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Rio's Catholics hope next Pope will boost waning numbers

If Rio de Janeiro is famous for one thing, it is the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue towering over the city. It could be said that for a long time, the monument was a symbol of the place of Catholicism in Brazilian society - ever present and dominating the cultural landscape. That, however, is starting to change. Although the country still has the world's largest number of Catholics, the 2010 census showed their numbers are down by almost 30 percent from 1970.

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2014-12-29 Catholic Church

Video: The 'tender' revolution of Pope Francis

Pope Francis began the year with an overhaul of the Vatican’s scandal-ridden bank and ended it with a scathing critique of the Vatican’s power-hungry bureaucracy.

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2014-12-23 China

China: A tense Christmas in Wenzhou

There are now more Christians in China than there are members of the communist party. And tensions are rising between the Christian community and the government. Nowhere is this...

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2014-12-22 West Bank

Hebron, a city where peace seems impossible

In the absence of any effort to reach a compromise, relations between Palestinians and Israelis continue to deteriorate on the ground. There is one city, among many others, where...

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2014-12-19 Taliban

Video: Pakistan in mourning after school massacre

The Taliban-perpetrated massacre that claimed the lives of 132 school children in Peshawar on Tuesday has been condemned globally, while in the northern Pakistani city every home...

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2014-12-18 Italy

Child migrants: no parents, no passports

Since January 2014 more than 165 000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean on treacherous vessels, to reach Europe, many fleeing war and persecution. An increasing number of...

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