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John XXIII's brief papacy made big mark for church

Frances D'emilio, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 24th - 12:20pm
Pope John XXIII left his imprint on humanity and the Catholic Church he led for fewer than five years, helping propel him to sainthood on Sunday. Here are some highlights, in deeds and words:
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A look at deeds and words of John Paul II

Frances D'emilio, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 24th - 11:51am
The most-traveled pope in history, John Paul II left his mark on the Catholic Church and non-believers worldwide. Here are some milestones along his path to sainthood:
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Martyrs, miracles and the stuff of making saints

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 24th - 11:31am
The Catholic Church makes saints to give the faithful role models. The process is cloaked in secrecy and open to criticism, given that it deals with science-defying miracles and notoriously politicized choices. In Sunday's dual papal canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII, it also involves rule-breaking, fast-track procedures.
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Bloodied shirt, unwashed fork: JPII relics abound

Frances D'emilio, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 24th - 11:21am
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 gunman shot him in the stomach in St. Peter's Square.
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Neon Trees singer is 1 of few gay celeb Mormons

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 24th - 11:01am
When Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees announced last month that he's gay, the bigger headline behind his revelation was that he is one of the few publicly out Mormons.
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Christian leader: Attack not motivated by religion

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 24th - 4:20pm
The leader of a Christian organization that operates a hospital in Afghanistan where three people were shot dead by a security guard says he does not believe the shootings were motivated by religion.
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Vatican: Pope's private calls don't reflect policy

Michael Warren, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 24th - 2:01pm
What Pope Francis may tell Catholics in private telephone conversations doesn't reflect church policy, the Vatican's spokesman said Thursday.
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Saudi Arabia reports pilgrim infected with MERS

Abdullah Al-Shihri, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 24th - 10:21am
In the past 24 hours, Saudi Arabia has reported four new deaths from a Middle East virus related to SARS and 36 more cases of infection, including a Turkish pilgrim in Mecca.
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Rare $10 Mormon coin up for auction in Utah

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 24th - 8:11am
A Utah auctioneer says he thinks a gold coin minted by Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley could fetch more than $500,000 before bidding ends Thursday night.
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Crusades fought, eBay bids sought for relics

Frances D'emilio, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 24th - 3:31am
Wars have been fought to obtain them. Medieval monks and modern-day bandits have pilfered them. Two millennia after the first Christian martyrs' blood stained Rome, the temptation of, and fascination with, religious relics endures. And the canonization of two well-loved popes, John Paul II and John XXIII, on Sunday is feeding a seemingly endless appetite for fresh relics.
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