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Pope to address MEPs on 25.11.2014 in Strassbourg

Source: Euro News: Pope Francis will address the European Parliament on Tuesday, becoming the second-ever pontiff to do so. He is likely to touch upon a number of key issues…

Jesus: Married…with children?

  Source: CNN The question of whether or not Jesus had a wife is back again. More: A painted tile artwork from China at the Church of the Annunciation in…

EU BORDER OPERATIONS: Who will save migrants from a watery grave? By Stefania Summermatter, back from Pozzallo

With the launch of operation Triton to replace Italy’s Mare Nostrum, which has rescued 150,000 people, the European Union has redefined its priority as securing its Mediterranean border. swissinfo.ch went…

ASYLUM DECISION: Strasbourg blocks Afghan family expulsion to Italy

Switzerland must not send a family of Afghan asylum seekers, including six children, back to Italy without individual guarantees over their care, the European Court of Human Rights has declared.…

Pope Francis joins Pope John Paul II in evading conflict between Evolution and Original Sin

Epigraph: “The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is Reason. I have never used any other, and I trust I never shall.” Thomas Paine, one of the Founding…

God is Not a Magician With a Magic Wand

Source: The Daily Beast. The pontiff takes on the daunting task of reconciling science and religion, and hopes to help humanity in the process. On Monday, when Pope Francis addressed…

Seismic shift in Rome.

Source: CNN CNN) — It was described as a “dramatic shift” and a “bombshell.” One writer dubbed it a “stunning change.” Even the Human Rights Campaign, the LGBT advocacy organization,…

MIGRANT INFLUX : Swiss Minister asks Italy to register asylum seekers

Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga has called on Italy to comply with its obligations under the Dublin agreement and register asylum seekers. She also signalled Switzerland’s willingness to help share…

Refugee policy – Syrian migrant who lost baby on train journey gets asylum

A Syrian woman who controversially experienced a miscarriage on a train sending her back to Italy through Switzerland has received asylum in Italy along with her family. In July, the…

Pope says he was no angel

Source: CNN By Rafael Romo, CNN Senior Latin American Affairs Editor (CNN) – It was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of opportunity: teenagers from five continents speaking directly with Pope Francis through…

The Vatican and Islam Messages of light and dark

The Economist — OVER the past 24 hours, senior representatives of the Catholic church have delivered some mixed messages about Islam. The leaders of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue…

Swiss ready to help Italy with migrant influx

Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga says Switzerland is ready to help Italy in coping with the influx of migrants to its shores. So far this year, more than 63,000 migrants…

Pope Francis Calls Clergy Sex Abuse “A Leprosy,” Says Two Percent Of Priests Are Pedophiles In Eugenio Scalfari Interview

Epigraph: Then We caused Our Messengers to follow in their footsteps; and We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow them, and We gave him the Gospel. And We placed…

IMMIGRATION QUESTIONS : Swiss launch enquiry after Syrian stillbirth tragedy

Swiss border guards have been accused of failing to help a pregnant Syrian migrant sent back to Italy who later lost her child, according to Swiss public television SRF. The…

Hardline Buddhists want Pope Francis to apologize

Source: TOI COLOMBO: A Buddhist group accused of instigating recent attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka says Pope Francis must apologize to Buddhists for atrocities allegedly committed by Christian colonial…

Pope Francis to meet sex abuse victims for first time

Source: TOI VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis will meet victims of paedophile priests for the first time on Monday, as a Vatican commission moves to address the problem of clerical sex…

Pope Francis jokes ‘woman was from a rib’ as he avoids vow to reform church

theguardian: by John Hooper — In his first interview with a female journalist since his election to the spiritual leadership of the world’s 1.2 billion baptised Catholics, Pope Francis dodged a string…

Pope lambasts mobsters, says mafiosi “are excommunicated”

Pope Francis yesterday issued the strongest attack on organised crime groups by a pontiff in two decades, accusing them of practising the “the adoration of evil” and saying mafiosi are…

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