Roundup: The Pope, living simply, Chinese New Year, ethics classes, sex abuse probe

Roundup: The Pope, living simply, Chinese New Year, ethics classes, sex abuse probe

Benedict’s mixed legacy on ecumenical dialogue

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.

40 ways to live simply for 40 days of Lent

Use this Lenten season as a time to grow closer to God and simplify your life. Try a new suggestion from this list each day and experience the stronger relationships and calmer pace of an (almost) Amish lifestyle!

Lunar New Year through Chinese eyes

More than a billion people across Asia are celebrating the start of the Year of the Snake.

No places for children in ethics classes

Children are being turned away from ethics classes in public schools because there are not enough volunteers or funding to meet demand.

Successor to Benedict will lead a church at a crossroads

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.

Sex abuse probe being given more powers

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.

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