Church of England gets first female bishop

2015-01-26 21:15

The Church of England has ended centuries of male-only leadership as Libby Lane became its first female bishop.

Inequality in the church: Obedience or ignorance?

2015-01-26 17:57

Many of the Christian leaders around the world consciously practice and preach inequality, yet we still listen to them, says Abuti Rams.

Pope backtracks after ‘like rabbits’ comment

2015-01-21 15:51

Pope Francis has praised families with many children, two days after controversially suggesting that Catholics do not need to breed ‘like rabbits’.

This is the world's only shrine for gays

2015-01-20 14:55

Wei-ming temple, down a narrow alleyway in a bustling district of New Taipei City, is dedicated to a deity who has watched over homosexuals for four centuries.

US governor: Muslims allowed to create no-go zones

2015-01-20 09:16

Some countries have allowed Muslims to establish autonomous neighbourhoods in cities where they govern by a harsh version of Islamic law, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal says.

All Muslims for peace must unite

2015-01-19 21:00

Saffiya Ismail encourages Muslims who do not support extremism to stand up and be recognised.

Thousands join Russian rally against 'vulgar' Charlie

2015-01-19 12:46

Tens of thousands of people have staged a rally in Russia's Chechnya region against French magazine Charlie Hebdo's cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which have been described by the region's leader as ‘vulgar and immoral’.

Pope leaves Manila after drawing 6 million

2015-01-19 07:33

Pope Francis has flown out of the Catholic bastion in Asia after a trip that included a visit to Sri Lanka and drew what Filipino officials says was a record crowd of 6 million faithful.

Afghan president condemns Charlie Hedbo cartoon

2015-01-17 18:30

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has strongly condemned the publication of a Prophet Mohammed caricature by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, describing it as great insult to Islam and Muslims.

Pope defends church teaching against birth control

2015-01-16 20:30

Pope Francis has issued his strongest defence yet of church teaching opposing artificial contraception, using a rally in the Philippines to urge families to be ‘sanctuaries of respect for life’.

Niger bans Charlie Hebdo over Mohammed cartoon

2015-01-16 09:22

Niger has banned distribution of Charlie Hebdo in the mainly Muslim country, with the government 'vehemently' condemning the cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed in the latest issue of the French weekly.

Islamic body urges Muslims to ignore Charlie Hebdo

2015-01-14 15:13

Leading Islamic authority al-Azhar urged Muslims to 'ignore' the publication of a new Prophet Mohammad cartoon by French magazine Charlie Hebdo, saying his stature was too lofty to be harmed by cartoons.

SA sign language Bible on the way

2015-01-14 11:44

The Reformed Church of SA is working on a South African sign language translation of the Bible, according to a report.

French Muslim groups call for calm

2015-01-13 19:23

French Muslim groups called for calm and respect for freedom of opinion ahead of the release of the new issue of Charlie Hebdo.

Church rejects proposal to ban ‘Silent Night’

2015-01-13 10:22

The Reformed Church of SA has rejected a proposal that the song 'Silent Night' not be sung anymore.

Muslim man hailed for life-saving courage in Paris

2015-01-12 14:10

In the days after the bloody end of the twin French hostage crises, stories of life-saving courage are beginning to filter out.

Anti-Islam protests to be held across Germany

2015-01-12 09:21

Anti-Islam and anti-refugee protesters are expected to take to the streets across Germany, hoping to boost their ranks after last week's terrorist attacks in Paris.

Islamist militants blow up Muslim tomb in Syria

2015-01-08 13:24

Nusra Front Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda have blown up the 13th century tomb of a revered Islamic scholar in southern Syria, according to reports.

Reformed church divided over women ministers

2015-01-07 13:07

The Reformed Church in South Africa is divided over whether women should minister in the church, Netwerk24 reports.

Pope names 20 new cardinals

2015-01-05 15:54

Pope Francis has named 20 new cardinals, a majority of them from Africa, Asia and Latin America, increasingly key areas as the Roman Catholic Church's support shifts from its traditional European stronghold.

Egypt court bans Jewish festival

2014-12-29 18:37

An Egyptian court has banned a festival honouring a Moroccan rabbi that drew hundreds of Jewish visitors.

Methodists pull plug on Joburg church slum

2014-12-28 10:02

Today’s Sunday church service at the infamous Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg is Bishop Paul Verryn’s last after the church transferred him and ordered that the building be vacated.

Pope condemns religious persecution

2014-12-26 06:56

Pope Francis has roundly condemned jihadist violence and the 'brutal persecution' of religious minorities in a Christmas message to the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and millions of others.


'Demon' boy to be interviewed by occult specialist

2015-01-26 21:13

An occult crime specialist and a psychologist will interview a teenager who admitted to hacking four of his family members to death with an axe, but claimed he was possessed by a demon.

