How religion shapes an economy

2017-11-16 09:16

The Protestant Reformation in Europe is a good example of the impact that religion can have on wealth.

Mom who beat girl for incorrect Bible verses gets prison

2017-10-28 09:21

A Pennsylvania woman who beat and tried to strangle her daughter for incorrectly reciting Bible verses has been sentenced to prison.

Drink for God

2017-10-22 06:00

There’s no need to worry about rejection or disapproval. At Gabola Church you are encouraged to drink for God...

Greek clerics ring church bells to protest against gender rights law

2017-10-15 14:51

Church bells have rung 'in mourning' across a western Greek diocese to protest the passing of a law making it easier for people to officially change their gender.

Egypt court asks Mufti to weigh in on death sentences for 13

2017-10-09 15:38

An Egyptian court has referred the case of 13 defendants accused on terrorism charges to the country's top religious authority, the Grand Mufi, for a non-binding opinion on whether they can be potentially executed as the prosecution seeks.

Pope denounces porn and corruption of kids' minds

2017-10-06 21:01

Pope Francis has denounced the proliferation of pornography on the internet and demanded better protections for children online.

Vatican urges online security for kids amid porn scandal

2017-10-04 10:56

The Vatican secretary of state has urged urged law enforcement agencies, governments and social media sites to take responsibility to protect children from online sexual abuse.

Afghan Shi'ites on high alert for attacks ahead of Ashura

2017-09-27 22:51

Nasim Amiri quit his job selling vegetables to take up arms to defend his local mosque in Kabul, one of hundreds of civilians recruited to protect Shi'ite religious sites ahead of a key Islamic holy day.

We confuse Mandela's SA with God's kingdom – Allan Boesak

2017-09-27 08:30

Anti-apartheid activist and pastor, Allan Boesak, has criticised South African churches for forgetting their role in the new South Africa.

Pope admits church realised sex abuse problem 'a bit late'

2017-09-22 09:14

Pope Francis has acknowledged the Catholic Church was "a bit late" in realising the damage done by priests who rape and molest children, and said that the decades-long practice of moving paedophiles around rather than sanctioning them was to blame.


Top Indonesia court overturns discriminatory religious law

2017-11-08 16:58

Indonesia's top court has overturned a law that denied recognition and legal rights to followers of indigenous faiths.

UN expert says most of world lacks real religious freedom

2017-10-25 15:22

The UN special investigator on freedom of religion says three-quarters of the world's people live in countries that either restrict the right to religion or belief or have "a high level of social hostility involving religion or belief".

Pope names 35 new saints

2017-10-16 05:48

Pope Francis has declared 35 new saints, nearly all of them martyrs drawn from the bloody history of Catholicism's spread in Latin America.

Shark-suit wearer runs afoul of Austria's 'burqa ban' law

2017-10-10 12:22

An Austrian law that forbids any kind of full-face covering including Islamic veils has claimed an unusual victim _ a man wearing a shark suit

Canadian doctors help 2 000 commit suicide in a year

2017-10-07 18:19

Nearly 2 000 people with incurable diseases have been helped to die by a doctor in the first year since Canada legalised medically-assisted suicide, a report says.

Sex offences: Cardinal jeered at Australia court

2017-10-06 09:10

Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic official to face sex offence charges, has been jeered by protesters as he made a court appearance in his native Australia.

Mormon leader Robert D Hales dies

2017-10-02 06:21

Top-ranking Mormon leader Robert D Hales, who left a successful career as a businessman to help guide the church, has died at the age of 85.

UN plans food aid for up to 700 000 Rohingya

2017-09-27 11:50

The UN has drawn up a contingency plan to feed up to 700 000 Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar after about 480 000 fled to Bangladesh over the past month and arrivals continue.

Saudi clerics use Twitter, textbooks to spread hate - watchdog

2017-09-26 15:25

Saudi Arabia is condoning hate speech against its Shiite minority from the upper echelons of its religious establishment, schoolbooks and social media, Human Rights Watch has said.

Tillerson speaks to Suu Kyi about Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar

2017-09-20 11:49

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has spoken by phone with Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi about the Rohingya Muslim refugee crisis, the State Department has said, as international condemnation intensified over the plight of the minority group.

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