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Conservative columnist: 'Bomb Mecca off the face of the earth'

One of the most popular right wing websites in the United States has published an article calling for the destruction of Mecca, the holiest city in Islam, to show that "our God is more powerful" than "their puny deity."

Pope readies for Africa, riskiest trip of his papacy

Vatican City - Pope Francis heads to Africa this week for the riskiest trip of his papacy, defying danger with an open-topped popemobile and visits to a slum, refugee camp and mosque despite security fears following jihadist attacks.

'Brotherhood of crime' to stand trial for Vatican leaks

Vatican City - The Vatican said Saturday it has charged five people over a leaks scandal at the heart of the Catholic Church, accusing the alleged ringleaders of forming a "brotherhood of crime".

Top Egypt cleric urges disassociating Islam from attacks

Egypt - Egypt's top Muslim cleric issued an impassioned appeal Saturday to disassociate Islam from extremist attacks, saying Muslims themselves had suffered most from "the catastrophe of terrorism.

Mob torches factory in Pakistan following blasphemy accusation

Lahore - An angry mob in Pakistan's Punjab province torched a factory after one of its employees was accused of committing blasphemy, police officials said on Saturday.

Neurotic priests scare me, says Pope

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday described some Catholic priests as so scary and neurotic he keeps well away from them.

More than 1,000 Mormons quit in Utah same-sex policy protest

Salt Lake City - At least 1,500 Latter-day Saints have resigned in protest of a new policy that prevents children of married same-sex couples from being baptized until they become adults, organizers of the movement said Sunday.

Pope to visit Mexican states hit by violence

- Pope Francis will visit Mexico's violence-plagued states of Michoacan and Chihuahua as well as the impoverished region of Chiapas during his February visit, the foreign minister said Wednesday.

India's Hindu cow mobs rule as religious debate rages

- As a truck screeches to a halt on an Indian highway in the middle of the night, devout young Hindus armed with sticks scramble inside, searching for cows they consider sacred.

Pope to make major speech in Italy's little China

- Pope Francis will Tuesday deliver a major speech on the theme of work in the symbolic location of Prato, a small town near Florence that has become synonymous with Chinese immigration to Italy.

Pope says would like to visit Auschwitz: Polish president

Vatican City - Pope Francis wants to visit Auschwitz when he visits Poland in July 2016, Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Monday after meeting the pontiff.

Banana drug effective against viruses

Detroit - A chemical originally found bananas has the potential to combat a range of viruses , according to a new study. The drug is able to block the mechanism viruses use to take over human cells.

Religious children less generous than their non-religious peers

We normally associate morality with religious values, but an interesting new study published on Thursday suggests that children from religious households are actually less generous than kids from secular backgrounds.

Largest U.S. Jewish sect embraces transgender inclusion

Orlando - The Union for Reform Judaism, the largest Jewish denomination in the United States, approved a groundbreaking pro-transgender resolution on Thursday, vaulting the sect into the lead among Abrahamic faiths in embracing transgender people and their rights.

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