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Pope wheeled up St Peter's instead of walking

Philip Pullella Reuters 10/17/2011
Pope ends Africa trip with giant mass in voodoo heartland

Pope Benedict XVI ended his second trip to Africa on Sunday with a mass for tens of thousands in the voodoo heartland of Benin and by issuing a grand vision for his Church's future on the continent.

Pope wheeled up St Peter's instead of walking

Pope Benedict was wheeled up the main aisle of St Peter's Basilica on a mobile platform at a ceremony on Sunday to spare him the unnecessary fatigue of walking, but the Vatican said there was no concern for his overall health.

Only One Jewish Resident Left in Afghanistan, Says US State Department

There is only “one known Jewish resident” still living in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department.

Not a Single Christian Church Left in Afghanistan, Says US State Department

There is not a single, public Christian church left in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department. This reflects the state of religious freedom in that country ten years after the United States first invaded it and overthrew its Islamist Taliban regime.

Iranian Pastor Sentenced to Death: Nadarkhani Refuses to Convert

Daniel D. Tovrov International Business Times 09/30/2011
Pope denounces "inhuman" mafia in southern Italy

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday denounced the "inhuman" mafia that plagues southern Italy and urged residents there to respond to the region's suffering by caring for one another and the common good.

Iranian Pastor Sentenced to Death: Nadarkhani Refuses to Convert

Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who is facing the death penalty, again refused to convert to Islam to save his life. Nadarkhani was arrested in 2009 for the crime of apostasy because he allegedly abandoned Islam for Christianity. As a pastor, Iranian clerics believe that Nadarkhani was preaching in order to convert Muslims.

Pope 'deeply shaken' in meeting with sex abuse victims in Germany

Pope Benedict XVI met Friday with a group of people who had been sexually abused by clergy in his native Germany, where disenchantment with the Roman Catholic Church has grown in the wake of the scandal.

Holy Land clerics bless Palestinian UN bid

Priests in the Holy Land used their sermons on Sunday to give their blessing to the Palestinians' bid for United Nations membership. The retired Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah, the first Palestinian to hold the post since the Crusades, was to preach in the Roman Catholic church in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Abuse victims seek int'l court case against pope

MIKE CORDER and RACHEL ZOLL Breitbart.com 09/14/2011

Why the kung-fu monks are losing their religion

Clifford Coonan The Independent 09/13/2011
Abuse victims seek int'l court case against pope

Clergy sex abuse victims upset that no high-ranking Roman Catholic leaders have been prosecuted for sheltering guilty priests have turned to the International Criminal Court, seeking an investigation of the pope and top Vatican cardinals for possible crimes against humanity. The Vatican called the move a "ludicrous publicity stunt."

Why the kung-fu monks are losing their religion

The Buddhists of Shaolin gave the world its most deadly martial art. But now their gift has become a curse, writes Clifford Coonan


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