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Italian priest kidnapped in southern Nigeria: Vatican

Rome - An Italian priest has been kidnapped by gunmen in southern Nigeria, church officials in both countries have said. Maurizio Pallu was snatched on Thursday in broad daylight by armed men just outside of Benin City, Italian media reports said.

'Strong' Philippine priest smiles after IS hostage ordeal ends

Manila - A Catholic priest kidnapped by Islamic State supporters when they seized parts of a southern Philippine city nearly four months ago smiled and declared himself "strong" Monday after escaping.

Via social media, priest recounts horror of Central Africa violence

Libreville - "Heavy gunfire in Zemio. Impossible to go out. They have cut the phones and we can't go out -- it's just too dangerous. So I am posting on Facebook.

Vatican rejects Chinese priest's self-ordination as bishop

Vatican City - The Vatican on Monday denounced the self-ordination of a bishop from China's underground church without papal approval, in a sign some view as an attempt to improve ties with Beijing.

Italian priest blames earthquakes on gay unions

Rome - An Italian priest has said the recent earthquakes that have shaken the country, killing hundreds and leaving tens of thousands homeless, were "divine punishment" for gay civil unions, earning the Vatican's wrath.

Sacked priest accuses Vatican of making life 'hell' for gays

Barcelona - A high-ranking Polish Catholic priest who was sacked after he came out as gay has accused the Vatican of making the lives of homosexuals "a hell", in a letter sent to the pope seen Wednesday by AFP.

Polish bishop defrocks gay priest who sparked Vatican fury

Varsovia - A Polish bishop on Wednesday defrocked a high-ranking Catholic priest fired by a furious Vatican earlier this month after he came out as gay on the eve of a key synod on the family.

Fired Polish priest says no 'gay lobby' in Vatican

Rome - A high-ranking Polish priest who was fired after coming out as gay before the Vatican's key synod on the family said on Sunday that there was no "gay lobby" in the Church.

Vatican fury as top priest comes out on eve of bishops meet

Vatican City - The Vatican reacted furiously on Saturday after a Polish priest employed as a senior official publicly declared his homosexuality on the eve of a bishops' synod set to touch on the divisive issue of the Catholic Church's relationship to gay believers.

Priest seized by Qaeda-linked rebels in Syria 'freed'

Jerusalem - A priest kidnapped by Al-Qaeda-linked rebels in northwestern Syria was released on Thursday, the Franciscan Order said, days after his abduction alongside 20 other Christians."Father Hanna Jallouf has been released this morning...

Spain mourns priest who died from Ebola

Madrid - Several hundred mourners joined a funeral service on Wednesday for a Spanish priest who died from Ebola after being infected in Liberia, becoming the first European victim of the worst-ever outbreak of the virus.

Priest arrested in Italy for allegedly selling drugs

Police officers in Italy arrested a catholic priest after he took part in a noisy cocaine party in the fashion capital of Milan.

Dutch priest who saw Syria as home shot dead in Homs

Damascus - Dutch priest Frans van der Lugt, who gained renown for his insistence on staying in Syria's besieged city of Homs, has been shot dead by a masked gunman.

Dutch priest who saw Syria as home shot dead in Homs

Damascus - Dutch priest Frans van der Lugt, who gained renown for his insistence on staying in Syria's besieged city of Homs, was shot dead there on Monday by a masked gunman.

Priest at 'Ecce Homo' church up on €210,000 fraud charge

Borja - You may remember the controversial "restoration" performed on the "Ecce Homo" fresco at a church in Borja, Spain. Well, to add to the controversy, the priest at that church is now being charged with fraud and alleged sexual abuse.

Spain: Man with revolver breaks into house of former PP treasurer

Madrid - A 64-year-old man, armed with an antique revolver and dressed as a prison chaplain, broke into the family home of jailed former Partido Popular (PP) treasurer Luis Bárcenas on Wednesday afternoon.

Spanish police arrest Irish priest accused of child sexual abuse

Arona - National Police in Tenerife have located an 85-year-old Irish priest accused of sexually abusing three altar boys for years. He was detained under a European arrest warrant.

Documents fuel conjecture of Pope's resignation, immunity request

Providence - The release of court documents involving a Roman Catholic organization is fueling speculation that Pope Benedict was forced to resign.

Priest calls 911 after getting 'stuck' in handcuffs, gagged

Springfield - A Catholic priest found himself in a compromising situation, forced to call 911 for assistance after getting "stuck" in a pair of handcuffs.

Priest, 92, stripped of duties for holding Mass with woman priest

Bill Brennan, a 92-year-old Milwaukee-area Catholic Jesuit priest, was stripped of his priestly duties by church authorities after he held a Eucharistic liturgy with a woman priest in Georgia.

TSA hired priest accused of molesting girls to do pat downs

The Transportation and Security Administration decided not to perform a background check on a defrocked priest who was accused of molesting girls.

Priest who blamed children for abuse still under fire Special

New York - Last week Father Benedict Groeschel, a prominent Catholic priest, found himself in the eye of a controversial storm after he made statements blaming children for sexual abuse. Reactions to his his comments were swift and fierce.

Priest with abuse history spanning five decades pleads not guilty

Salem - Another New York priest finds himself in the middle of a controversy, the second in less then a week. Father Richard McCormick appeared in Salem Superior Court Friday, pleading not guilt to five counts of child rape.

Catholic priest blames children for sexual abuse

New York - A prominent Catholic priest says he believes “youngsters” are often to blame for sexual abuse by priests and that priests who are first time offenders should not be jailed for their crime.

Ex-priest accused of child sex abuse gets job with TSA

Philadelphia - A former Catholic priest, expelled from the ministry over child sexual abuse allegations, now holds a position with the TSA at Philadelphia International Airport.

Catholic pedophile investigator jailed for child pornography

Plymouth - Christopher Jarvis, a man appointed pedophile investigator and "child safeguarding officer" for the Diocese of Plymouth, South West England, has been jailed 12 months for possession of thousands of child pornographic images.

Halifax Archbishop explains why Church must pay sex abuse victims

Yarmouth - In a letter to parishioners of the Yarmouth diocese, the Halifax Roman Catholic Archbishop is appealing for understanding as to why the Church must pay settlements to victims of sexual abuse.

Priest defrocked for sexual abuse works as organist in new state

Saint Clair Shores - The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests has exposed a defrocked Ohio Priest working as an organist at a Catholic church in Michigan and have requested an investigation by the Archdiocese of Detroit into the hiring practices of church employees.

Conservative priest Marshall Brown fired for viewing porn

Fairfax - Marshall Brown, a priest for 10 years at Truro Church, an Episcopal church in Virginia, has been fired for using church computers to view pornography. Truro Church has been in the news for opposing a 2003 decision to consecrate a gay bishop.

Catholic Church sponsors seminar to recruit and train exorcists

Baltimore - Inundated with requests for exorcists, US Roman Catholic bishops held a special training workshop in Maryland over the weekend to teach clerics the esoteric rite of exorcism. The much-anticipated event hosted more then a hundred attendees.
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