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Thousands replaster Mali's Great Mosque of Djenne, which is threatened by conflict

Thousands replaster Mali's Great Mosque of Djenne, which is threatened by conflict

DJENNE, Mali (AP) — Thousands of Malians carrying buckets and jugs of mud joined the annual replastering of the world's largest mud-brick building this weekend, a key ritual that maintains the integrity of the Great Mosque of Djenne in the center of
Vatican Museums staff challenge the pope with a legal bid for better terms and treatment

Vatican Museums staff challenge the pope with a legal bid for better terms and treatment

ROME (AP) — Forty-nine employees of the Vatican Museums have filed a class-action complaint with the Vatican administration demanding better seniority, leave and overtime benefits in an unusual, public challenge to Pope Francis’ governance.

Buddha's birthday: When is it and how is it celebrated in different countries?

The birthday of the historical Buddha or Shakyamuni Buddha, known as Vesak in several countries, celebrates the birth of the child who became Prince Siddhartha around the end of the 4th century B.C.
Billy Graham statue for U.S. Capitol to be unveiled next week

Billy Graham statue for U.S. Capitol to be unveiled next week

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A statue of the late Rev. Billy Graham set to stand inside the U.S. Capitol to represent North Carolina will be unveiled next week in a ceremony.
Pope urges Italians to have babies as a measure of hope for future

Pope urges Italians to have babies as a measure of hope for future

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis pressed his campaign Friday to urge Italians to have children, calling for long-term policies to help families and warning that the country’s demographic crisis was threatening the future.

India says Canada has shared no evidence of its involvement in killing of a Sikh separatist leader

NEW DELHI (AP) — India said Thursday that Canada has shared no evidence to back its allegation that the Indian government was involved in the slaying of a Sikh separatist leader in Canada last year, despite the recent arrests of three Indian men in t
Shunned for centuries, Vodou grows powerful as Haitians seek solace from unrelenting gang violence

Shunned for centuries, Vodou grows powerful as Haitians seek solace from unrelenting gang violence

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The Vodou faithful sing, their voices rising above the gunfire erupting miles away as frantic drumbeats drown out their troubles.
Catholic church is stonewalling sex abuse investigation, Washington attorney general says

Catholic church is stonewalling sex abuse investigation, Washington attorney general says

SEATTLE (AP) — The Catholic church is refusing to cooperate with a Washington state investigation into whether it unlawfully used charitable trust funds to cover up sexual abuse by priests, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday, asking a court
Holy Year or holy mess, Vatican and Rome begin dash to 2025 Jubilee with papal bull, construction

Holy Year or holy mess, Vatican and Rome begin dash to 2025 Jubilee with papal bull, construction

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican crossed a key milestone Thursday in the runup to its 2025 Jubilee with the promulgation of the official decree establishing the Holy Year.
North Carolina may join other states in codifying antisemitism definition

North Carolina may join other states in codifying antisemitism definition

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bill seeking to officially define antisemitism in state law swiftly moved through the North Carolina House on Wednesday amid heated nationwide campus protests over the Israel-Hamas War .