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Pope Francis praises nun who ran LGBT ministry

Decades after she was barred from pastoral work by the Vatican, Pope Francis has sent a letter of thanks to an American nun who held services for LGBT people, in which she questioned some teachings of the Church. Since the late 1970s, Sister Jeannine Gramick ran workshops for LGBT Catholics, …

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President plans to close ‘gates to hell’

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov has ordered his government to find a way of extinguishing an apocalyptic -looking gas crater that has been burning in the Karakum desert for the past 50 years. The “feature” located near the village of Darvaza, some 270km from Turkmenistan’s capital of Ashgabat, is officially called …

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Webb telescope fully deployed in space – NASA

Two weeks after its launch, the James Webb Space Telescope has finally unfolded its primary mirror as it begins the final step of its deployment. The telescope is the most powerful device of its kind ever launched into space. The $10-billion telescope unfolded its honeycomb-shaped primary mirror on Saturday, just …

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Djokovic Covid infection leads to conspiracy theories

Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open legal appeal has copped fresh cynicism from some, while reports suggest that his December infection came after an exemption cut-off. Saturday’s disclosure by Djokovic’s legal team, which indicated that a December 16 diagnosis of Covid-19 was central to his medical exemption application to compete at the …

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NATO ‘never promised’ not to expand, US claims

NATO has never promised not to admit new members, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed on Friday, labelling Russia’s demands of the bloc inadmissible. However, long-declassified Western documents suggest otherwise. “NATO never promised not to admit new members,” the top American diplomat told journalists during Friday’s press briefing, as …

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