RNS

The domed sanctuary rising in Lower Manhattan, where workers are busy installing translucent Greek marble in time for a ceremonial lighting on on 10th September bears little resemblance to the modest parish church that John Katsimatides had discovered years ago.

He often visited the old St Nicholas

Havana, Cuba
AP

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, met with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday and visited a Cuban COVID-19 vaccine laboratory at a time of tense relations between the US and Cuba.

Cuban state media published images of the meeting, but

Thomson Reuters Foundation

More than 250,000 people were evicted across India during the coronavirus pandemic, and millions more are at risk of being uprooted as authorities eye projects for faster economic growth, housing rights campaigners warned on Thursday.

From March 2020 to July 2021, authorities demolished more than

Abuja, Nigeria
Reuters

The start of the school term has been pushed back to an unusually late date in Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory without explanation, after schools in nearby states were targeted by kidnappers seeking ransoms.

More than 1,100 pupils have been abducted from their schools across northwest

Reuters

Kabul on Thursday saw the departure of its first international commercial flight since last month's chaotic Western airlift, but hopes for a return to order were offset by UN reports of rising restrictions on women and a looming humanitarian disaster. 

The flight marked an important step in

New Delhi, India
Reuters

Hundreds of millions of children in South Asian are suffering because their schools have been closed because of the coronavirus but they lack online devices and connections for remote learning, UNICEF said on Thursday.

Authorities should prioritise the safe reopening of schools because even

Huntsville, Texas, US
AP

A Texas death row inmate won a reprieve Wednesday evening from execution for killing a convenience store worker during a 2004 robbery that garnered $US1.25 after claiming the state was violating his religious freedom by not letting his pastor lay hands on him at

Manila, The Philippines
Reuters

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday accepted his party's nomination to run for vice president in next year's election, forging ahead with a plan criticised by rivals as a cynical move to maintain his political power. 

The mercurial leader, 76, is barred by the constitution

Thomson Reuters Foundation

The cracked red earth and sunken eyes of gaunt children, their bellies swollen from acute malnutrition, bear witness to the devastation being wrought by Madagascar's worst drought in four decades.

As the south of the island is pushed to the brink of famine, climate change

Texan-based Christian author and pastor Max Lucado has asked for prayer after being diagnosed with a serious cardiovascular condition.

In a video released on his website, Lucado said within the last few weeks he had been diagnosed with an 'ascending aortic aneurysm' after doctors found a "sizeable" bulge in

Paris, France
Reuters

The main suspect in a jihadist rampage that killed 130 people across Paris described himself defiantly as "an Islamic State soldier" and shouted at the top judge on Wednesday at the start of a trial into the 2015 attacks.

Salah Abdeslam, 31, is believed to

Vatican City
RNS

Pope Francis appointed a Franciscan priest, Rev Francesco Cui Qingqi, as the new Catholic bishop of Wuhan, the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, under a controversial power sharing agreement governing the appointment of church leaders in China.

“This is the sixth Chinese bishop to be

Christians are being invited to light a candle for the climate in a new global initiative to raise awareness and promote prayer and action in response to the world’s climate change crisis.

The #ClimateVigil campaign – which is being spearheaded by the US-based Evangelical Climate Network

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reuters

Rebellious forces from the Tigray region killed 120 civilians over two days in a village in Ethiopia's Amhara region, local officials told Reuters on Wednesday. 

The killings in a village 10 kilometres from the town of Dabat took place on 1st and 2nd September,

Kosice, Slovakia
Reuters

For factory worker Milan Turtak, the smoke-blackened buildings, sidewalks littered with garbage and extension cords hooked between apartment windows highlight the poverty and years of neglect in his Roma neighbourhood in eastern Slovakia.

With little improving in the Lunik IX settlement over past decades, Turtak

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