest jobs. On a day trip to Naples, Francis spoke to residents in Scampia, … Continue reading

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