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The lone Republican moderate at a U.S. Senate candidate forum in Ohio says that at one point he felt “like a Browns fan in Pittsburgh Stadium.” The crowd of about 950 at the evangelical Genoa Baptist Church north of Columbus never quite booed state Sen. Matt Dolan during the Sunday night forum, but they didn’t embrace him either. The event, sponsored by the Center for Christian Virtue, marked the first time the major candidates had been on the stage together: Dolan, former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, former Republican Party chair Jane Timken, author JD Vance and Cleveland businesspeople Mike Gibbons and Bernie Moreno.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians, has been released from a Washington hospital after an overnight stay early in his 12-day visit to the United States. Bartholomew is 81 and is scheduled to meet with President Joe Biden at the White House. He's also scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America said the patriarch is feeling well. Bartholomew is considered first among equals alongside other Orthodox patriarchs, a position of prominence rather than direct power.

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South Korea’s president says he’ll keep striving to promote peace with North Korea through dialogue until the end of his term next May, after Pyongyang raised animosities with a resumption of provocative weapons tests. In his final policy speech at parliament, President Moon Jae-in said he’ll “make efforts to the end to help a new order for peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula be established through dialogue and diplomacy.”  Moon, a champion of greater reconciliation with North Korea, once shuttled between Pyongyang and Washington to help facilitate now-stalled nuclear diplomacy between the two countries. But he acknowledged his push for peace through dialogue remains “incomplete.”

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Greek Orthodox officials say the spiritual leader of the world’s 200 million Eastern Orthodox Christians has been hospitalized in Washington on the first full day of a planned 12-day U.S. visit and will stay overnight. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America says Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was preparing to leave for a service at a cathedral in the nation's capital when he felt unwell. The archdiocese says Bartholomew was advised by his doctor to rest and to go to a local hospital for observation. Later, the archdiocese said the 81-year patriarch was feeling well and is expected to be released from the hospital on Monday.

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Pope Francis has called for an end to the practice of returning migrants rescued at sea to Libya and other unsafe countries. The pope on Sunday said priority must be given to saving lives in the Mediterranean Sea and assuring their disembarkation in port. Italy and Malta have come under criticism by human rights advocates for leaving migrants aboard crowded rescue boats before assigning them a safe port.  Francis said he hears the cries of thousands of migrants, refugees and others in need of protection. He implored the international community to find common, concrete and lasting ways to manage “migratory flows” in the Mediterranean. 

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Pope Francis delivers his blessing as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Pope Francis delivers his blessing as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Pope Francis delivers his blessing as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

There’s an intriguing subplot to President Joe Biden’s meeting with Pope Francis this coming Friday at the Vatican. The world's two most prominent Roman Catholics will be celebrating a shared outlook on church teaching and vital social issues such as climate change and economic inequality. But at home, Biden is facing strong opposition from many U.S. Catholic bishops over his stances on abortion and LGBTQ rights. Biden is only the second Catholic president of the U.S., after John F. Kennedy. Biden displays his faith openly, often wearing a rosary and attending Mass routinely.