Despite Pope Francis saying homosexuals have "gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community" and a push by LGBT rights groups for a more accepting Catholic Church, the Vatican has backed away from its "Welcoming Homosexual Persons" stance.
A criminal court in Chile ruled that priest John O'Reilly is guilty of repeated sexual abuse of a minor, a former student of an all-girls’ school. The child was five years old at the time the alleged abuses took place.
In what is being described as a "pastoral earthquake," the two-week synod of bishops called by Pope Francis to consider issues of "family life" released Monday a document with a radically new liberal tone, saying gays have "gifts and qualities to offer."
The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) in Ohio, has agreed to return a 1,000-year-old bronze idol of the Hindu deity Ganesha, which had been bought from Subhash Kapoor, who is currently in jail in India for smuggling of antiquities.
Almost two million Muslims from around the world converged on Mecca yesterday as they began their five-day Islamic Hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam. The Saudi government assured the public the kingdom is Ebola-free.