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First Pope to visit Pentecostal church

Pope Francis salutes as he leaves after meeting Evangelical Christian pastor Giovanni Traettino, left, during a private visit in the Evangelical church of Reconciliation in Caserta, Southern Italy, Monday, July 28, 2014.  AP PHOTO/FRANCESCO PECORARO

Pope Francis has become the first Pope to visit a Pentecostal church, pressing his outreach to evangelicals who represent Catholicism’s greatest competition for Christian souls around the globe.

Posted: July 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Muslims mark somber Eid in bloodied Gaza

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The end of a month of fasting was supposed to be a time to celebrate for Abeer Shamali. But instead, she spent the Muslim Eid feast at the grave of her teenage son.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Malaysia marks grim Eid after MH17 crash

A body sitting in a plane chair is seen at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Saturday. AP

Malaysia on Monday marked a solemn Eid’l Fitr, Islam’s biggest festival, as families of those aboard downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 mourned the dead.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Iglesia Ni Cristo celebrates 100 years

Contributions from Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) built this 55,000-seat Philippine Arena, touted to be the world’s biggest indoor arena. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

A Philippine Christian church renowned for its discipline, money and political power will mark its 100th anniversary on Sunday with more than one million followers expected to join the celebrations.

Posted: July 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

More than 50 UK Catholic priests defrocked for sex abuse

AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

More than 50 Roman Catholic priests in England and Wales have been defrocked for sex abuse since 2001, the Church’s child protection watchdog revealed on Thursday.

Posted: July 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »