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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.

Fresh DNA tests authenticate bones of Russia tsar, family

Moscow - Fresh genetic tests on bones of Russia's last tsar and his family murdered a century ago have confirmed their authenticity, investigators said Monday.

Czech churches cry foul over Communist tax plan

Prague - Czech churches are up in arms against Communist Party plans to tax billions in compensation being paid by the state in return for assets, mostly land, seized by the Communists during their Cold War rule.

Pro-Ortega supporters invade basilica and harass bishops

Diriamba - Hundreds of supporters of under-pressure Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega broke into a basilica in an opposition heartland on Monday and harassed Roman Catholic bishops at the heart of a mediation process.

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.
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