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Prosecutors to play confession in church shooting trial

FILE – In this June18, 2016 file photo, Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Sheby Police Department in Shelby, N.C. The trial for Roof, a white man accused of killing nine black people at the church, started Wednesday, Dec. … Continue reading

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Churches vow to offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Hundreds of houses of worship are offering sanctuary to people who could face deportation if President-elect Donald Trump follows through on his campaign pledge to remove millions of immigrants living in the country illegally. To some … Continue reading

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Blood and bodies: Charleston jurors see church carnage

Washington (AFP) – Jurors in the federal hate crimes trial of the white man accused of killing nine black parishioners in a Charleston church got a glimpse Thursday of the blood-soaked crime scene — carnage one former agent called “overwhelming.” … Continue reading

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Why Pope Francis says fake news is a 'sin'

Spreading fake news is the greatest damage that media can do – and to engage in disinformation, instead of education, is a sin, Pope Francis said in an interview published on Wednesday. “The communications media have a very great responsibility. … Continue reading

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Pope recalls poor families as Rome holiday shopping begins

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has recalled struggling families, the jobless and those forced to take “undignified” work as Rome’s holiday season begins. Francis drew attention to those on society’s margins at an appearance Thursday afternoon in Rome’s Spanish Steps … Continue reading

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Pope prays for unemployed at traditional rite in Rome

Pope Francis looks on as he leads the Immaculate Conception celebration prayer in Piazza di Spagna (Spain’s Square) in downtown Rome, Italy, December 8, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi More ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis prayed for the unemployed, for families trying … Continue reading

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The Latest: Defense seeks mistrial in church shooting case

FILE – In this June18, 2016 file photo, Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Sheby Police Department in Shelby, N.C. The trial for Roof, a white man accused of killing nine black people at the church, started Wednesday, Dec. … Continue reading

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Chinese cardinal says Vatican must stand up to Beijing

By Pak Yiu and Lisa Jucca HONG KONG (Reuters) – Cardinal Joseph Zen, the most senior Chinese Catholic cleric, says the participation of an excommunicated prelate at two bishop ordinations in China was a “slap in the face” for Pope … Continue reading

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Aide to late Pope John Paul II retires as Polish archbishop

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Roman Catholic Church authorities in Poland have announced the successor to the retiring archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who had been personal secretary to the late Pope St. John Paul II, a native of Poland. … Continue reading

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The Latest: Pope prays for victims of Indonesia quake

MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that hit Indonesia’s Aceh province on Wednesday (all times local): ___ 7:30 p.m. Pope Francis has prayed for victims of the Indonesian earthquake. Speaking to faithful gathered in St. … Continue reading

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