Warsaw, Poland
AP

A new statue that depicts the late Pope St John Paul II throwing a rock into red water has provoked debate in his native Poland and revived memories of a 1999 Italian sculpture that showed him crushed under a rock, to which the new work

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Countries could save billions of dollars a year by tackling the "disgusting pandemic" of domestic violence, the Commonwealth Secretary-General said as economists estimated the scourge cost the tiny African kingdom of Lesotho 5.5 per cent of GDP.

Patricia Scotland said domestic violence burdened

Rome, Italy
AP

A powerful Vatican cardinal who was sacked by Pope Francis in an astonishing twist to the Vatican's latest financial scandal pushed back Friday against allegations he embezzled Holy See money and denied he did anything wrong.

Cardinal Angelo Becciu presided over an extraordinary news

Geneva/Zurich, Switzerland
Reuters

The global death toll from COVID-19 could double to two million before a successful vaccine is widely used and could be even higher without concerted action to curb the pandemic, an official at the World Health Organization said on Friday.

"Unless we do it

RNS

Like his late father, Billy Graham, Franklin Graham is not a marcher.

The Graham family formula has always focused on stadium-sized evangelistic revivals.

But ahead of the presidential election, the evangelical preacher is borrowing a tactic used by civil rights leaders and Black Lives Matter protesters. He

Vatican City
RNS

In a video message to the United Nations, Pope Francis said the COVID-19 pandemic has put the international community at a crossroads and that it’s up to UN leaders to decide whether to choose the path of multi-lateralism and dialogue or nationalism and individualism.

“We

Paris, France
Reuters

France opened an anti-terror investigation after two journalists were stabbed in Paris on Friday near the former offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine that was attacked by Islamist militants in 2015. 

Prime Minister Jean Castex, who rushed to the scene, said the main attacker

Nashville, Tennessee, US
RNS

Danny Chambers, a Nashville-based worship leader and pastor who was well known in charismatic Christian circles, has died.

Chambers’ death was announced by his wife, Jillian Chambers, on Instagram on Wednesday.

Danny and Jillian Chambers. PICTURE: @jillianchambers/Instagram

“May the Rain of Your

Berlin, Germany
AP

The Catholic Church in Germany is setting up a new system to compensate survivors of sexual abuse by clergy that will provide for payments of up to about €50,000 to each victim.

Victims will be able to apply for payments under the new system starting

Kabul, Afghanistan
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The Taliban's stance on women's rights should concern the world, one of Afghanistan's top female diplomats has warned, as the government holds power-sharing talks with the Islamist group that once banned girls from going to school.

Afghanistan's first female ambassador to the United

Helsinki, Finland
Reuters

Dogs trained to detect the novel coronavirus began sniffing passenger samples at Finland's Helsinki-Vantaa airport this week, authorities said, in a pilot project running alongside more usual testing at the airport.

The dogs' efficiency has not been proven in comparative scientific studies so passengers who

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