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From hiding, ex-Vatican envoy accuses pope of 'blatantly lying'

Washington - A longtime Vatican dissident broke months of silence Monday to accuse Pope Francis of "blatantly lying" in denying knowledge of the sexual abuse allegations against a now-defrocked American cardinal.

Texas police raid Catholic offices in sexual abuse probe

Chicago - Texas police investigating child sexual abuse on Wednesday raided offices of the Catholic diocese in Dallas, after alleging that church officials had not been fully cooperative.

Sri Lanka Catholics hold first Sunday mass after Easter attacks

Colombo - Thousands of Catholics attended mass in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo Sunday amid tight security to prevent a repeat of Easter bomb attacks that killed 258 people.Soldiers armed with automatic assault rifles guarded St.

Sri Lanka Catholics say lonely prayers as churches close for second week

Negombo - Father Suranga Warnakulasuriya said prayers alone in his church Sunday, as Catholic services were suspended across Sri Lanka for the second straight week since the Easter suicide attacks.

Skopje gears up for papal visit to Mother Teresa's hometown

Skopje - When he first heard Pope Francis would visit North Macedonia, the birthplace of the world's most famous Catholic nun Mother Teresa, Marinko Pinjuh thought it was "fake news".

Mozambique town marks Palm Sunday amid cyclone ruins

Beira - Christians in the cyclone-devastated Mozambican town of Buzi on Sunday celebrated Palm Sunday among ruins -- a month after Cyclone Idai tore through the country leaving a trail of destruction.

Embattled Vatican envoy faces new sex assault claim in Canada

Montr - Vatican diplomat Luigi Ventura -- who is already under investigation in France over alleged sexual assault -- is now facing a similar complaint in Canada, the Holy See's embassy in Ottawa said Thursday.

Pope says priest celibacy not 'optional'

Pope Francis said Monday celibacy for priests was a "gift to the Church" and not "optional", nixing the prospect of married men being ordained.

Kasai bishops endorse election of DR Congo's Tshisekedi

Kananga - Some Catholic bishops in the Kasai region of DR Congo on Sunday endorsed the election of Felix Tshisekedi as the new president, splitting with bishops in the rest of the country.

US clergy abuse survivors demand inclusion in Vatican reforms

Chicago - Patricia Gallagher Marchant was first abused by a priest who befriended her family when she was seven or eight years old.

Slain French monks among 19 to be beatified in Algeria

Oran - The Catholic Church will on Saturday beatify in Algeria seven French monks and 12 other clergy killed during the country's civil war, the first ceremony of its kind in a Muslim nation.

North Korea wants Pope to visit, South to tell Vatican

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited Pope Francis to visit, saying he would be "ardently welcomed", South Korea's presidency said Tuesday, adding it would pass on Pyongyang's message to the Vatican.

Abuse victim sues Vatican in bid to identify predators

Los Angeles - A US man who says he was raped by a priest as a child announced Thursday he was suing the Vatican seeking the identification of accused clergy members worldwide.

Catholic abuse scandal a 'cultural problem': Vatican

London - The sexual abuse scandal dogging the Catholic Church is the result of a "cultural problem" that will take time to remedy, the Vatican's chief spokesman told Irish broadcaster RTE on Friday.

Pope Francis: peacemaker and game-changer

Rome - Since taking charge of the Roman Catholic Church in March 2013, Pope Francis has transformed perceptions of an institution beset by scandals and plagued by self-doubt.

Philippine Catholics protest bill to legalise divorce

Manila - Around 2,000 Roman Catholic Filipinos protested in Manila on Saturday against a push to legalise divorce, with church groups also using the "Walk for Life" march to slam President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drugs war.

Vatican investigator meets Chile abuse victim in New York

New York - A high-profile victim of a disgraced pedophile priest said Saturday he was glad to finally be able to tell his story as the Vatican's top abuse investigator began a probe into an alleged cover-up in Chile.

Scientist's have figured out what makes Roman concrete superior

Roman seawalls have withstood the ravages of pounding waves and the elements for over two thousand years, an amazing testament to their engineering skills and ingenuity. Now, we know how they made that long-lasting concrete.

Pope casts doubt on Bosnian Virgin apparitions

Pope Francis expressed serious doubts regarding reported daily apparitions of the Virgin at Medjugorje in Bosnia, a site which attracts a million pilgrims annually.

Catholic Church beatifies Japanese samurai

Toukyo - A Japanese Christian samurai who died in exile about 400 years ago after refusing to renounce his faith was beatified by the Catholic Church in an elaborate mass on Tuesday.

Five key facts about Georgia's Christian tradition

Tbili - Pope Francis arrives in Georgia on Friday for a three-day visit as part of a broader tour of the Caucasus region.Here are some key points about Georgia's ancient Christian tradition.

Guam's Catholic Church in crisis over child sex claims

Hagatna - A Vatican administrator has urged Rome to remove the head of the Catholic Church in Guam over child sex allegations, warning the scandal could bankrupt the church in the deeply religious Pacific territory.

Church and China Communists vie over French missionary

- To the Catholic Church, French missionary Auguste Chapdelaine is a saint, martyred for his faith 160 years ago in China. To Communist Party officials, he is a devilish rapist, bandit and spy.

Syria's army reports retaking ancient Palmyra from militants

Beirut - Reports from Lebanon say regular Syrian Army forces have driven Islamic State fighters out of the ancient city of Palmyra.

Catholic Church calls on Philippine crowd to spread gospel

Cebu - The special envoy of Pope Francis told a gathering of hundreds of thousands in the Philippines on Sunday that they had a special role to play in spreading the gospel, even to developed nations.

'Sophisticated' ancient Roman toilets helped spread parasites

The ancient Roman empire had what was considered advanced engineering at the time. They created public baths, aqueducts, fountains, sewer systems and toilets. Despite the technology, parasites were widespread.

Pope says he's 'a sinner in need of God's mercy'

Vatican City - Pope Francis describes himself as "a sinner" in need of God's mercy, in an upcoming book where he also urges the Catholic Church to focus on its mission as a grassroots, hands-on organisation.

Review: ‘Caesar’ in High Park makes bold choices; not all of them work Special

Toronto - There are moments in Canadian Stage’s new “Julius Caesar” that are so affecting and original, you’re tempted to ignore other moments when it misfires. Director Estelle Shook turns this classic into high spectacle, but not always to its benefit.

Ancient ruins in western Syria at risk with Islamic State capture

Palmyra - Thursday's apparent capture of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra by Islamic State militants imperils one of the world's oldest and greatest examples of Roman architecture.

Kenyan Catholics celebrate beatification of Italian nun

Nyeri - Tens of thousands of Catholics gathered in the Kenyan town of Nyeri on Saturday for the beatification ceremony of an Italian nun, a key step towards sainthood.
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