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Pope Francis waves as he boards the plane bound to Rome, upon his departure from Monte Real Air Base, in Leiria, Portugal, Saturday, May 13, 2017. Pope Francis urged Catholics on Friday to "tear down all walls" and spread peace as he traveled to this Portuguese shrine town to canonize two poor, illiterate shepherd children whose visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago marked one of the most important events of the 20th-century Catholic Church. (Paulo Cunha/Pool Photo via AP)
May 13, 2017 - 11:05 am
FATIMA, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis at Fatima (all times local): 4:05 p.m. Pope Francis has left Portugal after presiding at the canonization Mass in Fatima of two shepherd children who 100 years ago said the Virgin Mary appeared to them. After having lunch with Portuguese bishops,...
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Pope Francis walks past a statue of the Virgin Mary prior to the start of a mass at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Fatima, Portugal. The pontiff will canonize on Saturday two poor, illiterate shepherd children whose visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago marked one of the most important events of the 20th-century Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 13, 2017 - 8:11 am
FATIMA, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis at Fatima (all times local): ___ 1:10 p.m. The Vatican says a half-million people attended Pope Francis' open-air Mass in Fatima to make two shepherd children saints, 100 years after they said the Virgin Mary appeared to them in the Portuguese town...
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Pope Francis prays at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima Friday, May 12, 2017, in Fatima, Portugal. Pope Francis will canonize on Saturday two poor, illiterate shepherd children whose visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago marked one of the most important events of the 20th-century Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 12, 2017 - 5:13 pm
FATIMA, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Fatima shrine in Portugal (all times local): 10:10 p.m. Pope Francis says Catholic leaders do a "great injustice" when they say God judges sinners when in fact he forgives sinners with his mercy. At an evening prayer service Friday in...
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Pilgrims walk by a 26 metre tall giant glow-in-the-dark rosary, titled "Suspension" by the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, above the entrance of Basilica of the Holy Trinity, in Fatima, Portugal, Thursday, May 11, 2017. Pope Francis is visiting the Fatima shrine on May 12 and 13 to canonize two Portuguese shepherd children whose "visions" of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago turned the sleepy farming town of Fatima into a major Catholic pilgrimage site. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
May 12, 2017 - 1:29 pm
FATIMA, Portugal (AP) — To the cheers of tens of thousands, Pope Francis traveled Friday to the Portuguese town of Fatima to honor two illiterate shepherd children whose visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago marked one of the most important events of the 20th-century Catholic Church. Pilgrims...
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Pilgrims walk by a 26 metre tall giant glow-in-the-dark rosary, titled "Suspension" by the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, above the entrance of Basilica of the Holy Trinity, in Fatima, Portugal, Thursday, May 11, 2017. Pope Francis is visiting the Fatima shrine on May 12 and 13 to canonize two Portuguese shepherd children whose "visions" of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago turned the sleepy farming town of Fatima into a major Catholic pilgrimage site. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
May 12, 2017 - 7:04 am
FATIMA, Portugal (AP) — Pope Francis and pilgrims from around the world are flocking to a Catholic shrine town in Portugal to honor two poor, illiterate shepherd children whose visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago marked one of the most important events of the 20th-century Catholic Church...
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April 23, 2017 - 10:46 am
PHOENIX (AP) — An ongoing fight in the Arizona House over what constitutes a real prayer has heated up again. The latest skirmish came last week after Democratic Rep. Athena Salman of Tempe delivered the chamber's daily invocation at the start of the session. Salman said a humanist prayer and didn'...
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March 22, 2017 - 6:58 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana senators scrapped a proposal Wednesday that would've mandated time for public prayer during assemblies, sports competitions and other school events, amid questions about how such a policy would affect non-Christian students. The Senate Education and Career Development...
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March 17, 2017 - 5:59 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The United States struck an al-Qaida gathering in northern Syria, killing dozens of militants, U.S. officials said Friday. They said they found no basis for reports that civilians were killed. Syrian opposition activists said around 40 people, mostly civilians, were killed in a mosque...
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March 17, 2017 - 5:49 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas school district says Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton is raising unfounded concerns about religious freedom over a spare classroom where Muslim students pray. Muslim students at Liberty High School in Frisco have been allowed since 2009 to pray in a classroom that...
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March 17, 2017 - 10:52 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Friday prayers were cancelled in rebel-held parts of northern Syria after an airstrike that struck a crowded mosque, killing at least 40 people and wounded many others, Syrian opposition activists said. A powerful Syrian opposition group and other opposition activists blamed the U.S.-...
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