Pope: Priests to pardon abortion during upcoming Jubilee of Mercy

2015-09-01 13:00

Women who have had an abortion will be able to seek pardon during the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy for what the Catholic Church considers a grave sin, Pope Francis says.

It's the Lord who lets me live so long - Mugabe

2015-08-30 11:31

President Robert Mugabe says it's 'the Lord' who has let him live to the ripe old age of 91, but avoiding alcohol has helped.

Nigeria shuts down churches over noisy worship

2015-08-27 18:26

Authorities in Nigeria's financial capital Lagos have shut down churches across the city after a glut of complaints over noisy worship.

'Snake pastor makes congregants speak Chinese'

2015-08-26 13:40

Controversial "snake pastor" Penuel Mnguni is back to preaching in Soshanguve following the destruction of his tent earlier this month, and he claims to have made congregants speak in "Nigerian" and "Chinese".

'Fastest Nun in the West' faces 1st test

2015-08-25 21:37

The 'Fastest Nun in the West' who took on Billy the Kid faces her 1st test in a sainthood push.

Indonesian man called 'God' told to change name

2015-08-25 08:55

An Islamic authority in Indonesia's East Java province has told a man whose name means God to change his name or risk being denied social services, a report says.

Muslim drag queen braves backlash to inspire gay community

2015-08-24 11:01

Death threats are nothing new for drag queens but the gay Muslim hopes that a documentary about Muslim drag queens will encourage gay British Asians to come out of the closet rather than provoke a backlash against Britain's 'hidden' community.

SACC calls for pastor certification to avoid 'alien practices'

2015-08-20 21:13

The SA Council of Churches has called for the basic certification of pastors to protect people from "objectionable, heretical and alien" practices.

Commission to probe church practices and finances

2015-08-20 16:47

Churches and traditional healing practices will be the subject of intense scrutiny by the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, its chairperson says.

Dowry terms make easier for Iranian men

2015-08-19 18:59

Hard-up Iranian husbands will no longer face jail for failing to pay dowries that can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars, following passage of a new law.


Philippine church leaders urge opposition to gay marriage

2015-08-31 14:22

Leaders of the Philippines' dominant Catholic Church have called on individuals and politicians to actively oppose same-sex marriage, after new efforts by activists to have same-sex unions legalised in the conservative nation.

White supremacist defends killings

2015-08-28 21:23

A white supremacist charged with killing three people outside two Jewish centres in Kansas last year says he was acting on the belief that Jews have too much power.

US Christian charities bankroll Israeli settlements

2015-08-26 14:47

US Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee describes the occupied West Bank, which he referred to as Judea and Samaria', the territory's biblical name as a fundamental part of Israel. Many evangelicals in the US staunchly support Israel due to their interpretation of biblical history.

Hindus drop below 80% of India's population, Islam rises

2015-08-26 10:40

India's Hindus have dropped below 80% of the population for the first time since independence.

'Hand of God' untangles Philippine traffic mess

2015-08-25 14:19

An 83-year-old Catholic cardinal in the Philippines has come to the rescue of thousands of stranded motorists over the weekend after single-handedly untangling a traffic jam in Manila during a typhoon.

Former bishop blames popes for not addressing child sex abuse

2015-08-24 15:20

A retired Catholic bishop has told an inquiry into child sex abuse the Vatican and church leaders had failed to show leadership in dealing with abuse by the clergy, a report says.

Pakistan police hunt 'exorcist' over women's deaths

2015-08-21 13:00

Pakistani police are hunting an 'exorcist'over the death of a woman and her daughter who suffocated in a botched fire ritual to rid them of their demons, officials say.

17 injured in German refugee shelter riot over 'torn Qur'an'

2015-08-20 20:33

Seventeen people have been injured in a riot at a refugee shelter in central Germany over a torn Qur’an, police say.

Pakistan police arrest 3 Christians over poster

2015-08-20 13:17

Pakistani police have arrested three Christian men under terrorism laws for using the word 'prophet' to describe a dead pastor on a poster, officials say.

Denied abortion, 11-year-old rape victim gives birth

2015-08-14 07:25

An 11-year-old Paraguayan girl who was raped by her mother's boyfriend has given birth, rekindling the uproar over authorities' refusal to let her have an abortion.

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