Montreal’s mayor to meet with Pope Francis

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MONTREAL — As part of his trip to Europe, Denis Coderre, the mayor of Montreal will meet with Pope Francis in Rome on Wednesday morning.

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According to a statement from city officials, Coderre has been invited by the Archbishop of Montreal, Christian Lépine, to meet with His Holiness, Pope Francis, as part of a general audience in the Vatican City.

A general view shows Pope Francis leading a mass at St Peter's basilica on February 2, 2015 at the Vatican. A general view shows Pope Francis leading a mass at St Peter’s basilica on February 2, 2015 at the Vatican.

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Iceland to build first temple to Norse gods since Viking age

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Iceland to build first temple to Norse gods since Viking age

A modern version of Norse paganism has been gaining popularity in recent years as followers see the stories as metaphors for life not worship of the gods

High priest Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson and fellow members of the Asatru Association attend a ceremony at the Pingvellir National Park near Reykjavik.
High priest Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson and fellow members of the Asatru Association attend a ceremony at the Pingvellir National Park near Reykjavik. Photograph: Reuters

Icelanders will soon be able to publicly worship at a shrine to Thor, Odin and Frigg with construction starting this month on the island’s first major temple to the Norse gods since the Viking age.

Worship of the gods in Scandinavia gave way to Christianity around 1,000 years ago but a modern version of Norse paganism has been gaining popularity in Iceland.

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