Vatican and Mafia Stronghold Corleone in a Godfather Fight

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Sputniknews - 3/2/17 A locale featured in the award-winning Godfather film trilogy is now home to a real-life quandary between the Roman Catholic Church and local mobsters. A niece of a priest in the town of Corleone, Sicily, tapped the son of Italy’s most famous mafia figure to become the child’s godfather at an upcoming baptism ceremony, ...

New Orthodox messenger app allows priests to take prayer requests, collect donations

RT.com - 3/2/17 The Russian Orthodox Church has launched its own messaging service, Pravzhizn Telegram. The app’s functionality allows users to send messages, photos and videos, as well as to subscribe to a variety of channels to get daily news from leading churches and monasteries. With the help of the Pravzhizn Telegram (Orthodox Life Telegram), priests will ...

Trump pledges to ‘totally destroy’ law that bars political speech by churches, other orgs

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, U.S., February 2, 2017. © Carlos Barria / Reuters

RT.com - 3/2/17 At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Donald Trump repeated a campaign promise, vowing to end the federal law that restricts political speech and activity by churches and other tax-exempt organizations. "I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of ...

‘You Can’t Isolate Russian Culture’: Valery Gergiev Ready to Perform in Kosovo

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Sputniknews - 3/2/17 “If I knew that I as a musician could help save cultural monuments in Kosovo and Metohija, I would do my very best to give a concert there,” the famous Russian conductor Gergiev, who performed in Syrian Palmyra in 2016, said when meeting with reporters in Belgrade. Earlier, a concert performed at Belgrade’s Sawa Center ...

GEORGIA PARLIAMENT LOOKS TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS SENSIBILITIES OF BELIEVERS

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Pravoslavie.ru - 3/2/17 The Georgian Parliament Committee for Human Rights adopted today a bill that, if approved, will make the insulting of religious feelings administratively punishable, reportsGeorgia Online. Under this bill, such offenders will be fined 300 gel ($110) for the first offense and 600 gel ($220) for repeat offenses. Moreover, the desecration of religious shrines and ...

ROMANIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH CALLS FOR PRAYER, DIALOGUE AMIDST MASSIVE GOVERNMENT PROTESTS

Pravoslavie.ru - 3/2/17 Over the past three days, Romania has seen its biggest protest in twenty-five years, with 300,000 crowding the streets all over the nation in Bucharest, Cluj, Timisoara, Sibiu, Iasi, Constanta, and other cities. The protests, sometimes violent, began when the Romanian government adopted new legislation that makes some corruption offenses more difficult to prosecute. Amidst ...