Republican presidential maybes woo evangelicals

2015-01-26 05:00

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have had much of the attention in these early days of the Republican race for president, but a group of likely candidates to their right are just as eagerly chasing support among Christian evangelicals and social conservatives.

This is the world's only shrine for homosexuals

2015-01-20 14:56

Wei-ming temple, down a narrow alleyway in a bustling district of New Taipei City, is dedicated to a deity who has watched over gays for four centuries.

World's only shrine for gays in Taipei

2015-01-20 11:56

Wei-ming temple, down a narrow alleyway in a bustling district of New Taipei City, is dedicated to a deity who has watched over gays for four centuries.

Niger declares three days of mourning

2015-01-19 21:41

Niger has declared three days of mourning from after violent protests over Charlie Hebdo that left 10 people dead and dozens of churches torched.

3 burn to death in Hindu-Muslim clash

2015-01-19 15:43

At least three Muslim villagers have been burned to death after their thatched huts were set on fire during a clash between Hindu and Muslim groups in eastern India.

Germany bans anti-Islamic rally

2015-01-19 09:20

German police have banned a planned rally by the anti-Islamic Pegida movement and other public open-air gatherings in the eastern city of Dresden on Monday, citing a terrorist threat.

Zuma gets church's highest honour

2015-01-18 22:26

The Pope and Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria and All Africa has bestowed President Jacob Zuma with the highest honour the church can give a foreign national - the Order of Saint Mark.

Charlie Hebdo protests leave at least 10 dead in Niger

2015-01-18 07:49

At least 10 people have been killed in violent protests in the West African nation of Niger over the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo's depiction of the Prophet Muhammad, the country's president says.

Pope braves storm for emotional Philippine memorial

2015-01-17 08:30

Pope Francis has braved heavy rain to celebrate an emotional mass with a sea of weeping survivors of a super typhoon in the Philippines that killed thousands, saying their pain silenced his heart.

All Muslims for peace must unite

2015-01-16 13:16

Saffiya Ismail encourages Muslims who do not support extremism to stand up and be recognised.

Salman Rushdie defends free speech

2015-01-15 12:24

Author Salman Rushdie, who lived for years under a death threat after his 1988 book ‘The Satanic Verses’ drew the wrath of Iranian religious leaders, says the right to free speech is absolute or else it isn't free.

Most UK Jews feel they have no future in Europe - poll

2015-01-14 13:33

A quarter of Jews in Britain have considered leaving the country in the last two years and well over half feel they have no long-term future in Europe, according to a survey.

Huge crowds greet pope on Sri Lankan seafront

2015-01-14 10:07

Hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans have crowded the Colombo seafront as Pope Francis canonised the island's first saint in one of the biggest public gatherings the city has ever witnessed.

'Exhausted' pope cancels meeting with Sri Lanka bishops

2015-01-13 16:18

Pope Francis has cancelled a planned meeting with Sri Lankan bishops, with one security official saying he was ‘exhausted’ after a long journey from the airport exposed to the hot sun.

25 000 march in anti-Islamist protest in Germany

2015-01-13 07:49

A record 25 000 anti-Islamist protesters have marched through the German city of Dresden, many holding banners with anti-immigrant slogans, and held a minute's silence for the victims of last week's attacks in France.

Pope slams 'deviant forms of religion'

2015-01-12 14:41

Pope Francis has slammed ‘deviant forms of religion’ following the deadly attacks by Islamist militants in France which left 20 people dead.

4 Jews killed in Paris to be buried in Israel

2015-01-12 10:36

Four French Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris will be buried in Israel, community sources and the Israeli premier says.

Special synod debates women in Reformed Church

2015-01-10 12:08

A special synod of the Reformed Church in South Africa is deciding whether women will be allowed at the helm of the church, according to a report.

France's Muslim leaders denounce attack

2015-01-07 22:23

France's Muslim leadership sharply condemned the shooting at a Paris satirical weekly that left at least 12 people dead as a "barbaric" attack and an assault on press freedom and democracy.

Anti-Islamic protests spread across Europe

2015-01-07 12:36

Germany has become the latest European country to witness mass anti-Islamic protests that have grown increasingly common across the continent.

3 dangerous parenting choices

2015-01-03 19:00

Adults get to make their own foolish choices, but these kids may suffer as a consequence.

Zuma calls for a speedy Second Coming

2014-12-28 10:35

President Jacob Zuma has called on priests to pray to God to send Jesus back to Earth because of the many sins in the country, according to a report.

Egyptian writer to face trial for defaming Islam

2014-12-27 14:02

Egyptian prosecutors have referred a writer to a criminal trial on charges of showing contempt for Islam in a tweet allegedly criticising ritual slaughtering, a report says.

Man sentenced to death in Mauritania for apostasy

2014-12-25 07:15

A Muslim man in Mauritania has been sentenced to death for apostasy after a court ruled that he had written something blasphemous, a judicial source says.

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