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Sri Lanka's once-powerful ex-president faces backlash

Sri Lanka's once-powerful ex-president faces backlash

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 file photo, a Sri Lankan police officer stands by a banner of President Mahinda Rajapaksa outside an election campaign venue in Mannar, an area with majority Tamil inhabitants, Sri Lanka. Their friends have deserted them. Their houses have been raided. The…

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Sri Lanka's once-powerful ex-president faces backlash

Sri Lanka's once-powerful ex-president faces backlash

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 file photo, supporters of Sri Lanka's main opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena burst firecrackers in front of his cutout at the end of voting in the presidential election in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Their friends have deserted them. Their h…

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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

In this Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 photo, Pope Francis stretches out his hand to touch the hands of his devotees as he arrives at the church of Our Lady of Madhu in Madhu, Sri Lanka. Thousands of people waving the white and yellow Vatican flags were on hand to welcome Francis to the Our Lady o…

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Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015, AT 1 A.M. ET AND THEREAFTER- In this July 24, 2014, photo, V.G. Karunawathie, a patient suffering from a deadly mystery kidney disease, rests after returning home from a dialysis session at a nearby hospital, in Konketiyawa village in Padaviya, Sri Lank…

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Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015, AT 1 A.M. ET AND THEREAFTER- In this July 23, 2014 photo, V.G. Karunawathie, a patient suffering from a deadly mystery kidney disease, rests in her house with a relative in Konketiyawa village in Padaviya, Sri Lanka. Her kidneys stopped working more tha…

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Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JAN. 17, 2015, AT 1 A.M. ET AND THEREAFTER- In this July 24, 2014, photo, V.G. Karunawathie, left, a patient suffering from a deadly mystery kidney disease, leans on her son as she rides home from a hospital after a dialysis session in Konketiyawa village in Padaviya,…

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Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015, AT 1 A.M. ET AND THEREAFTER- In this July 16, 2013 photo, Kumaradasa, a Sri Lankan farmer suffering from a deadly mystery kidney disease, bathes with the help of his wife outside their house in Medavachchiya, Sri Lanka. The cause of his disease, which a…

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Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015, AT 1 A.M. ET AND THEREAFTER- In this July 16, 2013 photo, Kumaradasa, a Sri Lankan farmer suffering from a deadly mystery kidney disease, bathes with the help of his wife outside their house in Medavachchiya, Sri Lanka. The cause of his disease, which a…

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Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015, AT 1 A.M. ET AND THEREAFTER- In this Dec. 12, 2013, photo, Seneviratnalage Jayatillake, a Sri Lankan farmer suffering from a deadly mystery kidney disease, rests in his house in Padaviya, Sri Lanka. The cause of his disease, which affects an estimated 7…

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Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015, AT 1 A.M. ET AND THEREAFTER- This Dec. 9, 2013, photo shows the swollen feet of Seneviratnalage Jayatillake, a Sri Lankan farmer suffering from a deadly mystery kidney disease, as he rests in his house in Padaviya, Sri Lanka. The cause of his disease, w…

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Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015, AT 1 A.M. ET AND THEREAFTER- In this Feb. 5, 2014, photo, family members weep around the body of Seneviratnalage Jayatillake, a Sri Lankan farmer who suffered from a deadly mystery kidney disease, during his funeral in Padaviya, Sri Lanka. The cause of …

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Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015, AT 1 A.M. ET AND THEREAFTER- In this Feb. 5, 2014, photo, villagers carry the coffin containing the body of Seneviratnalage Jayatillake, a Sri Lankan farmer who suffered from a deadly mystery kidney disease, during his funeral in Padaviya, Sri Lanka. Th…

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Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015, AT 1 A.M. ET AND THEREAFTER- In this July 24, 2014, photo, a Sri Lankan farmer walks past an advertisement promoting agrochemicals in Padaviya, Sri Lanka. A chronic kidney disease that has already killed up to 20,000 people over the past two decades and…

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Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015, AT 1 A.M. ET AND THEREAFTER- In this Dec. 9, 2013, photo, Appuhamige Pinhami, a Sri Lankan farmer suffering from a deadly mystery kidney disease, lies on a bed as family members sit by his side chanting religious scriptures expecting his death anytime, …

