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As Pope visit nears, U.S. Catholic Church faces financial strain

By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) – When Pope Francis makes his first visit to the United States this month he will face a national Catholic Church whose finances are staggering under a shrinking membership and huge payouts to sex-abuse victims, … Continue reading

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Officials investigate fires at black St. Louis churches

By Greg Bailey ST. LOUIS (Reuters) – Federal and local authorities are investigating six arson fires at mostly black churches in the St. Louis area, and a $2,000 award has been offered for information leading to the person or persons … Continue reading

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Singapore mega-church head guilty of embezzling $35 million

SINGAPORE (AP) — The founder of a popular Singapore church has been found guilty of misappropriating about $35 million in donations to support his wife’s singing career in Asia before helping her break into the U.S. market for evangelization purposes. … Continue reading

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Out of the depths: Ruins of 16th century church emerge from Mexican reservoir

Drought has affected the southern Mexican state of Chiapas so severely that water levels on the Grijalva river have dropped by more than 80 feet, revealing the remains of a 16th-century church not visible above the waterline otherwise. Once part … Continue reading

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Teen beaten in NY church is out of hospital, will testify

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy who was brutally beaten inside a church alongside his older brother was released from the hospital and planned to testify at a hearing against at least one of his attackers, authorities said … Continue reading

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U.S. calls on Myanmar to cool religious tension ahead of election

By Antoni Slodkowski YANGON (Reuters) – The United States said on Tuesday that the use of religion in politics violated Myanmar’s constitution, calling on the government to de-escalate religious tensions running high ahead of next month’s election. Myanmar is less … Continue reading

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Religious leaders oppose DA who says Bible OKs death penalty

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Religious leaders of several faiths on Monday said it was illegal for a north Louisiana district attorney — who’s gained national attention for his outspoken support of the death penalty — to invoke the Bible when … Continue reading

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6 fires at St. Louis-area churches under investigation

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Someone has been setting fire to predominantly black churches in the St. Louis area, and investigators are trying to determine if the arsonist is targeting either religion or race. Investigators have no suspects or motives. But … Continue reading

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Alaska church tips pizza delivery driver $1,900

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — More than two weeks after a church congregation in Ohio tipped a pizza delivery driver $1,000, a church in Anchorage has upped the stakes. Anchorage television station KTVA reports (http://is.gd/9Fr43j) that Ken Felber has been a … Continue reading

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Pope elevates to sainthood parents of ‘little flower’

Vatican City (AFP) – The parents of French saint Therese of Lisieux — dubbed “The Little Flower” — were raised to sainthood too Sunday, in a move Pope Francis hopes will underscore the importance of the family. Louis and Zelie … Continue reading

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