New generation of theologians to promote retired Pope Benedict’s teachings

September 12, 2013

(Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to lead the weekly general audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 18, 2012. REUTERS/Max Rossi )

German court rules Muslim girls must join swimming classes

September 11, 2013

(Twenty-year-old trainee volunteer surf life saver Mecca Laalaa runs along North Cronulla Beach in Sydney during her Bronze medallion competency test January 13, 2007. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne)

Vatican cardinal looks into German ‘luxury bishop’ charges

September 9, 2013

(Limburg cathedral, 12 December 2004/Super-Grobi)

The Vatican launched a rare review of a German Catholic diocese on Monday following accusations its bishop spent lavishly on a new residence, putting him out of step with the new “church of the poor” promoted by Pope Francis.

Pope Francis biopic in the works from fellow Argentine: report

By Reuters Staff
September 3, 2013

(Pope Francis listens to journalists’ questions as he flies back Rome following his visit to Brazil July 29, 2013. REUTERS/Luca Zennaro/Pool)

from The Great Debate:

Why a medieval peasant got more vacation time than you

By Lynn Stuart Parramore
August 29, 2013

Life for the medieval peasant was certainly no picnic. His life was shadowed by fear of famine, disease and bursts of warfare. His diet and personal hygiene left much to be desired. But despite his reputation as a miserable wretch, you might envy him one thing: his vacations.

German Catholic seminarians expelled for Nazi jokes and Hitler salute

August 1, 2013

(Würzburg cathedral, July 2007/Zairon)

An investigation into rumors of neo-Nazi activity at a seminary in Bavaria has resulted in two student priests being expelled for imitating the Nazi salute and making jokes about death camps, two bishops announced.

French Muslims split over start of Ramadan despite prior accord on date

July 9, 2013

(A child is seen near members of the Muslim community attending midday prayers at Strasbourg Grand Mosque in Strasbourg on the first day of Ramadan July 9, 2013. REUTERS/Vincent Kessle)

German court backs gay couples’ tax rights in setback to Merkel

June 7, 2013

(Revellers wearing flowers on their heads talk at the fringes of the Christopher Street Day parade in Berlin, June 23, 2012. REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

Turkish hadith project presents Prophet Mohammad’s sayings for the 21st Century

May 22, 2013

(The new seven-volume encyclopaedia of hadiths is pictured at the library of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate in Ankara May 21, 2013.  REUTERS/Umit Bektas)