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Muslim mob destroys Egyptian church

International | Some houses of worship close while others wait for government legalization
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/07/18, 01:49 pm

EGYPT: At least eight churches have been closed in Luxor governorate, and one near Minya was destroyed by Muslim mobs. Yet the government has kept 3,500 churches that predate a licensing law waiting—some for 20 years—to be legalized.

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Former top Vatican emissary claims pope knew of abuse by Catholic clergy

International | Viganò calls for Francis’ resignation amid heightened church controversy
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/27/18, 03:10 pm

VATICAN: Calls for Pope Francis to resign ignited after the Vatican’s retired ambassador to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, charged in an 11-page testimony that the pontiff—and his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI—knew about decades’ worth of accusations against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former archbishop of Washington, D.C. The accusations involve sex abuse of minors.

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Coptic bishop found dead in Egyptian monastery

International | Bishop Epiphanius was regarded as a ‘towering figure of the Coptic Church’
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/30/18, 02:17 pm

EGYPT: Coptic Orthodox Bishop Epiphanius was found dead Sunday morning, lying in a pool of blood and apparently murdered in a corridor of the Monastery of Saint Macarius the Great in Wadi El Natrun, where he served as abbot.

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