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‘Hidden death penalty:' Pope Francis calls for end to life sentences
Pope Francis has renewed the Catholic Church’s call to eliminate the death penalty, going one step further to blast life sentences and urge countries to prohibit the practice of transferring prisoners to torture centers.

24.10.2014 03:20

Catholic ‘breakthrough’: Vatican considers ‘welcoming gifts and qualities of gays’
The Catholic Church, which previously condemned homosexuality as “intrinsically disordered,” is considering embracing homosexual believers, as well as partially accepting same-sex, and other religiously unsanctioned partnerships.

13.10.2014 13:51

Islamic State admits, justifies enslaving Yazidi women and children
The Islamic State has admitted and tried to justify enslaving and selling Yazidi women and children, captured during a blitz advance in Iraq and Syria. A new Human Rights Watch report confirms “abuses” against Kurdish ethno-religious community.

12.10.2014 22:21

Hats off: Pope’s skull cap raises over $250k on eBay in less than 36hrs
A skull cap worn by Pope Francis which was put on eBay has already gathered more than $250,000 in less than 36 hours. An Italian TV host coaxed the Pope to put his ‘papalina’ to auction and donate the money to the kids of the DR Congo.

19.09.2014 07:48

‘Dope mobile:’ Vatican librarian’s car carrying cocaine, cannabis detained in France
Using an official Vatican car to transport cocaine and cannabis did not help two Italians to avoid justice. Diplomatic plates failed to protect the two smugglers as they were stopped and arrested in France.

16.09.2014 17:07

Pope Francis says ‘unjust aggressor’ ISIS must be stopped, rejects new Iraq ‘conquest’
Pope Francis has acknowledged the possibility of military intervention in Iraq, where Islamists have terrorized Christians and other minorities. He stressed that any action must follow a consensus by multiple countries.

19.08.2014 00:24

Pope Francis urges end to violence in M. East, Ukraine for children's sake
​Pope Francis has made an emotional appeal to the world, calling to stop war, especially in the Middle East and Ukraine, saying that the children who live in conflict zones are suffering most and are deprived of hope and a future.

27.07.2014 11:58

2% of Catholic priests are pedophiles – Pope
An Italian newspaper has quoted the Pope as saying that “about two percent” of Roman Catholic priests are pedophiles. The Pontiff allegedly said that child sex abuse is “a leprosy in our house” and promised solutions to priests’ enforced celibacy.

13.07.2014 19:35

Excommunication breakdown: Religious parades banned over mafia boss holy march
An Italian bishop suspended all religious processions in his diocese in response to a recent religious parade in which a statue of Virgin Mary was carried to honor a local Mafia boss, despite the Pope excommunicating Mafiosi shortly beforehand.

11.07.2014 05:04

Church should 'weep and make reparation’: Pope meets victims of clerics’ sexual abuse
Pope Francis has apologized for the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clerics. The pontiff expressed his regrets for the Church's 'sin' at a meeting with a group of victims of abuse – the first time a pope has met such a group inside the Vatican.

07.07.2014 15:50

Italians defy Pope, take church procession to mafia boss’ house
The Vatican might have denounced the mafia, but common Italians seem unconvinced. A church procession in an Italian town diverted from its normal route to pay tribute to a local Mafioso under house arrest.

07.07.2014 05:24

Exploiting nature 'sin' of our time – Pope
Pope Francis in an address to Italian students has called for people to respect nature and called the destruction of South America’s rainforests, as well as other environmental destruction, “our sin.”

05.07.2014 14:37

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