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Pope's promise to tackle abuse tested by appointment of Chilean bishop

Pope Francis’s vow to stamp out sexual abuse by priests – and the Catholic church’s decades-long cover-up of such scandals – is being tested following the appointment of a bishop in Chile who has been linked to a notorious abuse case.<p>Politicians and some church leaders in Chile have demanded the …

Pope Francis two years on: 'The Lord chose me for a short mission'

Pope Francis has marked the second anniversary of his election by giving an interview in which he says he expects his time at the Vatican to be short, and that he would be ready to resign rather than ruling the Catholic church for life.<p>“I have a feeling my pontificate will be brief,” he told …

Pope Francis says it is OK to smack children if their ‘dignity is maintained’

Pope Francis told parents it is OK to spank their children to discipline them – as long as their dignity is maintained.<p>Francis made the remarks this week during his weekly general audience, which was devoted to the role of fathers in the family.<p>Francis outlined the traits of a good father: one who …

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Lord of the Rings 'Eye of Sauron' installation in Moscow condemned by Orthodox Church

A Russian Orthodox Church spokesman warned that the installation, to be affixed to a skyscraper in Moscow, may have dire repercussions for the city<p>The Russian Orthodox Church has warned of dire consequences for Moscow if plans proceed for a skyscraper light installation modelled on the all-seeing …

Some Senate Democrats balk at Obama's unilateral immigration approach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several Democratic senators are uncomfortable with President Barack Obama’s decision to use executive action to make immigration reform, raising the possibility of open, bipartisan resistance to his plan.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a "ConnectED to the …

Reddit is baffled by this huge explosion over the Sverdlovsk region in Russia

<b>Sverdlovsk (YouTube/Andrey Kazantsev)</b><p>And they’ve got some great explanations<p>Sarah Gray<p>November 18, 2014 11:10pm (UTC)<p>On Monday a video of an explosion in the sky over the Sverdlovsk region of Russia appeared on YouTube. Eight hours ago IgorKS posted the video to Reddit, and the Reddit community has …

Meteor? UFO? Flash Over Russia May Have Earthly Origin

Video of the sky lighting up over Russia's Sverdlovsk region last Friday calls to mind the enormous fireballs that fell over Chelyabinsk in early 2013 and Murmansk in April. But at least one expert seems sure that this particular phenomenon may not be celestial in origin. A meteor-watching blog …

Pope denounces euthanasia as 'sin against God'

Pope Francis denounced the right to die movement Saturday, saying it's a "false sense of compassion" to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when in fact it's a sin against God and creation.<p>Francis made the comments to the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors.<p>Earlier this month, the …

Russia flexes muscles with long-range bomber flights near U.S. shores

<b>(CNN) —</b> Russia plans to send long-range bombers to the Gulf of Mexico in what appears to be Moscow's latest provocative maneuver in its increasingly frosty relations with the West.<p>Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said Wednesday that "we have to maintain (Russia's) military presence in the western …

Russia to build two more nuclear reactors in Iran

Russia has struck a deal to build two more nuclear reactors in Iran to be possibly followed by another six, a move intended to cement closer ties between the two countries.<p>The deal comes less than two weeks before the 24 November deadline for Tehran to sign an agreement on its nuclear programme …

Russia Sends More Convoys Into Ukraine as Cease-Fire Collapses

Russian officials announced on Wednesday plans to send a seventh convoy across the border into Ukraine’s war-torn Donbas region, amid widespread …

Pope demotes outspoken American conservative cardinal

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Saturday demoted an outspoken conservative American cardinal who has been highly critical of the pontiff’s reformist leadership of the Roman Catholic Church.<p>Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke leads a Holy Mass in the chapel of the Vatican Governorate to mark the …

Vatican Changes Draft Report Translation About Welcoming Gays

The Vatican adjusted the English translation of a controversial phrase in its mid-Synod-of-the-Bishops report on Thursday, adapting “Welcoming …

Pope Francis denounces perversion of religion

Pope Francis spoke out Sunday against the perversion, distortion and exploitation of religion to justify violence as he visited Albania.<p>"Let no one use God as a shield while planning and carrying out acts of violence and oppression," the pontiff said in an address to Albanian President Bujar …

Russia tightens control over Kyrgyzstan

While Russia’s relationship with Ukraine has been grabbing the headlines, Moscow has been steadily strengthening its foothold in another of the post-Soviet states – Kyrgyzstan.<p>In the past few years Russia has written off half a billion dollars of the impoverished Central Asian country’s debt, …

Head of Russian Orthodox church given model fighter jet by factory workers

Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox church, was presented with an unlikely gift for a religious leader this week as he toured a factory in Russia's far-east – a model of a single-seater fighter jet SU-35.<p>Kirill was presented with the model after giving icons to workers at the …

Catholic church prepares for conflict on allowing holy communion for divorcees

The leadership of the Roman Catholic church is bracing itself for open conflict over its treatment of remarried divorcees as powerful conservatives mobilise before a highly anticipated summit called by Pope Francis for next month.<p>Ever since he announced the extraordinary session of the synod of …

Ukraine repels rebel attack near Donetsk airport

Ukraine fended off an attack by pro-Russian rebels at a major airport Saturday as Moscow sent another convoy of aid into the country, underscoring the fragility of the cease-fire between the two countries.<p>Ukrainian military leaders repelled separatists at Donetsk airport as another round of …

Russian strategic bombers near Canada practice cruise missile strikes on US

Two Russian strategic bombers conducted practice cruise missile attacks on the United States during a training mission last week that defense officials say appeared timed to the NATO summit in Wales.<p>The Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers were tracked flying a route across the northern Atlantic near …

EU: 'Point of no return' looms in Ukraine

A top European Union official said Saturday that new sanctions will be proposed within a week against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, but Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sounded like he can't wait that long.<p>"I think we are very close to the point of no return," Poroshenko said Saturday …

Ukraine Brings Back Conscription as Russia Appears to Launch All-Out Invasion

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s national security council has ordered the reinstatement of mandatory conscription in response to what seems to …

Oklahoma Catholic bishop drops suit over planned 'black mass'

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma on Thursday dropped a lawsuit filed a day earlier against a Satanic church after it turned over to a Catholic priest a consecrated host, or communion wafer, Satanists planned to use in a “black mass.”<p>“I am relieved that we have been …

Pro-Russian separatists shoot down Ukrainian fighter jet

Fighter jet shot down over Luhansk region, rebels say, as Russian aid convoy arrives at border checkpoint and foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France meet in Berlin to discuss crisis<p>Separatist rebels in the east have shot down a Ukrainian fighter plane, a Ukrainian military …

From 30,000 feet, Pope Francis reaches out to Beijing

BEIJING — At Beijing's oldest Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, Mary Zhang, 54, eagerly awaited the arrival of Pope Francis — at cruising altitude.<p>"I'm very excited. It's the first time the pope has flown over China," said Zhang, a regular worshiper at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception …

Russia extends Edward Snowden's asylum for three more years

Russia has extended Edward Snowden's residency permit, allowing the fugitive U.S. intelligence contractor to remain in the country for three more years, his lawyer said Thursday.<p>Snowden, who is wanted in the United States for leaking information about National Security Agency surveillance …

Russia spotted editing Wikipedia page about downed Malaysia Airlines jet

A Twitter bot that keeps watch on Wikipedia pages edited by those inside the Russian government spotted major changes to an entry about yesterday's crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which killed all 298 people on board. <i>The Telegraph</i> reports that a Russian language page about Boeing 777 …