Nepal - Authorities in the capital Kathmandu have closed a gallery which ran an art exhibition offensive to the majority Hindu population. Following complaints against an exhibition by local artist Manish Harijan entitled ‘The Rise of the Collateral’, police moved to secure the Siddartha Art Gallery. The exhibition included images of Hindu...

Men wave the flags of the Vatican and Lebanon as Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the Popemobile to the Baabda presidential palace southeast of Beirut September 15. CNS/Paul Haring

17 – The number of nominees on the list approved by the Coptic Orthodox Church towards electing a successor to Pope Shenouda III who died in March. There now follows a period of debate and voting towards reducing that list to five in time for a papal election on November 24, with the final selection of the 118th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of...

Kenya - Police in Nairobi have reportedly foiled plans by extremists to kill Sunday worshippers in a suicide attack. As The Irish Catholic went to press this week, it was reported that officers had moved against two suspects and recovered explosive vests made for the imminent attack. According to the police, the suspects detained were...

The Dominican friars received the first profession of two brothers in St Mary’s Priory church in Pope’s Quay, Cork last week. This comes on top of the reception of five new novices, meaning the friars now have 22 in formation at various stages. The two new Dominicans, Br Kevin O Reilly OP and Br Murchadh O Madagain OP (centre) are pictured with Fr...

Kazhakstan - A new Catholic cathedral has been inaugurated on the site of a major Stalinist era labour camp. Dedicated to the Virgin of Fatima, the cathedral is located at Karaganda, on the site of Karlag, the collection name (formed from KARaganda and LAGer) for a mass of concentration camps which held those who fell victim to the communist...

Egypt - It has emerged that a Muslim cleric desecrated a copy of the Bible during protests in Cairo against the Innocence of the Muslims video.By his own admission, Abu Islam, “tore [the Bible] apart and threw it to the demonstrators to step on it with their shoes” during a demonstration outside the US embassy. “This is the book the dog Terry [...

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