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Thursday 04/10/2014
Pope meets ex-sex slaves, denounces trafficking

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has met with four women who were forced into prostitution as he denounced human trafficking as a crime against humanity.

Wednesday 04/09/2014
Pope blesses cross made from migrant boats

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has blessed a wooden cross made from the boats of migrants who have come ashore at the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa.

Religion news in brief

Malaysia, Indonesia ban biblical epic 'Noah'

Pope denounces slaying of Dutch Jesuit in Syria

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has denounced the "brutal slaying" of an elderly Jesuit priest in Syria and called for an end to the violence.

Monday 04/07/2014
Vatican ex-sex crimes prosecutor heads to Scotland

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is sending its former sex crimes prosecutor to Scotland this week to investigate "recent serious allegations of misconduct" surrounding disgraced Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who resigned last year after admitting to sexual misdeeds.

Pope, Jordan's king have tea ahead of Mideast trip

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis and King Abdullah II of Jordan held talks over tea at the Vatican with an eye to the pontiff's upcoming visit.

Pope presses anti-AIDS chastity strategy in Africa

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has praised church workers in Africa who promote chastity as a key way to prevent the spread of HIV.

Multimedia museum for John Paul II's sainthood

WADOWICE, Poland (AP) — Authorities say that a new museum telling the life story of Polish-born Pope John Paul II will open this week, just weeks before he is made a saint.

Pope backs scandal-plagued Vatican Bank to operate

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given his backing to the Vatican Bank to keep operating as it strives to improve compliance with international best banking practices.

Sunday 04/06/2014
Pope treats faithful to copies of the Gospels

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Tens of thousands of faithful in St. Peter's Square have been treated to gifts from Pope Francis — pocket-sized copies of the Gospels which he hopes they'll keep handy and read daily.

Saturday 04/05/2014
Pope says he's happy to have a job

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he's happy because he has a job and the "inner peace" that comes with age.

Thursday 04/03/2014
Catholic teacher contract gets exact on behavior

CINCINNATI (AP) — Gay relationships, abortions and artificial insemination are some of the actions the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is specifically banning in its teacher contract for next year.

British queen in Rome, ahead of visit with pope

ROME (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has come to Rome for lunch with Italy's president ahead of the British monarch's first meeting with Pope Francis.

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