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Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015, AT 1 A.M. ET AND THEREAFTER- In this July 24, 2014, photo, a Sri Lankan agrochemical vendor gives instructions on how to use Glyphosate, the country's most popular weed killer, at a chemical sales point in Padaviya, Sri Lanka. A chronic kidney disease t…

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Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015, AT 1 A.M. ET AND THEREAFTER- In this July 25, 2014, photo, a Sri Lankan woman waits her turn to meet a doctor at a screening camp for a deadly mystery kidney disease, at a farming settlement in Rajanganaya, Sri Lanka. About 1,000 villagers gathered to g…

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Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015, AT 1 A.M. ET AND THEREAFTER- In this July 24, 2014, photo, a Sri Lankan farmer sprays an agrochemical on his field in Padaviya, Sri Lanka. A chronic kidney disease that has already killed up to 20,000 people over the past two decades and affects 70,000 …

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Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015, AT 1 A.M. ET AND THEREAFTER- In this July 24, 2014, photo, Sri Lankans collect purified water distributed by a government supplier in Padaviya, Sri Lanka. A chronic kidney disease that has already killed up to 20,000 people over the past two decades and…

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POPE WATCH: A smartphone welcome in a historic cathedral

POPE WATCH: A smartphone welcome in a historic cathedral

Pope Francis arrives to visit the ‘Our Lady of Lanka’ chapel at the Benedict XVI Cultural Institute in Bolawalana, on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Pope Francis departed Sri Lanka Thursday for the Philippines, Asia's most populous Catholic nation, where ecstat…

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POPE WATCH: A smartphone welcome in a historic cathedral

POPE WATCH: A smartphone welcome in a historic cathedral

A Sri Lankan child waves as Pope Francis departs after a visit to the ‘Our Lady of Lanka’ chapel at the Benedict XVI Cultural Institute in Bolawalana, on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Pope Francis departed Sri Lanka Thursday for the Philippines, Asia's most po…

January 15, 2015 8:57 pmLoading…
POPE WATCH: Cellphone service blocked by security

POPE WATCH: Cellphone service blocked by security

Sri Lankan faithful wait for the arrival of Pope Francis to visit the ‘Our Lady of Lanka’ chapel at the Benedict XVI Cultural Institute in Bolawalana, on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Pope Francis departed Sri Lanka Thursday for the Philippines, Asia's most po…

January 15, 2015 8:20 pmLoading…
Pope says he'll focus on poor, exploited in Philippine trip

Pope says he'll focus on poor, exploited in Philippine trip

Pope Francis reaches out to bless a Sri Lankan Catholic woman during his visit to the Church of Our Lady of Madhu in Madhu, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Thousands of people waving the white and yellow Vatican flags were on hand to welcome Francis to the Our Lady of Madhu shrine, whic…

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Pope says he'll focus on poor, exploited in Philippine trip

Pope says he'll focus on poor, exploited in Philippine trip

Pope Francis stretches out his hand to touch the hands of his devotees as he arrives at the church of Our Lady of Madhu in Madhu, Sri Lanka,Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Thousands of people waving the white and yellow Vatican flags were on hand to welcome Francis to the Our Lady of Madhu shrine,…

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Pope says he'll focus on poor, exploited in Philippine trip

Pope says he'll focus on poor, exploited in Philippine trip

Pope Francis holds a statue of Our Lady of Madhu during his visit to the church in Madhu, Sri Lanka,Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Thousands of people waving the white and yellow Vatican flags were on hand to welcome Francis to the Our Lady of Madhu shrine, which is revered by both Sinhalese and …

January 15, 2015 5:31 amLoading…
In Sri Lanka, hoping for a touch from Pope Francis

In Sri Lanka, hoping for a touch from Pope Francis

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis stretches out his hand to touch the hands of his devotees as he arrives at the church of Our Lady of Madhu in Madhu, Sri Lanka. Pope Francis has worked to avoid cloaking himself in the mystical power that popes are so often en…

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In Sri Lanka, hoping for a touch from Pope Francis

In Sri Lanka, hoping for a touch from Pope Francis

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, file photo, Sri Lankan Hindu priest Kurakkal Somasundaram, right, presents a shawl to Pope Francis during an inter-religious meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pope Francis has worked to avoid cloaking himself in the mystical power that popes are so often e…

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In Sri Lanka, hoping for a touch from Pope Francis

