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Divided church in China awaits next pope
The next pope has a long list of challenges awaiting him, and where the divided church in China ranks on that list is something Roman Catholics in this part of the world will be watching for when Pope Benedict XVI's successor takes over.
Pope's last Sunday blessing draws tens of thousands
Pope Benedict XVI gave his pontificate's final Sunday blessing from his studio window to the cheers of tens of thousands of people packing St. Peter's Square, but sought to reassure the faithful that he wasn't abandoning the church.
Pope Benedict to resign due to health reasons
Pope Benedict XVI, 85, will resign on Feb. 28, citing his advancing age and health for the surprise announcement today, making him the first pontiff to step down since Pope Gregory XII in 1415.
At least 10 feared dead in India stampede
At least 10 people were killed and a dozen more injured Sunday after a stampede broke out at a train station in the northern Indian town where millions of devout Hindus gathered for a religious festival, a senior government minister said.
Will Science Someday Rule Out the Possibility of God?
Over the past few centuries, science can be said to have gradually chipped away at the traditional grounds for believing in God. Much of what once seemed mysterious — the existence of humanity, the life-bearing perfection of Earth, the workings of the uni
Catholic church upsets group
This summer, festivals were staged in Canadian cities with the Eritrean consul to Canada, an Eritrean government official, and members of its military Walta Band. In Winnipeg, the human rights group learned about the festival a week before it was held Sat
Vatican slams U.S. nun's book on sexuality
The Vatican has sharply criticized a book on sexuality written by a prominent American nun, saying it contradicted church teaching on issues like masturbation, homosexuality and marriage and that its author had a defective understanding of Catholic theolo
Wyoming tribe obtains permit to kill two bald eagles
A federal permit allowing the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming to kill up to two bald eagles for religious purposes is the first of its kind ever issued to an American Indian tribe, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official said Wednesday.
Mormon Church apologizes for posthumous baptisms of Jews
The parents of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal received the rite, which was also sought for relatives of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. Critics note that Mormons agreed in 1995 to stop baptizing Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
Pope sharply criticized for child sex abuse comments
After insisting that all of society's institutions and not just the Catholic church must be held to 'exacting' standards in their response to sex abuse of children, Pope Benedict XVI has drawn sharp criticism.
Northern B.C.'s first mosque opens in Prince George
The first mosque in northern B.C. opened its doors on Saturday in Prince George. Muslims in the region have been worshipping in rented rooms and church halls for years but now — after two years of construction — locals finally have a mosque of their own.
Hertz suspends Muslim shuttle drivers for praying
SEATAC, Wash. — Rental car company Hertz indefinitely suspended 34 Somali Muslim shuttle drivers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for praying on company time, and the workers' union is trying to put them back in the driver's seat after what it call
Muslim Canucks deal with stereotypes 10 years after 9-11
Gilary Massa's high school art class began buzzing with speculation the day a student rushed in to announce that "somebody bombed America." Amid her horror Massa had one hope which proved to be in vain -- that the perpetrators wouldn't be Muslim.
A few Catholics still insist Galileo was wrong
A few conservative Roman Catholics are pointing to a dozen Bible verses and the church's original teachings as proof that Earth is the center of the universe, the view that was at the heart of the church's clash with Galileo Galilei four centuries ago.
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