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Collapsed Lagos church building ‘had no planning approval’

Lagos (AFP) – A guesthouse that collapsed at the Lagos megachurch of one of Nigeria’s most popular preachers, killing 116, did not have planning approval, a building inspector said on Thursday. Lagos State commissioner for physical planning Olutoyin Ayinde also … Continue reading

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Vatican admits Sistine Chapel frescoes ‘whitened’

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican revealed a closely kept secret Thursday: The Sistine Chapel’s precious frescoes were starting to turn white from the air pollution caused by so many visitors passing through each day to marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece. … Continue reading

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Catholic Church to close, merge a dozen schools in Chicago

By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Catholic Church will close or merge a dozen of its 240 Chicago-area schools due to falling attendance in some areas of the country’s largest parochial school system, the Archdiocese of Chicago said on … Continue reading

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Vatican unveils new air, light systems to protect Michelangelo frescoes

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican on Wednesday unveiled new high-tech, energy-saving lighting and air purification systems to protect Michelangelo’s delicate Sistine Chapel frescoes from damage caused by ever-growing crowds of tourists. Dust brought in from outside, … Continue reading

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Pope praises ‘heroic’ responders to Ebola

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has praised the “heroic” response by doctors, nurses and volunteers helping contain the Ebola epidemic and has urged renewed international efforts to defeat the virus. Francis also asked for prayers for the victims during … Continue reading

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Pope maps out personal (and progressive) policy

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has made some of the most important policy speeches of his pontificate in recent days, catching up for lost time following months of attention to bureaucratic reform and the turbulent meeting of bishops on … Continue reading

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Elton John at AIDS event: Pope Francis is my hero

NEW YORK (AP) — Elton John called Pope Francis “my hero” for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church at his annual AIDS benefit. John hosted the event, “An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton … Continue reading

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No blast injuries on Lagos church collapse victims

Lagos (AFP) – A pathologist on Tuesday ruled out claims of an explosion as the cause of a fatal building collapse at the church of a popular Nigerian preacher, saying none of the victims had blast injuries. “Bodies were mutilated, … Continue reading

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Pope delivers mini-encyclical on poor, environment

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis delivered an off-the-cuff, mini-encyclical on the rights of the poor, the injustices of unemployment, and the need for environmental protection Tuesday, saying he’s not preaching communism but the Gospel. Francis’ remarks to the World … Continue reading

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Pope Francis says Big Bang theory does not contradict role of God

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Scientific theories including the “Big Bang” believed to have brought the universe into being 13.7 billion years ago and the idea that life developed through a process of evolution do not conflict with Catholic teaching, Pope … Continue reading

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