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IS destroys temple after beheading archaeologist

IS destroys temple after beheading archaeologist

THE destruction by Islamic State jihadists on Sunday of the Baalshamin temple in the ancient ruins outside Palmyra, in Syria, is the latest act of cultural barbarity carried out by the group

Call to exhume remains of "Little Nellie"

Call to exhume remains of "Little Nellie"

THE remains of a five-year-old girl who died in 1908 and who was renowned for her spirituality may be exhumed for a second time, after the intervention of the RC Bishop of Cork, Dr John Buckley

Peace prize awarded to religious leaders in CAR

Peace prize awarded to religious leaders in CAR

RELIGIOUS leaders in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been awarded a peace prize for their work trying to hold the conflict-racked country together

Christians assist migrants in Greece

Christians assist migrants in Greece

CHAPLAINCIES across Europe are sending cash to Athens to support the Church there in its work to help the thousands of refugees arriving in Greece

Israel urged to end Gaza blockade

Israel urged to end Gaza blockade

A GLOBAL movement calling for the Israeli government to lift the blockade on Gaza has attracted nearly 500,000 signatories, after it emerged that not one of the 19,000 homes destroyed in last year’s fighting has been rebuilt, owing to restrictions on construction materials

RC Bishop of Cloyne bans priest from talk

RC Bishop of Cloyne bans priest from talk

AN IRISH Redemptorist priest who has been “silenced” by the Roman Catholic Church for his outspoken views in favour of married clergy, and opinions expressed on homosexuality, will not now speak at a community “Spiritfest”, after an intervention by the Bishop of Cloyne

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World news in brief

South Sudan pastors allowed home 

Bishop Samir Kafity dies, aged 81

Province for Indigenous Canadians proposed

Bishop ‘shocked and saddened’ by on-air murders

Bishop ‘shocked and saddened’ by on-air murders

THE fatal shooting, live on air, of a TV reporter and cameraman, has left the diocese of Southwestern Virginia “shocked and saddened”, the Bishop, the Rt Revd Mark Allen Bourlakas, has said

Archbishop of Sydney praises PM on gay vote

Archbishop of Sydney praises PM on gay vote

THE Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, has praised the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, for proposing that the question of same-sex marriage be put to the people

Thai police hunt for blast suspect

Thai police hunt for blast suspect

POLICE in Thailand are looking for a man who was seen on CCTV leaving a backpack at a shrine in Bangkok, minutes before the shrine was hit by an explosion

Churches' opinions divided over Kerala mega-port

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A HUGE new port to be built in Kerala, in south-west India, has divided Christians in the area, press reports say

Fijian 'Christian plot' investigated

Fijian

AN ALLEGED plot to form a breakaway Christian state in Fiji is being investigated

In the ruins

In the ruins

In the ruins: men stand on the rubble of their former home, in a slum in Islamabad. Pakistani media report that illegal settlements are being demolished

Bishops hang on to hope in ‘shameful’ South Sudan

Bishops hang on to hope in ‘shameful’ South Sudan

BISHOPS from South Sudan reflect on the civil war that continues to tear their young country apart

UN condemns Israelis' destruction of Palestinian homes

UN condemns Israelis

TWO United Nations officials have expressed concern at the recent demolitions by Israel of Palestinian Bedouin homes in the Jordan valley

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Exposed — the dangers of a group mentality

One year on, the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal reveals the risks of group norms, says Alan Billings  Read More

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