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Central figure of Christianity

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Jesus: Central figure of Christianity
Jesus, also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus Christ, was a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader. He is the central figure of Christianity. Most Christians believe he is the incarnation of God the Son and the awaited Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament.

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Erdogan joins thousands in first prayers at Hagia Sophia [Video]

Erdogan joins thousands in first prayers at Hagia Sophia

Inside Hagia Sophia, white curtains covered an image of Mary and Jesus which would have faced the worshippers. Officials have said the Christian frescoes and glittering mosaics adorning the cavernous..

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Justin Bieber urges fans to turn to God amid Covid-19 pandemic [Video]

Justin Bieber urges fans to turn to God amid Covid-19 pandemic

Justin Bieber has thanked Jesus Christ for making him feel "loved, chosen, and forgiven" and urged fans to turn to their faith amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Sia defends Paris Jackson's portrayal of Jesus Christ [Video]

Sia defends Paris Jackson's portrayal of Jesus Christ

Sia has issued a message of support for Paris Jackson as she comes under fire for her portrayal of Jesus Christ in the upcoming film Habit.

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More than 274,000 people have signed a Change.org petition to prevent the distribution of the film "Habit," where Paris Jackson will play Jesus.
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'I am outraged': DC bishop denounces Trump's church visit after police clear protesters with tear gas

DC Episcopal Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde said Trump used his visit to St. John's Church for a "message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus."
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Revered Holy Land churches reopen, but some restrictions remain

The Holy Land churches revered as the sites of Jesus' birth and death reopened to worshippers and tourists on Tuesday as Palestinian and church authorities eased coronavirus restrictions.
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Holy Fire lit as Orthodox Easter bells echo over near-empty Jerusalem

The Holy Fire ceremony symbolising Jesus' resurrection was lit in a deserted Jerusalem on Saturday, without the joyful throng of Orthodox Christian pilgrims who normally attend a spectacle that brings..
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Church organizes drive in service for Easter

A congregation in Clover, South Carolina, celebrated the resurrection of Christ while parked in their cars Saturday. Relevant Church held their worship on a radio station as churchgoers took part in..
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On Easter Sunday, Christians Remember: ‘We Will Rise Out of the Dust’

Amid a pandemic, millions of Americans refashioned rituals and grasped for hope in the story of Jesus’ resurrection.
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'Life will prevail' says Holy Land archbishop on Easter Sunday

With Jerusalem under lockdown over coronavirus, Easter Sunday was marked at the traditional site of Jesus' death and resurrection by just a handful of Christian clerics.
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Coronavirus keeps relics of Jesus's friend Lazarus behind closed doors

Eight days before Orthodox Easter each year, a casket containing remains of Jesus's friend Lazarus is carried through the streets of the Cypriot town of Larnaca, believed by many Christians to be the..
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Pope prays for sick at Good Friday service scaled back by coronavirus

Pope Francis prostrated himself on the floor of an empty St. Peter's Basilica on Friday to pray at a "Passion of the Lord" service commemorating Jesus' last hours of life and his crucifixion, an event..
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On an empty Via Dolorosa, archbishop urges Good Friday prayer for the dying

On an eerie Good Friday in Jerusalem, a handful of Franciscan friars - some wearing face masks - commemorated Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection along a Via Dolorosa in lockdown and empty of pilgrims.
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Philippine penitents perform Easter rites despite coronavirus

Some Catholic penitents flagellated themselves and prayed outside closed churches in the Philippines to commemorate the death of Jesus on Good Friday, despite strict government orders for people to..
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After Pell acquittal, pope compares 'unjust sentences' to persecution of Jesus

Just hours after Australia's highest court threw out the sex abuse conviction of the Vatican's former treasurer, Pope Francis offered his morning Mass for all those who suffer from unjust sentences,..
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Mysterious Shroud of Turin on virtual display for coronavirus prayer

The Shroud of Turin, the mysterious linen some Christians believe is Jesus' burial cloth, will go on virtual display on Saturday, an extraordinary showing to help the faithful worldwide pray for an end..
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When is Easter and how will it be different this year amid coronavirus?

