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Communist millions for China's official Christians

Tianjin - Chinese priest Lin Xiuqiang is pleased with his new Catholic church, its tall tower topped with a cross -- and grateful to the Communist officials who paid $19 million to build it.

U.S. Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriages in churches

Salt Lake City - US Episcopalian leaders voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to eliminate language referring to marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples in Episcopal churches across the nation.

Major U.S. church votes to divest from illegal Israeli occupation

Cleveland - A major US mainline Protestant church has overwhelmingly voted to sanction companies profiting from Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine.

St Therese of Lisieux's parents to be canonised in October

Vatican City - The parents of French saint Therese of Lisieux will be canonised on October 18 along with an Italian priest and a Spanish nun, the Vatican announced Saturday.

Op-Ed: U.S. changes direction as sacred cows die

Charleston - First a bayonet was stuck in the heart, if it had one, of the Confederacy. Then Obamacare was cleared. Now gays can marry.

Tibetans pray for Dalai Lama at 80th birthday celebration

Dharamsala - The Dalai Lama marked his official 80th birthday on Sunday, with prayers and celebrations at his hometown in exile but little to show for decades of lobbying seeking greater Tibetan autonomy.

Former archbishop to stand trial for alleged child sex abuse

Vatican City - In an unprecedented move, Vatican prosecutors have indicted the Holy See's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic on child sex abuse charges.

U.S. Catholic archbishop resigns over sex abuse coverup charges

Minneapolis - The archbishop of one of America's largest Roman Catholic archdioceses has resigned after prosecutors charged church leaders with failing to protect children from a pedophile priest and covering up clergy child sex abuse.

US Catholic bishops quit, envoy faces trial in sex abuse cases

Vatican City - The Vatican on Monday announced the resignation of two senior US clerics accused of failing to protect minors from a paedophile priest and set a date for an unprecedented trial of a former archbishop for paying boys for sex.

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