Church of England appoints its first female bishop

2014-12-17 13:16

The Church of England has appointed its first ever female bishop, overturning centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply divided over the issue.

Tutu urges pope to meet Dalai Lama

2014-12-15 21:45

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has appealed to Pope Francis to reconsider meeting the Dalai Lama.

Scholars criticise Egypt over cleric’s arrest warrant

2014-12-15 16:40

A group of Islamist scholars have criticised Egypt for seeking an Interpol arrest warrant for their leader, a Qatar-based cleric and supporter for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Pope: Try joy ahead of Christmas

2014-12-14 22:13

Pope Francis is encouraging people to be joyful, saying, "We've never heard of a sad saint."

Indonesian editor suspected of blasphemy

2014-12-12 16:06

Indonesian police have named the editor of a English-language newspaper a suspect in a blasphemy case after the paper published a cartoon that allegedly insults Islam.

NYPD shoot man for stabbing student

2014-12-09 16:01

A knife-wielding man has been shot by New York police after stabbing an Israeli student in the head inside a Brooklyn synagogue.

Pakistan opens blasphemy case against former pop star

2014-12-02 20:19

Police in Pakistan have opened a blasphemy investigation against a former pop star turned evangelical Muslim following allegedly disparaging remarks against the Prophet Mohammed.

Zuma wants churches to help

2014-11-30 21:12

Religious leaders should point out mistakes and recommend solutions, President Jacob Zuma has said at the Twelve Apostles Church in Christ International Thanksgiving Day in Durban.

Religion isn't helping SA women

2014-11-28 12:53

What does it take to combat abuse against women? According to Louise Ferreira, religion might be part of the problem and not the solution.

Proof of same-sex love in the Bible

2014-11-23 09:31

People who condemn homosexuality based on the Bible don’t know the original meaning of the words in Hebrew or Greek and they do not understand the context it was written in, says Cameron Modisane.

Jersualem calm as riot hits Hebron

2014-11-21 18:41

Weekly Muslim prayers at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque went off without incident despite high tensions in the Holy City.

Pope: Euthanasia a 'sin against God'

2014-11-15 18:22

Pope Francis has denounced the right to die movement, saying it's a "false sense of compassion" to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when in fact it's a sin against God and creation.

Jordan takes ISIS battle to internet, mosques

2014-11-14 10:15

Jordan is cracking down on firebrand preachers and online extremism to tackle jihadists after joining US-led air strikes on ISIS.

US district strips religious names from calendar

2014-11-12 21:25

Maryland's largest school district has voted to strip religious labels from holidays on next year's school calendar after Muslims sought recognition of a holy day.

Rwanda prayer group gets 5yrs for sedition

2014-11-10 22:35

Eight members of a Rwandan prayer group have been jailed for five years for trying to start a divine uprising.

Would you take 74 lashes to love your dog?

2014-11-07 13:38

Dog lovers in Iran could face up to 74 lashes under plans by hardline lawmakers that would ban keeping the pets at home or walking them in public.

Pakistani policeman kills man with axe over blasphemy

2014-11-06 14:45

A policeman in Pakistan has hacked a man to death for allegedly making derogatory remarks about the companions of the Prophet Muhammad.

Gunshots hit California mosque

2014-11-04 23:41

Several gunshots have struck a Southern California mosque, but no injuries have been reported.

Christian couple burnt alive in Pakistan

2014-11-04 20:28

An angry mob has burnt alive a Christian couple in eastern Pakistan for allegedly desecrating the Muslim holy book the Qur'an.

Court removes children after mom joins cult

2014-11-02 13:02

A court has removed two children from their mother's care after she apparently joined a religious cult, according to a report.

Pakistan province rewrites text books for Islam

2014-10-30 21:24

A Pakistani province is rewriting school books to make them more Islamic, inserting verses on jihad, removing pictures of unveiled women and changing material on recent history.

Group says militants killed 600 Iraqi prisoners

2014-10-30 18:53

Rights group are accusing ISIS militants of killing around 600 Shi'ite Iraqi prison inmates.

Israeli farmers observe sabbatical - with a wink

2014-10-26 18:01

Every seven years, according to the Bible, Israeli farmers must give their lands a rest for a year, but the modern-day growers have devised a clever workaround.


Vatican offers US nuns olive branch

2014-12-16 17:35

The Vatican is going out of its way to mend fences with American religious sisters, thanking them for their selfless work caring for the poor while gently suggesting ways to survive amid a decline in their numbers.

