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Pope trip to Luxembourg, Belgium confirmed for September, 2 weeks after challenging Asia visit

Pope trip to Luxembourg, Belgium confirmed for September, 2 weeks after challenging Asia visit

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has added a stop in Luxembourg to a trip to Belgium in September, a three-day visit that will come as he is recovering from a much longer and challenging trip to Asia. The Vatican on Monday announced the Sept.
Independent UN experts urge Yemen’s Houthis to free detained Baha'i followers

Independent UN experts urge Yemen’s Houthis to free detained Baha'i followers

CAIRO (AP) — Human rights experts working for the United Nations on Monday urged Yemen’s Houthi rebels to release five people from the country’s Baha'i religious minority who have been in detention for a year.
Why US Catholics are planning pilgrimages in communities across the nation

Why US Catholics are planning pilgrimages in communities across the nation

A long-planned series of Catholic pilgrimages has begun across the United States this weekend, with pilgrims embarking on four routes before converging on Indianapolis in two months for a major gathering focusing on Eucharistic rites and devotions.
Jesus is their savior, Trump is their candidate. Ex-president's backers say he shares faith, values

Jesus is their savior, Trump is their candidate. Ex-president's backers say he shares faith, values

As Donald Trump increasingly infuses his campaign with Christian trappings while coasting to a third Republican presidential nomination, his support is as strong as ever among evangelicals and other conservative Christians.
Jesus is their savior, Trump is their candidate. Ex-president's backers say he shares faith, values

Jesus is their savior, Trump is their candidate. Ex-president's backers say he shares faith, values

As Donald Trump increasingly infuses his campaign with Christian trappings while coasting to a third Republican presidential nomination, his support is as strong as ever among evangelicals and other conservative Christians.
It was once a center of Islamic learning. Now Mali's historic city of Djenné mourns lack of visitors

It was once a center of Islamic learning. Now Mali's historic city of Djenné mourns lack of visitors

DJENNE, Mali (AP) — Kola Bah used to earn a living as a tour guide in Mali's historic city of Djenné, once a center of Islamic learning known for the sprawling mud-brick mosque that has been on the UNESCO World Heritage in Danger list since 2016.
Landslide forces closure of iconic Southern California chapel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's son

Landslide forces closure of iconic Southern California chapel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's son

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.
Toronto police investigating second vandalism incident at north-end synagogue

Toronto police investigating second vandalism incident at north-end synagogue

TORONTO — The Toronto police hate crimes unit is investigating after a local synagogue was vandalized for the second time in four weeks.
Georgia's prime minister joins tens of thousands in a march to promote 'family purity'

Georgia's prime minister joins tens of thousands in a march to promote 'family purity'

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgia's prime minister joined tens of thousands of people on a march through the capital on Friday to mark the Day of Family Purity, which celebrates so-called traditional family values in the country where animosity toward
Vatican moves to adapt to hoaxes, Internet and overhauls its process for evaluating visions of Mary

Vatican moves to adapt to hoaxes, Internet and overhauls its process for evaluating visions of Mary

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Friday overhauled its process for evaluating alleged visions of the Virgin Mary, weeping statues and other seemingly supernatural phenomena that have marked church history, putting the brakes on making definitive de