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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's all-conquering Bharatiyta Janata Party (BJP) was brushed aside in Delhi state elections on Tuesday with anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal’s party winning by a landslide. This APP victory in its wake will bring greater security to religious minorities in general and Christians in particular.
Pattaramon, 21, told Reuters Television she refused the abortion on religious grounds and carried both him and his twin sister to term six months ago. The parents, who have not been identified, took only the girl back with them to Australia. The boy, Gammy, needs surgery for a congenital heart condition, according to media reports.
At least 2,100 people were killed in massive landslides that struck a remote region of Afghanistan on Friday. A spokesman for the governor in Badakhshan province, bordering Tajikistan, said on Saturday that 2,100 people had been confirmed dead after a village was buried in up to 100 metres of mud.
St Peter's Square this weekend becomes the stage for one of the most spectacular events ever celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church. The Vatican will hold the simultaneous canonisation by Pope Francis of two 20th-Century popes, who led the transition of the world's oldest international organisation into the modern world - John XXIII and John Paul II.
South Sudan's rebels and a government delegation have begun peace talks in Ethiopia to try end fighting that has killed at least 1 000 people. The South Sudan Project organised by Religious Congregation tries to prepare teachers and nurses. Who brought the arms?
Cardinal Napier represented the South African Catholic Church in discussions between Mandela and church leaders beginning in 1990, following Mandela’s release after 27 years in prison, until he retired from public life in 2004.
Our world is a better place for having had a Nelson Mandela, and we in South Africa are that bit better. How wonderful if his successors were to emulate him and if we were to value the great gift of freedom he won for us at the price of so much suffering. We thank God for you, Madiba. May you rest in peace and rise in glory.
In a statement signed on behalf of the Kenya Bishops Conference by the Nairobi Auxiliary Bishop, David Kamau, Catholic Bishops in Kenya call for unity after the terrorist attack on Westgate shopping centre in down town Nairobi that has left 72 people dead and scores of others injured.
The following is the sermon given by the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, at the funeral of Baroness Thatcher. After the storm of a life lived in the heat of political controversy, there is a great calm.
About 2,600 students could be kicked out of the UK after the Government stripped a university of its right to admit foreigners. London Metropolitan University has had its Highly Trusted Status (HTS) for sponsoring international students revoked and will no longer be allowed to authorise visas.
Playing 'murderball’ has transformed my view of the Paralympics. Here’s something I discovered recently: it is not easy controlling a wheelchair. Certainly not the kind used in wheelchair rugby, which look as if they have been knocked up out of an old supermarket trolley and a couple of spare dustbin lids.
Regarding the term “God’s particle”, Fr. Gionti says it refers to the fact scientists believed it was there but had never actually seen it. As a priest and scientist he says : “If you assume faith and believe in a good God who created the Universe you do not see any conflict between science and religion”.
The involvement and association of children in armed conflicts in the Philippines continues to increase, the UN said Wednesday.“These children are not only casualties of explosions, shootings, and attacks but are also victims of kidnapping, killing, and maiming.”
Almost the entire Christian population of the Syrian city of Homs has fled violence and persecution, according to Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples. The mass exodus of 50,000 or more people to villages and towns around the city comes amid reports that the homes of Christians in Homs have been attacked and seized by militants.
One of the biggest ever British government delegations is to visit the Vatican and meet the Pope next week. The visit, which will be led by Baroness Warsi, Cabinet Minister without Portfolio, follows the success of Benedict XVI's visit to the UK in Sept 2010 They will be accompanied by The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster.
In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign