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Sri Lanka detains new suspects amid frantic hunt for bombers

Colombo - A Sri Lankan security dragnet hunting those responsible for horrifying bombings that claimed more than 350 lives has scooped up a further 18 suspects, police said Wednesday, as pressure mounted on politicians to explain why no one acted on intelligence...

Family's near miss at bombed Sri Lanka church

Negombo - When Dilip Fernando arrived at St Sebastian's church in Sri Lanka's Negombo on Easter Sunday, it was so crowded he went elsewhere for mass. The decision probably saved his life.

Easter blasts at Sri Lanka hotels and churches kill at least 207

Colombo - A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing at least 207 people, including dozens of foreigners.

Hundreds hurt as blasts hit Sri Lanka churches, hotels

Colombo - A string of blasts hit high-end hotels and churches in Sri Lanka on Sunday, injuring hundreds of people as worshippers attended Easter services.

Disney offers $5 mn for the Notre-Dame it once immortalized on film

New York - Disney, which scored millions with the 1996 animated blockbuster "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," said Wednesday it would give $5 million to restore the fire-damaged Paris cathedral.

'Paris is disfigured': Tears and shock as Notre-Dame burns

Paris - Crowds of stunned Parisians and tourists -- some crying, others offering prayers -- watched in horror in central Paris on Monday night as firefighters struggled for hours to extinguish the flames engulfing the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Church in Canada opens probe of child sexual abuse by clergy

Montr - The Catholic Church in Quebec has commissioned a former judge to investigate possible sexual abuse of children by clergy in the Canadian province over seven decades, the archdiocese of Montreal said Wednesday.

Catholic school sex abuse case goes to trial in Spain

Barcelona - A former gym teacher at a Catholic school accused of sexually assaulting students went on trial Monday in Barcelona, as a growing trickle of abuse allegations shakes the Church in Spain.

Latvian priest charged with abusing vulnerable teen: report

Riga - A Latvian Catholic priest and two other people have been charged with human trafficking and sexual abuse of a male teenager with learning difficulties, local media reported Friday, citing justice authorities.

Statue of Polish priest accused of sex abuse to be removed

Warsaw - The statue of a Solidarity-era Polish priest accused of sex abuse will be permanently removed from a public square, city authorities in the port of Gdansk decided on Thursday, despite objections from supporters.

South Sudan peace deal breaking up, church warns

Juba - South Sudan's Catholic church warned Thursday that a six-month-old deal to quell the country's brutal war was falling apart and that all sides were gearing for fresh fighting.

Spanish victims of sex abuse priests speak out

Barcelona - A trickle of accusations of sexual abuse against priests in schools and seminaries is starting to erode the wall of silence in Catholic Spain, whose Church representatives are set to attend a major Vatican meeting on child protection.

Czech lawmakers approve tax on billions in church compensation

Prague - Czech lawmakers on Wednesday approved a tax on the billions the state will pay churches for assets seized by the Communists during their Cold War rule, aiming to claw back a portion of the compensation payments.

Poland's Orthodox leader fears 'chaos' from new Ukrainian church

Warsaw - Ukraine's newly-created independent Orthodox Church, which has broken with Moscow, could sow "chaos" in neighbouring Poland, the head of the Orthodox Church in Warsaw warned Monday.

Ukraine's newly independent church holds 'historic' first service

Kiev - Ukraine's newly created independent Orthodox Church held its first service in Kiev on Monday after a historic break with the Russian Orthodox Church that has enraged Moscow.

Orthodox patriarch hands over decree on independent Ukraine church

Istanbul - Priests and politicians on Sunday celebrated the creation of an independent Ukrainian church, in a move that while popular in Kiev has been angrily condemned by the church in Russia.

Romanian engineer who saved churches during communist era dies

Bucharest - Engineer Eugeniu Iordachescu, who devised an ingenious method to save Romanian churches threatened with destruction during the communist era, has died aged 89, the Romanian Patriarchy announced Sunday.

Orthodox patriarch hands over decree on independent Ukraine church

Istanbul - The Istanbul-based Orthodox patriarch on Sunday handed over a formal decree confirming the creation of an independent Ukrainian church to its leader, Metropolitan Yepifaniy.

2019 Diving for the Cross to take place at Argyle Park in Babylon

West Babylon - On January 6, 2019, the "Blessing of the Waters" will take place at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in West Babylon.

Sex abuse claims brought against 700 Catholic clergy in Illinois

Chicago - Almost 700 clergymen in Illinois have been accused of child sexual assault, a far greater number than the Catholic Church had previously disclosed, the Midwestern US state's top prosecutor revealed Wednesday.

Jesuits release list of 89 US priests accused of sex abuse

Chicago - Jesuit authorities for 20 US states on Monday released the names of 89 priests with credible allegations of child sexual abuse dating as far back as 1950.

Jesuits release list of 89 US priests accused of sex abuse

Chicago - Jesuit authorities for 20 US states on Monday released the names of 89 priests with credible allegations of child sexual abuse dating as far back as 1950.

Ukraine creates church independent from Russia

Kiev - A historic council of Orthodox bishops in Kiev has created a new Ukrainian church independent from Russia, President Petro Poroshenko announced on Saturday.

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.
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