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Anti-Gay Riot In Tblisi Tests Balance Between Church, State

Priests of the powerful Georgian Orthodox Church led a recent attack on a group of people protesting against homophobia in Tblisi, Georgia. The incident in May raises questions about human rights and the balance of power between church and state in the religiously conservative former Soviet republic.
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Pope Francis Speaks Out On Gay Priests, Role Of Women

Pope Francis wrapped up a remarkable trip to Latin America on Monday, but he kept making news on his flight home. During a midair news conference, the pontiff said he does not "judge" gay priests and seeks a greater role for women in Catholic life. For more on the significance of the pope's comments, David Greene talks with the Rev. Thomas Reese, senior analyst for the National Catholic Reporter.
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Police Arrest Woman Suspected Of Vandalizing Washington Icon

The woman allegedly splattered green paint on the organ at the National Cathedral. Paint was similarly splattered at the Lincoln Memorial last week.
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Pope Francis Discusses Gay Catholics: 'Who Am I To Judge?'

In an unusually candid news conference, the pope said gay people should be integrated into society instead of being ostracized. His view of gays is being seen as diverging from his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. He also divulged what he keeps in his black bag.
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Pope's Message Resonates With Faithful In Brazil

More than 3 million people came to Rio's famed Copacabana beach for the final Mass of Pope Francis' trip to Brazil.
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Millions Gather On Rio Beach To Hear Pope Deliver Sunday Mass

The final event of Francis' five-day visit to heavily Catholic Brazil has helped him ride a crest of popularity that largely eluded his predecessor.
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Religious Orders Use Pope's Visit To Recruit Young Postulants

The center of World Youth Day in Brazil is of course, hearing Pope Francis address the faithful. But it's also a chance for the Church to get young people to join their orders. More than 130 groups have set up a kind of job fair in Rio to make their pitch.
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Church Invested In Pay Day Loan Companies It Admonished

The archbishop of Canterbury says he is embarrassed by revelations that the Church of England indirectly invested in a payday loan firm that he had pledged to put out of business.
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Arlington Woman Among 80 People Killed In Spain Train Derailment

Ana Maria Cordoba was traveling with her family in Spain when she was killed in a massive train derailment that occured earlier this week.

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Pope Francis Urges Young Brazilians To Stay Hopeful

The world's first Latin American and Jesuit pope toured Rio de Janeiro's slums on Thursday, blasting the world's "culture of selfishness" and telling Brazilians not to be discouraged, even in the face of corruption by officials. His trip comes after widespread protests over inequality in Brazil.

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