• Knights of Malta refuse to assist “irrelevant” papal probe

    Knights of Malta refuse to assist “irrelevant” papal probe

    • Jan 10, 2017

    The Knights of Malta, whose patron is American Cardinal Raymond Burke, have called Pope Francis’s investigation legally “irrelevant” and aimed at limiting its sovereignty, after an official was fired over charges that the order’s charity branch distributed tens of thousands of condoms in Myanmar.

  • Religious freedom in the crosshairs of European court

    Religious freedom in the crosshairs of European court

    • Jan 10, 2017

    In a court case concerning religious freedom, the European court based in Strasbourg, France, acknowledged “interference” in freedom of religion in the case of a Muslim family attempting to opt out of mixed-gender swimming lessons, but asserted that public schools had a “special role” in integration, particularly of children of foreign origin.

  • Belfast power-sharing in crisis as Sinn Fein leader to quit

    Belfast power-sharing in crisis as Sinn Fein leader to quit

    • Jan 9, 2017

    Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said, “if the DUP think in the aftermath of an election they’re going to step back into ministerial positions short of resolving the critical issues, then they’re living in a fool’s paradise,” giving little chance for future power-sharing.