Pope tells Sicily’s mafia ‘You cannot believe in God and be mafiosi’

Pontiff visited Palermo to commemorate Pino Puglisi, a priest murdered in 1993 Pope Francis has appealed to Sicilys mafia to abandon lives of crime and violence, saying the island needed men and women of love, not men and women of honour, using the term mobsters apply to themselves. Speaking on…

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Israel in turmoil over bill allowing Jews and Arabs to be segregated

Law will reveal ugly face of ultranationalist Israel in all its repugnance, professor says Israel is in the throes of political upheaval as the countrys ruling party seeks to pass legislation that could allow for Jewish-only communities, which critics have condemned as the end of a democratic state. For the…

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Pope Francis tells gay man: ‘God made you like this’

Juan Carlos Cruz, who was sexually abused, says pontiff told him God did not mind that he was gay A survivor of clerical sexual abuse has said Pope Francis told him that God had made him gay and loved him, in arguably the most strikingly accepting comments about homosexuality to…

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