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Church of Scientology creates Twitter account to battle HBO doc

HBO's explosive new documentary about the Church of Scientology, based on Lawrence Wright's best selling book "Going Clear," premiered Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival to much buzz.

Sydney Muslims rally against free speech

Sydney - On Friday night, a group of nearly 1,000 protesters assembled in the Sydney suburb of Lakemba to oppose what organisers classed as negative coverage of the Islamic faith and to reject the notion of free speech.

Myanmar extremist monk calls U.N. envoy 'whore' at public rally

Yangon - An ultra-nationalist Burmese Buddhist monk has drawn a sharp rebuke from the United Nations after he called a visiting UN envoy who called for greater Muslim rights a "bitch" and a "whore" at a public rally.

Pope Francis completes 5-day visit to Philippines

Moments ago Pope Francis flew out of Villamor Air Base in Pasay City to end his five-day visit to the Philippines that was capped by a holy mass that drew a record crowd at the Rizal Park in Manila Sunday afternoon.

Duke University cancels planned Muslim call to prayer

Durham - Duke University has cancelled a planned weekly Muslim call to prayer over security concerns and after one of the nation's most powerful Evangelical Christian leaders called on alumni and donors to withhold financial and other support.

Canonization of Father Junipero Serra met with mixed feelings

Pope Francis announced on Thursday, Januaty 15 his plans to canonize Junipero Serra, a priest of the Franciscan order of the Catholic Church. Father Serra founded a string of missions in what was later to become the state of California.

'The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven' admits he made it all up

Huntsville - Alex Malarkey, co-author of the 2010 Christian best-seller, "The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven," has written an open letter recanting his story about how he went to heaven and met Jesus after a car crash in 2004 at the age of six.

Dalai Lama: 'I am a Marxist'

Kolkata - The Dalai Lama identified himself as a Marxist as he lamented growing economic inequality at a peace conference in India on Tuesday.

Pope Francis starts 5-day visit to Philippines

His Holinesss Pope Francis arrives at the Villamor Air Base in the Philippines moments ago to start his five-day visit to the country which will bring him to the typhoon-devastated city of Tacloban in Central Philippines to meet with typhoon survivors.

Tight security planned for 5-day Papal visit to the Philippines

Manila - On January 15, Pope Francis begins his visit to the Philippines. A huge security operation is planned with an estimated 37,000 police and military personnel deployed to ensure there are no attacks on the Pope.

Op-Ed: It's the religion, stupid

San Francisco - When will humanity acknowledge the inherent dangers of Abrahamic religion —Judaism, Christianity and Islam — and stop being apologists for belief systems which kill, oppress and repress countless millions of people in nearly every society on earth?

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