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World / Social Issues Jul 7, 2016

Divorcees must avoid sex, says U.S. archbishop

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia is closing the door opened by Pope Francis to letting civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion, saying the faithful in his archdiocese can only do so if they abstain from sex and live "as brother and ...

Asia Pacific Jun 13, 2016

Cloistered nun gets PhD in rocket engines

A nun in India has received a PhD for her study of scramjet engines, devices that can be used in space craft, news reports said. Sister Benedicta of the Holy Face, 32, is a member of a Carmelite community in the city of Pune, India. ...

'Holy fire,' fireworks light up night as Orthodox Christians mark Easter

World May 2, 2016

'Holy fire,' fireworks light up night as Orthodox Christians mark Easter

With "holy fire," fireworks and night Mass, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus around 2,000 years ago. Roman Catholics and Protestants marked Easter in March, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar; Eastern Orthodox churches use the older ...

Pope returns with 12 refugees after visit to Greek camp

World Apr 17, 2016

Pope returns with 12 refugees after visit to Greek camp

Pope Francis took three families of Syrian refugees back to Rome on Saturday after visiting the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis at a camp in Greece where migrants wept at his feet, kissed his hand and begged for help. At a sprawling fenced complex on ...

Asia Pacific / Social Issues Apr 11, 2016

Samoans divided over young woman's stigmata

Claims that a young woman developed wounds after playing Jesus Christ in a play have sharply divided opinion in Samoa, with people divided over whether the bleeding cuts are an authentic miracle or a hoax. The country's prime minister is among those who believe Toaipuapuaga ...