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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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Absolution Prayers’: Victims of Vatican Priests’ Sexual Violence Demand Justice

December 18, 2016 Featured News
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Sputniknews – 18/12/16 At least 22 children with hearing disabilities were sexually abused by Catholic priests at a school for deaf-mute minors in Argentina. Sputnik Italy spoke with Marco Lodi Rizzini, the press secretary for the local branch of a Catholic school for deaf children. Police arrested 82-year old priest Nicola Corradi and four other […]

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Putin, Pope Francis Discuss Protection of Christians in Conflict Zones

December 18, 2016 Featured News
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Sputniknews – 18/12/16 Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis discussed the issue of protection of Christians in regional conflict zones and cooperation in the cultural-humanitarian sphere in a phone call on Saturday, the Kremlin said in a statement. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Putin wished Pope Francis a happy 80th birthday and […]

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PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW AWARDED FOR COMMITMENT TO ECUMENISM

December 7, 2016 Featured News
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Pravoslavie.ru – 12/7/16 His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has been granted the Ecumenical Award of St. Nicholas of Myra by the theological faculty of Alupia, in southern Italy. The ceremony will take place today, December 6, on the New Calendar feast of St. Nicholas, reports Vatican Radio. In his letter for the occasion, Pope Francis […]

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Bishops Abducted in Syria in 2013 Alive, Currently in Raqqa

October 28, 2016 Featured News
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Sputniknews – 28/10/16 According to preliminary data, Syrian bishops abducted in the vicinity of the country’s northern city of Aleppo in 2013 are alive and currently in the city of Raqqa occupied by the Daesh militant group, a mother superior at the Monastery and Convent of Saint James the Mutilated, located in the western Syrian […]

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‘WITH LOVE FOR TRUTH’ On Patriarch-Catholicos Ilia II and the visit of Pope Francis to Georgia

October 5, 2016 Featured News
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pravoslavie.ru – 5/10/16 From Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 Pope Francis visited the ancient Orthodox nation of Georgia, celebrating Mass in a Tbilisi stadium on Saturday, Oct. 1 for the capital’s small Catholic population. Hierarchs of the Georgian Orthodox Church were noticeably absent. As it should be. The media is variously reporting the absence of […]

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Pope Francis Holds Warm Meeting With Head of Georgia’s Orthodox Church

October 1, 2016 Featured News
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Sputniknews – October 2016 Pope Francis has expressed willingness to maintain friendship with Georgia, calling it a “sacred” nation during his meeting with the head of Georgia’s Orthodox Church in Tbilisi, the country’s capital. TBILISI (Sputnik) – In February, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, held historic talks with Pope Francis […]

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Radical Nationalist Groups, Georgian Orthodox Priests Protest Papal Visit

September 24, 2016 Featured News
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By Nicholas Waller – Georgia Today – September 2016 TBILISI – A group of Georgian Orthodox ultranationalists and priests held a rally Wednesday afternoon outside the Vatican Embassy in Tbilisi to protest the upcoming visit of Pope Francis. The group claimed the papal visit is an affront to the purity of the Georgian Orthodox and […]

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Did Kosovo Try to Bribe Pope Francis to Win Recognition?

September 9, 2016 Featured News
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Sputniknews – 9/9/16 Some media outlets in Pristina have circulated unconfirmed reports about an attempt to give the Vatican a 10 million euro bribe to officially recognize Kosovo. Sputnik discussed the matter with Serbian Ambassador to UNESCO and onetime envoy to the Holy See, Darko Tanaskovic. “Well, even if Pope Francis makes a trip to […]

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