In Sri Lanka, hoping for a touch from Pope Francis

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis receives a letter from a Sri Lankan Catholic girl as he arrives at the Church of Our Lady of Madhu in Madhu, Sri Lanka. Pope Francis has worked to avoid cloaking himself in the mystical power that popes are so often endowed wi…

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Pope heading to Philippines, where adoring crowds await

Pope heading to Philippines, where adoring crowds await

Pope Francis delivers a prayer at the church of Our Lady of Madhu in Madhu, Sri Lanka,Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Thousands of people waving the white and yellow Vatican flags were on hand to welcome Francis to the Our Lady of Madhu shrine, which is revered by both Sinhalese and Tamil Catholic…

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Pope heading to Philippines, where adoring crowds await

Pope heading to Philippines, where adoring crowds await

Tear rolls down the cheeks of a Catholic devotee as Pope Francis delivers a prayer at the church of Our Lady of Madhu in Madhu, Sri Lanka,Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Thousands of people waving the white and yellow Vatican flags were on hand to welcome Francis to the Our Lady of Madhu shrine, w…

January 14, 2015 10:10 pmLoading…
Pope travels to war-torn north Sri Lanka, urges forgiveness

Pope travels to war-torn north Sri Lanka, urges forgiveness

A Sri Lankan Catholic devotee reads a newspaper carrying portraits of Pope Francis as she waits for his arrival at the church premise of Our Lady of Madhu in Madhu, northern Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. The visit is the first by a pope to the northern Tamil territory that was devasta…

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POPE WATCH: Pope says 1st Sri Lanka saint still sets example

POPE WATCH: Pope says 1st Sri Lanka saint still sets example

Sri Lankan Hindu priest Kurakkal Somasundaram, right, presents a shawl to Pope Francis during an inter-religious meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Pope Francis arrived in Sri Lanka Tuesday at the start of a weeklong Asian tour saying the island nation can't fully heal fr…

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Pope presses Sri Lankan unity call with Mass, Tamil visit

Pope presses Sri Lankan unity call with Mass, Tamil visit

Pope Francis smiles as he speaks to Buddhist monks after an inter-religious meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Pope Francis brought calls for reconciliation and justice to Sri Lanka on Tuesday as he began a weeklong Asian tour, saying the island nation can't fully heal fr…

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Pope presses Sri Lankan unity call with Mass, Tamil visit

Pope presses Sri Lankan unity call with Mass, Tamil visit

Sri Lankan Hindu priest Kurakkal Somasundaram, right, presents a shawl to Pope Francis during an inter-religious meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Pope Francis arrived in Sri Lanka Tuesday at the start of a weeklong Asian tour saying the island nation can't fully heal fr…

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Pope presses Sri Lankan unity call with Mass, Tamil visit

Pope presses Sri Lankan unity call with Mass, Tamil visit

Pope Francis waves to people waiting on a road to welcome him on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Pope Francis arrived in Sri Lanka Tuesday at the start of a weeklong Asian tour saying the island nation can't fully heal from a quarter-century of ethnic civil war w…

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Pope presses Sri Lankan unity call with Mass, Tamil visit

Pope presses Sri Lankan unity call with Mass, Tamil visit

A Sri Lankan Catholic holds a portrait of Pope Francis and awaits his arrival, on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Less than a week after its longtime president was surprisingly voted out of office, Sri Lanka welcomes Pope Francis on Tuesday, with the island natio…

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POPE WATCH: Running late with Pope Francis in Sri Lanka

POPE WATCH: Running late with Pope Francis in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Catholics wait on a road to greet Pope Francis on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka,Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Francis arrived in Sri Lanka on Tuesday at the start of a weeklong Asian tour, saying the island nation can't fully heal from a quarter-century of ethnic civil war without…

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POPE WATCH: Running late with Pope Francis in Sri Lanka

POPE WATCH: Running late with Pope Francis in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis waves to people waiting on the road standing to welcome him on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Pope Francis arrived in Sri Lanka Tuesday at the start of a weeklong Asian tour saying the island nation can't fully heal from a quarter-century of ethnic …

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POPE WATCH: Running late with Pope Francis in Sri Lanka

