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Catholic, Orthodox leaders in Egypt say army is fighting terrorism

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Speaking on behalf of Catholics in Egypt, Coptic Catholic Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sedrak said the violence and unrest in his country are "not a political struggle between different factions, but a war against terrorism."

In a statement Sunday, the patriarch said the country's Catholics strongly support "all state institutions, particularly the armed forces and the police for all their efforts in protecting our homeland."

Appeals court dismisses sexual abuse lawsuit against Vatican

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At the request of a man allegedly abused by a priest in 1965, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed his case claiming the Vatican was the priest's employer and could be liable for damages.

Jeffrey Lena, the counsel for the Holy See, said in a statement that the lawsuit "never should have been filed in the first place."

Pope denounces 'poison' of consumerism in 'society based on profit'

Pope Francis denounced consumerism as a poison that threatens true happiness, which comes from membership in the church.

The pope made his remarks Sunday before praying the Angelus with a noontime crowd in St. Peter's Square.

"The encounter with the living Jesus, in the great family that is the church, fills the heart with joy, because it fills it with true life, a profound goodness that does not pass away or decay," he said.

Pope is most influential, second most-followed world leader on Twitter

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Pope Francis is the most influential world leader on Twitter, with the highest number of retweets worldwide.

He also is the second most-followed leader of the world, running behind -- albeit by a long stretch -- U.S. President Barack Obama.

The rankings were released July 24 in a recent study titled "Twiplomacy," which refers to the use of Twitter by world leaders.

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