Jean-Pierre Ricard: France opens investigation into Catholic cardinal who admitted to sexually abusing 14-year-old girl

Jean-Pierre Ricard: France opens investigation into Catholic cardinal who admitted to sexually abusing 14-year-old girl

CNN — French authorities have launched an investigation into one of the highest-ranking members of France’s Catholic Church who admitted to sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl when he was a parish priest more than three decades ago. French Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, 78, made the stunning admission in a written statement read out by the president … Read more

The Orthodox Church in Ukraine allows Christmas celebrations on December 25 as the rift with Moscow widens

The Orthodox Church in Ukraine allows Christmas celebrations on December 25 as the rift with Moscow widens

CNN — A branch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has announced that it will allow its churches to celebrate Christmas on December 25 instead of January 7, as is traditional in Orthodox congregations. The announcement by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, headquartered in Kiev, widens the rift between the Russian Orthodox Church and other Orthodox believers … Read more

Kyrie Irving: ‘I think the NBA dropped the ball,’ says Charles Barkley of the Brooklyn Nets star

Kyrie Irving: ‘I think the NBA dropped the ball,’ says Charles Barkley of the Brooklyn Nets star

CNN — NBA analyst and Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley says he believes the league “dropped the ball” on Kyrie Irving after the Brooklyn Nets star tweeted a documentary deemed anti-Semitic. “I think he [Irving] should have been suspended. I think Adam [Silver, the NBA commissioner] should have suspended him,” Barkley said on TNT … Read more

Dallas hospital shooting: Suspect was in building to attend birth of child, authorities say

Dallas hospital shooting: Suspect was in building to attend birth of child, authorities say

CNN — The man who allegedly shot and killed two employees in the maternity ward of a Dallas hospital was in the building to attend the birth of his child, authorities said. Nestor Hernandez, 30, was arrested Saturday and faces capital murder charges after authorities say he shot and killed two employees at Methodist Dallas … Read more

Of Catholics and Chinese Communists

Of Catholics and Chinese Communists

Catholic priests leave the church in Hong Kong on December 4, 2021. Photo: TYRONE SIU/REUTERS Even as Xi Jinping was crowned China’s unchallenged dictator, the Vatican said Saturday it has renewed its agreement with the Chinese Communist Party. This is the second renewal since the agreement was brokered in 2018, although there is little progress … Read more

Video: Huge dome engulfed in fire collapse at Indonesian mosque

Video: Huge dome engulfed in fire collapse at Indonesian mosque

Video: Huge dome engulfed in fire collapse at Indonesian mosque The dome of the historic mosque in Indonesia’s Jakarta Islamic Center collapsed after a fire broke out during renovations. 00:45 – Source: CNN

Oddities abound in Georgia’s 2022 midterm elections

Oddities abound in Georgia’s 2022 midterm elections

“God, every lie that is told, we pray that You will nullify it. . . . Father, this nation must be shaken to the core once again and put in the right place so that we can stand for what is right.” The invocation, delivered by a beautiful woman with massive earrings just before the … Read more

Kenya’s drought wipes out 2% of the world’s rarest zebras

Kenya’s drought wipes out 2% of the world’s rarest zebras

CNN — A grueling two-year drought in Kenya has wiped out 2% of the world’s rarest zebra species and increased elephant deaths too, as the climate crisis takes its toll on the East African nation’s wildlife. Animal carcasses rotting on the ground – including giraffes and livestock – have become a common sight in northern … Read more

This 1,000-year-old manuscript was stolen in 1917 and has just been returned to its rightful owners

This 1,000-year-old manuscript was stolen in 1917 and has just been returned to its rightful owners

CNN — A 1,000-year-old manuscript looted during the First World War has been returned to the Greek monastery from which it was stolen more than a century ago. The manuscript is one of the oldest handwritten gospels in the world, according to a press release from the Museum of the Bible, which acquired it in … Read more

Sanibel Causeway: At least 2 dead on Sanibel Island, which is cut off from the Florida mainland after Ian’s storm surge cuts the causeway

Sanibel Causeway: At least 2 dead on Sanibel Island, which is cut off from the Florida mainland after Ian’s storm surge cuts the causeway

CNN — Hurricane Ian has left at least two people dead on Sanibel Island and tore away several sections of the levee that was the island’s only access to the Florida mainland. As of Thursday night, dozens of people remained stranded, according to Sanibel Mayor Holly Smith. At least five sections of the Sanibel Causeway … Read more