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Pope wraps up US visit with huge open-air Mass in Philadelphia, meets with sex-abuse victims

PHILADELPHIA Pope Francis urged hundreds of thousands of the faithful gathered Sunday for the biggest event of his U.S. visit to be open to “miracles of love,” closing out his joyful six-day trip with a message of hope for families, consolation for victims of child sexual abuse and a warning to America’s bishops.

Gunmen abduct 2 Canadians, Norwegian and Filipino from Philippine island resort

MANILA, Philippines Gunmen abducted two Canadians, including a former mining company executive, a Filipino woman and the Norwegian marina manager at an upscale resort complex on a southern Philippine island, sparking an air and sea search by authorities, officials said Tuesday.

Pope Francis marks personal anniversary, presses message to Cubans: Embrace change

SANTIAGO, Cuba Pope Francis marked the anniversary Monday of the day he decided as a teenager to become a priest by pressing a subtle message to Cubans at a delicate point in their own history: Overcome ideological preconceptions and be willing to change.

Investigation: World Health agency’s bungling hindered Ebola response in Sierra Leone

KENEMA, Sierra Leone Something didn’t smell right.

As a worker at Kenema Government Hospital mixed a batch of chlorine on a broiling August day, he noticed it didn’t have its typically strong, bleach-like odour. Concerned, he turned to a consultant with the World Health Organization, who tested the disinfectant and found barely any active ingredient.

Candidate Carson’s Muslim comment: 1 more dent in Republicans’ efforts to widen appeal?

WASHINGTON A leading Republican presidential candidate says he doesn’t believe that a Muslim should be elected to the nation’s top office, stirring up yet another controversy for a party that professes a commitment to broaden its appeal and promote tolerance.