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Video footage released by a news outlet in Dubai purportedly shows militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an umbrella organization of Iraqi insurgent groups operating in Syria, raising the al Qaeda flag above a Catholic church in the northern Syrian city of al-Raqqa.

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** FILE ** Rep. Nancy Pelosi's views on abortion have brought criticism from the Catholic Church. (The Washington Times)

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Worshipers attend a memorial mass held for supporters and families of those killed in the Aurora movie theater shootings, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, in Aurora, Colo., on Friday July 19, 2013. Saturday, July 20 marks one year since the theater killing rampage left 12 dead and 70 wounded. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Worshipers attend a memorial mass held for supporters and families of those killed in the Aurora movie theater shootings, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, in Aurora, Colo., on Friday July 19, 2013. Saturday, July 20 marks one year since the theater killing rampage left 12 dead and 70 wounded. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Wounded churchgoers lie on the ground as Roman Catholic nuns run for cover after a blast at the St. Joseph Mfanyakazi Roman Catholic Church in Arusha, Tanzania Sunday, May 5, 2013. A Tanzanian police official says a woman died and over 40 people were seriously injured when a bomb exploded in the Roman Catholic Church in northern Tanzania, with eyewitnesses reporting that the bomb was thrown from a motorcycle. (Associated Press)

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Wounded churchgoers lie on the ground as Roman Catholic nuns run for cover after a blast at the St. Joseph Mfanyakazi Roman Catholic Church in Arusha, Tanzania Sunday, May 5, 2013. A Tanzanian police official says a woman died and over 40 people were seriously injured when a bomb exploded in the Roman Catholic Church in northern Tanzania, with eyewitnesses reporting that the bomb was thrown from a motorcycle. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Soldiers stand guard outside St. Rita's Catholic Church following a suicide bombing in Kaduna, Nigeria, on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. (AP Photo)

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An Albuquerque Police officer walks behind the tape at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, Sunday April 28, 2013, in Albuquerque, N.M., the scene of a multiple stabbing at the conclusion of morning services. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal, Dean Hanson)

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An Albuquerque Police officer walks behind the tape at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, Sunday April 28, 2013, in Albuquerque, N.M., the scene of a multiple stabbing at the conclusion of morning services. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal, Dean Hanson)

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** FILE ** Soldiers stand guard outside St. Rita's Catholic Church following a suicide bombing in Kaduna, Nigeria, on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. (AP Photo)

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People gather in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, as the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church continued the conclave to choose a new pope. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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The princes of the Roman Catholic Church, including Cardinals Roger Mahony (left) and Timothy Dolan (third from left) of the United States, arrive for a meeting at the Vatican on Monday, March 11, 2013. The cardinals gathered for their final day of talks before the conclave to elect the next pope amid debate over whether the church needs a manager pope to clean up the Vatican's messy bureaucracy or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful and make Catholicism relevant again. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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The princes of the Roman Catholic Church, including Cardinals Roger Mahony (left) and Timothy Dolan (third from left) of the United States, arrive for a meeting at the Vatican on Monday, March 11, 2013. The cardinals gathered for their final day of talks before the conclave to elect the next pope amid debate over whether the church needs a manager pope to clean up the Vatican's messy bureaucracy or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful and make Catholicism relevant again. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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The princes of the Roman Catholic Church, including Cardinals Roger Mahony (left) and Timothy Dolan (third from left) of the United States, arrive for a meeting at the Vatican on Monday, March 11, 2013. The cardinals gathered for their final day of talks before the conclave to elect the next pope amid debate over whether the church needs a manager pope to clean up the Vatican's messy bureaucracy or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful and make Catholicism relevant again. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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The princes of the Roman Catholic Church, including Cardinals Roger Mahony (left) and Timothy Dolan (third from left) of the United States, arrive for a meeting at the Vatican on Monday, March 11, 2013. The cardinals gathered for their final day of talks before the conclave to elect the next pope amid debate over whether the church needs a manager pope to clean up the Vatican's messy bureaucracy or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful and make Catholicism relevant again. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York said that President Obama has not responded to a letter he wrote about the Catholic Church's concerns. (Associated Press)

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Catholic devotees jostle near the centuries-old image of the Black Nazarene on its feast day Wednesday in Manila. The Catholic Church no longer sways the masses on issues such as birth control as it once did. (Associated Press)

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Catholic devotees jostle near the centuries-old image of the Black Nazarene on its feast day Wednesday in Manila. The Catholic Church no longer sways the masses on issues such as birth control as it once did. (Associated Press)

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A Venezuelan Embassy worker at a monthly service for the sick at a Catholic church in Regla, Cuba, shows support for Hugo Chavez, his country's ailing president hospitalized in Havana and unable to attend his inauguration Thursday. (Associated Press)

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A Venezuelan Embassy worker at a monthly service for the sick at a Catholic church in Regla, Cuba, shows support for Hugo Chavez, his country's ailing president hospitalized in Havana and unable to attend his inauguration Thursday. (Associated Press)