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October 17th, 2010
06:54 PM ET

10 killed in stampede at Indian temple

At least 10 people were killed and as many others injured in a stampede that broke out during a ritual at a Durga temple in Bihar, India, the nation's official Doordarshan news agency reported Sunday via the Indian government's website.

The stampede broke out Saturday night, the news agency said, at the temple in Bihar's Banka district during the "Navrati" festival, one of the most celebrated festivals of the Hindu calendar.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Asia • Hinduism • India

October 17th, 2010
10:49 AM ET

Australia gets its first saint: nun whose order fought abuse

Australia got its first Catholic saint Sunday, a feisty 19th-century nun who was briefly excommunicated when her colleagues exposed an abusive priest.

Mary MacKillop co-founded the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart  in 1867, and gained a reputation as the first Australian nun to leave the cities and minister to the rural poor.

Nuns in her order got evidence that a priest was engaged in "scandalous  behavior," according to the Rev. Paul Gardiner, who has spent decades  researching MacKillop's life. The nuns reported it to the Rev. Julian Woods, MacKillop's first  spiritual mentor who co-founded the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Woods in turn reported the abuse to church authorities, resulting in the  Rev. Ambrose Patrick Keating being sent back to Ireland from Kapunda,  Australia.

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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI • Sex abuse

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