Historic deal between China and Vatican 'in the making'

Agreement could include Beijing giving the Vatican more say in picking bishops in state-approved churches. Beijing, China – After 67 years of acrimony, signs have emerged of improving relations between the Chinese government and the Vatican that could determine the future of the 10 million Catholics in China. Francesco Sisci, an Italian academic and a China-Vatican relations analyst, said there are […]

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Firebomb sparks unrest at sensitive Jerusalem holy site

Israeli police on Tuesday closed the entrances to Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site after Palestinian suspects threw a firebomb at a police station. There were no injuries reported from the firebombing. But police quickly deployed across the hilltop compound, scuffling with Palestinians in the area, as they searched for the assailants. Three suspects were arrested, and police were seen wrestling […]

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China bans Muslim children from Quran classes

Chinese government authorities have banned Muslim children from attending religious events during winter break, in a county in western China that is mostly populated by Muslims.  The notification for the ban has been posted online by the education bureau, as authorities step up their suppression of religious freedoms. School students in Linxia county in Gansu province, home to many members of […]

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Pope accepts resignation of LA bishop accused of misconduct

Interested in Pope Francis? Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Los Angeles auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Alexander Salazar, following allegations of misconduct with a minor in the 1990s, officials said Wednesday. The Vatican announced the resignation in a one-line statement. It was the latest in a string of cases of alleged misconduct against bishops to come to light this […]

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Egyptians celebrate Prophet Mohammad's birth but miss sugar dolls

CAIRO (Reuters) – Nostalgic Egyptians are reminiscing over the ceremonial sugar dolls that were once the highlight of festivities to celebrate the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday, as traditional practices slowly die out. Generations of children eagerly anticipated the annual arrival of the dolls at marketplaces throughout the country, enthusiastically breaking them into pieces in order to indulge in the sweet taste. […]

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Vatican delays taking action on sexual abuse by priests

Conference of Catholic Bishops told to wait until next year to ensure more oversight and accountability. The Vatican has delayed a vote by Catholic Church leaders in the United States on measures to tackle sexual abuse by priests. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has been told to wait until next year, to ensure more oversight and accountability.   Shihab Rattansi […]

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