Pope puts family first at outdoor Mass in Ecuador

2015-07-07 11:21

Pope Francis has received a hero's welcome in Ecuador's biggest city as he celebrated the first public Mass of his South American tour, telling hundreds of thousands of families they are the bedrock of society.

More than 1 million expected at pope's Mass in South America

2015-07-06 09:25

Pope Francis will travel to the Ecuadorean port of Guayaquil for a Mass expected to draw more than a million people, as Latin America's first pontiff tours his home continent with a message of compassion for the weak and respect for an ailing planet.

Pope Francis to touch on cherished issues

2015-07-05 13:02

History's first Latin American pope has returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time, bringing a message of solidarity with the region's poor, who are expected to turn out in droves to welcome their native son home.

Catholic Church should not have 'leaders for life' - Pope

2015-07-04 13:09

The Roman Catholic Church should not have 'leaders for life' in its ranks, otherwise it would risk being like a country under dictatorship, Pope Francis says.

Italian nun brings life at risk to her own in DR Congo

2015-07-03 06:26

Still going strong at 81, Italian nun and midwife Sister Maria Concetta Esu has asked Pope Francis to bless her hands, which have delivered more than 34 000 African babies.

Norway wants $5.1m from Catholic church for fraud

2015-06-29 21:51

Norway is claiming $5.1m compensation from the Catholic church for exaggerating membership numbers to obtain more state aid, the Oslo diocese says.

Nigerian court sentences nine to death for blasphemy

2015-06-26 21:01

Nine people have been sentenced to death in northern Nigeria after being found guilty of blasphemy, a court clerk and the head of the religious police says.

‘Affairs led to church closing’

2015-06-22 11:05

A pastor's alleged multiple love affairs may have led to the closure of a Pietermaritzburg church.

Church where Jesus fed 5 000 gets torched

2015-06-18 11:06

A church in northern Israel believed built on the site of the Christian Feeding of the 5 000 miracle has been torched, possibly by Jewish attackers, police say.

5 pastors who made news for exploiting people

2015-06-04 14:42

See why we think these pastors should get off the pulpit.


1 000s camp out for Pope's first mass in Ecuador

2015-07-06 17:02

Camped on streets with sleeping bags and stocked with food supplies, thousands of excited Ecuadoreans have congregated in Guayaquil for Pope Francis' first mass of his "homecoming" tour of South America.

Israel rows back Judaism conversion reform

2015-07-05 21:31

Israeli ministers have struck down a bill that would have cancelled the monopoly the ultra-Orthodox chief rabbinate holds over conversions in the Jewish state.

Pakistan arrests clerics over beating of Christian couple

2015-07-04 14:29

Police in Pakistan say officers have arrested two Muslim clerics for inciting a mob to attack a Christian couple on blasphemy charges.

A week after Kuwait bombing, Sunnis and Shi'ites pray together for unity

2015-07-03 17:55

Hundreds of Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims have prayed for national unity at Kuwait's grand mosque, vowing to block any attempt to stir sectarian division a week after an Islamic State staged the country's deadliest militant attack.

Anglicans vote on allowing gay marriage in churches

2015-07-01 14:04

Episcopalians are set to vote on allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the US Supreme Court legalised gay marriage nationwide.

Episcopal Church elects first black presiding bishop

2015-06-28 14:10

US Episcopal Church elects 1st African-American presiding bishop

Tunisian attack: Gunman hid AK47 in folded umbrella

2015-06-26 19:03

The man who killed 37 people in an attack at a Tunisian beach resort, had hidden his AK47 in a folded umbrella.

Pope challenges world to clean up its filth

2015-06-19 12:43

Pope Francis' plea to make the state of the environment a central moral issue of our age has been greeted with applause from climate activists and a wide range of church, science and government leaders, but dismissive shrugs from those who doubt climate change.

Ramadan starts Thursday in several Muslim states

2015-06-17 10:54

Saudi Arabia and several other Arab countries have announced that the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan will start on Thursday.

Dutch lawmaker wants to show Mohammed cartoons on TV

2015-06-04 12:17

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders has vowed to show cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed on television during time reserved for political parties, after parliament turned down such an exhibition.

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