Czech government backs taxation of church restitution

Jan 10, 2018

The new Czech minority government led by populist billionaire Andrej Babis has agreed with a proposal to tax the compensation that the country's churches receive for property seized by the former Communist regime

Italy's Jewish community complains of rehabilitation of king

Jan 3, 2018

Italy's Jewish community is asking that the government remove from schools, libraries and other public buildings the name of King Victor Emanuel III, who approved Italy's racial laws and reigned during Italy's fascist regime

Ukrainian authorities and separatist rebels swap prisoners

Dec 27, 2017

Ukrainian authorities and Russian-backed separatist rebels on Wednesday conducted the biggest exchange of prisoners since the start of an armed conflict in the country's east and a sign of progress in the implementation of a 2015 peace deal

Italian mountain retreat visited by popes up for sale

Dec 23, 2017

An Alpine chalet near the French border where Pope John Paul II and his successor Pope Benedict XVI spent some summer vacations is up for sale

Pope Francis needs a microscope to eye Lithuanian crib

Dec 22, 2017

Lithuania has given Pope Francis who plans to visit the Baltics next year, a Christmas present invisible to the naked eye: a Nativity scene where baby Jesus is smaller than a human cell

Exiled Italian king's remains repatriated after 70 years

Dec 17, 2017

The remains of Italy's King Victor Emmanuel III were repatriated from Egypt and interred in a family mausoleum Sunday, 71 years after Italians rejected the monarchy in a referendum and the country's royals went into exile

Populist far-right leaders want no EU in future Europe

Dec 16, 2017

Far-right populists in Europe are vowing to work together to create a new model of intercontinental cooperation that is far removed from the European Union

Italy OKs living wills amid long-running euthanasia debate

Dec 14, 2017

Italy's Senate has passed a law allowing Italians to write living wills and refuse artificial nutrition and hydration, the latest step in Catholic Italy's long-running debate over euthanasia and end-of-life issues

Freed prisoner witnessed radicalization in Egyptian jails

Dec 12, 2017

Irish man acquitted after 4 years of being imprisoned in Egypt says he saw dozens of cellmates become radicalized

Pope: Let's defeat indifference and fear of foreigners

Dec 8, 2017

Pope Francis is rallying people to rid society of ills like indifference, fear of foreigners and whatever's different than us

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