Norway's Minister of Climate and Environment Vidar Helgesen speaks during the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative in Oslo, Norway, on Monday June 19, 2017. Religious and indigenous leaders worldwide are calling for an end to deforestation in an international multi-faith, multi-cultural plea to reduce the emissions that fuel climate change, which is killing tropical rainforests.(Lise Aserud/NTB Scanpix via AP)
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Josephine McKenna - Religion News ServiceJune 19, 2017
“If we continue to do deforestation, it is like suicide," said Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo. "We need to act together to defend our common house."
DeaconChat highlights women who have “considered a call to the diaconate to share that discernment with the wider church.” Screenshot from Catholicwomendeacons.org
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Josephine McKenna - Religion News ServiceJune 16, 2017
Their actions of several Catholic groups follow the appointment of a panel of experts set up by Pope Francis to consider the controversial question.
A gold-leaf statue depicting the ancient Mormon prophet, Moroni, is prepared for placement on one of the spires of the new Mormon temple in Rome on March 25, 2017. Photo courtesy of Claudio Falanga/Intellectual Reserve Inc.
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Josephine McKenna - Religion News ServiceJune 09, 2017
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has an estimated 26,000 members in Italy, with the biggest missions based in Milan and Rome.
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Josephine McKenna - Religion News ServiceJune 05, 2017
Police set up roadblocks in northern Italy after a thief posing as a pilgrim stole tiny fragments of the brain of John Bosco, one of the country’s most revered saints.
Sister Maria Giuseppina (left) and Sister Maria Caterina (right) are among 10 remaining nuns in a convent on the island of Sardinia who are breaking their silence and embracing the internet in an effort to ensure their order’s survival. This photo is from an exhibition being held at the Santa Chiara convent in Sardinia. Photo courtesy of Gabriele Calvisi.
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Josephine McKenna - Religion News ServiceMay 31, 2017
The 10 nuns who live behind the high walls of the convent in Oristano are breaking their silence and turning their back on tradition.
A long exposure at the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope in southeastern Arizona in 2014.  Photo courtesy of the Vatican Observatory
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Josephine McKenna - Religion News ServiceMay 25, 2017
Twelve Catholic priests and brothers live, work and pray at the Vatican Observatory as they explore some of the universe’s biggest scientific questions.
Catholic nuns plant mahogany tree saplings during a Feast of the Forest event in Cagueban town in the western Philippines, on June 30, 2012. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Romeo Ranoco
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Josephine McKenna - Religion News ServiceMay 11, 2017
Nine Catholic organizations from around the world have announced they are divesting their savings from coal, oil and gas companies in a joint bid to fight climate change.
Pope Francis meets with Rabbi Edgar Gluck, chief rabbi of Galicia, center left, during a private audience at the Vatican on May 8, 2017. Photo courtesy of L'Osservatore Romano
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Josephine McKenna - Religion News ServiceMay 10, 2017
While the pope warmed to the traditional Jewish music and dance, the delegation also discussed issues of common concern.
Knights of the Order of Malta gather in a villa in Rome on April 29, 2017, to elect an interim leader to carry out reforms of the ancient chivalric order following a bitter internal clash that promoted the intervention of Pope Francis. (Photo courtesy of the Order of Malta/Remo Casilli)
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Josephine McKenna - Religion News ServiceMay 01, 2017
Dalla Torre—who is known as Fra’ Giacomo—was elected as “lieutenant” of the Grand Master, a temporary position with a one-year term.
Bishop Gianfranco Todisco requested an early retirement, saying he wanted to return to missionary work. Screenshot from YouTube
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Josephine McKenna - Religion News ServiceApril 25, 2017
Bishop Gianfranco Todisco said he wrote to the pope last year saying he wanted to return to his work as a missionary.