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3 hrs ago | The Baltimore Sun

Iraqi Christians' flee violence, fear end of long history

The violence in Iraq is hastening the end of nearly 2,000 years of Christianity there as the few remaining faithful flee Islamic State militants, archbishops from Baghdad, Mosul and Kirkuk said on Wednesday.

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Related Topix: Iraq, World News, Middle East, Religion, Pope Benedict XVI, Orthodox Church

Wed Jul 09, 2014

Reuters

Britain's Patten to lead Vatican communications re-vamp drive

Former Hong Kong Governor Chris Patten will head a committee to advise Pope Francis on how to re-vamp and modernize the Holy See's media strategy, the Vatican said on Wednesday.

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Examiner.com

Couple: Catholic church asking parishioners to house illegals, stay silent

On Tuesday, a retired doctor and his wife told radio talk show Rush Limbaugh that the the Archdiocese of San Bernardino has decided to absorb the flood of illegal immigrants by asking parishioners to take them into their homes.

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Related Topix: Rush Limbaugh, Immigration Reform, US News, Illegal Immigration, Religion

WPTZ-TV Plattsburgh

World Cup finals: Pope versus pope?

At the very least, if Argentina advances to the World Cup finals, it could put millions of Catholics -- not to mention Vatican employees -- in a bit of a bind.

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Related Topix: Religion, Pope Benedict XVI, Entertainment

Rock Hill Herald

Polish hospital head fired over denied abortion

The case - which saw the recently delivered baby put under intensive care with major brain and skull deformity - has stirred wide debate in Polish media, raising questions about the boundaries of faith in public life in a country that is traditionally Catholic but increasingly becoming secular.

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KVBC-TV Las Vegas

Topless activists on trial over Notre Dame protest

French prosecutors want activists who bared their breasts in Notre Dame Cathedral to pay thousands of euros in fines for damages.

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Related Topix: Pope Benedict XVI, Religion

Tri-cityherald.com

French financier to head Vatican bank

As widely expected, the Vatican announced Wednesday it had tapped Jean-Baptiste de Franssu to head the Institute of Religious Works, as the bank is formally called.

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GPB.org

Gay Teacher Files Sex Discrimination Claim Against Georgia School

Flint Dollar practices organ at First Presbyterian Church in Milledgeville, Ga. He's working there part-time while he pursues a legal complaint against a private Catholic school that declined to renew his position after administrators learned he plans to marry his male partner.

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Related Topix: Gay/Lesbian, Religion

WAFB-TV Baton Rouge

Lawsuit against Catholic Diocese questions confidentiality of confessional

The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has vowed to fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to defend its beliefs.

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Related Topix: Religion, Baton Rouge, LA, US News, US Supreme Court

Tue Jul 08, 2014

WBTV

Organization wants public apology from Charlotte Diocese for sex abuse scandal

Victims of the child sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church are speaking out in Charlotte, one day after Pope Benedict met with victims at the Vatican.

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CBS Local

Catholic Hospital Asked To Cut Ties With Doctor

A La Crosse couple says they want a local Catholic hospital to sever ties with a doctor who they say performs abortions.

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Related Topix: Religion, Medicine, Rochester, MN, Weird

Religion News Service

Catholic schools fight to keep doors open as future dims

NEWARK, N.J. Suzanne Alworth remembers the glory days of Catholic schools: classrooms taught by nuns packed with close to 40 children in blue-and-white plaid uniforms.

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Related Topix: Religion, Newark, NJ, Metuchen, NJ, Family, Adolescents and Pre-Teens

The Washington Post

Slovene PM, Catholic Church clash over bribery

Slovenia's left-leaning prime minister is in a dispute with local Catholic leaders after she complained to the Vatican about a bishop's criticism of a bribery conviction handed down to a conservative ex-premier.

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Related Topix: Europe, World News, Slovenia, Religion, Janez Jansa

The Columbus Dispatch

Catholic schools may see shorter school year

A handful of local Catholic schools will have shortened calendars for the coming school year - one by almost two weeks - after the state changed class-time requirements, diocesan officials said.

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Related Topix: Religion, Columbus, OH, Franklin County, OH

York Press

School closures for York - Strike action to affect thousands - latest list

THOUSANDS of children across York, North and East Yorkshire are set to be off school on Thursday as teachers take part in strike action.

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Related Topix: North Yorkshire County, England, East Riding of Yorkshire County, England, World News, United Kingdom, Religion,

Mon Jul 07, 2014

Alamogordo Daily News

Bishop blesses new arch at Tulie Catholic Church

Joan E. Price - For The Daily News Father Carlos Espinosa, left, and Bishop Oscar Cantu from Las Cruces read scriptures of blessing for a new stone archway leading to the St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church in Tularosa TULAROSA >> In his homily during a mass and blessing Saturday of a new stone archway leading to the main entrance of St. Francis ... (more)

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West Australian

Vatican bank to be scaled back, restructured - sources

The Vatican bank will soon hive off its investment activities and transform itself into an institution dedicated mostly to payment services for the Roman Catholic Church, Vatican sources said on Monday.

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KMIZ

Settlement in St. Louis priest abuse civil suit

A civil lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Louis and a former Catholic priest accused of sexual misconduct has been settled, sparing the church from possible public disclosure of details on hundreds of abuse complaints against its employees over decades.

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KMBC-TV

Pope promises accountability in abuse scandal

Catholic bishops "will be held accountable" for failing to protect children from sexual abuse, Pope Francis said Monday, his strongest acknowledgment yet of what abuse victims have been saying for decades: that the cover-ups have often been as bad as the crimes.

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WHAS11

Pope Francis to sex victims: 'I beg your forgiveness'

Pope Francis met and prayed with six European victims of pedophile priests for the first time Monday, in what is being cast as a gesture designed to help change the mentality toward sexual abuse scandals that have severely tarnished the church's image.

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