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Vatican Cardinal George Pell Faces Australian Court on Charges of Sexual Abuse

Silent but defiant, Cardinal George Pell made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday on charges of sexual abuse, vowing through his lawyer to fight the allegations that have rocked Rome and threatened the pope’s image as a crusader against abusive clergy. (more…)

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Vatican Turns Off Its 100 Fountains to Save Water Amid Italian Drought

The Vatican has turned off all fountains, including two Baroque masterpieces in St. Peter's Square and interior fountains in the Vatican Gardens, to save water due to a prolonged drought that has been affecting almost two-thirds of Italy's farmland as well as its capital, Rome. (more…)

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Cardinal George Pell Returns to Australia, Charged With Sexual Offenses

Cardinal George Pell returned on Monday to his native Australia, where he has been charged with sexual offenses, as a commission released a new trove of documents from its investigation into the Roman Catholic Church’s past response to abuse allegations in the country. (more…)

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Melania Trump to Forge New Relationships During Second Trip Overseas

First lady Melania Trump is back in Europe. (more…)

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Gulf Deadline to Resolve Qatar Rift Approaches

Qatar faces possible further sanctions by Arab states that have severed ties with Doha over allegations of links to terrorism, as a deadline to accept their demands is expected to expire on Sunday night. (more…)

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Pope Francis Tells NFL Legends he Backs a ‘Different’ Kind of Football

It may not have been his kind of “football,” and he may not have much use for his new helmet, but Pope Francis welcomed a group of NFL veterans and told them their sport has “virtues.” (more…)

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Texas Pastor, Refugee From Iraq, Tells American Church To Get Out of Politics Amid Debate Over Travel Bans, Share the Gospel Instead

A Texas pastor originally from Iraq is urging the Church to get out of politics amid the swirling debate about travel bans and do the work of ministering to refugees because "God is sending the nations here." (more…)

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Italian Source Says Third London Attacker Had Been Flagged to Britain as Potential Risk Last Year

British police on Tuesday named the third of the jihadis who killed seven people in a knife and van attack in London, and an Italian investigative source said he had been flagged to Britain as a potential risk after moving to England last year. (more…)

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North Korea’s Persecution of Christians ‘On Par With Nero’s Rome,’ Human Rights Activist Tells Congressmen

Christians in North Korea are facing persecution that is likely "on par" with the level of persecution that the early Christian Church faced under Roman emperor Nero, a prominent human rights activist said during a Capitol Hill briefing Wednesday. (more…)

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WATCH: Robert Jeffress Calls Trump ‘Most Faith-Friendly President In U.S. History’

Dallas megachurch pastor and one of Donald Trump's most loyal evangelical supporters Robert Jeffress believes that the executive order signed by the president last Thursday marks the end of the United States government's "war on religious liberty." (more…)

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