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Divisions Within the Vatican Threaten Catholic Unity?

November 6, 2017 Featured

Sputniknews – 6/11/17 Hear Radio Commentary Here: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio has become one of the most popular Popes ever, but inside the Catholic Church, many hate him intensely. He drives a Fiat, pays his own hotel bills and controversially washed the feet of Muslim women refugees. He has provoked a ferocious backlash from conservatives who fear […]

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I Want to Believe: German Monastery to Shut Its Doors After Almost 900 Years

October 17, 2017 Featured
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Sputniknews – 17/10/17 An ancient monastery in western Germany in operation for almost 900 years will close its doors permanently by January 2018, citing a shortage of monks and the excessive financial burden of maintaining its property. As the Catholic church sees significant declines in its faithful, so too are the numbers declining of those who dedicate […]

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Why 62 Catholic Theologians Have Accused Pope Francis of ‘Spreading Heresy’

September 25, 2017 Featured
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Sputniknews – 25/9/17 Catholic clergy from around the world have recently issued what it called a “Filial Correction”, a 25-page letter to Pope Francis, accusing him of “spreading heresy” about marriage, the moral life, and the reception of the sacraments. Here is why. The letter accuses Pope Francis of propagating seven heretical positions concerning marriage, moral living and […]

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Russian Orthodox-Roman Catholic Church Relations Enter New Phase

August 24, 2017 News
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Sputniknews – 24/8/17 Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill said that relations between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches are entering a new stage in the wake of last year’s meeting. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Relations between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches are entering a new stage in the wake of last year’s meeting between the leaders of the […]

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What is Behind Relations Between Russia, Vatican

August 21, 2017 Featured
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Sputniknews – 21/8/17 Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin is paying a visit to Russia on August 21-24 to hold meetings with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and state officials. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Parolin is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as well as other state officials and representatives of the Russian […]

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Vatican rules the Body of Christ can’t be gluten free

July 10, 2017 Featured
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RT.com – 10/7/17 Pope Francis has weighed in on the matter of religious bread-making by reminding his flock that the Body of Christ is not gluten-free. In a letter circulated to Roman Catholic bishops, Cardinal Robert Sarah of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments was instructed by the Pope to tell church […]

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St. Nicholas Relics to Be Brought to Russia From Italy – Church Official

April 29, 2017 News
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Sputniknews – 29/4/17 According to an agreement that was reached by the heads of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church, the relics of one of the most revered Christian saints, St. Nicholas, will be delivered to Russia on May 21 from Italy. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The relics of one of the most […]

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Attack on Christian Church in Sinai Kills One – Reports

April 19, 2017 Featured
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Sputniknews – 19/4/17 One of the oldest Christian monasteries in Egypt was the subject of a violent attack on security forces. One soldier has been confirmed dead while at least four have been wounded, local media outlets report. The St. Catherine Cathedral in Sinai was established in 565 A.D. as a Greek Orthodox church and is one of the […]

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Jesus Christ’s ‘tomb’ opens to public after restoration

March 22, 2017 Featured
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RT.com – 22/3/17 A burial tomb believed to have held the body of Jesus Christ before his resurrection will open to the public on Wednesday. The tomb at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem underwent nine months of restoration. A team from the National Technical University of Athens (NTU) carried out intensive restoration […]

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Spain Launches Trial of Former Priest Involved in Major Pedophilia Scandal

March 7, 2017 Featured
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Sputniknews – 7/3/17 The major scandal involving the Roman Catholic Church saw new developments on Monday, with the start of a trial of former priest Roman accused of pedophilia, in Spain. MADRID (Sputnik) — In August 2014, a man, known as Daniel, from Granada wrote a five-page letter to Pope Francis, describing how a number […]

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Pope’s clemency for pedophile priests under scrutiny following latest scandal

February 27, 2017 Featured
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RT.com – 27/2/17 Pope Francis’ unshakeable belief in the power of mercy has been called into question after a previously-convicted pedophile priest struck again, around two years after the Pontiff reduced sanctions against child-abusing clergy, according to a report by AP. The case of Rev. Mauro Inzoli, an Italian priest who received church clemency but […]

