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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…

A NUN wins singing competition?

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What Europe thinks of Muslims, Jews and Roma

The Washington Post: There are a number of interesting points in the report, but one striking section shows the varied views about minorities in the region. And while perspectives on…

Decline of religious belief means we need more exorcists, say Catholics

Telegraph UK: By Nick Squires, Rome A six-day meeting in Rome aims to train about 200 Roman Catholic priests from more than 30 countries in how to cast out evil from people…

In the history of the Roman Catholic church

Source: CNN (CNN) – Three of the best-loved leaders in the history of the Roman Catholic church will be united this weekend when Pope Francis makes his predecessors, Pope John XXIII…

There are some priests who are more papist than the pope” -

Source: CNN A woman in Argentina says the pope called her Monday and told her she could receive Communion, despite being married to a divorced man, reports say. According to the…

Why Italy might not exist in five years

Source: The Local For many foreigners, Italy seems to have a strong, unified identity. But its language, food culture, religion and history often blind the outsider to the fact that…

Venice looks set to welcome Museum of Islamic Art

Venice looks set to welcome a new Museum of Islamic Art in the heart of the tourist getaway.    By Lucia Guarano | Special to Al Arabiya News Venice looks…

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