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Christian pilgrims mark Easter in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Christian pilgrims have gathered to pray in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre to celebrate Easter Sunday at the traditional site of Jesus’s crucifixion and burial. Worshippers knelt to press their foreheads and kiss the stone on which they believe his body was prepared for the tomb. Others…

Secular Israelis outraged about holy day Internet blackout

Holy day Internet blackout on ministry websites fuels secular, religious tensions Israeli government offices that provide a wide array of public services are pulling the plug on online payments on the Jewish Sabbath and holidays, creating a potential new source of friction between the religious and secular in the Jewish…

Supporters: Church ignored in NYC mosque furor

Supporters say church destroyed on 9/11 is being ignored in furor over mosque near ground zero Supporters of a Greek Orthodox church destroyed on Sept. 11 say officials willing to speak out about a planned community center and mosque near ground zero have been silent on efforts to get the…

During Easter mass, Pope Benedict remains silent on pedophilia scandals

Pope Benedict XVI kept silent on the pedophilia scandal rocking the Roman Catholic Church during Easter Sunday addresses as Christians across the world marked the resurrection of Christ. The leader of the world’s one billion Catholics condemned the persecution of Christian minorities in Iraq and Pakistan, but failed to mention…

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