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Capital gains mean church losses in new German tax twist

By Tom Heneghan (Reuters) – A change in Germany’s capital gains tax has prompted an exodus from its Catholic and Protestant churches this year as thousands of registered members quit their parishes rather than pay the money. Dioceses in both … Continue reading

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Arizona man arrested for burning, urinating on Bible

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself “Dark Lord” has been arrested for allegedly burning a Bible and urinating on it outside a Christian-oriented homeless shelter in northern Arizona, police said on Friday. Eric Minerault was booked into … Continue reading

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Three admit to murder of prominent Tibetan religious leader in China: lawyer

By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) – Three Tibetans in China have pleaded guilty to involvement in the death of a prominent religious leader and two other people, a lawyer representing the victims’ families said on Friday, in Tibet’s most closely … Continue reading

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Pope to honor dead on both sides of WWI next month

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will honor the dead from both sides of World War I during a visit next month to northern Italy that witnessed some of the decisive final battles of the conflict — and where his … Continue reading

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Pope removes key Benedict XVI protege

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has removed a key protege of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican’s liturgy office and sent him back to his native Spain. In 2008, Benedict appointed Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera as prefect of … Continue reading

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Pastor shot, wounded in Wyoming church

CENTENNIAL, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming pastor was shot and wounded with his own handgun after apparently interrupting a burglary at his rural church. Dennis Lynn Davis, 44, pastor of the Centennial Valley Community Church, about 28 miles west of … Continue reading

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Dominican court opens case on ex-Vatican official

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A court in the Dominican Republic has taken the first steps toward possible sexual abuse charges against a former Vatican ambassador to the Caribbean country. An investigative magistrate is examining allegations against Josef Wesolowski … Continue reading

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Suit: Church knowingly let abuser in youth program

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two 50-year-old men filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming the Seventh-Day Adventist Church put a man known to abuse children in charge of its youth program in the 1970s and kept him in that position even after … Continue reading

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Seventh-day Adventist church sued over allegations of abuse in youth program

By Lee van der Voo PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) – Two men who say they were molested in the 1970s by a youth group leader in Oregon sued the Seventh-day Adventist church for $13.5 million on Tuesday, saying it had appointed … Continue reading

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Former papal diplomat could face trial in Dominican Republic: Vatican

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A former Polish archbishop and papal diplomat who was defrocked after allegations of paying children for sexual acts has lost his diplomatic immunity and could be tried in the Dominican Republic, the Vatican … Continue reading

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