March 29, 2019

The Vatican has new guidelines just issued that require Vatican officials and diplomats serving abroad to report suspected sexual abuse to the Vatican's internal judicial authorities.

Pope Francis wrote in a letter that there was a need to report suspected abuse “to the...

March 28, 2019

The Pennsylvania State House of Representatives was in session on Monday for, among other things, the swearing in of the state's first Muslim woman to serve in the House.

GOP representative Stephanie Borowicz decided to open the session with a prayer. And it was a doozy...

March 26, 2019

Early Sunday morning, a fire at a mosque in Escondido, California was set while the building was occupied.

Seven people were inside the Dar-ul-Arqam mosque in Escondido when early Sunday morning an external wall was set ablaze. The fire was reported to emergency personn...

March 22, 2019

Police in Fall River, Massachusetts are investigating the vandalism of 59 headstones in a Jewish cemetery.

On Sunday, Jeffrey Weissmann, the president of Congregation Adas Israel, discovered that many of the headstones in the Hebrew Cemetery had been vandalized. Two had...

March 20, 2019

In October, I wrote about two French priests who had committed suicide after being accused of sexual abuse.

In that story, I briefly touched on Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon. Barbarin was accused of covering up for priests who had committed sexual a...

March 19, 2019

In the new issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, scientists and doctors from the Imperial College of London and St. Mary's Hospital document a small outbreak of Human T-Cell Lymphotropic Virus Type-1 (HTLV-1).

The doctors were initially quite confused when...

March 13, 2019

Update Aug. 21, 2019: This post has been updated with a link to a new story about the results of Pell's appeal.

Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday after he was found guilty of sexually abusing two boys in 1996 and 1997.

Pell, who was o...

March 11, 2019

A 22-year-old man in Malaysia has been sentenced to ten years in prison for insulting Islam and the Prophet Muhammad on his Facebook page.

The man, identified as Ayea Yea in reports, pleaded guilty to ten charges in a court in Kuala Lumpur.

Ayea Yea was not the only one....

March 8, 2019

The Catholic Church continues to grapple with the wave of abuse allegations and lawsuits that have been coming to light in the last several years.

In the United States alone, there have been highly publicized stories about clerical abuse in Boston, Illinois, Minnesota, ...

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