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April 20, 2014: Pope Francis blesses the faithful with incense as he arrives to celebrate Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

VATICAN CITY – Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted many Christians.

More than 150,000 tourists -- Romans and pilgrims, young and old -- turned out for the Mass that Francis celebrated at an altar set up under a canopy on the steps of St.

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April 20, 2014: Pope Francis blesses the faithful with incense as he arrives to celebrate Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

VATICAN CITY – Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted many Christians.

More than 150,000 tourists -- Romans and pilgrims, young and old -- turned out for the Mass that Francis celebrated at an altar set up under a canopy on the steps of St.

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  • April 13, 2014: Pope Francis poses for pictures with faithful at the end of a Palm Sunday service in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican.AP

  • Pope Francis, background center, walks in procession as he celebrates a Palm Sunday mass in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)The Associated Press

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SMYRNA, Ga. – Trying to appease angry parishioners, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Atlanta said Saturday that he will sell a $2.2 million mansion just three months after he moved in.

Archbishop Wilton Gregory announced the decision following a closed-door meeting with members of several church councils at his headquarters north of Atlanta. He publicly apologized Monday for building the Tudor-style residence and will move out in early May.

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SMYRNA, Ga. – The Roman Catholic archbishop of Atlanta expects to soon decide whether to keep or sell a $2.2 million mansion built for his use.

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory convened a special meeting Saturday with nearly 60 representatives of the archdiocese to discuss the Tudor-style mansion. Gregory spokeswoman Patricia Chivers said Gregory wants to reach a decision Saturday on what to do with it.

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Some Catholics in Gregory's diocese have criticized the archbishop for building so luxurious a residence, citing the example of austerity set by Pope Francis.

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WARSAW, Poland – A Roman Catholic priest has touched off a controversy in Poland after news media quoted him describing toys like LEGO's Monster Fighters as tools of Satan that lead children to the "dark side."

The Super Express tabloid quoted the Rev. Slawomir Kostrzewa urging parents to dump the LEGO series and those of several other firms. The remarks at a Sunday service in the town of Wolsztyn touched off discussion in predominantly Catholic Poland, which holds priests in high esteem.

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March 30, 2014: This photo shows the former Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Syracuse, N.Y. The church will soon be called Masjid Eisa Ibn Marya - The Mosque of Jesus son of Mary.AP

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A city board on Thursday gave a Muslim group the go-ahead to remove six crosses from the roof and spires of a century-old former Catholic church so the now-vacant Gothic structure can be used as a mosque.

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SMYRNA, Ga. – The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta says he suspects the church will ultimately sell a $2.2 million mansion built for his use.

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that he accepts blame for not consulting enough with members of the church before building the expansive residence in one of Atlanta's toniest neighborhoods.

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Gregory says he wants to consult with several church councils before making a final decision but added that he believes the recommendation will be to sell the property.

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  • March 31: The former residence of Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory sits under construction to be used as a rectory for six priests after Gregory moved to a nearby $2.2 million mansion for his own use in Atlanta. Gregory apologized for his spending and offered to put the home up for sale after Pope Francis permanently removed a German bishop for his lavish spending on a renovation project.AP

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NEWARK, N.J. – A New Jersey man charged with shooting five people, killing one, at an off-campus party near Seton Hall University has been convicted of murder and attempted murder charges.

Nicholas Welch, of East Orange, was found guilty Monday on charges stemming from the September 2010 shooting that killed Jessica Moore, a 19-year-old sophomore honors student from Disputanta, Va. Four other students were wounded in the shooting.

The Star-Ledger (http://bit.ly/1ffAHma) reports the 29-year-old Welch faces life in prison when he's sentenced May 30.

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