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Man accused of stabbing 3 at church gets 5 years

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 25-year-old man who authorities say stabbed three people at a Catholic church in New Mexico has been sentenced to five years in prison. Lawrence Capener pleaded no contest Monday to charges of attempted murder and … Continue reading

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Catholic priest in Puerto Rico accused of abuse

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest in a small town on the west coast of Puerto Rico is being investigated for improper conduct with a minor and has been suspended from his duties, church and government … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania’s Catholic bishops forbid boys to wrestle girls

HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) – Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic bishops have adopted a policy requiring boys on the wrestling teams of Catholic schools or youth organizations to forfeit matches against female opponents. Preserving safety and modesty are the reasons, said Joe Aponick, … Continue reading

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Pakistan policeman kills Christian accused of blasphemy

By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani policeman shot two men in jail on Thursday, killing one accused of blasphemy and wounding another condemned to death on the same charge, lawyers and an activist said. Christian pastor Zafar Bhatti … Continue reading

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Pope summons Mideast envoys to Rome over Islamist advance

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, who has expressed alarm over the rise of Islamic State militants and the plight of Christians in the Middle East, has summoned his envoys in the region to a rare meeting to discuss a … Continue reading

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Pope summons Mideast envoys to Rome over Islamist advance

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, who has expressed alarm over the rise of Islamic State militants and the plight of Christians in the Middle East, has summoned his envoys in the region to a rare meeting to discuss a … Continue reading

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India police arrest over 200 for religious violence in Gujarat

New Delhi (AFP) – Indian police in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat have arrested more than 200 people after violence between majority Hindus and minority Muslims, a senior officer said Monday. The clashes in the western city … Continue reading

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Vatican to donate 100,000 euros to Auschwitz upkeep

Warsaw (AFP) – The Vatican has pledged 100,000 euros ($125,000) towards preserving the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz in southern Poland, the site’s museum said Monday. “Given our limited resources, the amount is small,” Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin … Continue reading

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KC Bishop Finn under Vatican investigation

The Vatican is investigating Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Missouri, two years after he was convicted of failing to report suspected abuse. Finn was notified of the investigation by the papal ambassador in Washington and has “cooperated with the … Continue reading

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Iraq jihadists blow up mosque, booby-trap church in Tikrit

Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) – The jihadists controlling the Iraqi city of Tikrit have blown up a Muslim shrine and rigged one of the region’s oldest churches with explosives, security sources and witnesses said Thursday. A police lieutenant from the area … Continue reading

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