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Republican-Democrat Rift Widens over Abortion

Republican-Democrat Rift Widens over Abortion

The abortion issue has now become a political litmus test in America, as Democrats eliminate opponents of abortion rights and Republicans unite in a nearly unanimous pro-life position.

Liberal Analyst: White Democrats Have a God Problem

Liberal Analyst: White Democrats Have a God Problem

White Democrats are invoking God far less than their predecessors, referring to religious faith as a source of division rather than unity, according to an analysis by Professor Peter Beinart of the City University of New York.

Underground Chinese Priest Suspended for Joining State-Run Church

Underground Chinese Priest Suspended for Joining State-Run Church

A recently released underground Chinese bishop has suspended a priest for joining the state-run Patriotic Catholic Association and promoting a false “communion” between the underground Church and the open Catholic community.

Dalai Lama Says Women Empathize and Men ‘Kill’

Dalai Lama Says Women Empathize and Men ‘Kill’

The Dalai Lama said Friday that more women are needed in leadership roles because they are more compassionate than men, who are valued instead for their ability to “kill.

Pope Francis: ‘Words Start Wars’

Pope Francis: ‘Words Start Wars’

Pope Francis preached Sunday on the dangers of criticizing others rather than correcting one’s own defects, insisting that “words start wars.”

Vatican Denounces Worldwide ‘Wave of Xenophobia’

Vatican Denounces Worldwide ‘Wave of Xenophobia’

The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano decried a new global wave of “xenophobia, racism, and intolerance” Monday in its ongoing push for greater openness to migrants.

Jesuit Order to Honor Priest Caught in Serial Plagiarism

Jesuit Order to Honor Priest Caught in Serial Plagiarism

The Jesuits of Canada is bestowing its annual “Magis” award this spring on Father Thomas Rosica, a priest and Vatican spokesman recently found to have engaged in serial plagiarism over the past 25 years.

Pope Francis: Abuser Priests Are ‘Tools of Satan’

Pope Francis: Abuser Priests Are ‘Tools of Satan’

Pope Francis had hard words for priests guilty of sex abuse Sunday, calling them “ravenous wolves” and “tools of Satan,” though critics said the pope basically repeated old promises that do not go far enough.

Chinese Kindergartners Forced to Sign Atheist Manifesto

Chinese Kindergartners Forced to Sign Atheist Manifesto

The Education Bureau of the Chinese district of Lishan has launched a campaign to eradicate religious belief in kindergartens, which includes having the schoolchildren sign a commitment statement promising to avoid religious activities.

Report: Pope Knew of McCarrick’s Crimes but Considered Them Unimportant

Report: Pope Knew of McCarrick’s Crimes but Considered Them Unimportant

French author Frédéric Martel alleges in a new book that Pope Francis had been informed that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick had been having sexual relations with seminarians and priests but considered this fact “insufficient to condemn him.

Vatican Cardinal Condemns Spate of Church Vandalism in France

Vatican Cardinal Condemns Spate of Church Vandalism in France

The head of the Vatican’s liturgical department has denounced last week’s wave of church vandalism in France, while others decry the “shameful” government silence surrounding the affair.

Report: Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to Be Defrocked

Report: Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to Be Defrocked

The Vatican’s doctrinal office is preparing to reduce former cardinal Theodore McCarrick to the lay state for his serial homosexual abuse including that of minors, according to reports Friday.

Anglicans Push Back Against LGBT Guidelines

Anglicans Push Back Against LGBT Guidelines

Approximately 2,155 clergy and lay members of the Church of England have signed a letter opposing recent guidelines regarding rites sacralizing gender transition in the church.

Pope Francis: Fear of Migrants Is ‘Making Us Crazy’

Pope Francis: Fear of Migrants Is ‘Making Us Crazy’

Pope Francis told journalists that fear of migrants is “making us crazy,” when asked Wednesday what he thought about the proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico.

Pre-Davos Poll: 70% of Italians Say Immigration Is ‘Mostly Bad’

Pre-Davos Poll: 70% of Italians Say Immigration Is ‘Mostly Bad’

The World Economic Forum (WEF) released the results of a survey Sunday, just before its annual summit in Davos, showing that more than two thirds of Italians consider immigration to be “mostly bad” for the country.

Malawi Archbishop Condemns ‘Ritual Murders’ of Albinos

Malawi Archbishop Condemns ‘Ritual Murders’ of Albinos

The archbishop of Blantyre, Malawi, has blamed the country’s government for failing to stop a wave of ritual killings of people with albinism, generated by belief in the healing power of the bones of albinos.

Rome with a View: Colosseum Sets Visitor Record in 2018

Rome with a View: Colosseum Sets Visitor Record in 2018

The Roman Colosseum set a new record for visitors in 2018 as Italian counter-terrorism forces have sent a convincing message that citizens and tourists will be protected and have nothing to fear.

Pope Francis Warns: Haters Should Not Go to Church

Pope Francis Warns: Haters Should Not Go to Church

Pope Francis had some hard words for those who spend time in church but hate other people, urging them to stay away from church and live like atheists rather than cause scandal.

NJ University Course Will Explore ‘Non-Human Perspectives on Queer’

NJ University Course Will Explore ‘Non-Human Perspectives on Queer’

A prominent New Jersey college is offering its students the chance to learn about “non-human perspectives” on LGBT issues, while also exploring “the third sex,” and “the political underpinnings and the transgressive nature of ‘queer.

2018 First Year Ever with No Violent Tornadoes in the United States

2018 First Year Ever with No Violent Tornadoes in the United States

Despite dire predictions of a necessary increase in severe weather events due to climate change, 2018 is poised to become the first year on record with no violent tornadoes in the United States, the Washington Post reported.

Italian Police Arrest 17 Moroccan Migrants in Massive Drug Bust

Italian Police Arrest 17 Moroccan Migrants in Massive Drug Bust

Italian narcotic police carried out a major drug bust in the northern Italian seaside town of Viareggio Saturday, arresting 17 Moroccan immigrants believed to be responsible for dealing drugs in the area.

Pope Francis Condemns Strasbourg Terror Attack

Pope Francis Condemns Strasbourg Terror Attack

Pope Francis has written a telegram denouncing Tuesday’s terror attack at the Strasbourg Christmas Market in which two people were killed and 13 injured.

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