SPECIAL REPORT – In Irish schools, Catholic Church remains master

By Reuters Staff
July 9, 2010

irish church school (Photo: A Virgin Mary statue in an Irish school, 3 June 2010/Cathal McNaughton)

Roisin Hyde was five when she was hastily baptised a few days before she started primary school. Hyde’s parents were agnostic but because non-Catholics in Ireland had few other places to learn how to read and write, the family latched onto the only option they knew.

Malaysia court hears landmark dispute on religious conversion

May 4, 2010
kl skyline

Kuala Lumpur, August 25, 2009/Bazuki Muhammad

Malaysia’s highest court has begun proceedings on a landmark inter-religious child custody dispute whose outcome could further raise political tension in this mainly Muslim country.  The Federal Court heard objections by lawyers for an ethnic Indian couple fighting each other for custody of their two children and adjourned for two weeks before hearing the case.

Chile RC bishops sorry for abuse, Brazilian priests scandal

By Reuters Staff
April 21, 2010
christ statue

The statue of "Christ the Redeemer" is enshrouded in clouds atop Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro, 8 Oct 1999/Gregg Newton.

INTERVIEW – Church abuse scandal can hurt other faiths – Mufti

By Paul Taylor
April 15, 2010
ceric-pope

Pope Benedict XVI greets Muslim delegation head Mustafa Ceric (R), the Grand Mufti of Bosnia, at the Vatican on November 6, 2008/Osservatore Romano

Senegal’s Koranic “scholars” face beatings: report

By Reuters Staff
April 15, 2010
senegal 2

Fali Ba, 10, a Talibe or Islamic student, holds a copy of the Koran at a Dara, or Koranic school, in Pikine on the outskirts of Senegal's capital Dakar, May 7, 2008/Finbarr O'Reilly

Homosexuality, not celibacy, linked to pedophilia, says Vatican #2

By Reuters Staff
April 12, 2010
bertone

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone during a news conference in Santiago April 12, 2010/Ivan Alvarado

Pupils “sadistically tormented” at German Catholic monastery

April 12, 2010
ettal

Ettal monastery, March 3, 2010/Johannes Eisele

Children were “sadistically tormented and also sexually abused” at a Catholic monastery in Pope Benedict’s native Bavaria, according to a new report commissioned by the Roman Catholic Church.

Italian sexual abuse victims want Pope Benedict to speak out

April 9, 2010
verona 1

Abuse victim Gianni Bisoli in Verona April 8, 2010/Paolo Bona

Abuse victim Dario Laiti is deaf and has great difficulty speaking. But he has a clear message for Pope Benedict: expose predator priests, past and present, living and dead, for the good of the Church.

Pope-victims gap is tip of iceberg of incomprehension in Catholic Church

March 21, 2010
benedict blesses

Pope Benedict in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, 17 March 2010/Alessandro Bianchi

Germany says Catholic Church covered up sexual abuse

By Reuters Staff
March 9, 2010
leut

Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger at the chancellery in Berlin March 3, 2010/Thomas Peter