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EC eyes church tax breaks in Italy

BRUSSELS, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The European Commission is examining tax breaks the Roman Catholic Church receives in Italy, officials said Tuesday.

Vatican: Catholic Church only true one

VATICAN CITY, July 10 (UPI) -- The Vatican issued a document Tuesday reaffirming that the Roman Catholic Church is the only true church. The document, "Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church," was signed by Cardinal William J. Levada of the

China state Catholics welcome pope's move

BEIJING, July 2 (UPI) -- China's state-approved Catholics have welcomed the Vatican's overture to negotiate resuming diplomatic relations between the two sides.

Pope calls for reconciliation in China

VATICAN CITY, June 30 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI, in a letter released Saturday, urged reconciliation between the underground Roman Catholic church in China and the government-run church.

Report: Churches may reunite

LONDON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Senior officials within the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches have agreed on a proposal for the churches to reunited, The Times of London reported.

Immigrants boost British Catholic Church

LONDON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Almost 500 years after Henry VIII founded the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church is set to surpass it and become Britain's largest denomination.

Catholic agencies lose on gay adoption

LONDON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Adoption agencies run by the Roman Catholic Church in Britain must be willing to consider gay couples as prospective parents starting in 2009, a report said.

Second bishop named in China

BEIJING, May 3 (UPI) -- China's state-controlled Catholic Church has named a second person as bishop without the Vatican's approval, three days after similarly naming the first.

Mel Gibson building church for dad

GREENSBURG, Pa., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor/director Mel Gibson is building a church in rural Pennsylvania reportedly for an ultraconservative Roman Catholic congregation.

Poland mall offers clothes, confession

KATOWICE, Poland, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A shopping mall in Poland and the Roman Catholic church have teamed up to make shopping more liberating by offering a confessional among the shops.

Gay bishop calls for change in church

CONCORD, N.H., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The first openly gay Anglican bishop told a London audience the Roman Catholic Church needs to change its attitudes towards homosexuals.

Married man prepares to be Catholic priest

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A former Episcopal priest is on track to become the first married priest in the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Louisville.

Pope visits Jewish synagogue

COLOGNE, Germany, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI, in Cologne for World Youth Day, has become the second Roman Catholic leader to visit a Jewish place of worship.

Venezuela: Chavez and church butt heads

CARACAS, Venezuela, July 18 (UPI) -- The Roman Catholic Church in Venezuela lambasted President Hugo Chavez Monday for his criticism of a cardinal during a national address.

French female priest excommunicated

PARIS, July 5 (UPI) -- A French woman who claimed to be ordained as a priest by three women bishops has been excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church.
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