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Russian Orthodox Church, Vatican to Work Closer on Christians’ Persecution

February 13, 2017 News
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Sputniknews – 13/2/17 Chairman of the Department of External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion said that the Russian Orthodox Church together with the Vatican will try to institutionalize the joint work on the monitoring of the issue of Christians’ persecutions in the Middle East and other regions. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian Orthodox Church plans to strengthen its […]

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Pope Francis Admits Existence of Corruption in Vatican, Condemns Sexual Abuses

February 12, 2017 Featured
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Sputniknews – 12/2/17 Pope Francis admitted that the Vatican suffered from corruption and condemned sexual abuses committed by Catholic priests. ROME (Sputnik) – In 2016 Pope Francis signed an official papal decree whereunder Catholic bishops and other senior officials neglecting investigation into child sexual abuse by priests would be sacked. “Corruption exists in Vatican … The Lord wants monks to be […]

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Posters Attacking Pope Francis Appear Overnight in Rome

February 6, 2017 Featured
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Sputniknews – 6/2/17 Posters plastered across Rome Friday night asked Pope Francis “Where’s your mercy?” The posters, written in what Deutsche Welle describes as a working-class dialect unique to Rome, accuse the pope of antagonizing Catholic conservatives and the “beheading of the Knights of Malta.” “Ah Francis, you’ve taken over congregations, removed priests, decapitated the Order […]

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Vatican and Mafia Stronghold Corleone in a Godfather Fight

February 3, 2017 News
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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 […]

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‘Molested when we confessed’: Duterte fires up at Catholic priests over pedophilia, corruption

January 20, 2017 Featured News
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Rt.com – 20/1/17 Unshaken by a blessing from Pope Francis, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has hit back at priests and bishops critical of his war on drugs, accusing clergymen of homosexuality, child molesting, hypocrisy and corruption. “You asked for it,” he said. “You expose me, fine. I expose you. Why? When you commit mistakes it’s […]

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Try meth before criticizing war on drugs – Duterte tells priests the day Pope blesses Philippines

January 20, 2017 Featured News
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RT.com – 20/1/17 Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has taunted the country’s bishops and priests to drop their “hypocrisy” and try drugs themselves to fully grasp the seriousness of the problem. The Catholic Church got the emphatic message on Wednesday, the same day the Philippines was blessed by Pope Francis. In a speech marking the 20th […]

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Pope, Patriarch to Make Progress on Practical Agenda of Helping Christians

January 19, 2017 News
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Sputniknews – 19/1/17 Pope Francis and Russian Patriarch Kirill are likely to make progress when they meet in Havana, Cuba on boosting cooperation to help Christian communities in distress around the world, prominent ecumenical experts told Sputnik. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — “The planned meeting between Pope Francis with Patriarch Kirill is of enormous significance,” Jerusalem’s Tantur […]

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1 Christian killed for their faith every 6 minutes in 2016 – study

December 31, 2016 Featured News
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RT.com – 31/12/16 Ninety thousand Christians were murdered for their faith around the globe this year, which amounts to one being killed every six minutes, Italy’s CESNUR religious study group said. Christians are now the most persecuted religious group in the world, Massimo Introvigne, director of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR), told Vatican […]

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Pope Reportedly Knew Priest Accused of Raping Children Two Years Before Arrest

December 29, 2016 Featured News
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Sputniknews – 29/12/16 Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic clergy failed to take action to sanction Rev. Nicola Corradi, the 82-year old priest arrested in late November on charges of sexually abusing deaf children, despite knowing of Carradi’s alleged exploits, according to an Argentine prosecutor. At least 24 students of the Antonio Provolo Institute for […]

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Vatican bureaucracy & resistance to reforms ‘inspired by devil’ – Pope Francis

December 23, 2016 Featured News
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RT.com – 23/12/16 In his annual Christmas speech, Pope Francis slammed Vatican officials for pushing back against reforms that the pontiff has been pushing forward since 2013, saying that those taking part in “malicious resistance” have been inspired by the devil. “The absence of reaction is a sign of death! Consequently, the good cases of […]

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