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Pope Fran­cis be­came the first Catholic pon­tiff to visit an Angli­can par­ish in Rome, us­ing his homily at the ser­vice to press for closer ties af­ter cen­turies of mis­trust and hos­til­ity be­tween the two churches.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jer­sey urged GOP law­mak­ers not to shy away from hold­ing town hall-style events even if they might be con­fronted by pro­test­ers, say­ing, “You asked for the job.”

Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan of Turkey is the sub­ject of a new biopic called Reis — Turk­ish for “the chief” — that pro­duc­ers screened at a gala cel­e­brat­ing his 63rd birth­day.

Eric Fer­gu­son, city at­tor­ney in Ben­ton City, Wash., said Tim Ful­ton’s ser­vice an­i­mal, a Shet­land pony named Fred, can’t be kept in a res­i­den­tial zone, af­ter U.S. of­fi­cials be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the city com­mit­ted a fair-hous­ing vi­o­la­tion by fin­ing the man $100 and ban­ning the pony, which Ful­ton says he needs to lean on while out walk­ing.

Nils Bildt, iden­ti­fied as a “Swedish de­fense and na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser” in a Fox News in­ter­view, was the sub­ject of some con­fu­sion af­ter the Swedish De­fense Min­istry and For­eign Of­fice said they knew noth­ing of him, prompt­ing Bildt to later ex­plain that he was a U.S.based in­de­pen­dent an­a­lyst and that Fox had cho­sen its de­scrip­tion of him.

John Yost, a tow truck driver, de­scribed as mir­a­cles that a wo­man, 67, was res­cued af­ter she drove her ve­hi­cle into a swollen North­ern Cal­i­for­nia creek, where she spent the night in the back­seat with her dog await­ing help, and that the ve­hi­cle landed upright and was lodged against a rock so it wasn’t swept down­stream.

Em­manuel Nahshon, Is­rael’s For­eign Min­istry spokesman, called van­dal­ism at a Jewish ceme­tery in Philadel­phia, in which more than 100 grave sites were dam­aged, “shock­ing and a source of worry.”

Ya­coub Sha­heen, a 22-year-old Pales­tinian, won this year’s Arab Idol, a tele­vi­sion song com­pe­ti­tion, spark­ing danc­ing in the streets in front of a large screen erected out­side the Church of the Na­tiv­ity in Beth­le­hem, where hun­dreds of Pales­tini­ans had gath­ered to watch.

Lt. John Grimpel, a New York po­lice spokesman, said that while the agency “is highly trained in the use of tran­quil­izer guns,” that does not in­clude spe­cific pro­to­col for fir­ing tran­quil­izer darts to con­tain large an­i­mals, as of­fi­cers were forced to do af­ter they chased an es­caped bull through Queens.

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