Religion and politics

Pope Francis talks to his cousin Ana Rosa Sivori as he arrives at Military Air Terminal of Don Muang Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
November 20, 2019 - 1:43 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday to begin a tour of Thailand and Japan, beginning a mission to boost the morale of those countries’ tiny minority Catholic communities and speak about issues of concern including human trafficking and peacemaking. He is expected to...
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School children walk in Assumption Cathedral courtyard, decorated with posters of Pope Francis in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Pope Francis arrives in Thailand on Wednesday for the first visit here by the head of the Roman Catholic Church since St. John Paul II in 1984. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
November 20, 2019 - 12:38 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday to begin a tour of Thailand and Japan, part of a mission to boost the morale of those countries’ tiny minority Catholic communities and speak about issues of concern including human trafficking and peacemaking. He is expected to highlight...
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School children walk in Assumption Cathedral courtyard, decorated with posters of Pope Francis in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Pope Francis arrives in Thailand on Wednesday for the first visit here by the head of the Roman Catholic Church since St. John Paul II in 1984. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
November 19, 2019 - 11:02 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is heading to Thailand to encourage members of a minority Catholic community in a Buddhist nation and highlight his admiration for their missionary ancestors who brought the faith centuries ago and endured bouts of persecution more recently. After an overnight...
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Nurses of St.Louis hospital get themselves photographed with a life size statue of Pope Francis in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. Pope Francis arrives in Thailand on Wednesday for the first visit here by the head of the Roman Catholic Church since St. John Paul II in 1984. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
November 19, 2019 - 8:01 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is heading to Thailand to encourage members of a minority Catholic community in a Buddhist nation and highlight his admiration for their missionary ancestors who brought the faith centuries ago and endured bouts of persecution more recently. After an overnight...
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In this Nov. 16, 2019, photo, Japanese Archbishop Mitsuaki Takami, who heads Nagasaki's Catholic community of 60,000, the biggest in Japan, speaks in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary that was damaged in the A-bomb attack, at the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki, southern Japan. Pope Francis will start his first official visit to Japan in Nagasaki, ground zero for the Christian experience in a nation where the Catholic leader once dreamed of living as a missionary. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
November 19, 2019 - 7:37 pm
NAGASAKI, Japan (AP) — It’s fitting that Pope Francis will start his first official visit to Japan in Nagasaki, the city where Christianity first took hold in the country and where nearly 500 years later it remains steeped in blood-soaked symbolism, both religious and political. It was here that a...
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A police officer points his gun at residents of Delmas 95 district during a protest to demanding the resignation of Haiti's president Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. At least four people were shot and wounded during a small protest in Haiti’s capital after a speech by embattled President Jovenel Moise. A local journalist, a police officer and two protesters were rushed away with apparent bullet wounds. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
November 19, 2019 - 2:12 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Wails filled a church in Haiti’s capital on Tuesday during funeral services for five people killed in anti-government protests that began more than two months ago. Among those killed was 15-year-old Jasmine Pierre, whose father told The Associated Press that she was hit...
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In this Nov. 16, 2019, photo, Japanese Archbishop Mitsuaki Takami, who heads Nagasaki's Catholic community of 60,000, the biggest in Japan, speaks in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary that was damaged in the A-bomb attack, at the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki, southern Japan. Pope Francis will start his first official visit to Japan in Nagasaki, ground zero for the Christian experience in a nation where the Catholic leader once dreamed of living as a missionary. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
November 19, 2019 - 3:30 am
NAGASAKI, Japan (AP) — It’s fitting that Pope Francis will start his first official visit to Japan in Nagasaki, the city where Christianity first took hold in the country and where nearly 500 years later it remains steeped in blood-soaked symbolism, both religious and political. It was here that a...
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November 18, 2019 - 3:35 pm
GATINEAU, Quebec (AP) — A union federation representing 45,000 teachers in Quebec is suing the Canadian province over its ban on the wearing of religious symbols by many public employees. The lawsuit by the Fédération Autonome de l'Enseignement challenges a state secularism law passed this year...
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Sri Lanka's newly elected president Gotabaya Rajapaksa addresses the nation after his swearing in ceremony held at the 140 B.C Ruwanweli Seya Buddhist temple in ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura in northcentral Sri Lanka Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. The former defense official credited with ending a long civil war was Monday sworn in as Sri Lanka’s seventh president after comfortably winning last Saturday’s presidential election. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
November 18, 2019 - 5:53 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s president on Monday and appealed to minority Tamils and Muslims who voted against him to give their support. Rajapaksa, who is credited with helping end the country’s long civil war, comfortably won...
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Sri Lanka's newly elected president Gotabaya Rajapaksa addresses the nation after his swearing in ceremony held at the 140 B.C Ruwanweli Seya Buddhist temple in ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura in northcentral Sri Lanka Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. The former defense official credited with ending a long civil war was Monday sworn in as Sri Lanka’s seventh president after comfortably winning last Saturday’s presidential election. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
November 18, 2019 - 3:49 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s president on Monday and appealed to minority Tamils and Muslims who voted against him to give their support. Rajapaksa, who is credited with helping end the country’s long civil war, comfortably won...
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