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Pope under pressure to roll back on abuse case bishop

- Pope Francis's decision to appoint a Chilean bishop suspected of protecting a paedophile priest has alarmed the Vatican's own child protection watchdog, its members told AFP.

Pope Francis to visit Chinese community in Florence

- Pope Francis will visit one of Italy's largest Chinese communities in November, at a time when the Vatican is engaged in negotiations to normalise relations with Beijing, the Holy See said on Friday.

Pope Francis greets homeless at Sistine Chapel

- Dozens of homeless people were on Thursday treated to a private viewing of the Sistine Chapel, complete with a surprise appearance by Pope Francis himself, in the pontiff's latest gesture towards the most vulnerable in society.

Indian police make first arrest in nun's rape

Kolkata - Indian police have arrested a suspect in connection with the rape of an elderly nun, a senior officer said Thursday, their first breakthrough in a case that has shocked the country.

Anti-Semitism in Europe akin to 1930s: Jewish leader

Washington - A prominent Jewish figure urged the United States to beware surging anti-Semitism in Europe and warned that seven decades after World War II Jews on the continent are having to look over their shoulders once more.

Salvadorans march in memory of slain martyr Romero

Sansalvador - Thousands of Salvadorans marched Tuesday in memory of slain archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated 35 years ago during the country's civil war and will be beatified in May.

Hundreds of Afghans bury woman beaten to death by mob

Kabul - Hundreds of people on Sunday attended the burial of an Afghan woman who was beaten to death and set on fire by a mob for allegedly burning a copy of the Koran.

Religion helps Vanuatuans through cyclone shock

- Celine Jimmy prayed three times before running out of a clubhouse into the darkness to a family home as Cyclone Pam roared through her village in Vanuatu, her four children close by her side.

Pope Francis's 'half-miracle' in Naples

Naples - It was a miracle! Or maybe not. The dried blood of Naples' patron saint Januarius half-liquified Saturday during a ceremony when Pope Francis held and kissed the relic while on a visit to the southern Italian city.

Crowds welcome Pope in mafia country

Naples - Hundreds of thousands of people waving Vatican flags on Saturday greeted Pope Francis as he headed deep into mafia territory, visiting jailbirds and the poor in Naples amid heightened security.

Assyrians struggle in Lebanon after fleeing IS jihadists

Birut - Waiting in an aid line outside Lebanon's capital Beirut, Assyrian Christian Francie Yaacoub remembers the well-stocked home she left behind in Syria as she fled advancing Islamic State group jihadists."We left behind a house full of everything.

Islamic law push strains Malaysian opposition's unity

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian Muslim party on Wednesday launched a push to implement Islamic criminal punishments such as flogging and amputations in a state it governs, a move that threatens to tear apart the country's opposition.

Myanmar jails New Zealander over Buddha 'insult' ad

Yangon - A New Zealand bar manager and his two Myanmar colleagues were jailed for two and a half years with hard labour by a Yangon court Tuesday for using a Buddha image to promote a cheap drinks night.

Salvation Army failed to halt child sex abuse: Australian inquiry

Sydney - The Salvation Army failed to protect children from brutal sexual and physical abuse in four of its Australian homes, and instead punished them for complaining, a national inquiry ruled Tuesday.

New Zealander faces Myanmar court verdict over Buddha ad

Yangon - A New Zealand bar manager accused of insulting religion in Myanmar by using an image of the Buddha to promote a cheap drinks night was set to face the court's verdict on Tuesday.

Norway's Catholic Church denies fraud

Oslo - Norway's Catholic Church, accused of exaggerating its membership numbers to obtain more state aid, denied Monday it had engaged in fraud but admitted its past methods were "unsatisfactory.

Priests, school girls join rally in India over nun gang-rape

Kolkata - Hundreds of priests, school girls and other protesters staged a peaceful rally Monday in the Indian city of Kolkata to support an elderly nun who was gang-raped at her convent school.

Rumble in the rectory: Irish priest takes to the ring

Banagher - An Irish Catholic priest gave a whole new meaning to "white collar boxing" at the weekend after taking to the ring to battle a parishioner in a charity fight.

Prayers in India for elderly nun gang-raped at convent

Kolkata - Prayers were said at churches across India Sunday for an elderly nun who was gang-raped at a convent in an attack that has intensified anger over sexual violence and fuelled fears among beleaguered Christians.

Taliban attacks on Pakistani Christian district kill eight

Lahore - Eight people were killed and more than 50 injured when two Taliban suicide bombers attacked churches in Pakistan Sunday, sparking mob violence in which two other suspected militants died.

Pope declares jubilee in powerful reform signal

- Pope Francis on Friday marked the second anniversary of his election by declaring a jubilee year that will be interpreted as a powerful signal of his commitment to reforming the Church.

Italy seeks to block regional 'anti-mosque law'

Rome - The Italian government has moved to block new building regulations for Lombardy which would make it virtually impossible to build any new mosques in the northern region, officials said Friday.

Germany says Muslim teachers can wear headscarf unless disruptive

Berlin - Germany's top court said Friday that Muslim teachers can wear the Islamic headscarf in class as long as it doesn't disrupt school activities, in a ruling likely to revive emotional debate.

Pope not expecting many anniversaries at the Vatican

- Pope Francis marked the second anniversary of his election on Friday by giving an interview in which he says he expects his time at the Vatican to only last for another two or three years.

Two years and counting: Pope's opponents play waiting game

- Two years after Pope Francis swept into the Vatican vowing to shake up the Church, his opponents are playing a waiting game as they seek to put the brakes on his reform drive.

El Salvador archbishop Romero to be beatified in May

Sansalvador - Controversial Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, a champion of the poor who was gunned down while celebrating mass in 1980, will be beatified on May 23, taking him one step from sainthood.

Ultraconservative to head Iran's top clerical body

Tehran - Iran's Assembly of Experts, the clerics who appoint and can dismiss the country's supreme leader, picked an ultraconservative as their new chairman in a surprise appointment on Tuesday.

Vatican offered stolen Michelangelo papers for cash

- A thief who stole two historic and hugely valuable documents written by Michelangelo offered to return them to the Vatican's archives for cash, a spokesman for the Holy See revealed on Monday.

Church of England's first female bishop gets to work

London - The Church of England's first female bishop was to preach her maiden sermon in the role Sunday as she is installed in her home diocese.

Pope helps shed light on notorious Italy murder

Rome - Pope Francis is breaking decades of Vatican silence to help Italy shed light on one of its most notorious crimes, the 1970's murder of former premier Aldo Moro, the Corriere della Sera daily said Saturday.
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