POPE WATCH: Running late with Pope Francis in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan boys wait for the arrival of Pope Francis as policemen stand guard along the stretch of road on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Less than a week after its longtime president was surprisingly voted out of office, Sri Lanka welcomes Pope Francis on Tuesd…

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Pope arrives in Sri Lanka and backs search for wartime truth

Pope arrives in Sri Lanka and backs search for wartime truth

Pope Francis waves to people waiting to welcome him on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Pope Francis arrived in Sri Lanka Tuesday at the start of a weeklong Asian tour saying the island nation can't fully heal from a quarter-century of ethnic civil war without pur…

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Pope arrives in Sri Lanka and backs search for wartime truth

Pope arrives in Sri Lanka and backs search for wartime truth

Sri Lankan Catholics wait on a road to greet Pope Francis on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka,Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Francis arrived in Sri Lanka on Tuesday at the start of a weeklong Asian tour, saying the island nation can't fully heal from a quarter-century of ethnic civil war without…

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POPE WATCH: Crowds throng route to Sri Lankan capital

POPE WATCH: Crowds throng route to Sri Lankan capital

A Sri Lankan woman walks past a portrait of Joseph Vaz at a church decorated to celebrate the visit of Pope Francis in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. Less than a week after its longtime president was surprisingly voted out of office, Sri Lanka welcomes Pope Francis on Tuesday, wi…

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papa gira

Un trabajador decora una iglesia para celebrar la visita del papa Francisco, en Colombo, Sri Lanka, el 12 de enero de 2015. (Foto AP/Eranga Jayawardena)

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Pope arrives in Sri Lanka at start of Asian tour

Pope arrives in Sri Lanka at start of Asian tour

A worker decorates a church to celebrate a visit of Pope Francis in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. Less than a week after its longtime president was surprisingly voted out of office, Sri Lanka welcomes the Pope on Tuesday, with the island nation's Catholic minority hoping he can …

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Pope arrives in Sri Lanka at start of Asian tour

Pope arrives in Sri Lanka at start of Asian tour

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, Sri Lankans walk past a poster to welcome Pope Francis outside a church in Moratuwa, on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Less than a week after its longtime president was surprisingly voted out of office, Sri Lanka welcomes Pope Francis on…

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Pope arrives in Sri Lanka at start of Asian tour

Pope arrives in Sri Lanka at start of Asian tour

A poster welcomes Pope Francis near a church in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. Less than a week after its longtime president was surprisingly voted out of office, Sri Lanka welcomes the Pope on Tuesday, with the island nation's Catholic minority hoping he can help heal the linger…

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Pope arrives in Sri Lanka at start of Asian tour

Pope arrives in Sri Lanka at start of Asian tour

The popemobile is driven during preparations ahead of Pope Francis holy mass at the Galle Face Green in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. Less than a week after its longtime president was surprisingly voted out of office, Sri Lanka welcomes Pope Francis on Tuesday, with the island n…

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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

In this Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 photo, a Sri Lankan Catholic devotee Rita Anthony kisses her rosary as she prays inside her house in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Vatican has said that it hopes that Sri Lanka’s Christians can play a role in helping heal the wounds of the island nation’s bloody 25-…

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Pope's trip to Sri Lanka and Philippines: 5 things to know

Pope's trip to Sri Lanka and Philippines: 5 things to know

FILE - In this June 16, 2014 file photo, a Sri Lankan Muslim man inspects the charred remains of a bag tailoring unit following attacks by hard-line Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena, or Forces of Buddhist Power, in Aluthgama, 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pope Francis em…

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Pope's trip to Sri Lanka and Philippines: 5 things to know

Pope's trip to Sri Lanka and Philippines: 5 things to know

FILE – In this Aug. 15, 2009 file photo, Sri Lankan Christians participate in the procession of Our Lady of Madhu, at the island's holiest Catholic shrine, in the former northern war zone, in Madhu Village, about 230 Kilometers (144 miles) northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pope Francis embark…

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Pope's trip to Sri Lanka and Philippines: 5 things to know

Pope's trip to Sri Lanka and Philippines: 5 things to know

FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2013 file photo, a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk walks past a vandalized mosque in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pope Francis embarks on his second Asian pilgrimage on Jan. 13, 2015, visiting Sri Lanka and the Philippines exactly 20 years after St. John Paul II's record-making visit…

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