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Christmas celebrated under pandemic’s shadow

Christmas festivities began Friday, with hundreds of millions across the world under coronavirus restrictions celebrating a pared-down version of a holiday typically marked by travel and large gatherings. The battle to halt the pandemic, which has claimed more than 1.7 million lives, is far from...

Virus deaths top 100,000 ahead of locked-down Easter

by Dmitry Zaks, with AFP Bureaus The global coronavirus death toll topped 100,000 as Easter weekend celebrations around the world kicked off in near-empty churches with billions of people stuck indoors to halt the pandemic. Extraordinary measures from New York to Naples to New Delhi have...

Trump warns ‘toughest week’ ahead as global virus deaths top 60,000

by Chris Lefkow with AFP bureaux US President Donald Trump warned Americans to brace for a "very horrendous" number of coronavirus deaths in the coming days, ahead of a rare speech by Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday aimed at rallying hard-hit Britain. Global deaths from the...

Pope sorry for slapping devotee

by Françoise KADRI Pope Francis apologised Wednesday for slapping a woman who had grabbed him as he greeted a crowd of devotees, shortly before he delivered a speech denouncing "every form of violence against women." The image of a visibly annoyed Francis slapping his way free...

Religion in Japan: it comes naturally

by Miwa SUZUKI As Pope Francis, the head of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, prepares to visit Japan, AFP looks at the religions the Japanese have followed for centuries. What's the main religion? There is no state religion in Japan but the nation's principal religions are Shinto...

Pope orders pedophile priests to turn themselves in and prepare for “divine justice” in strongest statement yet

In his strongest statement on the scandals involving Catholic priests preying on children, Pope Francis ordered pedophile priests to "Convert and hand yourself over to human justice, and prepare for divine justice," as he delivered his Christmas message at the Vatican's Clementine Hall earlier...

“Let us beg forgiveness for our own sins”, Pope says in impassioned letter in the face sexual abuse and cover-up by the Church

Pope Francis has responded to reports of sexual abuse and cover-up of abuse by the Roman Catholic Church.His letter comes after the Pennsylvania attorney-general revealed the comprehensive findings of a statewide investigative grand jury that spent two years uncovering abuse of children by Catholic...

Prominent U.S. cardinal accused of sexually abusing teenager decades ago resigns

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington. McCarrick is a prominent U.S. cardinal who is accused of sexually abusing a teenager nearly 50 years ago, the Vatican said on 28 July. McCarrick, 88, was removed from the ministry...

Trump worship as ‘god’ in India receives support from Americans

One man has taken his devotion to President Donald Trump to a whole new level - and the best thing is, he not even an American and lives 8,100 miles away in India. The Indian man Bussa Krishna has spent the past three years...

Beijing’s Crackdown on Churches Is a Bad Omen for Chinese Christians

Just as the long-standing rift between the Vatican and China seems to be about to heal, Beijing jailed popular Catholic bishop, Guo Xijin. Bishop Guo was detained shortly before Easter for declining to celebrate mass with another bishop, one who had received government approval. The...
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