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Pope Francis stalls on Belgium bishops' suggestion to allow young married men to become Catholic priests
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Pope Francis stalls on Belgium bishops' suggestion to allow young married men to become Catholic priests

The number of priests and nuns dropped sharply in 2016 in Europe — and the Americas to a lesser extent.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal sent to police custody till 24 September; magistrate's court rejects bail plea
India

Bishop Franco Mulakkal sent to police custody till 24 September; magistrate's court rejects bail plea

Bishop Franco Mulakkal has been sent to police custody till 24 September and his bail application has also been dismissed by the magistrate court.

Kerala nun rape case: 'Will not rest' till bishop Franco Mulakkal is questioned and arrested, say protesting nuns
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Kerala nun rape case: 'Will not rest' till bishop Franco Mulakkal is questioned and arrested, say protesting nuns

A group of protesting nuns from Kerala on Saturday said that they "will rest" only after a bishop accused of sexually abusing a senior nun is questioned and arrested.

Kerala nun writes to Vatican seeking immediate intervention into rape case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal
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Kerala nun writes to Vatican seeking immediate intervention into rape case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal

In the eleven-page letter, the nun alleged that Franco Mulakkal, who allegedly raped her multiple times between 2014 and 2016, is using money power to scuttle the complaint against him.

Ladakh's nuns
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Ladakh's nuns

The number of Ladakh's nuns had dwindled to 300 in the mid-1990s as they grappled with adverse factors. Thanks to the intervention of Dr Tsering Palmo, the founder of the Ladakh Nuns Association, the community is now 1200-strong.

Kerala HC ruling on clergy's right to ancestral property assuages mounting miseries
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Kerala HC ruling on clergy's right to ancestral property assuages mounting miseries

Kerala HC's verdict will go a long way in assuaging mounting miseries of the state's clergy.

Nuns in Kerala seek pension, claim the Church leaves them high and dry in old age
India

Nuns in Kerala seek pension, claim the Church leaves them high and dry in old age

Many tales of harassment and sexual exploitation of nuns in monasteries have come to light recently but very little was known to the outside world about the true living condition of the nuns, especially the aged ones.

Pope Francis in New York: Addresses Congress on immigration, death penalty; tells nuns 'I love you'
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Pope Francis in New York: Addresses Congress on immigration, death penalty; tells nuns 'I love you'

Pope Francis delivered the first papal speech before Congress and thanked American nuns in an evening prayer service in St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Pope Francis canonizes two Palestinian nuns
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Pope Francis canonizes two Palestinian nuns

Pope Francis named two Palestinian women as saints on Sunday, in a ceremony in Saint Peter's Square just days after the Vatican formalized its de facto recognition of the State of Palestine.

Number of British women becoming nuns hits 25-year high
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Number of British women becoming nuns hits 25-year high

The number of women becoming nuns in Britain reached a 25-year high last year, according to figures released by the Catholic Church on Thursday.

Three elderly Italian nuns raped, murdered in Burundi convent
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Three elderly Italian nuns raped, murdered in Burundi convent

Police initially reported that two nuns were stabbed to death on Sunday afternoon. The killer then battered one of the two with a rock, before fleeing the convent.

Sister act: Three nuns silently live the gospel in a Muslim ghetto
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Sister act: Three nuns silently live the gospel in a Muslim ghetto

On the southern outskirts of Paris, Grigny-2 is an often desolate, and dangerous, place. Three Catholic nuns have chosen to move into the vast housing project and spread the gospel by, first of all, being good neighbours.