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Critic of Vatican refuses to step down from sex abuse commission

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A prominent and outspoken British member of a papal advisory commission on sexual abuse by the clergy on Saturday refused to step down despite a no-confidence vote, and said only Pope Francis could … Continue reading

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Christian group says China charges pastor with embezzling

BEIJING (AP) — A pastor in a Chinese province where authorities have been cracking down on churches has been charged with embezzling funds, a Christian rights group said. China’s state-sanctioned Protestant church body announced a week earlier than Gu Yuese … Continue reading

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Former victim leaves Vatican child sex abuse commission

Vatican City (AFP) – A former paedophilia victim has left the Vatican advisory commission on sexual abuse by the clergy, the Vatican announced Saturday, two days after the British campaigner criticised the body in the press. “It was decided” that … Continue reading

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Why meeting between pope and Russian church leader is a big deal

Decades of diplomacy between Russian patriarch, and the Vatican, that began under Pope John Paul II have finally come to fruition. Pope Francis plans to travel to Cuba later this month to meet Patriarch Kirill, leader of the Russian Orthodox … Continue reading

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Man accused of IS-inspired plot to attack Detroit church

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities have arrested a 21-year-old Michigan man whom they accuse of supporting Islamic State militants and plotting to attack a Detroit church. Khalil Abu-Rayyan, of Dearborn Heights, appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court in Detroit and is … Continue reading

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Germany’s Catholic Church calls for ‘reduction’ in refugees

Frankfurt (AFP) – The German Catholic Church called for a reduction in the influx of refugees arriving in Germany, saying the country cannot take in “all the world’s needy,” according to an interview published Saturday. Germany has been struggling to … Continue reading

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Sex-abuse survivor takes leave of absence from Vatican panel

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis’ efforts to show that he’s tough on clerical sex abuse have suffered a blow after a high-profile abuse survivor took a leave of absence from the pontiff’s advisory commission. Peter Saunders, a British advocate … Continue reading

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British member of Vatican sexual abuse commission leaves

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Peter Saunders, a British member of a Vatican advisory commission on sexual abuse who has been among the most outspokenly critical of the Vatican, has left the group, the Vatican said on Saturday. A Vatican statement … Continue reading

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Vatican says key member of Pope Francis’ sex-abuse commission taking leave of absence

AP () — — Vatican says key member of Pope Francis’ sex-abuse commission taking leave of absence. Society & Culture Pope Francis Vatican Read More At:  http://news.yahoo.com/vatican-says-key-member-pope-francis-sex-abuse-123014572.html

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Man pleads guilty in plot to attack churches, start race war

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man charged with plotting to shoot up or bomb synagogues and black churches has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and firearms charges. Thirty-four-year-old Robert C. Doyle entered the pleas Friday in federal court in Richmond, … Continue reading

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