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Pope Says He Believes Ban on Female Priests is Forever

By Philip Pullella ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE, Nov. 2 – Pope Francis said on Tuesday he believes the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on women becoming priests is forever and will never be changed, in some of his most definitive remarks on the issue. He was speaking aboard a plane taking him back to Rome from

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Pope Heads to Sweden to Commemorate Martin Luther

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Oct 31 – Pope Francis goes to Sweden on Monday to help start commemorations of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation, a trip that has won him praise from Lutherans but criticism from Catholic conservatives. Martin Luther, a German, started the Reformation in 1517 when he wrote 95 theses

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Quake Brings Down Buildings in Central Italy, At Least 10 Believed Killed

By Steve Scherer ACCUMOLI, Italy, Aug 24 – A strong earthquake brought down buildings in mountainous central Italy early on Wednesday, trapping residents and sending others fleeing into the streets, with at least 10 people believed killed. The quake caused serious damage to a number of towns and villages, but did not seem to have

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Vatican Promotes American as Pope’s Spokesman

ROME, July 11 – The Vatican named former Fox News reporter Greg Burke as its new spokesman on Monday, the first time a U.S. citizen has been entrusted with leading the pope’s communications team. Burke, who is a member of the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei, was hired by the Vatican an adviser four years

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Italy Arrests Two People Suspected of Planning Attacks in Rome, London

BARI, Italy, May 10 – Italian police on Tuesday arrested two people as part of an investigation into a militant cell suspected of planning attacks in Rome and London, an investigative source said on Tuesday. The cell had been established in Puglia, in southeastern Italy, “to carry out violent attacks with the purpose of international

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Daesh Hints at Attacks in London, Berlin and Rome

CAIRO, April 5  – Daesh released a video on Tuesday suggesting it may carry out further attacks in the West, naming London, Berlin and Rome as possible targets. “If it was Paris yesterday, and today Brussels, Allah knows where it will be tomorrow. Maybe it will be in London or Berlin or Rome,” said a member

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Italy Arrests Algerian Suspected of Forging Papers For Brussels Attackers

ROME, March 27 – Italian police have arrested an Algerian suspected of having produced false documents for Islamist militants connected to the recent deadly attacks in Brussels and Paris, Italian media reported on Saturday. Djamal Eddine Ouali, 40, was arrested by DIGOS anti-terrorism police in Bellizzi, a small town near Salerno in southern Italy, according to

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U.S. Warns of Attack Threat in Rome as Italy Seeks Five Suspects

ROME, Nov 19  – U.S. authorities have warned of potential militant attacks in Italy, whose security services are looking for five possible suspects, Italy’s foreign minister said on Thursday. Speaking to state broadcaster RAI, Paolo Gentiloni referred to “possible terrorist attacks” that could be aimed at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome or the cathedral or

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