Pope Francis asks Catholic leaders not to politicize synod on the family

Demonstrators attend a peace rally
By Peter Kenny

Pope Francis opened the Synod on the Family by reminding Catholic Church leaders the meeting is not a political convention but a journey on openness and "apostolic courage" leading people to the truth.

Christians and Muslims forge plan to work closer together in Nigeria

By Peter Kenny

Christian and Muslim groups have met in Switzerland to plan how to work together at a new inter-religious center working for healing and reconciliation in Nigeria set to launch in March 2016.

Iranian President Rouhani's takes flak for 'prisoner swap' talk

By Peter Kenny

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is often viewed in the West as the moderate face of the Islamic republic's leadership. But he is copping flak from groups representing religious groups and people after he spoke at the United Nations in New York.

Christian Aid hails India's decision on cleaner energy

By Peter Kenny

Christian Aid has welcomed as bold India's decision to include 40 per cent renewables in its electricity mix by 2030 saying it is "leapfrogging" dirty energy.

'Corruption is an issue of our times' says Transparency International head

By Peter Kenny

Corruption is truly a key global issue, Cobus de Swardt, the head of Transparency International has told students at an elite international relations school in Switzerland.

Anglican head says S. African leaders have created era of sadness with corruption

By Peter Kenny

Thousands of protestors backed by civil society and religious groups have gathered in three of South Africa's main cities to vent their anger at corruption they say has become pervasive in the nation.

Pope meets abuse victims, prays for family love on final day of Americas trip

By Peter Kenny

Pope Francis has appealed for unity and family love in an open-air Mass in Philadelphia wrapping up his six-day visit to the United States and Cuba and on the same day met with victims who as minors suffered abuse from clergy or people in the church in responsible positions.

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