Roundup: The Pope, living simply, Chinese New Year, ethics classes, sex abuse probe
One of the possibly unintended consequences of Benedict’s announcement that he is to step down as pope — something unprecedented in the modern era — is that it might set in motion a dynamic that creates renewed opportunities for ecumenical dialogue by offering a new perspective on the role and place of the papacy.
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More than a billion people across Asia are celebrating the start of the Year of the Snake.
Children are being turned away from ethics classes in public schools because there are not enough volunteers or funding to meet demand.
Pope Benedict XVI’s surprise announcement on Monday that he will resign on Feb. 28 sets the stage for a succession battle that is likely to determine the future course of a church troubled by scandal and declining faith in its traditional strongholds around the world.
The sex abuse royal commission is to be given more flexible powers so it can hear from more victims while remaining sympathetic to their trauma.