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As Ferguson decision looms, black churches ready to step into breach

The hand-folded paper “peace cranes” that now adorn the altar and pulpit at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Mo., a mostly-black congregation near Ferguson, have been passed-on symbols of hope, peace, and solidarity for many churches … Continue reading

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Stop Mediterranean becoming vast migrant cemetery, Pope tells Europe

By Eleanor Biles STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) – Pope Francis told Europe’s leaders on Tuesday to do more to help thousands of migrants risking their lives trying to get into the continent, saying they had to stop the Mediterranean becoming “a … Continue reading

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Pope to Europe: Accept immigrants, create jobs

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Pope Francis demanded Tuesday that Europe craft a unified and fair immigration policy, saying the tens of thousands of refugees coming ashore each year need acceptance and assistance, not self-interested policies that risk lives and fuel … Continue reading

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Pope to take on hot EU topics in Strasbourg visit

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Pope Francis will deliver his first public speech about Europe on Tuesday, likely to focus on complex continental issues such as high jobless rates among the young, and immigration. The pontiff’s whirlwind, four-hour visit to the … Continue reading

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Pope to take on hot EU topics in Strasbourg visit

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Pope Francis will deliver his first public speech about Europe on Tuesday, likely to focus on complex continental issues such as high jobless rates among the young, and immigration. The pontiff’s whirlwind, four-hour visit to the … Continue reading

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Egyptian leader meets pope, Italian premier

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis and the Egyptian president exchanged warm greetings during a private meeting Monday in which the pontiff emphasized Egypt’s role in establishing peace in the Middle East. Francis and Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met for about 20 … Continue reading

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Egyptian leader meets pope, Italian premier

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis and the Egyptian president exchanged warm greetings during a private meeting Monday in which the pontiff emphasized Egypt’s role in establishing peace in the Middle East. Francis and Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met for about 20 … Continue reading

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Catholic officials see pope visit as a rebirth

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s archbishop said Monday that hosting Pope Francis in the city next year during his first U.S. visit as pontiff could foster a “rebirth” for an archdiocese that has struggled with financial problems and sex abuse scandals … Continue reading

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Catholic officials see pope visit as a rebirth

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s archbishop said Monday that hosting Pope Francis in the city next year during his first U.S. visit as pontiff could foster a “rebirth” for an archdiocese that has struggled with financial problems and sex abuse scandals … Continue reading

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Pope to raffle gifts given to him to raise money for the poor

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Want a white Panama hat owned by the pope? Now is your chance. Pope Francis is raffling off the Homero Ortega brand hat, a new four-wheel-drive Fiat Panda, bicycles, an espresso coffee machine, watches and other … Continue reading

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