Dead Indian guru stays in deep freeze

2014-12-15 18:57

Devotees of a dead guru who has been in a freezer in northern India since January, have won won a court battle delaying his cremation for at least another seven weeks.

Australian Imams council condemns Sydney siege

2014-12-15 07:46

The Australian National Imams Council, commenting on the siege at a Sydney cafe, said it 'condemns this criminal act unequivocally'.

Pope Francis didn't make pets in heaven comment

2014-12-13 22:18

It was a heartwarming story for legions of pet owners and animal lovers around the world. Pope Francis said there was a place in heaven for the creatures we share our lives with. Except he didn't.

Catholic church admits celibacy may lead to child sex abuse

2014-12-12 13:28

The Catholic Church in Australia has claimed the vow of celibacy could in fact lead clergy to commit child sex abuse.

Christians in India protest church fire

2014-12-02 15:04

Hundreds of Christians are protesting in the Indian capital after a fire destroyed a church, with the Delhi Catholic Archdiocese saying "mischief" is suspected.

Mass animal sacrifice provokes protests in India

2014-11-28 16:07

The Gadhimai festival in the town of Bariyarpur is held every five years, and protestors have been attending the last three times in the hope that one of its central rituals, animal sacrifice will be abolished.

Pope condemns ISIS violence

2014-11-27 20:17

On the eve of a trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis is urging religious and political leaders to speak out against attacks on Christians by Islamic State extremists.

Palestinians attack Jews on way to pray

2014-11-21 20:27

Palestinians in east Jerusalem have attacked a group of Jews on their way to pray there, lightly injuring two of them..

11 die in Zimbabwe stampede at prophet's crusade

2014-11-21 12:13

Eleven people have been killed in a stampede at a crusade held by a popular prophet in Kwekwe, central Zimbabwe, police and a religious organisation say.

Married Jesus? New book adds fuel to conspiracy

2014-11-12 21:25

A researcher who has attracted attention and criticism with revisionist Biblical theories says he has found new evidence that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene.

Mormon church admits founder Joseph Smith had 40 wives

2014-11-11 18:52

The Mormon Church has admitted that founder Joseph Smith married about 40 women including a 14-year-old and others who were already the wives of his followers, having maintained for nearly 200 years that he was monogamous.

Lost in translation of “homosexuality” in the Bible

2014-11-10 22:06

What gives Bible writers and translators the authority to rule over lives and declare that homosexuality is a sin when they advocate for far more heinous crimes? asks Cameron Modisane.

3 Malaysian Muslims win court bid to cross-dress

2014-11-07 10:32

Three Malaysian Muslim transgenders have won a court bid to challenge a religious law that bans them from cross-dressing.

Policeman killed in new Jerusalem car attack

2014-11-05 22:39

A Palestinian has slammed his car into pedestrians in Jerusalem, killing a border policeman and injuring nine other people in the second such attack in a fortnight.

Vatican official condemns Maynard assisted suicide

2014-11-04 21:20

A Vatican bioethics official has condemned the death by assisted suicide of American Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill 29-year-old who ended her life over the weekend, as an undignified "absurdity".

Vegetarian teacher in trouble with parents

2014-11-02 13:41

The Western Cape education department has dismissed parents' complaints that a vegetarian teacher is changing their children's eating habits and turning them away from God, according to a report.

Clashes in West Bank as mosque re-opens

2014-11-01 12:08

Clashes have erupted in the West Bank after Muslim prayers while security forces deployed several soldiers around Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque.

Nigeria may seek death penalty against child bride

2014-10-31 10:43

A 14-year-old Nigerian girl accused of murdering her 35-year-old husband by putting rat poison in his food may face the death penalty, Nigerian prosecutors say.

Israel reopens Al-Aqsa mosque compound

2014-10-30 20:24

Israel is to reopen Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound to Muslims hours after ordering its closure and following Arab and US calls for Muslim worshippers to be allowed in.

Italian sex abuse priest hangs himself in sacristy

2014-10-29 14:34

An Italian priest who admitted to sexually abusing a young teenage girl has hanged himself in the sacristy – the cleric’s changing room in his church - the diocese of Santa Croce in northern Italy says.

Touching dogs 'is against Malaysian Islamic practice'

2014-10-23 15:25

Malaysian Islamic authorities have ruled that touching dogs is against the country’s Islamic doctrine, a report says.

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