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Vatican: Pope did not say there is no hell

BBC:-  The Vatican has denied that Pope Francis told a well-known Italian journalist that "there is no hell". The quote came in an article in Italy's La Repubblica daily. But the Vatican said "no quotations" in the article "should be considered...

Pope on Holy Thursday urges priests to be close to sinners

(AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday urged priests to be spiritually close to their flocks and not insist only on preaching laws when they sin. Francis issued the guidance during Holy Thursday Mass, which is meant to show the unity...

Report: Key unofficial bishop in Vatican-China deal detained

(AP) — A bishop in China's underground Catholic Church has reportedly been detained, just as the Vatican has been laying the groundwork for him to step aside as part of a long-sought deal with Beijing over bishop nominations. The AsiaNews...

Greek bishop to be retried under homophobia law

(AFP) - A Greek bishop will be retried after being controversially acquitted on charges of inciting violence against homosexuals, a judicial source said Tuesday. Bishop Amvrosios, whose name is Athanassios Lenis, labelled gay people the "dregs of society" and called...

Author of “The Dictator Pope” suspended as Knight of Malta

(AP) — The author of a highly critical book about Pope Francis, entitled "The Dictator Pope," has been suspended by the Knights of Malta lay religious order. In a statement Thursday, the order said it disassociated itself from the book...

Barbados: Hijab, youth unemployment among election issues for Muslims

Barbados Nation:-  A MUSLIM WOMAN’S RIGHT to wear the head scarf (hijab) when taking pictures for identification is one of the key issues the community wants addressed as the 2018 General Election looms over Barbados. Secretary of the Barbados Muslim Association,...

Pope Francis says it’s ‘abuse’ to accessorize with the crucifix

(Fox News) - The Pope hit out at the 'abuse' of the crucifix by people who wear them as fashion accessories. In a speech at St Peter's Square in the Vatican, Pope Francis said that the crucifix is a religious...

Vatican ‘Lettergate’ scandal comes to a head as text released

(Reuters) - The Vatican "Lettergate" scandal came to a head on Saturday when the Holy See, under pressure from the media and conservatives, released a full text by former Pope Benedict that before was cited only selectively. The Vatican Secretariat...

Cardinal’s alleged sex victims testify in Australian court

(AP) — The most senior Catholic Church leader to be charged with sexual abuse came close to confronting his accusers on Monday in a video-linked Australian court hearing to test the strength of the prosecution's case. Cardinal George Pell's alleged...

Vatican indicts ex-bank head, says embezzlement loss is $62M

(AP) — Vatican prosecutors have indicted the former president of the Vatican bank and his lawyer on embezzlement charges, holding them responsible for losses of more than 50 million euros ($62 million) from real estate sales. The trial of Angelo...

Catholic church urged to stop using nuns as cheap labour

The Guardian:-  A Vatican magazine has denounced widespread exploitation of nuns for cheap or free labour in the Roman Catholic church, saying the male hierarchy should stop treating them like lowly servants. The article in the monthly Women, Church, World is remarkable for...

Vatican sex abuse investigator wraps up his mission in Chile

(AP) — The Vatican's sex crimes investigator has ended his mission in Chile, and Roman Catholic officials say he plans to deliver a report to the pope on a Chilean bishop who has been accused of ignoring sex abuse...

Holiest church in Christianity closed in Israel tax dispute

(AFP) - Christian leaders took the rare step on Sunday of closing Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built where tradition holds Jesus was buried, in protest at Israeli tax measures and a proposed property law. It was not clear...

Pope Francis warns against ‘fake fasting’ during Lent

Vatican News:-  Pope Francis'  words of warning against what he called “fake fasting” came during the homily on Friday at morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta. When fasting, Pope Francis said, a true Christian must be consistent, not putting himself on show, never...

US: Church asks worshippers to bring assault rifles to blessing

Sky News:-  A church in Pennsylvania is inviting couples to bring their assault rifles to be blessed with them at a commitment ceremony. Worshippers at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland are being asked to turn up with an...

Evangelist Billy Graham dies at age 99

NORTH CAROLINA, United States — The Rev Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counsellor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died. Spokesman Mark DeMoss says Graham, who long...

Pope backs down after defending Nigerian bishop rejected by locals

(Reuters) - A Nigerian bishop whom Pope Francis had fiercely defended has resigned after a five-year, sometimes violent, standoff with rebel priests and faithful who rejected him as an ethnic outsider, the Vatican said on Monday. The case of the...

Pope Francis’ Advisors Say He Knew About Sexual Abuse by a Chilean Reverend

(Time) - Pope Francis received a victim’s letter in 2015 that graphically detailed sexual abuse at the hands of a priest and a cover-up by Chilean church authorities, contradicting the pope’s recent insistence that no victims had come forward,...

Police release ‘kidnapped’ priest in DR Congo

(AFP) - Congolese police have released a Catholic priest hours after they snatched him this weekend following a mass in Kinshasa, the cleric said Sunday, amid spiralling tensions between the church and the government. Security forces had grabbed Father Sebastien...

Pope calls worldwide day of prayer and fasting for peace February 23

(Reuters) - Pope Francis invited Roman Catholics and members of all other religions on Sunday to observe a day of prayer, fasting and initiatives for peace on Feb. 23, urging everyone to 'say no' to violence and conflict. Francis, speaking...

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