Religion

Far-right, even racist views go mainstream in Central Europe

Apr 3, 2018

For decades after World War II, racist, extremist and anti-Semitic views were considered taboo in public life but today they are openly expressed by mainstream politicians

Pope presides over Good Friday amid security, controversy

Mar 30, 2018

Pope Francis presided over solemn Good Friday services amid heightened security at Rome's Colosseum for the Via Crucis procession and a new communications controversy at home over the existence of hell.

Pope washes the feet of inmates, reveals he has cataracts

Mar 29, 2018

Pope Francis urged inmates at a Rome prison on Thursday to never let their hopes be clouded like cataracts _ and revealed he suffers from the condition and has to have surgery for it next year

Italy detains Egyptian imam accused of preaching violence

Mar 27, 2018

Police in southern Italy have detained an Egyptian imam who ran a cultural center where he allegedly preached extremist and violent interpretations of Islam to children

Kosovo's Sufi Dervish order celebrates the new year, spring

Mar 23, 2018

Members of an Islamic dervish order in southern Kosovo have been holding their main annual celebration to mark the new year and spring, with a religious ceremony that includes hypnotic chanting, swaying and the piercing of cheeks with long metal needles

Pope Francis condemns prostitution as torture

Mar 19, 2018

Pope Francis has asked forgiveness for all Christians who buy sex from women, telling a roomful of young people that frequenting prostitutes is a crime against humanity and the sign of a "sick mentality" that thinks that women exist to be exploited

Pope visits Italy's south to honor popular saint, Padre Pio

Mar 17, 2018

Pope Francis has journeyed to southern Italy to honor a wildly popular saint, Padre Pio

China tells Vatican it's fighting illegal organ transplants

Mar 15, 2018

Chinese health authorities told a Vatican trafficking conference that Beijing's efforts to crack down on illegal organ transplants have resulted in 220 arrests and 100 victims being rescued in 10 years

Pope decries fears of globalization; barriers for foreigners

Mar 11, 2018

Pope Francis has rejected the branding of foreigners and poor people as enemies as he honored volunteers with a Catholic lay organization that helps Syrian war refugees reach Italy

Vatican, Versace and Vogue team up for Met's spring exhibit

Feb 26, 2018

The Vatican, Versace and Vogue are joining forces to show off the Catholic influences in fashion

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