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John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal

Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range of hot-button issues as Christianity entered its third millennium.


Related Topix: Roman Catholic Church

Sun Apr 20, 2014


Japan PM sends offering to war shrine

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a religious offering Monday to a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead, including executed war criminals - long a source of tension with Japan's neighbors China and South Korea.


Related Topix: Shinto, Park Geun-hye

The Indian Express

Arrests in priest murder case divide Catholic Church

Archbishop Bernard Moras, Home minister K J George, MLA N A Haris and MLC Govindraj celebrate Easter in Bangalore on Sunday.


Related Topix: Roman Catholic Church

Chicago Tribune

Police: Husband and wife -- both officers -- dead in murder-suicide

A Cook County Sheriff's Office correctional officer and his wife, a Chicago police officer, were found shot to death inside a home in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood Sunday morning, officials said.


Related Topix: Roman Catholic Church

WPTZ-TV Plattsburgh

Pope Francis challenges the free market

Pope Francis was not as overt in calling out the greedy in his 2014 Easter message as he was last year.


Related Topix: Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI

Canton Observer

Heaven subject of eternal debate

A 4-year-old Nebraska boy claims in a New York Times best seller that he once visited heaven during an emergency appendectomy.


Related Topix: Appendicitis, Health, Islam

Greenwich Citizen

Palestinian rock throwers arrested at holy site

Israeli police entered the compound of Jerusalem's holiest site to disperse Palestinians who were throwing rocks at them on Sunday, as thousands of tourists packed the Old City for the Easter and Passover holidays.


Related Topix: Israel, World News, Middle East, Judaism, Islam

Brandon Sun

Crowd overflows from St. Peter's Square for Pope's Easter Mass under sunny skies

Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous day, Pope Francis stood under sunny skies before a flock so numerous they overflowed the flower-bedecked St. Peter's Square.


Related Topix: Travel, Europe Travel, Rome, Italy Travel, Italy Travel, Roman Catholic Church

My Mother Lode

Orthodox Patriarch: Syria's Christians won't yield

The Greek Orthodox Patriarch in Syria says Christians in the war-ravaged country "will not submit and yield" to extremists who attack "our people and holy places."


Related Topix: Orthodox Church

Sat Apr 19, 2014

Rock Hill Herald

Miami's archbishop asks special prayers on Easter weekend for Cuban dissident

Wenski was responding to a request by the Center for a Free Cuba, a pro-democracy group based in Washington and headed by Frank Calzon, to several Roman Catholic Church officials to offer prayers for the dissidents on Easter Sunday.


Related Topix: Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI


Gay? Mormon? Affirmation Can Help

As a junior at Brigham Young University, John Gustav-Wrathall was struggling with his sexuality, he was suicidal, and devastated over the idea of leaving behind the Mormon church that had been his entire life.


Related Topix: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism), Gay/Lesbian, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, Human Sexuality

ABC News

Hate Crime Charge in NYC Attack on Sikh Professor

A man police say pulled the beard of a Sikh professor last year in New York City has been charged with a hate crime.


Related Topix: Sikh, Columbia University


David Suchet talks a The Last Confession,a papal parallels and his own faith

British actor David Suchet, star of the long-running detective series "Agatha Christie's Poirot," is reprising his role as Giovanni Cardinal Benelli in the papal play "The Last Confession" for an international tour that kicks off Saturday in Toronto.


Related Topix: Poirot, Entertainment, Drama, Television, David Suchet, Pope Benedict XVI, Hampshire County, England, Monmouthshire County, Wales, World News, United Kingdom, Roman Catholic Church

Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

A Christian priest holds a candle at the church of the Holy Sepulcher, traditionally believed to be the burial site of Jesus Christ, during the ceremony of the Holy Fire in Jerusalem's Old City, Saturday, April 19, 2014.


Related Topix: Fire, Israel, Middle East, World News, Orthodox Church

News Times

Costa Rican woman attributes miracle to pope

In this July 5, 2013 file photo, Floribeth Mora stands by her shrine to Pope John Paul II inside the entrance to her home in La Union de Cartago, Costa Rica.


Related Topix: Costa Rica, World News, Central America, Roman Catholic Church

WBOC-TV Salisbury

Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus

FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus - An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church in Cyprus' breakaway north illustrated how religion is helping to bring together Christian Greek Cypriots and Muslim Turkish Cypriots on this ethnically divided island.


Related Topix: World News, Cyprus, Middle East, Orthodox Church,

Jerusalem Post

Calls against hate as victims of anti-Semitic gunman in Kansas mourned

Thousands of mourners filled a church in Kansas on Friday to remember a teenager and his grandfather who were shot dead outside a Jewish community center last week in a suspected anti-Semitic hate crime.


Related Topix: Methodist, Overland Park, KS, Leawood, KS, Kansas City, KS

Fri Apr 18, 2014


New Jersey woman sues over '8THEIST' license plate

A New Jersey woman who says she was denied a license plate referencing atheism filed suit this week, claiming her online application was rejected because it was deemed potentially offensive.


Related Topix: New Jersey Government, New Jersey, Atheism

National Public Radio

Atheist National Conference Aims At Mormon Church

Leaders of a national atheist group say the best spot to find a nonbeliever is in a place of faith.


Related Topix: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism), Sundance Film Festival, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

WGAL-TV Lancaster

Pope Francis leads Good Friday service

Pope Francis on Friday evening was leading a service at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican to mark Good Friday, the most solemn day in the Christian calendar.

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