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Pope to Venezuelans: work together for common good, dialogue

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging Venezuelans to pull together for the common good of their nation after the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy during an anti-government protest. In Caracas, some protesters are alarmed by a crackdown … Continue reading

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Pope Francis prays for teenager killed in Venezuela protest

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis called on Sunday for an end to political violence in Venezuela and said he would pray for a teenager killed during an anti-government demonstration last week. Protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro turned … Continue reading

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Pope denounces ‘intolerable brutality’ in Iraq, Syria

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Sunday denounced the “intolerable brutality” being inflicted on Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria by Islamic State group militants. “Unfortunately the tragic news just keeps coming from Iraq and Syria,” the … Continue reading

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Republicans shelve measure labeling Idaho a ‘Christian state’

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – A county branch of the Republican Party in Idaho voted to shelve for now a measure that would have labeled the state as Christian to bolster what supporters called the Judeo-Christian underpinnings of … Continue reading

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Arson damages Christian seminary in Jerusalem in suspected hate crime

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An arson attack damaged a Greek Orthodox seminary near Jerusalem’s Old City on Thursday and anti-Christian graffiti in Hebrew at the scene suggested the incident was a hate crime. Police said no one was injured by the … Continue reading

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Churches, synagogues, mosques bear tough New England winter

BOSTON (AP) — Religious leaders in snowbound New England are beginning to ask themselves how on Earth their houses of worship will make ends meet after all these acts of God. Churches, synagogues and mosques report attendance is down at … Continue reading

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Vatican whodunit: What happened to books on marriage?

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A whodunit is making the rounds at the Vatican. The publisher of a book on traditional Catholic marriage is crying foul, saying someone apparently swiped upward of 100 copies of the book from the Vatican mailboxes … Continue reading

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Vatican’s finance czar defends spending by his office

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis’ finance czar has defended the expenditures of his office following reports it had racked up a half-million euros ($575,000) in bills in the last six months. Australian Cardinal George Pell’s office has been insisting … Continue reading

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Pope Francis attacks ‘throw-away’ economic globalization

By James Mackenzie ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis launched a fresh attack on economic injustice on Saturday, condemning the “throw-away culture” of globalization and calling for new ways of thinking about poverty, welfare, employment and society. In a speech to … Continue reading

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Vatican denounces leaks of documents on finance reforms

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican spokesman on Friday condemned as “unworthy and petty” the leaks of documents detailing power struggles inside the Holy See and the expenditures of Pope Francis’ new finance czar. In a cover story Friday, Italy’s … Continue reading

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