Vatican fires gay priest on eve of synod

World / Social Issues Oct 3, 2015

Vatican fires gay priest on eve of synod

The Vatican on Saturday fired a monsignor who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world's bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees and more traditional Catholic families. The Vatican took action after Krzysztof Charamsa, a mid-level official ...

Tsunami zone volunteer becomes Shinto priest

National Feb 6, 2015

Tsunami zone volunteer becomes Shinto priest

by Maiko Sugano

When caregiver Kazutoshi Fujimoto first visited the town of Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture, he was volunteering because he had heard the recovery from the March 2011 quake and tsunami was going slow. The decision turned out to be a life-changing one because it led him to ...

Priests take up pen to stop suicides

National Nov 21, 2013

Priests take up pen to stop suicides

by Takeshi Nishide

To help turn the tide against suicide, a volunteer group of Buddhist priests, both men and women, writes letters to distraught people to help keep them from taking their own lives. People considering suicide "write to us because they want to live," said Yusen Maeda, ...

Shinto priest blazes trail as a community activist

National Oct 23, 2013

Shinto priest blazes trail as a community activist

by Takeshi Nishide

In these challenging times, Shinto priests can't afford to confine themselves to the quiet and peace of their shrines. On a Sunday afternoon in September, Mitsunobu Okada, chief priest of Sugimori Shrine in Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, was talking to a group of children as he ...