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Ukraine priests to hold historic 'unification' synod

Kiev - Ukrainian priests will hold a historic synod on Saturday to work towards founding an independent church, in what Kiev authorities hope will be a further step out of Russia's orbit.

Ukrainian synod seeks to set up church independent of Russia

Kiev - Ukrainian priests will meet on Saturday to work towards an independent church, following an Orthodox "schism", in what Kiev authorities hope will signal a further step out of Russia's orbit.

Scandal-hit US archidiocese to file for bankruptcy

Los Angeles - The Archdiocese of Santa Fe, which is facing a litany of lawsuits in New Mexico over claims of sexual abuse committed by priests, has announced it will file for bankruptcy protection.

Dutch church prays 24/7 to shield Armenian family from deportation

Den Haag - A Dutch church has resorted to the power of prayer to stop the deportation of an Armenian family sheltering there, holding round-the-clock religious services for more than a month to keep police at bay, officials said Friday.

Russian-backed Ukrainian church rejects unification

Kiev - The Russian-controlled branch of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine said Tuesday that it would not participate in the establishment of a unified church there as Kiev seeks to cut spiritual ties with Moscow.

Greek PM claims breakthrough in tangled church-state relations

Atenas - Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced a tentative breakthrough in talks to soften ties between Greece and its powerful Orthodox Church, a decades-old debate affecting valuable church lands and clerical salaries.

Mass infant grave at Irish Catholic home to be excavated

Dublin - Ireland's government on Tuesday approved the full excavation of a mass grave of infant and children's remains on the site of a former Catholic home for unmarried mothers.

US opens federal investigation into Catholic Church abuse

New York - The US has for the first time opened a federal investigation into abuse committed by Catholic clergy, issuing a subpoena to dioceses in Pennsylvania two months after the publication of a report on decades of sexual abuse in the state.

Ukraine votes to hand landmark Kiev church to Constantinople

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament on Thursday voted to hand over a landmark Kiev church to the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate after it agreed to recognise the independence of Ukraine's Orthodox Church.

Abuse victim sues Vatican in bid to identify predators

Los Angeles - A US man who says he was raped by a priest as a child announced Thursday he was suing the Vatican seeking the identification of accused clergy members worldwide.

Dozens of students found dead as Indonesia rescue ramps up

Palu - The bodies of dozens of students have been pulled from their landslide-swamped church in Sulawesi, officials said Tuesday, as an international effort to help nearly 200,000 increasingly desperate Indonesian quake-tsunami victims ground into gear.

Indonesia quake: 34 Bible study students killed at church, 52 missing - Red Cross

Palu - Indonesian rescue workers have discovered the bodies of 34 students killed when a mudslide caused by Friday's quake on Sulawesi island engulfed their church, a local rescue official said.

Chinese Catholics 'pray for the best' but wary after Vatican deal

Bejing - Chinese Catholics have mixed feelings about the Vatican's landmark deal with Beijing: Some in the unofficial "underground" church remain suspicious of the government while others "pray for the best".

Sex abuse claims rock Dutch Catholic Church

Den Haag - More than half of the Netherlands' senior clerics were involved in covering up sexual assault of children between 1945 and 2010, a press report claimed Saturday, further engulfing the Catholic Church in a global abuse scandal.

Russian Orthodox church threatens rupture with Istanbul-based rival

Moscow - The Russian Orthodox Church on Saturday threatened to retaliate against its Istanbul-based rival if it allows Ukraine to cut spiritual ties with Moscow, ending Russian religious rule in the country.

Spanish sculptures get kitschy colours in another botched restoration

Madrid - A Spanish parishioner has painted three 15th century sculptures in garish colours, giving Jesus a bright green robe in the latest botched amateur art restoration to make headlines in the country.

New York subpoenas every Catholic diocese in state

New York - New York prosecutors are subpoenaing each Catholic diocese in the state as part of investigations into clerical abuse after at least 1,000 victims were recently identified in neighboring Pennsylvania.

Chilean clergy abuse cases triple to 119

Santiago - Scores of new cases of priestly sexual abuse of minors have come to light in Chile, public prosecutors said Friday, deepening a crisis in the country's Catholic Church that has embroiled Pope Francis.

Australian Catholics vow to end child abuse 'cover-ups'

Sydney - Australian Catholic leaders vowed Friday that the church's "shameful" history of child abuse and cover-ups will never be repeated, but rejected a national inquiry's call to report such assaults disclosed in confession.

Orthodox bishops await historic decision on Ukraine church

Moscow - Bishops in Moscow and Kiev are awaiting a looming decision on whether Ukraine will get an independent church, ending Russian religious rule in the country and sending shockwaves through the eastern Orthodox world.

Egypt police arrest six over failed church attack

Apo - Egyptian authorities have arrested six suspected members of a "terrorist cell" behind a failed suicide attack on a church in the outskirts of Cairo, the interior ministry said Sunday.

Chile's Catholic bishops apologize for failing abuse victims

Chile - Chilean Catholic bishops apologized on Friday for having "failed" victims of sexual abuse and promised to work with prosecutors to prevent a repeat of the crimes dating back five decades.

Chile prosecutors seek Vatican files of priests in sex scandal

Santiago - Prosecutors in Chile on Wednesday said they have requested the Vatican files of nine Chilean priests being investigated for sexual abuses."The National Prosecutor, Jorge Abbott, today signed an official letter addressed to the Vatican (..

Ethiopia's torn Orthodox church reunites after 27 years

Addis Ababa - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has overseen the reunification of feuding wings of the one of the world's oldest Christian churches, his top aide said Friday.

Ethiopia's torn Orthodox church reunites after 27 years

Addis Ababa - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has overseen the reunification of two feuding wings of the one of the world's oldest Christian churches, his top aide said Friday.

Chile investigating 158 in Catholic Church over sex abuse

Santiago - Chile is now investigating 158 members of the country's embattled Catholic Church -- both clergymen and lay people -- for perpetrating or concealing the sexual abuse of children and adults, prosecutors said on Monday.

Chile says investigating 158 in Catholic Church over sex abuse

Santiago - Chile is now investigating 158 members of the country's embattled Catholic Church -- both clergymen and lay people -- for perpetrating or concealing the sexual abuse of children and adults, prosecutors said Monday.

Vatican suspends Chilean deacon accused of child abuse

Santiago - The Vatican dismissed a Chilean deacon over sexual abuse accusations in central Chile, the archdiocese of the city of Rancagua said Friday, amid a widespread abuse scandal gripping the country's Catholic Church.

Tens of thousands mark 100 years since murder of last Russian tsar

Yekaterinburg - Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill led some 100,000 people in a nightime procession Tuesday to mark 100 years since the Bolsheviks murdered tsar Nicholas II and his family, amid a simmering conflict between the state and the Church over their remains.

100,000 Russians mark 100 years since murder of last tsar

Yekaterinburg - Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Tuesday led some 100,000 people in a nightime procession marking 100 years since the Bolsheviks shot dead tsar Nicholas II and his family after he abdicated, authorities said on Tuesday.
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