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

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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 members about ...

Christian exorcisms on the rise, threaten mental health – report

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RT.com - July 2017 Christian exorcisms have seen an “astonishing” increase over the last few years, religious think tank Theos has said following the publication of a new report. The rise is in part driven by the growth of certain migrant communities and Pentecostal churches, for which the practice is common. “Exorcisms are now a booming industry in ...

Swedish PM tells priests to carry out same-sex marriages ‘or do something else’

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RT.com - 26/6/17 Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has suggested that all Church of Sweden priests be compelled to perform gay marriages, despite the Lutheran church’s position that clergy members should have the right to refuse. Same-sex weddings have been legal in Sweden since 2009, although priests can decline to carry out these ceremonies under the country’s ...

Female Christian refugee murdered by Afghan compatriot in Bavaria

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RT.com - 4/5/17 Bavarian police are trying to establish the motive behind the murder of an Afghan woman who sought refuge in Germany and has reportedly converted to Christianity. The attacker, also an Afghan asylum seeker, stabbed the woman to death in front of her children. READ MORE: German soldier who posed as refugee arrested over suspected ...

At least 15 dead after blast near church in Egyptian city 90km from Cairo – report

RT.com - 9/4/17 Updated - 41 people killed and more than 21 injured! LIVE UPDATES HERE: At least 15 people were killed and dozens injured in an explosion inside a church in Egypt’s Tanta, north of Cairo, AP reports, citing ministry of interior officials. Reuters says that 42 people were wounded in the incident, which Al-Arabiya called a “bombing.” Pictures from ...

Danish church opens more night-time services to combat exodus of faithful

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RT.com - 4/4/17 Churches in Denmark have opened more night-time services to boost attendances, according to a Diocese of Copenhagen survey. The move follows reports that parishioners are leaving the Church in big numbers, with more Danes becoming atheists. Some 33 churches in 25 towns and cities have opened their doors at night, the diocese says. Three ...

Mass infant grave found at former Catholic home for unwed mothers in Ireland

RT.com - 4/3/17 Excavations at the site of a former Catholic home for unwed mothers, their children, and orphans in Ireland have uncovered “significant quantities” of human remains buried on the grounds. An investigation was launched after reports surfaced in 2014 of a mass grave on the grounds of the former ‘mother and baby’ home in Tuam, ...

Statue of Jesus Christ beheaded for second time in 2 weeks

RT.Com - 25/2/17 A Jesus Christ statue was beheaded for the second time in as many weeks outside an Indianapolis church as part of an ongoing wave of religious vandalism, according to local reports. The statue stands outside the Cottage Avenue Pentecostal Fellowship in Indianapolis and was decapitated for the first time two weeks ago. The head ...

Over 4,000 children alleged victims of Catholic Church sex abuse in Australia since 1980 – probe

RT.Com - 8/2/17 More than 4,000 children, mostly boys, were allegedly sexually abused by Catholic priests in Australia over decades, an investigation says, adding that since the 1950s some 7 percent of priests in the country were alleged perpetrators. The report was released on Monday by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The ...

Oh God no! Religious belief plummets after travails of 2016

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RT.com - 24/12/16 Terrorist attacks, controversial election results, and the deaths of a string of beloved celebrities might have caused many to lose faith in God, a recent poll suggests. According to a YouGov poll for the Times, a total of 4 percent of Britons lost their faith in the almighty between February and December 2016 – ...

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

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 resistance – ...

RT: Explosion disrupts Christmas celebrations in Aleppo

RT.Com - 21/12/16 A well-attended Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in the Syrian city of Aleppo was rocked by an explosion meters away from the gathered crowd. No casualties have been reported. “We saw a huge flash of light,” reported RT’s Lizzie Phelan, who was covering the event, in an online broadcast. “At least half of the people on ...

‘Nativity war’: Baby Jesus to be allowed in French town halls, despite secularists’ complaints

RT.com - 14/11/16 Baby Jesus, as well as Mary, Joseph, and the three wise men will be allowed in French public places this Christmas, but on several conditions, a court ruled. Secularists have long argued that it is against a 1905 law on separation of church and state. A French administrative court (Conseil d’Etat) gave the green ...

TV presenter ‘crucified’ for wearing crucifix: ‘Atheism turns into militant form’

RT.com – September 2016 Can a journalist, who is supposed to be impartial and keep their beliefs out of public view, wear religious symbols? What’s the problem with an Italian presenter wearing a cross? Isn’t it just freedom of expression that atheists are championing? An Italian news presenter has been making headlines herself and all over her choice ...

‘Since I became a Christian I fear no one’: Refugee explains mass conversions from Islam

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www.rt.com - June 2016 More and more Muslim refugees have been converting to Christianity in Europe, according to reports from churches. One of the new converts told RT: “I have been spat on, told that I've betrayed Islam, but through what I've learned I can forgive them.” In Austria there have been at least 300 applications for adult ...

‘Russian Amish’: Children of the schism (RT documentary on Orthodox Old Believers

The Orthodox Believers - 2012 Documentary January 2015 They lead a quiet life out of public view and keep distant from worldly matters. Religious books written in the Old Slavonic language are studied and food is all homemade. Married women are obliged to cover their head, while men have beards. The length of their dresses, trousers and ...

‘Rights of believers are violated’: Orthodox priest flees Ukraine in fear

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RT - April 2014 The rights of believers are violated in Ukraine as the coup-imposed authorities don’t want the Russian Orthodox Church in the country, archpriest Andrey Novikov, who left Ukraine to escape persecution by Kiev, told RT. Novikov, who occupies the position of secretary of the eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate ...

Top Russian cleric seeks nationwide referendum on criminalizing male homosexuality

RT- 11/1/13 Vsevolod Chaplin maintains that gay relations between men pose a threat to the whole of society, but left it for the people to decide on the possible punishment for such actions. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s department for  relations with society has said in an official press comment that  the question of criminalizing ...

‘Whole families murdered’: Syrian rebels execute over 80 civilians outside Damascus

19/12/13 Over 80 civilians in a town northwest of the Syrian capital of Damascus have been executed by Islamist rebels, sources within the Syrian military told RT. Many others were kidnapped to be used as human shields. Government forces are continuing a large-scale operation against Jabhat al-Nusra and Liwa Al-Islam fighters, who captured the town earlier this ...

Syrian Christians flee persecution as Patriarch urges them to stay in war-torn country

22/11/13 As some 450,000 Christians have fled Syria since a civil war erupted two years ago, the Syrian Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic church has called on Christians to stay in Syria and survive a “difficult” future. "I say to my children, stay in your country, the future will be difficult, but it will be better, ...

‘They aren’t real Muslims’: Radical mercenaries kidnap, kill both Syria Christians and Muslims

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11/10/13 Nadezhda Kevorkova is a war correspondent who has covered the events of the Arab Spring, military and religious conflicts around the world, and the anti-globalization movement. Christians of the East view the war in Syria neither as civil nor as sectarian, Orthodox Bishop Elias Kfoury told RT. He also spoke of those who unleashed a conflict ...