Vatican City
RNS

One year after Pope Francis called for a summit of Catholic bishops at the Vatican, abuse survivors flocked to the Eternal City on Thursday to report a lack of progress and accountability in the fight against clergy sex abuse.

Three Argentine deaf abuse survivors of

Seoul, South Korea/Beijing, China
Reuters

The streets of South Korea's fourth-largest city were abandoned on Thursday, with residents holed up indoors after dozens of people caught the coronavirus in what the authorities described as a "super-spreading event" at a church.

The deserted shopping malls and cinemas of Daegu,

Hanau, Germany
Reuters

A man suspected of shooting dead nine people in shisha bars in a German town before killing himself and his mother had posted a manifesto online including conspiracy theories and deeply racist views, prosecutors said on Thursday.

The presumed attacker - a 43-year-old German man

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Hanau, Germany
Reuters

A gunman suspected of shooting nine people dead at two shisha bars in a southwestern German city has been found dead at his home, police said on Thursday.

Another body was discovered at the home of the man in Hanau, a city

Christian leaders have joined with those of other faiths in urging Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to change the direction of his government's climate change police and provide "strong and visionary leadership" to support the "urgent adoption" of green alternatives to the use of fossil fuels.  

In an

Pasadena, California, US
RNS

Actor Jim Coleman stood at the front of a dimly lit stage and recounted the joys and hardships of being a black man of Catholic faith.

As the star of the play Tolton: From Slave to Priest , Coleman was portraying the life of Rev

Washington DC, US
RNS

As the once-a-decade count of Americans nears, US Census Bureau officials brought faith leaders together to talk about their role in getting congregants across the country to participate.

“You are your community’s most trusted voice,” Steven Dillingham, director of the US Census Bureau, told

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Global warming was leading to an "irreversible" mass melting of the Antarctic ice and purging carbon from the atmosphere was the only solution to slow the process, an Australian climate scientist told Reuters on Wednesday.

Recent human activity has intensified global warming, which could result

Tokyo, Japan/Beijing, China
Reuters

Hundreds of people began disembarking a cruise ship in Japan on Wednesday after being held on board for more than two weeks under quarantine, as criticism mounted of Japan's handling of the biggest coronavirus outbreak outside China.

Even as patients trundled off the Diamond

Bangkok, Thailand
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Ethical businesses are developing new ways to tackle air pollution - a major public health threat in developing nations - by making affordable air purifiers for the most vulnerable people in the worst hit countries like China and India.

Nine out of 10

Beijing/Shanghai, China
Reuters

The death toll from the new coronavirus in mainland China passed 2,000 on Wednesday although the number of new cases fell for a second straight day, as authorities tightened already severe containment measures in the worst-hit city of Wuhan.

China's National Health Commission reported 1,749

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

Children and adolescents are being bombarded with ads on social media promoting harmful products from fast food to tobacco and alcohol, according to a United Nations-backed report on Wednesday that called for regulation.

Advertisers also sell data on children obtained from electronic games to global

Mucwini, Uganda
Religion Unplugged

Thousands of Christians gathered in northern Uganda on Sunday to commemorate the death of Archbishop Janani Luwum, who was killed in 1977 for speaking out against Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.

At the service in Mucwini, the late clergyman’s home village, outgoing

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