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U.N. religion expert concerned over ‘interrupted’ Vietnam visit

By Martin Petty HANOI (Reuters) – A U.N. expert expressed worry on Thursday over “serious violations” of religious freedom in Vietnam following a fact-finding mission he said was interrupted by surveillance, harassment and intimidation. Heiner Bielefeldt, U.N. Special Rapporteur on … Continue reading

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UN official: Vietnam violates religious freedom

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A U.N. official who went to Vietnam to assess religious freedom in this Southeast Asian country said Thursday that security agents closely monitored his visit and people he wanted to meet were harassed and intimidated. Heiner … Continue reading

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Sudanese Christian woman leaves Italy for the US

Rome (AFP) – A Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to death for renouncing Islam then acquitted after international pressure on Khartoum, on Thursday left Italy for the United States with her family. Meriam Ibrahim Tehya Ishag, who met Pope … Continue reading

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Vatican taking action in divisive Paraguay diocese

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is taking action in a divisive diocese in Paraguay where an Argentine priest, accused by a former superior of being a “serious threat to young people,” has been removed as the No. 2. The … Continue reading

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Minnesota archbishop won’t resign amid criticism

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Despite criticism over how the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has handled sex abuse claims involving priests, as well as an investigation into his own conduct, the archbishop says he will not resign. Archbishop … Continue reading

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Archbishop says he didn’t mismanage abuse scandal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he won’t resign, despite criticism that he and other local Roman Catholic Church leaders concealed allegations about abusive priests, and he again dismissed allegations … Continue reading

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Pope: World War I should teach us: No more war

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I with an impassioned plea for people to “not repeat the mistakes of the past,” urging them to embrace dialogue to overcome conflicts. … Continue reading

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Australia’s treatment of child asylum-seekers ‘abuse’: churches

The Australian government Wednesday rejected a report from church leaders describing its treatment of child asylum-seekers as “state-sanctioned abuse”, saying such claims were “offensive”. The report by a coalition of leaders from Christian churches criticises how unaccompanied asylum-seeker children are … Continue reading

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Australian asylum seeker policy is ‘child abuse’: religious leaders

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) – An Australian senator on Wednesday accused the government of trying to whitewash its hard-line asylum seeker policies by blocking access to a detention center holding 157 Sri Lankan migrants recently held at sea by … Continue reading

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Bomb attack on church in Nigeria’s Kano kills five

KANO (Reuters) – A bomb attack on a Catholic church in northern Nigeria’s main city of Kano killed five people and wounded eight on Sunday, a senior police officer said. The bomber threw the bomb at worshippers on their way … Continue reading

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