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Pope defends same-sex blessings declaration, says it is misunderstood

Rome, Italy Reuters Pope Francis on Sunday defended a landmark decision approving blessings for same-sex couples, suggesting that those in the Catholic Church who have resisted it have jumped to “ugly conclusions” because they do not understand it. In a television interview, Francis made his first public comments since the 18th December declaration sparked widespread […]

World less peaceful than a decade ago, global index shows

Thomson Reuters Foundation The world is less peaceful than a decade ago, mostly due to conflict in the Middle East and Africa that is costing the global economy trillions of dollars, an international index showed on Wednesday. “There’s been a gradual decline in peacefulness over the last decade,” said Steve Killelea, head of the Institute […]