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Rome city council and Church row over coins from Trevi fountain

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Millions of tourists visit the Trevi fountain every year A row has broken out between the mayor of Rome and the Roman Catholic Church over what should happen to coins retrieved from the Trevi fountain. Every year nearly €1.5m (£1.3m) is fished out of the famous landmark. It is traditionally given to a Catholic charity to help the destitute. But now Mayor Virginia Raggi wants the money spent on the city’s crumbling infrastructure instead. The Catholic charity Caritas says the loss of income will…

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Modernist ruin is an ‘albatross around our neck’ says church

Image copyright Alaisdair Smith / NVA Image caption The seminary was used as a backdrop for a sound and light show called Hinterland by NVA in March 2016 An A-listed modernist building has been described as an “albatross around our neck” by the Roman Catholic Church, who said they could not even give it away. St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, near Dumbarton, was built in 1966 as a training college for priests. It was once described as a “modernist masterpiece” but closed in the 1970s and lay empty until a…

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Egypt policeman killed defusing bomb near Coptic church

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Security forces guarded streets approaching the church A policeman has been killed trying to defuse a bomb outside a Coptic Christian church in Egypt, security officials say. Mustafa Abid was reportedly a specialist in mine clearance. The explosion injured two other officers and an onlooker. The device was one of two hidden in a bag on a roof by the church in Nasr City outside Cairo. It comes two days before Egypt’s Christians celebrate their Christmas. About 10% of Egypt’s population are Copts, and many…

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Royal Family attend Sandringham Christmas church service

Image copyright PA Hundreds of well-wishers have watched the Queen and other members of the Royal Family arrive at church for the Christmas Day service at Sandringham. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the service – on the Queen’s estate in Norfolk – with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Prince Charles. However the Duchess of Cornwall was absent due to a heavy cold. The Duke of Edinburgh also stayed at home but is said to be in good health. BBC correspondent Charlotte Gallagher said there were…

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Church leaders’ Christmas messages highlight poverty and homelessness

Church leaders have used Christmas messages to highlight social action fighting homelessness and poverty. Bishop of London the Right Reverend Dame Sarah Mullally said 33,000 Church of England projects took in food banks, night shelters and dementia cafes. Kindness can heal society’s divisions, she said at St Paul’s Cathedral. The leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nicholls, used his homily to thank volunteers working to help the needy. Both leaders acknowledged that many people faced challenging times and that society had become more divided. Speaking before…

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US returns looted Balangiga church bells to Philippines

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Jubilant crowds turned out to greet the return of the Balangiga bells Three bells looted by US troops more than a century ago have been returned to their church in the Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte praised his countrymen and the US at a ceremony in Balangiga, where the treasures were taken 117 years ago. The bronze bells were seized during the Philippine-American War as part of reprisals following a massacre. In August, the US Embassy announced the return of the so-called Balangiga bells after decades…

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Jaguars’ Church: London arrests were a ‘misunderstanding’

The arrests of four Jacksonville Jaguars players for failing to pay their tab at a London nightclub was a “misunderstanding,” safety Barry Church said Sunday. FILE PHOTO – Oct 4, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson (82) carries the ball as Dallas Cowboys strong safety Barry Church (42) defends in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images Church, fellow safeties Jarrod Wilson and Ronnie Harrison, and cornerback D.J. Hayden were identified by…

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Norfolk World War One handmade poppy display takes over church

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNorfolk World War One centenary poppies go on display A display of 15,500 handmade poppies has gone on display to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. Each poppy in St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich, represents an individual killed in the war and named on a Norfolk war memorial. A year-long campaign by the county council seeking poppies brought in contributions from around the world. Organiser Sarah Salmon said the display was a “fitting tribute”. The poppies have…

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Orthodox Church split: Five reasons why it matters

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kiev held a mass to thank Constantinople for recognising the Ukrainian Church’s independence The Russian Orthodox Church has cut ties with the Church leadership in Istanbul, the Constantinople Patriarchate traditionally regarded as the Orthodox faith’s headquarters. The Moscow-based Russian Orthodox Church has at least 150 million followers – more than half the total of Orthodox Christians. The dispute centres on Constantinople’s decision last week to recognise the independence of Ukrainian Orthodox worshippers. Just another arcane theological dispute, you might think. Well, there is more…

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Norfolk church team’s lost football found on German island

Image copyright Contributed Image caption Thomas Selinger with the ball that travelled 250 miles across the North Sea and ended up on a Frisian beach A football belonging to a British church team has been found across the North Sea on the beach of a small island off the coast of Germany. Josh Holebon, manager of Stalham Baptist Church FC, in Norfolk, said it was a mystery how it got there. He received an unexpected email last month from Thomas Selinger, who lives in Freiburg and found the ball when…

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