More than 50 UK Catholic priests defrocked for sex abuse | The New Age Online

More than 50 Roman Catholic priests in England and Wales have been defrocked for sex abuse since 2001, the Church’s child protection watchdog revealed on Thursday.Some 52 priests have been laicised, or stripped of their ministry, the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission NCSC said, following the implementation of new procedures to…

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Archbishop’s blushes spared as Church of England severs Wonga ties | The New Age Online

The Church of England said on Thursday it had severed its ties with Britain’s biggest payday lender Wonga, ending an association with the high-interest, short-term lender which the Archbishop of Canterbury had called embarrassing.The Church Commissioners, who manage the church’s 6.1 billion pound investment portfolio, said the small indirect investment…

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Philippine leader, Muslim rebel chief hold surprise talks | The New Age Online

Philippine President Benigno Aquino held a surprise meeting in Japan with the country’s top Muslim rebel to address growing concerns over delays in implementing a peace deal, their aides said Thursday. The meeting took place Tuesday on the sidelines of a peace conference in Hiroshima where Aquino and Moro Islamic…

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Spanish ‘Kill Jews’ village to change name – Europe – Al Jazeera English

Residents in a tiny Spanish village have voted to ditch its unfortunate, centuries-old name: Castrillo Matajudios, or Castrillo Kill Jews. A vote on Sunday went 29-19 in favour of scrapping the northern Spanish town’s name, in existence since at least 1623, said the mayor, Lorenzo Rodriguez. Residents decided instead to take on…

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Pope’s Upcoming Visit to Holy Land Marred By Attacks on Churches | TIME.com

As the Israeli government prepares to welcome Pope Francis on his first visit as Pope later this month, vandals have scrawled hate-filled graffiti at some Christian sites. “Jesus is garbage,” “Death to Christians” and “We will crucify you” are among the messages that have been spray-painted on the walls of…

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