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Francis: don’t know when I’ll see homeland, but won’t go to Argentina before 2016 at earliest

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis says he doesn’t know when he will visit Argentina, but a trip to his homeland … Continued

Air Force Academy officials make ‘so help me God’ optional in anti-cheating oath

DENVER — Air Force Academy cadets are no longer required to say “so help me God” at the end of … Continued

Christian evangelical adoption movement perseveres amid criticism, drop in foreign adoptions

To many Christian evangelicals, their commitment to finding homes for the world’s orphans is something to celebrate — and they … Continued

Vatican’s No. 2 released after 10-plus days in hospital, hopes to ‘soon’ take up duties

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s new No. 2 official was released from a hospital on Friday after more than 10 … Continued

Best bargain at the Vatican: $500 buys access, and helps restore Vatican Museum treasures

VATICAN CITY — They entered the Sistine Chapel in tuxedoes and gowns, the clacking of high heels on marble competing … Continued

Air Force Academy may drop religious reference from honor code oath

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The U.S. Air Force Academy may drop a religious reference from an oath cadets take … Continued

Texas prison inmate sues to obtain locks of dead parents’ hair for religious ritual

TENNESSEE COLONY, Texas — William Chance wants to connect to the spirits of his dead parents from his prison cell. … Continued

Pope expels German ‘luxury bishop’ from diocese pending inquiry into $43 million renovation

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis expelled a German bishop from his diocese on Wednesday pending the outcome of a church … Continued

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. MORE TROUBLE … Continued

Pope expels German “luxury bishop” from diocese after scandal over 31M euro renovation

VATICAN CITY — Pope expels German “luxury bishop” from diocese after scandal over 31M euro renovation. Copyright 2013 The Associated … Continued

Boston, St. Louis archbishops make $100 charitable World Series wager

BOSTON — At least one cardinal is rooting for the Red Sox in the World Series. The Roman Catholic Archbishop … Continued

Pastor detained in Iran after prison protest expected to return to US

LA PUENTE, Calif. — A Southern California preacher who was briefly detained after protesting outside an Iranian prison was expected … Continued

Minn. church whistleblower says she has no regrets about speaking out, but ‘didn’t do enough’

ST. PAUL, Minn. — After she made her First Communion as a little girl, Jennifer Haselberger was distraught to learn … Continued

Vatican seeks end to remarriage debate before it starts with article on church rules

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Tuesday quashed hopes that there might be some wiggle room on one of its … Continued

Vatican fields cricket club in bid for dialogue with other faiths as sport and religion merge

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican served tea and cucumber sandwiches Tuesday as it launched its first cricket club, an initiative … Continued

Brunei sultan announces Islamic laws that could include stoning and amputation

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei — Brunei’s sultan announced Tuesday that a new Islamic criminal law that could include penalties like … Continued

Pope meets with German “luxury bishop” amid outcry over his high-priced residence renovation

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has met with a German bishop whose 31 million-euro ($42 million) building renovation has scandalized … Continued

Ex-Minn Archbishop Flynn resigns University of St. Thomas post amid report on abuse response

MINNEAPOLIS — The retired Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Harry Flynn, has resigned as chair of the University of … Continued

Former President George H.W. Bush donates bright, cactus-themed socks to church fundraiser

PORTLAND, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush says his wife is getting fed up with his flashy socks, so … Continued

Victim of NJ yeshiva teacher’s sex abuse speaks at sentencing, urges others to come forward

TOMS RIVER, N.J. — A New Jersey boy whose family was shunned by their Orthodox Jewish community after he went … Continued