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Pope to Catholics: get out, spread faith, help cholesterol

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 11:30:03 GMT2017-04-30T11:30:03Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is trying to energize Catholics, telling them to be active, help others, spread the faith, and that's all good for cholesterol levels, too....



Pope to Venezuela: avoid more violence, respect human rights

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:41:59 GMT2017-04-30T10:41:59Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has appealed to leaders of Venezuela's government and society to avoid any more violence as he cited the mounting number of dead, injured and prisoners....



Pope repeats refugee 'concentration camps' remarks

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:39:49 GMT2017-04-29T20:39:49Z

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) -- Pope Francis repeated on Saturday that some migrant holding centers in Europe amount to "concentration camps," even after Jewish groups urged him to stop using the loaded term....



Knights of Malta elect temporary leader for reform period

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:21:48 GMT2017-04-29T14:21:48Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The ancient Knights of Malta religious order on Saturday elected a temporary leader during a period of reform after the last grand master was effectively ousted by Pope Francis....



High rent may doom Catholic chapel that survived 9/11

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:53:52 GMT2017-04-29T12:53:52Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Parishioners at a New York City chapel that sheltered 9/11 first responders are praying for a miracle to save it from falling victim itself to the prosperity of its resurgent neighborhood....



Yangon protesters force closure of Muslim schools in Myanmar

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:29:09 GMT2017-04-28T17:29:09Z

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Ultra-nationalist Buddhist monks and their supporters have forced the closing of two Muslim schools in Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city, in a reminder that religious strife remains a threat to the country's stability....



Last man sentenced in southeastern jewelry store heists

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:23:06 GMT2017-04-28T17:23:06Z

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) -- The final person associated with a multi-state jewelry store heist scheme is going to prison....



Friend of convicted church shooter begins serving sentence

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:25:50 GMT2017-04-28T16:25:50Z

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A friend with whom convicted church shooter Dylann Roof shared his plans to massacre South Carolina churchgoers has begun serving more than two years in prison for lying to federal authorities....



German ban on full-face veils for public servants goes ahead

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:41:03 GMT2017-04-28T08:41:03Z

BERLIN (AP) -- The German Parliament has approved a government proposal that would ban the wearing of full-face veils for public servants while they are at work....



Egyptian artist paints church murals, unfazed by attacks

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:09:39 GMT2017-04-27T06:09:39Z

CAIRO (AP) -- On a scaffold several stories high beneath the dome of a Cairo church, Ayman William paints for the glory of God, unfazed by recent attacks against his fellow Coptic Christians in Egypt....