Vatican City
AP

Retired Associated Press photographer Nick Ut met Wednesday with Pope Francis and gave him a copy of his Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of a young Vietnamese girl running naked down the road after a napalm attack.

Ut and Kim Phuc Phan Thi, whose terror the

Bakhmut, Ukraine
Reuters

The hospital in the small Ukrainian town of Bakhmut was never intended to receive queues of ambulances bringing the wounded and traumatised from the front line of Europe's biggest battlefield.

Nor did the volunteer paramedics expect, four months ago, to be shuttling back and forth

United States
AP

Frank Wilczek, the Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist and author renowned for his boundary-pushing investigations into the fundamental laws of nature, was honoured on Wednesday with this year’s prestigious Templeton Prize, awarded to individuals whose life’s work embodies a fusion of science and spirituality.

In a

United States
RNS

No, an annual conference in the United States can’t just up and leave the United Methodist Church. At least not yet.

While the denomination’s Book of Discipline has provisions for individual churches wishing to leave the United Methodist Church with their properties, there’s nothing within

Flagstaff, Arizona, US
AP

A first-of-its-kind federal study of Native American boarding schools that for over a century sought to assimilate Indigenous children into white society has identified more than 500 student deaths at the institutions, but officials say that figure could grow exponentially as research continues.

The

Colombo/Weerakeiya, Sri Lanka
Reuters

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said on Wednesday he would appoint a new Prime Minister and cabinet this week, after his elder brother and former premier Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned following deadly violence in the country.

The new prime minister and cabinet will command

Vatican City
AP

The wives of two Ukrainian soldiers defending the Mariupol steel mill met with Pope Francis on Wednesday and begged him to intervene to arrange for a third-party evacuation of the troops before Russian soldiers capture or kill them.

“You are our last hope. We hope

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Hong Kong, China
Reuters

Cardinal Joseph Zen, one of the most senior Catholic clerics in Asia, and three others who helped run a now-disbanded Hong Kong fund for protesters were arrested by on charges of "collusion with foreign forces," and later released

Reuters

From hospitals, funeral pyres and remote villages to a Himalayan hillside, car parks and temples, Reuters photographers produced coverage of the coronavirus pandemic in India that captured the spread of the disease and its remorseless toll.

The Reuters team won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography

San Jose, California, US
AP

A three-year-old girl whose death last fall has been ruled a homicide was the subject of an alleged exorcism last year at a Northern California church, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

The child, Arely Naomi Proctor, died last September after family members performed

Washington DC, US
RNS

Interfaith leaders, including a top White House official, gathered at Georgetown University on Tuesday to affirm engagement across faiths and urge more multireligious action to enhance democracy and diminish polarisation.

“Especially at a time of deep division and threats to our constitutional democracy,

Przemysl, Poland
Thomson Reuters Foundation

As Russian bombs rained down on the north-eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv in early March, Zoya Mamatkulova and her mother packed up their bags, put their cat in a pet carrier and headed for Poland.

But after travelling across three countries, shuttling between refugee shelters

Raleigh, North Carolina, US
AP

A US civil rights leader said Tuesday that he won't stop raising his voice for the poor, uninsured and downtrodden, although his trespassing conviction for a demonstration five years ago at North Carolina's Legislative Building was allowed to stand.

Rev William Barber

Mexico City, Mexico
Reuters

Karla Rios held up a banner with pictures of her sister and niece at the Mexican capital's monument to mothers on Tuesday - just two among thousands of people in Mexico who have disappeared in recent years without trace, leaving anguished relatives without answers.

RNS

Bishop Vashti McKenzie, a recently retired bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, has been named the interim president and general secretary of the National Council of Churches, the ecumenical organisation announced on Tuesday.

McKenzie succeeds Jim Winkler, who left the post on 31st January after serving

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