The founder of the Free Saudi Liberals website, Raif Badawi, has been found guilty of insulting Islam through his website and in comments he made on television in Saudi Arabia and sentenced to 600 lashes and 7 years in prison. He is already in prison but can appeal the sentence. Badawi, convicted of violating Saudi […]

“If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him?” said Pope Francis in a press conference on his flight back from Brazil answering questions. The quote was the end of an answer to a question on Msgr. Ricca, a prelate of the IOR, about whom an Italian […]

EU envoy meets deposed Egypt president Morsi – Middle East – Al Jazeera English. Catherine Ashton holds two-hour discussion with former leader, his first known contact with outsiders since his removal. Catherine Ashton, the European Union foreign policy chief, has met Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi, his first known contact with the outside world since he was toppled […]

Egypt: Many Protesters Shot in Head or Chest | Human Rights Watch. Summary: Risk of Further Killings as Security Officials Threaten to Forcibly Break up Sit-Ins “The use of deadly fire on such a scale so soon after the interim president announced the need to impose order by force suggests a shocking willingness by the […]

Pope Francis: “Go, do not be afraid, and serve”. (Vatican Radio) Celebrating the World Youth Day Holy Mass in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, Pope Francis told those present that it was time to go and to pass on this experience to others. Addressing a crowd of over 3 million people gathered on Copacabana beachfront […]

WYD Rio: 2 million throng prayer vigil with Pope Francis (Vatican Radio) Two million young people carpeted Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach on Saturday, joining Pope Francis in a huge outdoor evening prayer vigil as part of World Youth Day celebrations in Brazil. The centerpiece of the vigil was a Eucharistic procession. The event featured […]

Egypt rulers to disperse pro-Morsi protests – Middle East – Al Jazeera English.