Pope John Paul’s coffin to be exhumed for faithful

February 18, 2011
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(The coffin of the late Pope John Paul II in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, April 8, 2005/Yves Herman)

Sorry, Catholics can’t confess via the new iPhone app – Vatican

February 9, 2011
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(Religion apps for the iPhone, photographed in New York, July 21, 2010/Tom Heneghan)

France to renew tight bioethics limits, critics hit Catholic lobbying

February 8, 2011
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(An in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure in Warsaw, October 26, 2010/Kacper Pempel )

Indonesia Muslims attack court, churches; mob kills Ahmadis

By Olivia Rondonuwu
February 8, 2011
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(Anti-riot police block protesters outside the court where a Catholic man is on trial for blasphemy in Temanggung February 8, 2011/Stringer)

Bless me iPhone for I have sinned — an app for Catholic confession

By Reuters Staff
February 8, 2011
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(Religion apps for the iPhone, photographed in New York, July 21, 2010/Tom Heneghan)

Church collection plates may go empty in U.S. as electronic giving rises

By Reuters Staff
January 24, 2011

collectionBrie Hall felt awkward the first few times she passed the collection basket at her Catholic church without tossing in a donation envelope. But it is more convenient to give her gift to God by direct debit from her checking account.

Top Sunni Islam authority al-Azhar halts dialogue with Vatican

January 21, 2011

al-azharThe highest authority of Sunni Islam, the Islamic University of al-Azhar in Cairo, has frozen all dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church over what it called Pope Benedict’s repeated insults towards Islam. Benedict this month condemned attacks on churches that killed dozens of people in Egypt, Iraq and Nigeria, saying they showed the need to adopt effective measures to protect religious minorities.

French nun says Pope John Paul gave her ‘second birth’

By Reuters Staff
January 17, 2011

nun (Photo: Sister Marie Simon-Pierre poses in front of a picture of former pope John Paul II after a news conference in Aix en Provence, January 17, 2011/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

The French Catholic nun who credits the late Pope John Paul with curing her of Parkinson’s disease said on Monday her sudden recovery came just as she was about to quit working because of her ailment.

New Catholic subdivision for ex-Anglicans will not be a ghetto

January 17, 2011

anglicans (Photo: Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols, (C REAR) follows former Anglican bishops (L-R) John Broadhurst, Andrew Burnham and Keith Newton after their ordination as Roman Catholic priests at Westminster Cathedral in central London, January 15, 2011/Andrew Winning)

The new Roman Catholic Church body set up to house disaffected Anglicans would not become a ghetto within the Church, the priest appointed to lead the group said on Monday. The ordinariate, a special subdivision in the Church created by the Vatican to allow the converts to retain some of their Anglican customs, would also seek to evangelise while maintaining good relations with Anglicans, the former Church of England bishop Keith Newton told reporters.

Attack fears cloud Christmas for Baghdad Christians

December 24, 2010

baghdad (Photo: Pictures of victims killed in an attack of Our Lady of Salvation church shown there on Christmas Eve in Baghdad December 24, 2010/Mohammed Ameen)

Normally on Christmas Eve, Ban Zaki puts on festive clothes and takes her family to Baghdad’s Our Lady of Salvation church for lively holiday celebrations.