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Spanish archbishop defends work completed on new residence

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A Spanish archbishop reacted angrily to complaints by local clergy that he wasted money on a "luxurious residence" for himself in one of the country's most-deprived regions.

Archbishop Santiago Garcia Aracil of Merida-Badajoz said in a brief posting on the archdiocesan website that the work on the residence and the archdiocesan seminary was approved by an advisory council before it began.

"I reject these libelous and defamatory claims," Garcia wrote.

Korean Catholics demand ferry sinking investigation

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A Catholic Korean group in Seoul this week gathered to give family members of victims in April’s Sewol ferry sinking a list of 130,936 signatures calling for an investigation into the disaster.

The signatures, which were handed over by the group Catholic Council for Investigating the Sewol, were collected from priests, monks, nuns, and congregants over the past three weeks.

Pope Francis asked to avoid Turkey's lavish 1,000-room presidential palace

Pope Francis' penchant for austerity and humility will face a diplomatic challenge when he visits Turkey's new ostentatious presidential palace on his first visit to the country later this month.

Francis will be the first foreign dignitary to be welcomed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the new 1,000-room palace when he visits Ankara on Nov. 28.

Turkish architects have written to the pope urging him not to go to the palace built by Erdogan and known locally as the "White Palace."

Minority communities wonder why Iraqi government fails to protect them

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Two months after 3-year-old Christina was snatched by Islamic State militants from a bus as her family helplessly watched, Ayda Abada wonders about the fate of her daughter.

Now sheltering in an unfinished building in the Christian enclave of Ainkawa outside of Irbil, the capital of the Kurdistan area of northern Iraq, Abada replays the scene over and over in her mind.

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