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Fire guts UNESCO-listed church in Haiti

Port-au-prince - A fire ripped through one of Haiti's oldest churches overnight, officials said Monday, causing the dome of the UNESCO-listed world heritage site to collapse.

Sri Lanka Catholic church 'forgives' 2019 Easter suicide bombers

Colombo - Sri Lanka's Roman Catholic Church said Sunday it had forgiven the suicide bombers behind the attacks that killed at least 279 people last Easter.

Cardinal George Pell pens Easter message on redemption

Sydney - Cardinal George Pell has penned a letter in Australia’s national newspaper just days after walking free from prison in which he says the Catholic Church has "cut out a moral cancer" by facing down child sex abuse.

Germany's embattled Catholic Church elects reformist leader

Mainz - Catholic bishops in Germany on Tuesday chose a reformist as their new leader, with a challenging agenda ahead for a Church discussing controversial reforms and compensation demands from sexual abuse victims.

Montenegro needs own church to repel Serb nationalism: president

Podgorica - Montenegro needs its own Orthodox church to ward off meddling from Serbia and cement its identity, President Milo Djukanovic told AFP, as tensions seethe over who controls a faith shared by both countries.

Heavy hearts as Notre-Dame misses Xmas mass for first time since 1803

Paris - Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was unable to hold Christmas Eve Mass for the first time in more than 200 years -- after a fire ravaged its structure in April.

General rebuked after tempers flare over rebuilding Notre-Dame

Paris - The French army general charged with the rebuilding of Paris' fire-ravaged Notre-Dame was rebuked by the government Thursday after telling the chief architect to "shut his mouth" in a sign of tension over the cathedral's future appearance.

Tempers flare over rebuilding of Notre-Dame spire

Paris - The French army general charged with overseeing the rebuilding of Paris' fire-mangled Notre-Dame, has caused astonishment by publicly telling the cathedral's chief architect to "shut his mouth" in a sign of tension over the monument's future look.

Robbers steal treasures in ram-raid on French cathedral

Oloron-sainte-marie - Robbers rammed a car into a medieval cathedral in southwest France early Monday, breaking windows and sawing through metal bars to grab silver chalices and other irreplaceable church treasures, local authorities said.

Nigerian pastor accused of abusing children who fled Boko Haram

Benin City - Deep in the tropical forest in southern Nigeria, an evangelical pastor runs a sprawling camp billed as a refuge for thousands of children who fled the Boko Haram jihadist insurgency in the north.

Sri Lanka parliament blames president for Easter attack lapses

Colombo - A Sri Lankan parliamentary report accused President Maithripala Sirisena Wednesday of "actively undermining" national security and of failing to prevent the Easter Sunday bombings earlier this year that killed 269 people.

Spanish prior at Franco mausoleum refuses to allow exhumation

Madrid - The prior of the mausoleum where Spanish dictator Francisco Franco is buried said Wednesday he would prevent the dictator's remains from being exhumed from the grounds, even though the courts and the Church have approved the project.

Spanish Church says will not oppose Franco exhumation

Madrid - Spain's Catholic Church said Thursday it would not oppose the exhumation of the remains of late Spanish dictator Francisco Franco and their removal from a huge state mausoleum outside Madrid.

Russian priests break silence on opposition crackdown

Moscow - Dozens of Orthodox priests took Russians by surprise this week to defend jailed anti-government protesters, breaking ranks with Church authorities who for years have aligned themselves with the Kremlin.

US church leaders charged with using homeless for 'forced labor'

Los Angeles - Leaders of a California-based church have been arrested on charges of imprisoning dozens of mostly homeless people and forcing them to panhandle six days a week for their benefit.

Top Philippine court refuses to legalise gay marriage

Manila - A landmark case to legalise gay marriage was rejected by the Philippines' highest court on Tuesday, but LGBT advocates in the deeply Catholic nation vowed to push their battle in the legislature.

Argentine trial starts against priests for sexually abusing deaf children

Mendoza - Two priests and a gardener appeared in court Monday to face charges of sexually abusing deaf children in their care, in a case that has sent shockwaves through Argentina's Catholic church.

'They're demonic': the deaf victims of Argentina's pedophile priests speak out

Mendoza - Ezequiel Villalonga spent most of his life at the Provolo Institute in Mendoza, a Catholic school for deaf children. But now the 18-year-old, who is deaf and mute, has lost all faith in the Church.

Erdogan lays stone for modern Turkey's first new church

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the first new church in Turkey since it became a modern republic in 1923.

Russian comedy duo pranks North Macedonia PM

Skopje - Two Russian pranksters famous for hoax phone calls have tricked North Macedonia's prime minister into seemingly agreeing to pay a bribe and accusing Russia of having "many spies" in the Balkans.

Russian comedy duo pranks North Macedonia PM

Skopje - Two Russian pranksters famous for hoax phone calls have tricked North Macedonia's prime minister into seemingly agreeing to pay a bribe and accusing Russia of having "many spies" in the Balkans.

Former patriarch threatens future of new Ukraine church

Kiev - The former head of Ukraine's breakaway independent church held a rare conference of clerics Thursday with the aim of restoring his religious leadership, threatening the future of Ukraine's new unified Orthodox Church.

Sri Lanka policeman defies president to testify at attack probe

Colombo - A Sri Lankan police officer on Tuesday defied President Maithripala Sirisena and testified before a parliamentary investigation into the Easter Sunday suicide bombings that killed 258 people.

Serbian Orthodox Church urges Montenegro to scrap property bill

Podgorica - Thousands of people joined an open-air council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Podgorica on Saturday, accusing the Montenegrin government of trying to steal its church property through a draft law on religious freedom.

Saudi Arabia extradites Sri Lankans linked to Easter attacks

Colombo - Five Sri Lankans wanted in connection with the Easter bombings that killed 258 people were arrested in Saudi Arabia and extradited Friday, police and Interpol said.

Catholic church bombed in Sri Lanka attacks reopens

Colombo - Sri Lanka's bombed Catholic church was reconsecrated Wednesday with a prayer for a strong national leader to punish those responsible for the Easter attacks that killed 258 people.

Sri Lanka MPs defy president to resume Easter attack probe

Colombo - Sri Lanka's parliament Tuesday defied President Maithripala Sirisena and resumed investigations into security lapses surrounding the Easter suicide bombings that killed 258 people, officials said, as a political crisis in the country deepened.

India's Modi makes unscheduled stop at bombed Sri Lanka church

Colombo - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unexpected visit Sunday to a Colombo church bombed during the Easter suicide attacks on his first trip to neighbouring Sri Lanka since his election triumph.

Sri Lanka president sacks intelligence chief over Easter attacks probe

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president has sacked the national intelligence chief and will not cooperate with a parliamentary investigation into security lapses before the Easter suicide bombings, officials said Saturday.

Police chief blames president for failing to prevent Sri Lanka attacks

Colombo - Sri Lanka's suspended police chief has petitioned the Supreme Court, accusing President Maithripala Sirisena of failing to prevent the Easter bombings that killed 258 people.
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