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At World Youth Day, Pope Francis brings hope to refill pews

Pope Francis kicked off the first World Youth Day festival of his papacy, addressing hundreds of thousands of rain-soaked young pilgrims from around the world who flocked to Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana Beach to hear his message. Published July 25, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (Associated Press)

Democratic lawmaker hits justice as 'Uncle Thomas'

A Democratic lawmaker criticized Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act by calling Justice Clarence Thomas "Uncle Thomas," then saying he didn't know "Uncle Tom" was a racist epithet. Published June 25, 2013

 Jimmy Carter  (Associated Press)

Carter statement lauds Chavez

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter mourned the death Tuesday of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, hailing his commitment to improving the lives of Venezuelans, and praising him for communicating "hope and empowerment" and for "his bold assertion of autonomy and independence for Latin American governments." Published March 5, 2013

Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata reads a copy of a document signed by Pope Benedict XVI changing the rules of the conclave. (Associated Press)

Benedict XVI moves for a smooth papal transition

Pope Benedict XVI signed several decrees Monday to ensure a swift and smooth election of a successor without hint of a brewing scandal, as the most senior cardinals in Britain and the U.S. wrestled with their personal involvements in the Roman Catholic Church's decade-old sex scandal. Published February 25, 2013

HHS: Bible publisher not a 'religious employer'

The Obama administration is claiming that a dedicated Christian publisher of Bibles and ministry material is insufficiently religious to qualify for an exemption to the contraception mandate in the president's health-care overhaul. Published October 2, 2012

** FILE ** Former President Jimmy Carter (left) meets with North Korea's No. 2 official, Kim Yong Nam, at Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Carter offers condolences to North Korea

Former President Jimmy Carter has sent North Korea a message of condolence over the death of Kim Jong-il and wished "every success" to the son expected to take over as dictator, according to the communist country's state-run news agency. Published December 21, 2011

Vice President Joseph R. Biden greets survivors of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami at a temporary-housing complex in Natori, Japan, on Tuesday, two days after making controversial remarks in Chengdu, China. (Associated Press)

Biden backpedals on China remark

After two days of harsh criticism of Vice President Joseph R. Biden's comment that he "fully understand(s)" China's mandatory one-child policy, the White House on Tuesday issued a clarification. Published August 24, 2011

GOP slams Biden over comment on China's one-child policy

Top Republicans on the campaign trail and Capitol Hill denounced Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Tuesday for saying during a visit to China that he “fully understand[s]” Beijing's one-child policy, which critics say has led to forced abortions and forced sterilizations. Published August 23, 2011

** FILE ** Betty Cockrum, left, president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and attorney Ken Faulk discuss a hearing in federal court where the group is seeking a injunction against a law ending most of their state funding, outside the Federal Courthouse in Indianapolis, Monday, June 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indiana Planned Parenthood clinics recommend services elsewhere

Indiana Planned Parenthood clinics are telling potential patients that the non-abortion services they provide are readily available elsewhere, despite claims made by the group's national spokeswoman that the state's funding cuts will deprive poor women of basic medical care. Published June 29, 2011

Dire Straits song banned in Canada for anti-gay slur

The Dire Straits song "Money for Nothing" was ruled by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council to be "extremely offensive" and thus inappropriate for airing on radio or television because it uses an anti-gay slur. Published January 13, 2011

Far from ground zero, mosque issue raised in races

The controversy over a proposed mosque near ground zero has become a national political issue, expanding its reach into individual U.S. House races far from Lower Manhattan in every conceivable way: for example, Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District. Published August 18, 2010

Imam Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society's Freedom Foundation, holds up a copy of the U.S. Constitution as he defends the mosque project in New York. (Associated Press)

Obama remarks on mosque take root in races

Democrats tried to tamp down the controversy over the ground zero mosque and President Obama's comments on it Tuesday, while New York's Democratic governor jump-started his bid to find a new place to build the Muslim community center. Published August 17, 2010