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August 27, 2018 3:16 PM Vatican rolls back on pope's remarks on psychiatric help for gay children

VATICAN CITY: The Vatican on Monday rolled back on Pope Francis' recommendation that parents seek psychiatric help for children who show homosexual tendencies. The pope made the comments to journalists as he was flying back to Rome from Ireland, but the Vatican later removed his phrase from its official account, saying he had not meant to suggest that homosexuality 6

August 27, 2018 8:23 AM Pope says psychiatrists can help gay children and their parents

ON BOARD THE PAPAL PLANE, Italy: Pope Francis has recommended parents seek psychiatric help for children who show homosexual tendencies, during a press conference on his plane taking him back to Rome from Ireland. A journalist asked the pontiff on Sunday what he would say to parents who observe homosexual traits in their children. "I would say first 7

August 12, 2018 12:04 AM Egypt monk detained over murder of bishop

CAIRO: An Egyptian Coptic monk accused of murder has been detained and will remain in custody for four days pending investigations into the suspicious death of a bishop, his lawyer said Saturday. Bishop Epiphanius, 68, was the head of Saint Macarius monastery in Wadi el-Natrun, northwest of Cairo. His body was found in late July in a corridor of the monastery 9

August 7, 2018 10:55 AM Manchester City goalkeeper Hart signs for Burnley

LONDON: Former England goalkeeper Joe Hart has signed for Burnley from Manchester City, with City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak hailing his enormous contribution to the success of the Premier League champions. The 31-year-old, who failed to make the England squad for the World Cup, has signed a two-year contract with Burnley for an undisclosed fee, the club said on Tuesday 17

August 2, 2018 12:20 PM Death penalty 'inadmissible' in Catholic teaching update

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has declared the death penalty "inadmissible" in an update of Catholic believers' most important guide to Church teaching, the catechism, the Vatican announced Thursday. "The Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that 'the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person' 13

July 18, 2018 3:08 AM Mexico's next government to weigh legalising drugs

MEXICO CITY: Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has given his future interior minister "carte blanche" to explore the possibility of legalising drugs in a bid to curb violent crime, she said Tuesday. Olga Sanchez Cordero, a former Supreme Court judge tapped to lead the interior ministry, drew applause when she made the comment at a university 6

June 12, 2018 3:36 AM Pope Jean-Paul II statue moved to avoid French secularism laws

PLOËRMEL, France: A 13-ton statue of late pope Jean-Paul II was moved Monday to "private land" in northwestern France following a court ruling it had to be taken down due to strict secularism laws separating church and state. A crane lifted the papal statue from a square in the town of Ploermel, Brittany, about 30m to nearby private land after an outcry 14

May 20, 2018 12:59 PM Pope to appoint 14 new cardinals

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis announced Sunday that he will hold a meeting of the Church's top council to appoint 14 new cardinals next month, including from Iraq, Pakistan, Madagascar and Japan. In the event of a conclave of cardinals to name a new pope, 11 of the new 14 being under 80 years of age would be eligible to take part. "I am happy to announce 15

March 29, 2018 4:49 AM Chinese prelate: China-Vatican deal on bishops imminent

Pope Francis leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican November 3, 2013. — Reuters picBEIJING, March 29 — A historic agreement between the Vatican and Beijing on the appointment of bishops in China could be signed as early as this Saturday, a Chinese government-approved bishop said in a report published today. Negotiations 15

March 21, 2018 11:56 AM Pope sacks Vatican communications chief following ‘Lettergate’ scandal

Pope Francis is said to have requested Vigano's resignation. — Reuters picVATICAN CITY, March 21 — Monsignor Dario Vigano, the Italian head of the Vatican communications department who was caught up in the so-called “Lettergate” scandal, has resigned, the Vatican said on Wednesday. A brief Vatican statement said Pope Francis had “accepted” Vigano’s resignation 16