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  • Bloodied shirt, unwashed fork: JPII relics abound

    ROME (AP) — Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a...

  • Sri Lanka to deport UK tourist with Buddha tattoo

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities will deport a British tourist for having an image of Buddha tattooed on her arm, an official said Wednesday. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said Naomi Coleman was detained at Colombo's airport after she arrived from India on Monday when...

  • Pope John XXIII launched Vatican II and then some

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — On the night of Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII did something so natural that it's astonishing it was so revolutionary at the time. He came to the window of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace and spoke to thousands of candle-bearing faithful below — not in the arcane, scripted...

  • Baltimore archbishop to see canonizations

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori is traveling to Rome to see the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. The diocese says Lori and about 40 Baltimore-area Catholics will be among 4 million people expected to watch the ceremony Sunday at the Vatican. Pope...

  • John Paul saint-maker: Pope not involved in Legion

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Polish priest who has spearheaded the case to make Pope John Paul II a saint said Tuesday that no documentation exists linking the pontiff personally to the scandal of the Legion of Christ religious order. John Paul and his closest advisers had held up the Legion and...

  • Spain town with 'Kill Jews' in name mulls change

    MADRID (AP) — The tiny Spanish village of Castrillo Matajudios, whose second name means "Kill Jews," will hold a referendum next month to decide if it should change the name that offends outsiders and embarrasses some residents, its mayor said Tuesday. The village's 56 registered voters will...

  • No JPII fever in Poland as canonization nears

    WADOWICE, Poland (AP) — His death triggered a massive outpouring of grief in Poland. His beatification, an explosion of pride and jubilation. But days before John Paul II is to be declared a saint, many of his countrymen are greeting the landmark with little more than a shrug. One reason is...

  • Obamas hosting annual Easter Egg Roll

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama went 1-for-3 shooting basketballs at the White House Easter Egg Roll, an improvement over his 2013 performance, as he and first lady Michelle Obama applied a health and activity theme to the colorful annual springtime South Lawn ritual. Under sunny...

  • Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — While scientists believe the universe began with a Big Bang, most Americans put a big question mark on the concept, an Associated Press-GfK poll found. Yet when it comes to smoking causing cancer or that a genetic code determines who we are, the doubts disappear. When...

  • John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range of hot-button issues as Christianity entered its third millennium. But the...

  • Obama, family cause a small stir at Easter service

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama may have expected a quiet Easter, but his presence rallied a congregation eager to greet him and his family to the front of the church. Obama, wife Michelle and their daughters sat in the second row at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, nearly two miles...

  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home. Well over 150,000...

  • Study: TV networks have 'War on Easter'

    A three-year study of how network news refers to “Easter” reveals that by a margin of 500-56, reports that mention the word or “Easter season” choose a secular path linking it to candy Peeps, frilly clothes and cocktails over Christ’s resurrection. “Instead of celebrating Christ's...

  • At Easter vigil, Pope seeks to bring faith to 'ends of the Earth'

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica. The vigil is among the Vatican's most solemn services. Francis entered the darkened basilica with a lone...

  • Pensive pope at Good Friday Colosseum procession

    ROME (AP) — Desperate migrants, suicidal failed business owners, battered women, torture victims and all people suffering in the world were remembered at a torch-lit Good Friday Way of the Cross procession presided over by Pope Francis at the Colosseum. With his head bowed and eyes often...



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