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Ten dead in Egyptian religious clashes

CAIRO — Ten people were killed and 110 wounded in religious clashes Tuesday in Cairo, the health ministry said, as Egypt’s mew military rulers struggle to steer the post-revolution country through a transition. “The total number of injured received by hospitals after the violence (Tuesday) in the areas of Moqattam,…

Political prisoner freed in Cuba: Catholic church

HAVANA (AFP) – Cuba’s Roman Catholic church announced Saturday that arrangements have been made for the release of a political prisoner who had refused exile in Spain. Diosdado Gonzalez, 48, an electrician by trade, was one of six dissidents left from a group of 75 imprisoned in a 2003 crackdown…

‘Smoking gun’ letter reveals official Vatican cover-up of child sex abuses

A letter written by a Vatican official in 1997, marked “strictly confidential,” warned Irish bishops to avoid reporting the sexual abuse of children in the church, in hopes of avoiding public fallout from the scandals that were sure to ensue. Victims’ groups the world over were calling the letter — first…

Haunted by violence, Iraqi Christians flee to Turkey

STANBUL (AFP) – Terrorised by mounting extremist attacks, more and more Iraqi Christians are fleeing in panic to neighbouring Muslim-majority Turkey, among them lone minors sent away by desperate parents. In Istanbul, a tiny Chaldean Catholic community has embraced the refugees, serving as their first point of shelter before the…

Westboro hate church to picket funerals of Arizona shooting victims

People in Arizona are uniting with lawmakers to counter attempts by the infamous Westboro Baptist Church to get attention for their anti-abortion views by picketing the funeral of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green and others killed in Saturday’s mass shooting. One group plans for an “an ‘angel action’ — with 8-…

21 dead in Egyptian church bombing at New Year’s Mass

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt – A powerful bomb, possibly from a suicide attacker, exploded in front of a Coptic Christian church as a crowd of worshippers emerged from a New Years Mass early Saturday, killing at least 21 people and wounding nearly 80 in an attack that raised suspicions of an al-Qaida…

Wikileaks: UK frightened by papal appeal to disgrunted Anglicans

LONDON — Britain’s ambassador to the Vatican feared the pope’s invitation for disgruntled Anglicans to switch to Catholicism might spark anti-Catholic violence at home, a leaked US diplomatic cable revealed Saturday. Ambassador Francis Campbell told US diplomats that “Anglican-Vatican relations were facing their worst crisis in 150 years as a…

Britain’s Prince William to wed in April at abbey

Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry on April 29 at Westminster Abbey, the historic London church where the funeral of his mother Diana was held in 1997, royal officials said Tuesday. Downing Street announced that there would be a special public holiday on the day, perhaps the…

Pope Benedict endorses condom use — for male prostitutes only

Pope Benedict XVI says in a new book that condoms can be justified for male prostitutes seeking to stop the spread of HIV, a stunning comment for a church criticized for its opposition to condoms and for a pontiff who has blamed them for making the AIDS crisis worse. The…

Rev. to NJ church leaders: Thou shalt not Facebook

NJ pastor tells church leaders to drop Facebook accounts, cites marital troubles among flock Thou shalt not commit adultery. And thou also shalt not use Facebook. That’s the edict from a New Jersey pastor who feels the two often go together. The Rev. Cedric Miller said 20 couples among the…

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