Easter, the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, will likely look a lot different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Fearing coronavirus, African city dwellers flee to the countryside

Each morning at a crowded bus station east of Nairobi, Kenyans load their bags on to minibuses emblazoned with the faces of pop stars and Jesus, heading to their villages in the hope of escaping the..
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Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre closes amid coronavirus fears

Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, revered in Christian tradition as the site of Jesus's crucifixion and burial, was closed on Wednesday as a precaution against the coronavirus.
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Another victim of coronavirus: Spain's religious statue-kissing

A Spanish pre-Easter tradition, where Catholics flock in droves to kiss statues of Jesus and Mary, fell victim to the coronavirus epidemic this week as churches with some of the most sought-after..
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Сomedian who joked about church leaves Russia, fearing police probe

A popular stand-up comedian has temporarily left Russia for security reasons after police opened an investigation into one of his performances in which he cracked crude jokes about Jesus and the..
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Philippines' Catholics parade 'Black Nazarene' in celebration of Christ

Hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholics in the Philippines walked barefoot on Thursday around a centuries-old black wooden statue of Jesus Christ believed to have healing powers, praying for good..
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Put away phones at mealtimes and talk to each other, says pope

Pope Francis on Sunday urged people to talk to each other at mealtimes instead of using their mobile phones, citing Jesus, Mary and Joseph as an example for families to follow.
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Netflix show that insinuates Jesus is gay sparks controversy, attack investigation in Brazil

Brazil's police were investigating a video on social media that shows a gasoline bomb attack targeting the makers of a Christmas program on Netflix.
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Shadowy group says it attacked Brazil's 'gay Jesus' comedy troupe; police investigate

A Christmas Eve fire-bomb attack on offices of a comedy troupe that produced a "gay Jesus" Netflix special is being investigated as an attempted homicide, police said on Thursday, a day after a shadowy..
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Brazilian far-right group claims attack on 'gay Jesus' comedy troupe

A far-right religious group in Brazil has claimed responsibility for a Christmas Eve fire-bombing attack on the offices of a comedy troupe that produced a Netflix special depicting Jesus as gay.
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'Jesus is Born,' the Christmas album Kanye West promised, is actually here

It's a Christmas miracle – "Jesus is Born," the album Kanye West promised two months ago is here.
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Brazilian comedy group hit by Molotov cocktails after film on 'gay Jesus'

Molotov cocktails were thrown at the headquarters of Brazilian comedy group Porta dos Fundos in Rio de Janeiro on Christmas Eve, weeks after it launched a film on Netflix depicting Jesus as gay.
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UK's Prince Philip discharged from London hospital; Hilary Duff and Matthew Koma tie the knot; Giant baby Jesus statue delights Mexico City crowd. (Dec. 24)  
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Carols and bells in Bethlehem as Christmas draws near

Christmas cheer rang out through Bethlehem's Manger Square on Monday as pilgrims and worshippers flocked to the city revered as Jesus's birthplace and locals made final preparations for this year's..
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Republican lawmakers, opposing Trump impeachment, cite crucifixion of Jesus

Two U.S. Republican lawmakers on Wednesday opposed the impeachment of President Donald Trump with remarks that alluded to the Biblical account of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, causing the phrase..
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GOP compares impeachment to Crucifixion, Pearl Harbor attack, and Salem Witch Trials

Republicans compared the impeachment of President Trump to tragedies such as the Salem Witch Trials, Pearl Harbor, and the crucifixion of Jesus.
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Jesus got 'more rights' than Trump and other quotes from a historical day of the ongoing impeachment debate

These are some of the quotes that will likely be remembered as the impeachment inquiry against Trump continues through the House.
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Operation Santa, missing Jesus, Future the rhino: News from around our 50 states

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Church nativity scene depicts Holy Family as caged refugees

A Methodist church in Southern California has turned a classic Christmas tradition - the Nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus - into a statement about immigration by putting the Holy Family in..
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A relic of Jesus' manger, Christmas gift from pope to Bethlehem

A fragment of wood reputed to be from the manger where Jesus was laid after his humble birth arrived in Bethlehem as a gift from the Vatican on Saturday, kicking off Christmas season at the town..
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Just in time for Christmas, wooden manger relics heading from Rome to Bethlehem: Palestinians

Wooden relics said to be from the manger that held the infant Jesus will be returned from Rome to Bethlehem in time for the Christmas season, Palestinian officials said on Friday.
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Kanye West says he's the "greatest artist that God has ever created"

"Jesus has won the victory," he told the crowd. "I told you about my arrogance and cockiness already. "Now the greatest artist that God has ever created is now working for him."
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Rapper Kanye West: 'The only superstar is Jesus'

Rapper Kanye West told parishioners at Joel Osteen's Houston megachurch on Sunday that his recent spiritual awakening has made him realize he's no longer in the service of fame and money but "in..
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Far-right politicians decry selection of non-white "Christ child"

Nuremberg's mayor Ulrich Maly condemned the comments which he said had an "openly racist connotation"
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Worshippers seek Nigerian televangelist's blessing in Nazareth

Evangelical Christians have flocked to Israel for a mass faith-healing by a celebrity Nigerian pastor outside Jesus's hometown of Nazareth.
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Two years ago, the painting titled “Salvator Mundi,” set a record as the most expensive piece of art ever sold at an auction. The image of Jesus is one of fewer than two dozen works attributed to..
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