Religion and politics

People attend a vigil in Paris, Tuesday April 16, 2019. Firefighters declared success Tuesday in a more than 12-hour battle to extinguish an inferno engulfing Paris' iconic Notre Dame cathedral that claimed its spire and roof, but spared its bell towers and the purported Crown of Christ. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
April 16, 2019 - 11:31 pm
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that swept through Paris' Notre Dame cathedral (all times local): 11:50 p.m. Among those watching with horror as fire engulfed the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral was a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Justice Stephen Breyer is an architecture lover who heads the jury of...
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Firefighters tackle the blaze as flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
April 15, 2019 - 4:44 pm
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Parisians have gathered to say prayers and sing hymns In front of the nearby Saint Julien Les Pauvres church as the massive blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral burns only a few hundred meters away. Flames and...
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People watch Notre Dame cathedral burning in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris. (AP Photo/Oleg Cetinic)
April 15, 2019 - 3:07 pm
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 9:00 p.m. The mammoth fire that destroyed the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral has spread to one of the church's landmark rectangular towers. An Associated Press reporter at the scene of Monday's fire in Paris...
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FILE - In this March 8, 2012 file photo, Nebraska Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Bob Kerrey speaks in Omaha, Neb. The Nebraska Republican Party says a Jesuit college in Omaha should rescind its invitation asking former Sen. Kerrey to speak at its commencement, citing his position on abortion. The state party's executive director, Ryan Hamilton, released a statement Thursday, April 11, 2019, saying that Creighton University should find a different commencement speaker and "take a stand for their pro-life values."(AP Photo/Nati Harnik,File)
April 15, 2019 - 1:10 pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey says he has decided not to address graduates and their families at a Jesuit college in Omaha because he doesn't want his support for abortion rights to be a distraction. Kerrey told Creighton University's president, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson,...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2015, file photo, then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, right, talks with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg during a visit to recap the legislative session that ends in South Bend. Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg blasts Vice President Mike Pence’s religious conservatism. But as the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, his tone toward the state’s former governor was more muted. The two once had a cordial relationship. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)
April 12, 2019 - 10:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — On the campaign trail, Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg blasts Vice President Mike Pence's cultural and religious conservatism. But as the mayor of Indiana's fourth largest city, his tone toward the state's Republican former governor was more muted. During the four...
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Pope Francis kneels to kiss the feet of South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit, at the Vatican, Thursday, April 11, 2019. Pope Francis has closed a two-day retreat with South Sudan authorities at the Vatican with an unprecedented act of respect, kneeling down and kissing the feet of the African leaders. (Vatican Media via AP)
April 11, 2019 - 4:58 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis knelt and kissed the feet of South Sudan's rival leaders Thursday, in an unprecedented act of humbleness to encourage them to strengthen the African country's faltering peace process. At the close a two-day retreat in the Vatican for the African leaders, the pope...
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A polling officer puts indelible ink mark on the index finger of a voter during the first phase of general elections in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, April 11, 2019. Voters in 18 Indian states and two Union Territories began casting ballots on Thursday, the first day of a seven-phase election staggered over six weeks in the country of 1.3 billion people. The election, the world's largest democratic exercise, is seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
April 11, 2019 - 2:52 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Polls opened Thursday in the first phase of India's general elections, seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party. A festive spirit prevailed as men and women in colorful clothes made their way to heavily guarded voting stations in large...
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Likud party ballot papers and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign fliers are seen on the ground after polls for Israel's general elections closed in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
April 10, 2019 - 8:46 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to be headed toward a historic fifth term as Israel's prime minister on Wednesday, with close-to-complete unofficial election results giving his right-wing Likud and other nationalist and religious parties a solid majority in parliament. The outcome...
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to his supporters after polls for Israel's general elections closed in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
April 10, 2019 - 12:17 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared headed toward re-election early Wednesday, as close-to-complete unofficial results showed him pulling ahead of his main competitor in a tight race seen as a referendum on the long-serving leader. With a victory, Netanyahu would...
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Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, right, casts his vote with his wife Revital Gantz left, and former Israeli Chief of Staff Benny Gantz during Israel's parliamentary elections in Rosh Haayin, Israel, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
April 09, 2019 - 2:52 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's long-serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the favorite to win Israel's general election on Tuesday but he faces serious corruption charges and a stiff challenge from a former military chief, Benny Gantz, who has positioned himself as the country's savior. The...
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