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In this Thursday, Feb. 3, 2016 photo, visitors stand next to a religious ornament with the "manji" symbol, which comes from the ancient Sanskrit and is widely used for centuries to denote Buddhist temples on maps and elsewhere, at a temple in Tokyo. As Japan gears up to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and caters to a surging influx of foreign visitors, the country faces a cultural dilemma: Should it stop identifying Buddhist temples on maps with the traditional "manji" symbol that is often confused with a Nazi swastika? (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan may change temple map icon to avoid Nazi confusion

- Associated Press

As Japan gears up to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and caters to a surging influx of foreign visitors, the country faces a cultural dilemma: Should it stop identifying Buddhist temples on maps with the traditional "manji" symbol that is often confused with a Nazi swastika?

House committee sends religious protection measure to floor

- Associated Press

Government agencies couldn't revoke a group's public funding or tax exempt status for acting upon its opposition to gay marriage, premarital sex or transgender rights under a South Dakota bill that passed its first legislative test Wednesday.

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, speaks at a news conference in the Italian consulate in New York, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. The news conference was to announce the exhibit of ancient manuscripts related to St. Francis of Assisi at United Nations headquarters starting on Friday, Nov. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Help Israel and Palestine seek peace, archbishop tells U.N.

Catholic News Agency

Peace was the focus of the Holy See's representative in a recent speech to the United Nations, where he renewed calls to support negotiations between Israel and Palestine and between the warring factions in Syria.

Obama to meet with Muslims on 1st visit to US mosque

- Associated Press

In a public show of support, President Barack Obama will meet with Muslim community members Wednesday in Baltimore on his first presidential visit to an American mosque.