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Nicaragua agrees during crisis talks to allow probe of deadly unrest

Managua - In a surprise announcement, Nicaragua's influential Catholic bishops late Friday said rival government and civil delegates had agreed to create a "verification" commission and invite independent international bodies to probe the violence that has left ...

Nicaragua bishops summon government, civil leaders aiming to revive talks

Managua - Nicaragua's prominent bishops on Friday convened rival government and civil group representatives to discuss reviving talks aimed at ending a spiraling crisis that's now left at least 162 dead.

Argentine priest jailed for 25 years for abuse of minors

Buenos Aires - An Argentine court sentenced a Catholic priest to 25 years in jail on Monday for sexually abusing seven children over a period of years.Justo Jose Ilarraz had initially been held under house arrest until the 25-year sentence was confirmed on appeal.

Police, rebels among 7 killed in Chechnya church attack

Moscow - An attack on an Orthodox church Saturday in the mainly Muslim southern Russian republic of Chechnya killed two policemen and a civilian and left four rebels dead, officials said.

Islamic State group claims deadly Indonesia church attacks

Beirut - The Islamic State group was responsible for suicide attacks against three churches in Indonesia that killed at least 11 people on Sunday, it said via its propaganda agency Amaq.

Pope Francis admits 'grave mistakes' in Chile sex abuse scandal

Vatican City - Pope Francis admitted Wednesday he had made "grave mistakes" in his handling of a sexual abuse scandal in Chile as he looks to quell the latest controversy to rock the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope Francis admits 'grave errors' in Chile sex abuse scandal

Vatican City - Pope Francis admitted Wednesday he had made "grave mistakes in the assessment and perception of the situation" in Chile after reading the findings of an investigation into sexual abuse committed by the clergy in the country.

Brother forgives Salvadoran priest's killers, regrets inaction

Sansalvador - The younger brother of murdered Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, who is to be canonized a saint, said he forgives the killers but regrets the government's failure to prosecute them.

Vatican sexual abuse envoy completes Chile visit

Santiago - A top Vatican investigator, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, concluded a visit to Chile on Wednesday after meeting with sexual abuse victims in a case that created a major public controversy for Pope Francis.

Church at Jesus's traditional burial site reopens after protest

Jerusalem - The Jerusalem church built at the site many see as the holiest in Christianity reopened on Wednesday after a three-day closure in protest at Israeli measures, a move that had left thousands of visitors locked outside.

Israel suspends actions that led to closure of Christian holy site

Jerusalem - Israel on Tuesday suspended tax measures and other actions that led to the rare closure of the church built at what is seen as the holiest site in Christianity, shut down all week in protest.

Israel suspends actions that led to closure of Christian holy site

Jerusalem - Israel on Tuesday suspended tax measures and other actions that led to the rare closure of the church built at what is seen as the holiest site in Christianity.

German village votes to keep 'Hitler bell' as memorial

Berlin - A German village has decided to keep a contentious Nazi-era church bell that bears a swastika and the words "All for the Fatherland — Adolf Hitler", arguing it serves as a reminder of the country's dark past.

Pilgrims locked out as Jerusalem holy site shut for second day

Jerusalem - The Jerusalem church built at what many consider the holiest site in Christianity remained closed for a second day Monday to protest Israeli tax measures and a proposed law, leaving hundreds of disappointed and perplexed pilgrims locked outside.

Sex abuse at Chilean church school was an unending 'perverse game': victim

Vi - Sexual abuse at the hands of priests marked the childhood of Jaime Concha since the day when, at age 10, he entered a school run by the Marist Brothers religious order in Santiago.He is now 55 years old and a doctor.

DR Congo Catholics pray ahead of new protest march

Kinshasa - Roman Catholics in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday heeded a call by Pope Francis to pray for peace, two days ahead of a planned protest against the regime.

Singaporean in church fraud case tries to flee on boat

Singapore - A Singaporean man convicted over a high-profile fraud case at a megachurch was caught Wednesday trying to flee in a boat before he was due to start his sentence, police said.

Five women killed in Dagestan church shooting claimed by IS

Moscow - Five women were shot dead in an apparent radical Islamist attack on an Orthodox church in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan on Sunday, as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the assault.

Greek PM asks church for restraint in Macedonia name row

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday requested restraint from the country's influential Orthodox church amid renewed efforts to resolve a 27-year name row with neighbouring Macedonia.

Turkey reopens iconic 'Iron Church' after revamp

Istanbul - The leaders of Turkey and Bulgaria on Sunday reopened the Bulgarian St Stephen's Church in Istanbul after seven years of restoration, a gesture of harmony in an often turbulent relationship between the two neighbours.

Turkey to reopen iconic 'Iron Church' after revamp

Istanbul - The leaders of Turkey and Bulgaria are Sunday due to reopen the Bulgarian St Stephen's Church in Istanbul after seven years of restoration, in a gesture of harmony in an often turbulent relationship between the two neighbours.

Congo launches deadly crackdown on anti-president protests

Kinshasa - Congolese security forces shot dead a man and injured several others Sunday in a bloody crackdown on Catholic worshippers who gathered at churches across the country to demand President Joseph Kabila leave power.

Police fire shots, arrest altar boys in DR Congo unrest

Kinshasa - Congolese security forces fired tear gas to break up a Catholic mass on Sunday and arrested Catholic altar boys who were protesting against President Joseph Kabila, AFP reporters saw.

Shots fired, mass dispersed with tear gas in Dr Congo

Kinshasa - Security forces fired shots in the air and dispersed a mass with tear gas Sunday in the Congolese capital Kinshasa, where the Catholic church had called banned marches against President Joseph Kabila staying in power.

DR Congo braces for unrest as church vows to defy demo ban

Kinshasa - Crisis-wracked Democratic Republic of Congo was bracing for fresh unrest Sunday after the country's influential Catholic church vowed to defy a protest ban and hold a "peaceful march" to urge implementation of a deal for President Joseph Kabila to leav...

'Blessing of the Waters' to take place at Argyle Park in Babylon

Babylon - On January 7, the "Blessing of the Waters" will take place in Babylon on Long Island, which is hosted by the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

DR Congo Catholics challenge Kabila with demo call

Kinshasa - Catholics in crisis-torn Democratic Republic of Congo vowed Saturday to defy a protest ban and hold a "peaceful march" Sunday to urge implementation of a deal for President Joseph Kabila to leave office and for delayed elections.

Gunman kills 9 in attack on Egypt church

Cairo - A gunman opened fire on a church south of Cairo on Friday, killing at least nine people in the latest apparent jihadist attack on Egypt's Christian minority.

Gunman attacks church near Cairo, shot dead: police

Cairo - A gunman opened fire on a church south of Cairo on Friday and was shot dead by policemen, police officials said.

Gunman attacks church near Cairo, shot dead: police

Cairo - A gunman opened fire on a church south of Cairo on Friday and was shot dead by policemen, police officials said.
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