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Vatican cardinals close to Pope Francis defend gay union blessing ban amid dissent
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Vatican cardinals close to Pope Francis defend gay union blessing ban amid dissent

Their comments came amid continuing criticism of the document released Monday by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which said the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions because God “cannot bless sin.”

Pope Francis to meet Iraq’s ‘shepherd’ Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani in first visit to country
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Pope Francis to meet Iraq’s ‘shepherd’ Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani in first visit to country

The highly reclusive 90-year-old, whose sermons are typically delivered through a representative, will hold a rare in-person meet with the Pope on Saturday

Pope congratulates Joe Biden on election; president-elect says look forward to working with Vatican
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Pope congratulates Joe Biden on election; president-elect says look forward to working with Vatican

News of the call came even as some Catholic bishops in the US decline to acknowledge Biden’s victory and argue that the faithful should not back him because of his support for abortion rights

Rich can't get priority for coronavirus vaccine, poor need help too, says Pope Francis
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Rich can't get priority for coronavirus vaccine, poor need help too, says Pope Francis

The pope said the world can't return to normalcy after the COVID-19 pandemic if "normal" means social injustice and degradation of the natural environment

Maundy Thursday 2020: Vatican prepares to conduct rituals virtually; all you need to know about the day's significance
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Maundy Thursday 2020: Vatican prepares to conduct rituals virtually; all you need to know about the day's significance

Also known as Holy Thursday and Covenant Thursday, Maundy Thursday falls on the week before Easter and a day ahead of Good Friday. It commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles and the Washing of the Feet.

A Coronavirus saga — Capturing the ghostly beauty of 12 cities under lockdown during the pandemic
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A Coronavirus saga — Capturing the ghostly beauty of 12 cities under lockdown during the pandemic

The USA has the highest number of infected cases while Italy has the highest death rate in the world.

Vatican rejects Sister Lucy Kalappura's second appeal against expulsion over 'lifestyle violation'; Kerala nun had participated in protests against Franco Mulakkal
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Vatican rejects Sister Lucy Kalappura's second appeal against expulsion over 'lifestyle violation'; Kerala nun had participated in protests against Franco Mulakkal

A few months ago, the Congregation for the Oriental Churches in Vatican had dismissed Sister Lucy Kalappura's first appeal challenging her expulsion by Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC).

CIA spied on countries including India, Pakistan through secretly-owned Swiss encryption firm for decades, says Washington Post report
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CIA spied on countries including India, Pakistan through secretly-owned Swiss encryption firm for decades, says Washington Post report

The CIA read the encrypted messages of several countries, including India, for decades through its secretly-owned Switzerland-based company trusted by governments all over the world to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret.

Kerala court stays expulsion of Sister Lucy Kalappura till 1 Jan; nun was dismissed for joining protest against rape-accused Franco Mulakkal
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Kerala court stays expulsion of Sister Lucy Kalappura till 1 Jan; nun was dismissed for joining protest against rape-accused Franco Mulakkal

Sister Lucy Kalappura had published poems, purchased a car and taken part in a street protest by five nuns of the Catholic religious order Missionaries of Jesus, against a former bishop of Jalandhar dioecese

Sister Lucy Kalappura writes to Vatican, claims disciplinary action taken for participating in protests seeking arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal
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Sister Lucy Kalappura writes to Vatican, claims disciplinary action taken for participating in protests seeking arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal

She alleged 'disciplinary action' was taken for participating in protests by a group of nuns seeking arrest of a bishop accused of raping a fellow nun

Kerala nun rape: Activists term dismissal of Sister Lucy desperate attempt to save Franco Mulakkal, say it is meant as warning to witnesses
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Kerala nun rape: Activists term dismissal of Sister Lucy desperate attempt to save Franco Mulakkal, say it is meant as warning to witnesses

Kerala nun rape case: Reformists in the Syro-Malabar Church see the dismissal of Sister Lucy Kalappura from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) as part of a desperate attempt to save Franco Mulakkal, who is accused of repeatedly raping a nun between 2014 and 2016

Kerala priests call off hunger strike launched on 18 July after Church authorities 'respond positively' to four out of five demands
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Kerala priests call off hunger strike launched on 18 July after Church authorities 'respond positively' to four out of five demands

A section of the priests of Archdiocese of Angamaly and Ernakulam have called off their hunger strike said Father Kuriakose Mundadan. The priests including Father Joseph Parekkattil had launched the protest demanding the removal of Cardinal George Alencherry from office. Alencherry is an accused in 14 criminal cases.

Priests go on indefinite fast against Cardinal George Alencherry: All you need to know about church land row
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Priests go on indefinite fast against Cardinal George Alencherry: All you need to know about church land row

Priests of the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly launched a hunger strike against Major Archbishop and Cardinal George Alencherry and demanded his resignation.

Matteo Bruni appointed new Vatican spokesman, likely to give details of Emanuela Orlandi's mystery death
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Matteo Bruni appointed new Vatican spokesman, likely to give details of Emanuela Orlandi's mystery death

Pope Francis appointed a new Vatican spokesman on Thursday, tapping British-born Matteo Bruni for one of the most demanding PR jobs in the world.

Mystery over missing teen in Vatican deepens as graves thought to hold her remains discovered to be empty
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Mystery over missing teen in Vatican deepens as graves thought to hold her remains discovered to be empty

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of an Italian teenager deepened on Thursday after two graves at the Vatican thought to possibly hold her remains were discovered to be empty.

Pope Francis expresses desire to visit Iraq in 2020, hoping it does not return to tensions that come from 'never-ending conflicts'
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Pope Francis expresses desire to visit Iraq in 2020, hoping it does not return to tensions that come from 'never-ending conflicts'

Pope Francis on Monday said that he wants to visit Iraq as early as 2020 in spite of the security conditions.

'Gutted but valiant': Notre-Dame Cathedral retains bell towers, stained-glass windows; authorities pledge 700 million euros to rebuild it
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'Gutted but valiant': Notre-Dame Cathedral retains bell towers, stained-glass windows; authorities pledge 700 million euros to rebuild it

Considered among the finest examples of European Gothic architecture, Notre-Dame is visited by more than 13 million people a year. It sits on an island in the Seine, overlooking the Left Bank hangouts of Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso.

Cardinal Gracias needs to walk the talk
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Cardinal Gracias needs to walk the talk

Cardinal of the Mumbai diocese and said to be in the running for the Pope’s position, Oswald Gracias is under a cloud for not cracking down on sexual predators

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Chilean cardinal accused of covering up sexual abuse by priests
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Pope Francis accepts resignation of Chilean cardinal accused of covering up sexual abuse by priests

The pope's action on Ezzati contrasted with his rejection last Monday of a resignation offered by French cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who was handed a six-month suspended jail sentence earlier this month for failing to report sex abuse by a priest under his authority

Dozens of Australian journalists face charges for breaching gag order banning reportage of Cardinal George Pell's sex abuse trial
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Dozens of Australian journalists face charges for breaching gag order banning reportage of Cardinal George Pell's sex abuse trial

Victoria state Director of Public Prosecutions Kerri Judd has written more than 100 letters to journalists and media organisations advising that she intends to charge them with offenses relating to reporting on the George Pell case