Europe


Europe | Apr. 23 2017

Pope considers married men for priesthood

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is open to the possibility of ordaining married men to the priesthood in remote areas that lack spiritual leadership,... [READ MORE]

Asia | Mar. 20 2017

Russia deports first foreigner for ‘missionary activity’

NABEREZHNYE CHELNY, Russia — The first known deportation of a foreigner for allegedly violating a new religion law (commonly called the “law... [READ MORE]

Europe | Mar. 20 2017

US Democrats urge Romania to support gay ‘marriage’

BUCHAREST, Romania — Thirty-seven Democrats in the U.S. Congress have told Romania’s parliament not to allow a referendum supported by 3... [READ MORE]

Europe | Feb. 20 2017

‘Pregnant people’ phrase to be more inclusive

LONDON — The British Medical Association (BMA) has asked its doctors to refrain from calling pregnant women “mothers” in order to be sensitive... [READ MORE]

Europe | Feb. 20 2017

Norway church sanctifies same-sex ‘marriage’

OSLO, Norway — Starting Feb. 1, Norway’s Evangelical Lutheran Church began granting church weddings and blessings to same-sex couples, breaking... [READ MORE]

Europe | Jan. 29 2017

UK changes how it grants religious asylum

LONDON — The United Kingdom (U.K.) government is now assessing the claims of asylum seekers differently after humanitarian groups expressed... [READ MORE]

Europe | Jan. 28 2017

First synagogue opens in Palermo, Sicily

PALERMO, Sicily — More than 500 years after the Jews were expelled from Sicily, a tiny Jewish community opened its first synagogue in the island’s... [READ MORE]

Europe | Dec. 22 2016

Vatican reaffirms decision to ban gay priests

VATICAN CITY — A Vatican decision to reaffirm its opposition to gay priests has angered activists who thought Pope Francis was changing Rome’s... [READ MORE]

Europe | Dec. 15 2016

Catholic Church accused of inflating numbers

OSLO, Norway — Norway’s Roman Catholic Church has reportedly been slapped with a $140,000 fine for inflating its membership numbers with... [READ MORE]

Europe | Dec. 1 2016

Persecution of Christians on rise, report finds

BRUSSELS, Belgium — The majority of the world still doesn’t have religious freedom — in fact, persecution of Christians is getting worse,... [READ MORE]

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