Dutch Reformed Church disobeys Christ on gay marriage - Christian group

2015-10-12 14:54

By approving gay marriage, the Dutch Reformed Church has compromised the teachings of the Gospel, a Christian organisation claims.

Africa bishops feel left out of Church synod: archbishop

2015-10-08 18:37

African cardinals and bishops taking part in a global Church summit on the family at the Vatican have complained it is Euro-centric, with not enough attention paid to issues that concern their parishes.

Italy diocese fires Roman Catholic priest over paedophilia comments

2015-10-07 14:22

Italy's Roman Catholic Church has fired a priest who said he could 'understand' how paedophilia by clergy could occur because some children yearned for affection.

Catholic bishops start divisive summit

2015-10-05 18:00

Pope Francis says Catholic Church leaders should not be afraid to thrash out their differences, as they embark on a three-week debate on the controversial question of whether to soften their stance towards divorcees and homosexuals.

Jews, Arabs worlds apart in Jerusalem's Old City

2015-10-05 13:20

In the Old City of Jerusalem, both Palestinians and Jews are talking about fear and the prospect of a new intifada or uprising.

Oregon shooter asked people about their religion before he gunned them down

2015-10-02 07:52

A student at the Oregon community college where a mass shooting occurred says the gunman shot her teacher and asked others in her classroom about their religion before spraying more bullets.

1000s at Western Wall for Jewish holiday prayer

2015-09-30 17:41

Tens of thousands of Jewish worshippers have massed at Jerusalem's Western Wall as part of celebrations for the Sukkot holiday, while tensions in the area diminished.

Pope ends US visit with vow to 'punish' sex abusers

2015-09-28 10:40

Pope Francis has headed back to Rome, wrapping up a visit to the US where he met victims of abuse by Catholic priests, during an open-air Mass on the final day of his trip.

Pope electrifies Philadelphia with advice on family, immigration

2015-09-27 07:49

Pope Francis has addressed a festival of families attended by tens of thousands of US Catholics, offering a frank assessment of the difficulties of life and a prescription for love.

Pope conveys 'closeness' to Muslims over Hajj deaths

2015-09-25 11:18

Pope Francis, speaking at New York's St Patrick's Cathedral, has expressed 'closeness' with the world's Muslims after more than 700 pilgrims were killed in a stampede outside the Islamic holy city of Mecca.


Australian mosque leader tells violent Muslims to leave country

2015-10-09 10:54

The leader of the Sydney mosque has called for an end to violent extremism, saying that Muslims who reject Australian values should leave the country.

ISIS kills 3 Assyrian Christian captives

2015-10-08 13:18

ISIS militants have killed three Assyrian Christian captives who were among nearly 200 Christians abducted earlier this year in northeastern Syria, two human rights monitoring groups says.

Israel lifts restrictions on Muslim prayer at Al-Aqsa

2015-10-06 21:00

Israel is to lift temporary restrictions on Muslim worship at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, imposed after the weekend killing of two Israelis nearby.

Pope says Church should not be 'museum of memories'

2015-10-05 13:34

Pope Francis has told a key Roman Catholic meeting on family issues that the Church should not be a hidebound 'museum of memories' but have the courage to change if that is what God wanted.

Gay row overshadows opening of landmark Catholic Church synod

2015-10-04 09:31

A gathering of bishops intended to reshape Catholic teaching on the family is set to kick off against the backdrop of controversy over the thorny and divisive issue of homosexuality.

Pope met with anti-gay US clerk

2015-09-30 22:13

A county clerk who refused in the name of her faith to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, says she secretly met with Pope Francis during his US visit and that he urged her to "stay strong".

Muslim man beaten to death for eating beef - India

2015-09-30 10:42

Indian police say they had arrested six people after a 50-year-old Muslim man was beaten to death over rumours he had eaten beef, a taboo in the Hindu-majority nation.

Clashes rock Jerusalem mosque compound with holy week ahead

2015-09-27 18:29

Palestinians and Israeli security forces have clashed at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, with further trouble feared in the week ahead as Jews celebrate the Sukkot holiday.

Pope at UN to speak out for the poor and the planet

2015-09-25 12:55

Pope Francis heads to the United Nations to deliver an appeal to world leaders to help the poor, combat climate change and end conflicts that have sent desperate refugees fleeing to Europe.

Muslim pilgrims throng Arafat for peak of hajj

2015-09-23 18:55

Around two million Muslims have poured into the vast Saudi plain where the Prophet Mohammed is believed to have given his final sermon.

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