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Pope names 20 cardinals, many from developing world

Pope names 20 cardinals, many from developing world

Pope Francis on Jan. 4 named 20 new cardinals, a majority of them from Africa, Asia and Latin America, increasingly key areas as the Roman Catholic Church's support shifts from its traditional European stronghold.

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‘Ecumenical Patriarchate title would elevate Turkey’s reputation’

‘Ecumenical Patriarchate title would elevate Turkey’s reputation’

The Turkish government can ‘only benefit from recognizing the ecumenical status of the Patriarchate’ a senior official from the Fener Orthodox Patriarchate says in an exclusive interview

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Pope urges 'tenderness' as millions celebrate Christmas

Pope urges 'tenderness' as millions celebrate Christmas

Pope Francis called for "tenderness" and "warmth" after a violence-plagued year as millions of Christians began marking Christmas.

Comment(s) 12/25/2014

Pope prays for ‘peaceful coexistence’ in Turkey

Pope prays for ‘peaceful coexistence’ in Turkey

“May God continue to protect the Turkish people... so that they can build a place of peaceful coexistence,' Pope Francis said

Comment(s) 12/4/2014

Pope says Vatican administration is sick with power and greed

Pope says Vatican administration is sick with power and greed

The Vatican's top administrators would have been expecting an exchange of pleasantries at their annual Christmas meeting with Pope Francis on Dec. 22.

Comment(s) 12/22/2014

Turkish lawmakers debate gay imams

Turkish lawmakers debate gay imams

A ruling AKP deputy’s remarks suggesting that gay people should be able to serve as imams has stirred a fresh cultural debate on Turkey’s heated political stage.

Comment(s) 12/3/2014

Church of England appoints its first woman bishop

Church of England appoints its first woman bishop

The Church of England appointed its first ever female bishop on Dec. 17, overturning centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply divided over the issue.

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Catholic Church in Australia links celibacy to abuse

The Catholic Church in Australia on Friday said that obligatory celibacy may have contributed to priests abusing children, and recommended that clergy should be given "psychosexual" training.

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Luxury car purchased for Turkey's top cleric

Luxury car purchased for Turkey's top cleric

A luxury vehicle has been purchased as the official car of Turkey's top cleric. The Diyanet said the vehicle cost 'much lower' than the reported 1 million Turkish Liras

Comment(s) 12/13/2014

Pope's first day in Istanbul boosts hopes of 'unification'

Pope's first day in Istanbul boosts hopes of 'unification'

Like his predecessor, Pope Francis 'prayed' at the Blue Mosque, which was his first stop in Istanbul on Nov. 29, before boosting hopes of those who support the unification of the Roman Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate

Comment(s) 11/29/2014

Devotion, defiance draw millions to Iraq pilgrimage

Devotion, defiance draw millions to Iraq pilgrimage

Millions of Shiite Muslim pilgrims defied the threat of jihadist attacks and thronged the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala for the climax of annual Arbaeen mourning rituals

Comment(s) 12/13/2014

As it happened: Pope Francis in first day of historic visit to Turkey

As it happened: Pope Francis in first day of historic visit to Turkey

Here are the updates as they happened throughout the day that Pope Francis started his historic visit to Turkey

Comment(s) 11/28/2014

Secularism damages religious life in Turkey, says top religious body official

Secularism damages religious life in Turkey, says top religious body official

Globalization and secularism have 'changed and damaged' religious life, according to a Diyanet official

Comment(s) 12/10/2014

Istanbul’s Friday sermon focuses on lies, gossip via technological devices

Istanbul’s Friday sermon focuses on lies, gossip via technological devices

The Religious Affairs Directorate regrets the appearance of 'a lie and gossip sector'

Comment(s) 11/28/2014

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