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With iPhone, pope starts new era with Pentecostals

03/28/2014 8:50am
Religious leaders say Pope Francis has quietly started a new era in relations between the Roman Catholic Church and rival Pentecostals. And he did it with just an iPhone and a video greeting.

Obama: Pope seems uncomfortable with trappings

03/28/2014 9:01am
President Barack Obama says he left a meeting with Pope Francis feeling like the pontiff is a little uncomfortable with the trappings of the position.

Soldiers, police patrol streets in western Myanmar

03/28/2014 10:10am
Soldiers and police patrolled streets in western Myanmar and surveyed the damage Friday after Buddhist mobs attacked offices and homes of international aid workers, forcing the relocation of almost all staff from the troubled state of Rakhine.

Syriac Orthodox patriarch buried near Damascus

03/28/2014 11:21am
The patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, who led one of the world's oldest Christian sects, was buried in a village near Damascus on Friday after an elaborate memorial service in the Syrian capital's cathedral.

Italy bishops say they don't have to report abuse

03/28/2014 11:32am
Italy's bishops have adopted a Vatican-backed sex abuse policy that says they have no obligation to inform police if they suspect a child has been molested.

In Turkey's local elections, all eyes on Erdogan

03/28/2014 2:41pm
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been ensnared in a corruption scandal that has toppled four Cabinet ministers. He has provoked outrage at home and abroad with an attempt to block Twitter and YouTube. His incessant us-against-them rhetoric and conspiracy theories have alienated allies. Meanwhile, the Turkish Lira has fallen, interest rates are up and the Turkish economy has fallen off a cliff.

Christian school pressures 'tomboy' to transfer

03/28/2014 2:51pm
Eight-year-old Sunnie Kahle likes to keep her hair short, wear boys' clothes, collect hunting knives and shoot her BB gun.

Vatican says it's willing, wants to help Venezuela

03/28/2014 2:51pm
The Vatican said Friday it was "willing and desirous" to intervene diplomatically in Venezuela's crisis after weeks of deadly unrest but says it must study expectations and options about what role it could play.

Syrian-Armenian town's fate murky after rebel grab

03/28/2014 4:21pm
When hundreds of residents of the postcard-pretty coastal Syrian village of Kassab fled this week, it bore historic weight: it was the third time since 1900 that ethnic Armenians there felt compelled to run for their lives.

Vatican bank's ousted president comes out swinging

03/28/2014 4:42pm
The ousted president of the Vatican bank came out swinging Friday after he was cleared in a money-laundering investigation, accusing the bank's board of causing "grave damage" to the Holy See by firing him in 2012.

Vatican open to facilitator role for Venez crisis

03/28/2014 6:11pm
The Vatican says it's willing to help facilitate talks between Venezuela's government and its opponents aimed at ending weeks of deadly unrest that have paralyzed much of the country.