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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...

Cardinal critic reveals drama in Vatican’s overture to China

(AP) — The retired cardinal of Hong Kong has revealed the behind-the-scenes drama of the Vatican's efforts to improve relations with China, including its request for a legitimate bishop to retire in favor of an excommunicated one who is...

Pope apologizes to abuse victims, but defends Chilean bishop

(AP) — Pope Francis apologized for insisting that victims of pedophile priests show "proof" to be believed, saying he realized it was a "slap in the face" to victims that he never intended. But he doubled down on defending a...

Pope: Corruption is ‘social virus’ infecting Latin America

(AP) — Pope Francis strongly condemned corruption in Latin America as a "social virus" infecting all aspects of life in stern remarks Friday to Peru's president and high-ranking political leaders, several of whom are embroiled in the region's biggest...

Pope wraps up Chile stop with visit to migrants, on to Peru

(AP) — Pope Francis wraps up his Chile visit Thursday by meeting with members of the South American nation's booming immigrant community, who are flocking to the region's strongest and most stable economy but are increasingly the focus of...

Pope heads to Chile indigenous area after churches burned

(AP) — Looking to put Chile's sex abuse scandal behind him, Pope Francis dives Wednesday into another divisive issue roiling the South American nation: the plight of the indigenous Mapuche and their long-running conflicts with government authorities. In an ominous...

Pope ‘afraid’ world is ‘one accident’ from nuclear war

PAPAL PLANE, Undefined (AFP) — Pope Francis said Monday that the world stood on the "edge" of nuclear war and admitted the situation terrified him. The Argentine was speaking aboard the papal plane on his way to Chile and Peru,...

Botswana shuts ‘miracle’ pastor’s church

BBC:-Botswana has shut down the church of a controversial Malawian self-styled prophet, who claimed to walk on air. The government confirmed the closure of Shepherd Bushiri's Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECG) in Gaborone, reportedly due to concerns over so-called "miracle...

New Archdeacon: Church ought not to be involved in partisan party politics

The new Archdeacon of the Anglican Church of Saint Lucia, Christian Ezekiel Glasgow, has told reporters here that the church ought not to become involved in partisan party politics. But at the same time, the Clergyman told reporters here that the...

Pope denounces ‘cancer’ of cliques, ambition in Vatican

(AP) — Pope Francis once again used a Christmas greeting to dress down Vatican officials Thursday, denouncing the "cancer" of cliques and how bureaucrats can become "corrupted" by ambition and vanity. "Reforming Rome is like cleaning the Egyptian sphinxes with...

Indonesia court rejects bid to outlaw extramarital sex

(AFP) - A bid to make all sex outside marriage illegal was rejected by a top Indonesian court Thursday, in a ruling that surprised many as concerns grow about rising intolerance in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country. Five out of...

Priest gets life sentence in cold-case murder of Texas beauty queen

(Reuters) - A retired Catholic priest convicted of murdering a former beauty queen who came to him for confession was sentenced to life in prison by a jury in south Texas on Friday, local media reported, ending a cold...

Lord’s Prayer: Pope Francis calls for change

BBC:-Pope Francis has called for a translation of a phrase about temptation in the Lord's Prayer to be changed. The current wording that says "lead us not into temptation" is not a good translation because God does not lead humans...

Pastor arrested over noisy night prayer session

AfricaNews.com:-A regional minister in Ghana caused the arrest of a pastor in the country’s resource rich Ashanti region. The cause of the arrest was die to excessive noise by the House of Bethel Ministry during an evening church service. The...

Catholic officials warn ex-seminarians over sex claims

(AP) — Catholic officials in Italy have threatened former altar boys of the pope with criminal defamation charges for having publicly accused an older seminarian of sexual misconduct when they lived together at the youth seminary inside the Vatican...

Archbishop of York ends decade of protest over Mugabe

BBC:-The Archbishop of York has put on a dog collar for the first time in almost 10 years, ending his symbolic protest over Robert Mugabe's leadership of Zimbabwe. In December 2007, Dr John Sentamu cut up his dog collar live...

Catholic officials threaten ex-seminarians over sex claims

(AP) — Catholic officials in Italy have threatened former altar boys of the pope with criminal defamation charges for having publicly accused an older seminarian of sexual misconduct when they lived together at the youth seminary inside the Vatican...

Catholic order concedes past offshore holdings in tax havens

(AP) — The scandal-marred Legion of Christ Roman Catholic religious order acknowledged Tuesday it had offshore companies in Caribbean tax havens in the past, but said they had been closed and that none was used for illegal activities. In a...

Pope gets a snazzy new Lamborghini — and auctions it off

Rome (CNN)The two struck a striking figure: the Pope in his white cassock and his snazzy new ride with its white gleam. This photo was taken Wednesday at the Vatican as Pope Francis was gifted with a special edition Lamborgini...

UN reports sharp increase in attacks against worshippers

(AP) — The United Nations says there's been sharp increase in attacks in Afghanistan targeting places of worship, religious leaders and worshippers, including attacks against Shiite Muslims. The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan has documented 51 incidents of such attacks...

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