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Mormon church severs some of its ties to the Boy Scouts.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church, the biggest sponsor of Boy Scout troops in the United States, announced Thursday it is pulling as many as 185,000 older youths from the organization as part of an effort to start its own scouting-like program.
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Egypt Azhar university head replaced after 'apostasy' remarks

Cairo (AFP) - The head of Egypt's Al-Azhar university, one of the world's leading Islamic seats of learning, has been replaced after labelling a controversial Muslim reformer an apostate, the institution said....
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Swiss guards, loyal soldiers of the pope, take the oath

Vatican City (AFP) - Forty new Swiss Guards were sworn in at the Vatican on Saturday, the latest halberd-clutching soldiers of the pope to serve a tradition stretching back 500 years....
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Trump order to ease ban on political activity by churches

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will take executive action on Thursday to ease a ban on political activity by churches and other tax-exempt institutions as part of an order on religious liberties, a senior White House official said on Wednesday....
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Pope to Catholics: get out, spread faith, help cholesterol

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is trying to energize Catholics, telling them to be active, help others, spread the faith, and that's all good for cholesterol levels, too....
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Funding Islamophobia: $206m went to promoting 'hatred' of American Muslims

Council on American-Islamic Relations and University of California Berkeley report names 74 groups they say contributed to Islamophobia in the US...
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Pope's timely Egypt visit comforts grief-stricken Christians

His visit drew praise from Egyptian Catholics, who haven't seen a pope in their land since St. John Paul II visited in 2000.......
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Italian elected new leader of Order of Malta

Rome (AFP) - A 72-year-old Italian medieval art expert was on Saturday elected to head the Order of Malta, the world's oldest chivalric order....
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Worshippers throng to Jerusalem for Palm Sunday

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Christians marked Palm Sunday in the Holy Land, the start of the Catholic Holy Week that concludes with Easter....
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Pope warns powerful to act humbly or risk ruin in TED talk

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is warning the powerful to act humbly or risk ruin, using the first-ever papal TED talk to urge the world to show more solidarity with the poor and the weak....
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