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An abortion rights activist holds a sign outside the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year before the court struck down a Texas law placing restrictions on abortions. Now abortion rights supporters are suing the state again over a new rule.

Federal Judge Calls Catholic Church a ‘Sect,’ Denies Higher Court’s Authority

A federal judge in Texas slighted the Roman Catholic Church in a major case involving abortion and religious liberty on Wednesday, calling the world’s largest Christian church a “sect,” and suggesting that he might not obey the federal appeals court over him, criticizing the judges who voted to reverse his initial order.

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Bethlehem Christmas Festivities Go Ahead Despite Tensions

Near the church in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, built over the site where Christians believe Jesus was born, tour guides pace back and forth, waiting in vain for tourist buses that fail to show. Hisham Khamis, a guide for 10 years,

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Pope Francis Ends Cuba Trip with Visit to Cobre

Pope Francis ends his visit to Cuba on Tuesday with a Mass at the country’s most revered shrine and a pep talk with families before flying north to Washington for the start of his U.S. tour.

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Church of England ‘Borderline Racist’, Says Bishop

The Church of England has been criticised by one if its own bishops as “borderline racist”. The Right Rev Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, said the church needed to do much more to recruit ethnic minorities, accusing it of “complacency

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Catholic Donors Attack S.F. Archbishop Cordileone

On Thursday, proving that the attractions of an increasingly secular society seem more important than the tenets of traditional religion, over 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members wrote an open letter to the Pope that ran as a full-page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle condemning staunch traditionalist San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for fostering “an atmosphere of division and intolerance,” and calling on Pope Francis to replace him.