‘We want action’: call to return former Toledo synagogue to Jewish community

Spains Catholic church owns Santa Mara la Blanca, now a popular museum, but shows little interest in giving it back Among the fans, parasols and knick-knacks in the gift shop of the magens David. They are testament to the fact that, despite its name not to mention its incarnations as a church, a barracks and … Read more

Catholic use of confession to be scrutinised by child abuse royal commission

Church argues obligations to report child sexual abuse should not extend to divulging information given in confessional Whether what is heard in the confessional box should continue to stay there will be considered by the The former Victorian priest Paul David Ryan, jailed in 2006 for 18 months for indecently assaulting one victim, revealed during … Read more

Knights of Malta ‘still loyal to pope’ after clash over condoms

Official at centre of feud says Catholic order grateful to holy father for guidance after its British head, Matthew Festing, was fired for challenging Vatican The Knights of Malta has reaffirmed its allegiance to the pope while acknowledging damage was done by a stood up to the pope, saying the pontiff, who pushed for Von … Read more

Building Zion: the controversial plan for a Mormon-inspired city in Vermont

A Mormon businessman is buying up land to build master-planned towns from scratch, based on the church founders idea for a plat of Zion The roads through rural Vermont wind past rolling forested hills and quaint small towns, including South Royalton used as the quintessential New England village in the opening sequence of the TV … Read more

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