If there ever was a time for a demoralized Catholic to pack it up, head to the nearest Episcopal church and declare himself a refugee from religious malpractice, the most recent round of clergy sexual abuse scandals would seem ample justification. But John Gehring says, "I'm not leaving the Catholic Church"
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The heavy rains in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region have not deterred thousands of girls from taking part in the annual Ashenda festival, which celebrates the Virgin Mary. It gives girls carte blanche to sing and dance over the three-day celebration. Girls 'assert independence' at Ethiopia Virgin Mary festival