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Top News: Religion

Vatican backs away from 'welcoming homosexuals' stance

Rome - 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.

Irish-born priest found guilty of sexual abuse of minor in Chile

Santiago - 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.

Vatican synod: Gays have 'gifts, qualities' to offer Christians

Rome - 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."

Op-Ed: 'Loving Christians' threaten atheist family in Louisiana Special

Lake Charles - While the majority of religious people don't threaten atheists, there are a few who do. When this happens, it can be a worrisome and scary problem for those of us who are non-believers.

Indians to celebrate Karva Chauth with a twist

Karva Chauth, a one-day festival celebrated in some parts of north India, falls on October 11 this year. Married women fast on this day, and pray for the health and well-being of their husbands.

Toledo Museum of Art to return 1000-year-old Ganesha statue

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.

Jehovah's Witnesses add online television to their website

Warwick - After a recent global campaign advertising their new revamped website, Jehovah's Witnesses have added online television as part of their day to day ministry.

Ebola fears being downplayed as annual pilgrimage of Hajj begins

Mecca - 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.

Indian university holds international yoga festival

The Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya (DSVV), a university in the north Indian city of Haridwar on the banks of the river Ganga, is hosting a five-day international yoga festival.

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