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Vatican high-flyer denies trying to bribe abuse victim

Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s former top Catholic cleric, now Pope Francis’ finance chief, on Thursday denied trying to bribe a victim of a paedophile priest to keep quiet as an inquiry heard of horrifying abuse. Cardinal George Pell spoke out … Continue reading

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Communist China’s unlikely Catholic outpost: Tibetans

Opening the church door in Baihanluo reveals a large portrait of Pope Francis — something of a paradox in an ethnically Tibetan area of Communist China. The village is only reachable on foot or by horse, and surrounded by snow-capped … Continue reading

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Chinese leader: Religions must be free of foreign influence

BEIJING (AP) — China’s president warned Wednesday that religions must be independent from foreign influence, as the government asks domestic religious groups to pledge loyalty to the state. China is ruled by the officially atheist Communist Party, and Beijing attempts … Continue reading

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Pope’s climate change aide urges business to favor planet over profit

By Alessandra Galloni ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis’ top aide on climate change urged businesses on Wednesday not to let the pursuit of profit get in the way of protecting the planet. The remarks came as the Vatican is due … Continue reading

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Pope’s climate change aide urges business to favor planet over profit

By Alessandra Galloni ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis’ top aide on climate change urged businesses on Wednesday not to let the pursuit of profit get in the way of protecting the planet. The remarks came as the Vatican is due … Continue reading

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Catholic soul-searching in Ireland over vote on gay marriage

DUBLIN (AP) — Gays in Ireland often have faced a stark choice between leading secret lives or emigrating to more liberal lands. This week, the Irish could turn that tradition on its head and vote to legalize same-sex marriage in … Continue reading

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Catholic soul-searching in Ireland over vote on gay marriage

DUBLIN (AP) — Gays in Ireland often have faced a stark choice between leading secret lives or emigrating to more liberal lands. This week, the Irish could turn that tradition on its head and vote to legalize same-sex marriage in … Continue reading

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Pope’s No. 2 offers new insights into climate encyclical

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A new development model is needed to combat global warming, one that marries economic growth to combat poverty with a sustainable use of resources, Pope Francis’ deputy said Wednesday. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of … Continue reading

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Vatican says Pope meant no offense calling Abbas ‘angel of peace’

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis meant no offense to Israel by referring to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as being “an angel of peace” and intended to encourage harmony between the two sides, the Vatican said on Tuesday. Francis met … Continue reading

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Religious objections bill rejected by La. House committee

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers have shelved a divisive religious objections bill pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that critics said could sanction discrimination against same-sex couples. A House legal committee voted 10-2 Tuesday for a procedural move designed … Continue reading

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