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September 22, 2017

WACO, Texas — To borrow the essence of a Biblical parable, the seed that Jimmy and Janet Dorrell tossed on Sept. 20, 1992, landed in good soil.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports the work they started that day has enabled the least of society, the poor, homeless and hopeless, to find their very…


Pope recalls Medellin's bloody past, prays for drug victims

September 15, 2017

MEDELLIN, Colombia — Pope Francis recalled the murderous past of this Colombian city once synonymous with drug cartel violence during a rain-soaked visit Saturday, lamenting the many lives lost to addiction and praying for dealers and traffickers to change their ways.

In a meeting in Medellin…


Efforts to mend China-Vatican rift stall over bishops

September 08, 2017

BEIJING — The Vatican’s efforts to heal a decades-long rift with China appear to have stalled, with each side still unwilling to accept controversial bishops appointed by the other.

In recent months, Beijing has appeared to take a harder line toward believers, and has ordered the…


Hajj en­tan­gled in web of Saudi pol­i­tics

September 01, 2017

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates  – More than 1.7 million Muslims from across the world have arrived in Saudi Arabia for the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage this week. Once in Mecca – the site of Islam’s holiest place of worship— they will be reminded that the…