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Francis praises saintly popes as good, heroic

04/26/2014 12:50am
Pope Francis has praised his two saintly predecessors on several occasions, hailing them as models for the faithful who inspire with their goodness and "heroic" virtues. Here's what he has said:

Francis deeply influenced by both saintly popes

04/26/2014 2:00am
When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio almost became pope in 2005, he told a confidant that — had he been elected — he would have named himself after the pope he so admired: John XXIII.

5 places in Poland associated with John Paul II

04/26/2014 2:00am
In his native Poland, the old stomping grounds of Pope John Paul II are places of pilgrimage. Here are the top five spots in Poland associated with the superstar pope, who will be made a saint at a ceremony in Vatican on Sunday.

Iraqis to vote for new parliament with dim hopes

04/26/2014 4:21am
The vibrant posters promise jobs, prosperity and security coming from Iraq's first parliamentary elections since U.S. troops withdrew from the country, but so far, voters have only dim hopes as sectarian bloodshed rages unstopped.

A look at major players in Iraq national elections

04/26/2014 4:21am
Iraq is set to hold its first national parliamentary elections Wednesday after the withdrawal of the U.S. forces in 2011. More than 22 million voters will be eligible to cast their ballots to choose 328 lawmakers out of more than 9,000 candidates.

Ukrainian leader meets pope, leaving Rome early

04/26/2014 6:00am
Ukraine's acting prime minister has met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, but escalating Ukrainian-Russian tensions prompted him to return home instead of staying for the sainthood ceremony on Sunday.

2 living popes to honor 2 dead ones: The Ceremony

04/26/2014 6:20am
In a historic match-up of papacies past and present, Pope Francis and emeritus Pope Benedict XVI will honor Popes John XXIII and John Paul II in the first ever canonization of two popes. For such a momentous occasion, the ceremony is actually quite short and surprisingly straightforward, with the added benefit that the relics of the two new saints will be presented for universal veneration by the church for the first time. Here are five things to look for — though beware, the rite is celebrated mostly in Latin, the official language of the Catholic Church.

Project to bring fresh vegetables to soup kitchen

04/26/2014 9:11am
A project growing fresh vegetables for an Athens area soup kitchen was saved from the chopping block recently thanks to a partnership between Action Ministries and Young Harris Memorial United Methodist Church.

Czech police arrest man over Islamic book

04/26/2014 9:42am
Czech police say they have arrested a man for publishing an Islamic book that allegedly promotes racism and violence.

Attacks kill at least 6 in Baghdad

04/26/2014 10:43am
Two attacks killed at least six people Saturday in the Iraqi capital, where police also discovered nine bodies, some of them riddled with bullets, officials said.

For Hillary Clinton, faith means caring for others

04/26/2014 11:20am
Hillary Rodham Clinton's faith in God was shaped by her grandmother's hymns and the bedtime prayers from her gruff Navy father, the former secretary of state told thousands of Methodist women Saturday.

Egypt reports first case of MERS virus

04/26/2014 11:41am
Egyptian authorities have detected the first case of a dangerous SARS-like virus in the country, the state news agency said Saturday.

Joyful pilgrims pour into Rome for saint ceremony

04/26/2014 1:01pm
By train, bus, car and on foot, pilgrims and tourists streamed into Rome on Saturday to participate in the ceremony in St. Peter's Square that will see two popes, John XXIII and John Paul II, be proclaimed saints.

Egypt sentences 11 people to up to 88 years

04/26/2014 1:22pm
An Egyptian court on Saturday convicted and sentenced 11 alleged supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president to up to 88 years in prison on charges that include violating a protest law and assaulting police.

Law aims to boost halal, kosher food for poor

04/26/2014 2:20pm
For the first time, the federal government is required to purchase and provide food banks emergency supplies of kosher or halal products, serving a population whose survival could otherwise be at odds with strictures of faith.

Pilgrims amass in Poland to celebrate John Paul II

04/26/2014 2:33pm
From distant Canada to small Polish towns, pilgrims were arriving Saturday in places linked to Pope John Paul II for concerts and prayers held on the eve of him being declared a saint

Benedict to join in double sainthood ceremony

04/26/2014 3:31pm
Retired pontiff Benedict XVI will help Pope Francis celebrate the sainthood ceremony Sunday for John Paul II and John XXIII, setting the stage for an unprecedented occurrence of two living popes canonizing two of their predecessors. About 1 million pilgrims are expected at the event and many were flooding into Rome on Saturday.

Benedict to join in double sainthood ceremony

04/26/2014 7:30pm
Tourists and pilgrims are already filling the streets around Vatican City for Sunday's canonization of two popes.