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Mexican soldiers find biggest marijuana farm ever

TIJUANA, Mexico — A Mexican military commander said Thursday that his soldiers discovered a record-busting marijuana plantation 120 hectares (nearly 300 acres) large in the state of Baja California. “It is the largest marijuana plantation in Mexican history,” General Alfonso Duarte, the commander of the military region based in the…

Nebraska bishop: No communion for Planned Parenthood supporters

Support for the reproductive health care provider Planned Parenthood continues to be a contentious issue for Catholic groups and bishops. According to Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska, Catholic lawmakers who support Planned Parenthood should be denied Communion “because they’ve defected from the Church’s faith.” “It advocates contraception,” Bruskewitz told…

Gay Episcopal bishop to retire amid death threats

WASHINGTON — The first openly gay US Episcopal bishop, whose consecration rocked the worldwide Anglican fellowship, has said he will retire early because death threats and controversy had placed “constant strain” on his family. Bishop Gene Robinson of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire said he would retire in 2013,…

Gunmen seize hostages in Baghdad church

BAGHDAD — Gunmen have taken worshippers hostage in a Baghdad church where they fled after shooting dead two guards at the Iraqi capital’s stock exchange, a bishop and security officials said. “What we know is that a number of worshippers and two priests are being held hostage at the church…

Pope Benedict accepts bishop’s resignation for beating kids, pedophilia probe underway

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday accepted the resignation of a German bishop who admitted he beat children in a Catholic orphanage and also faces a pedophilia probe, the Vatican said. Walter Mixa, 69, had tendered his resignation as bishop of Augsburg and military bishop on Thursday. The pope “has accepted…

Letter shows future Pope Benedict XVI resisted defrocking molester priest

Powered by Mochila AP EXCLUSIVE: Letter shows future Pope Benedict XVI resisted defrocking molester priest The future Pope Benedict XVI resisted pleas to defrock a California priest with a record of sexually molesting children, citing concerns including “the good of the universal church,” according to a 1985 letter bearing his…

Pope-appointed bishop accused of ritually beating orphaned children

The child abuse scandal rocking the Vatican grew yet again Wednesday when former children in a German orphanage submitted written statements that a German bishop habitually beat them. The Bishop of Augsburg, Walter Mixa, was a controversial conservative churchman appointed by Pope Benedict in 2005 and has been called his…

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