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Pope Francis praises human rights and religious freedom

Pope Francis

Pope Francis has spoken out against those who use religion as a pretext for violence and oppression, in his clearest denunciation yet of the Islamic state militants murdering their way across Syria and Iraq. (Photo: AP) “The pope made his comments during a one-day visit to Albania, during which he praised the good relations between its majority Muslim community and its ... Read More »

Pope Francis effect: Hundreds of thousands come back to Church in Europe


Researchers say more than half of Catholic priests have reported significant rise in attendance since election of new pontiff. (Photo: AFP) “Hundreds of thousands of Italian Catholics have flocked back to church since the election of the pope, according to a study published on Mondaythat credits the “Francis effect” for the boost in congregations. Researcher Massimo Introvigne, a sociologist and ... Read More »