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Europe

The Romans built the Rotunda of St. George to last

Erected in the 4th century, this ancient church still functions.

Netherlands nuns convert former battlefield to “natural burial” cemetery

Natural burials are a return to the old-world way, which avoids chemicals and resource waste.

Belgium’s ban on ritual livestock slaughter raises religious freedom concerns

The Jewish community of Belgium has filed a lawsuit against the ban which conflicts with both Jewish and Muslim dietary practices.

Eastern Europe is expected to lose massive numbers of people over coming decades

Bulgaria could lose as many people as now live in its capital.

Christian businessmen launch a call to seek “the heart of Europe”

Ten European associations of businessmen and Christian leaders addresses European political leaders and future MEPs with an unpublished letter.

Official in Germany warns Jews not to wear skullcap

Rise in anti-Semitism making it dangerous to display religious symbol

No let-up in vandalism against European churches

Fires, desecration, vandalism and thefts plague houses of worship

French Knights of Columbus respond to attacks on churches

“When you are attacked so painfully in what is the most precious in your life, you need silence and dignity,” said one Knight.

The most beautiful monastic libraries in the world

Hidden behind heavy doors, traversed by winding staircases and corridors lined with bookshelves, they are jewels of European culture.