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US clergy abuse survivors demand inclusion in Vatican reforms

Chicago - Patricia Gallagher Marchant was first abused by a priest who befriended her family when she was seven or eight years old.

All Chilean bishops quit over child abuse scandal

Vatican City - Thirty-four Chilean bishops announced their resignation Friday over a child sex abuse scandal within the Church in Chile that has come to haunt the reign of Pope Francis.

Bishops to mediate Nicaragua talks after anti-Ortega demos

Managua - Nicaragua's powerful Roman Catholic bishops announced Monday they are engaging in talks to resolve a crisis that has left scores dead in the wake of a crackdown on anti-government protests in the strife-torn central American country.

Nicaraguan bishops to launch crisis talks Wednesday

Managua - Nicaragua's powerful bishops announced Monday they are engaging in talks to resolve a crisis that has left scores dead in the wake of a crackdown on anti-government protests.

Bishops call on British PM to take more Syria refugees

London - A group of 84 bishops have written to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to allow more Syrian refugees to settle in Britain, a published letter showed.

Defiant Rome mayor welcomes gay marriage in the Vatican's shadow

Rome - The issue of gay marriage in Italy has been brought to the forefront by Rome's feisty mayor, Ignazio Marino, who registered 16 gay marriages that had been officiated abroad.

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.

Op-Ed: Farewell to Pontiff — U.S. Bishop share his respects

A Pontiff excuses himself from the most revered post in the world drawing questions and speculations while the search for a successor draws candidates from around.

Gay controversy threatens to split Church of Ireland

A controversy over same-sex relationships has arisen in the Church of Ireland after it became known that the Dean of Leighlin (Carlow), the Very Reverend Tom Gordon, married his same-sex partner of 20 years in a civil ceremony at a registry in July.

PH Catholic Bishops return vehicles purchased from state funds

At least six Catholic bishops who received service vehicles purchased out of government funds have decided to return them to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), the government agency that released the funds.

Gays may become Church of England bishops – if they stay celibate

The Church of England looks set to allow openly gay clergy to become bishops. But there’s a catch: unlike their heterosexual counterparts, they will have to remain celibate.

Op-Ed: Despised and rejected – gays and Christianity

It’s never been easy being gay – especially gay and religious. It’s got better in some countries – and in my own, the UK, it’s almost cool, and there are laws to protect homosexuals against discrimination.

New Orthodox Archbishop of Johannesburg and Pretoria

Johannesburg - The Orthodox Archbishop of Johannesburg and Pretoria, Metropolitan Seraphim (Kykkotis), has been transferred to Zimbabwe, and the new Archbishop will be Bishop Damaskinos of Ghana.

Help to reform lawmaking chamber, UK bishops urged

Anglican bishops in Britain are being urged to take a leading role in reforming the country’s upper legislative chamber, the House of Lords.

UK peers approve gay ‘marriage’ ceremonies on religious premises

Britain’s upper legislative chamber, the House of Lords, has voted to allow the use of religious premises and religious language in same-sex partnership ceremonies.

Catholic Bishops vs. Barack Obama

Abortion was on the back burner during this election cycle but U.S. Catholic Bishops are a gathering force determined to pit Catholic faithful against Barack Obama. Obama’s extreme pro-choice stance is forcing many Catholics to take a second look.

Death of Richard Wood, former Anglican bishop

Richard Wood, former Anglican bishop suffragan of Namibia, died on 9 October 2008 at his home at Itchen Abbas, Hampshire, England.

Hippy, playboy Jesus ad riles Belgian bishops

Catholic bishops in Belgium have protested a new TV ad depicting a pot-bellied, hippy Jesus performing miracles and picking up scantily-clad girls up in a nightclub, a church spokesman said Friday.

Spanish bishops fear rebirth of Islamic kingdom

There is concern among Spanish bishops over plans to make the city of Cordoba into pilgrimage site for European Muslims.

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