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Vatican takes in 12 migrants as Pope denounces indifference

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Nicosia, Cyprus AP Pope Francis on Friday denounced the “culture of indifference” that the West shows migrants as the Vatican confirmed that at least a dozen asylum-seekers would be transferred from Cyprus to Italy in a gesture of solidarity with European countries that have received a disproportionate share of would-be refugees. The transfer, formally announced […]

Pakistan police: Mob kills Sri Lankan over alleged blasphemy

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Lahore, Pakistan AP A Muslim mob descended on a sports equipment factory in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province on Friday, killing a Sri Lankan man and burning his body publicly over allegations of blasphemy, police said. Armagan Gondal, a police chief in the district of Sialkot, where the killing occurred, said factory workers had accused the […]

‘Sinning in the Rain’: New study finds crimes go up when it rains on Sundays

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RNS To help people avoid sin, pastors often advise prayer, going to church and reading the Bible or other religious books. They might also want to get a few umbrellas. A forthcoming study from the Review of Economics and Statistics found that the more it rains on Sunday mornings, the more white-collar, drug- and alcohol-related […]

People with disabilities more likely to die from COVID-19 and living in a “perfect storm” of inequality and injustice, report says

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Updated 4.30pm (AEDT)Sydney, Australia The COVID-19 pandemic has created a “perfect storm” of inequality and injustice for people with disabilities around the world, with a new report saying half the people who contract the virus and die are people with a disability. Those living with disabilities have experienced poorer health outcomes during the pandemic, increased […]

Are you ready to study the Bible?

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DENIS PLANT, principal of Vision Colleges in Australia, writes about the advantages of studying the Bible “at your pace from your place”… 

Paris Archbishop who had “ambiguous” relationship resigns

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Paris, FranceAP Pope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignation of the Archbishop of Paris, who unexpectedly offered to step down last week after admitting to an “ambiguous” relationship with a woman in 2012. Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit said in a statement Thursday that he offered to step down “to preserve the diocese from the division […]