Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy

2017-12-15 23:37

An Australian inquiry into child abuse has recommended the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional.

Pope Francis ends Asia tour after meeting Rohingya

2017-12-02 14:50

Pope Francis has wrapped up a high-stakes Asia tour after meeting Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in a highly symbolic gesture of solidarity with the Muslim minority fleeing violence in Myanmar.

Shembe leader to be buried on Sunday

2017-11-29 19:53

Vela Shembe, the late spiritual leader of the Nazareth Baptist Church, popularly known as Shembe, will be laid to rest at his home in uMthwalume Sunday, says the church.

There will be no drought in Western Cape by March - Angus Buchan

2017-11-24 22:21

By March next year there will be no draught in the Western Cape, says well-known lay preacher and potato farmer Angus Buchan.

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.


Vela Shembe laid to rest, new leader to be announced soon

2017-12-03 17:53

The Nazareth Bapist Church, popularly known as the Shembe church, will know on December 16 who will succeed its late spiritual leader, Vela Shembe.

Pope preaches forgiveness in first public Mass in Myanmar

2017-11-30 05:17

Pope Francis has urged Myanmar's long-suffering people to resist the temptation to exact revenge for the hurt they have endured.

Shembe church succession, funeral details being finalised

2017-11-27 13:39

The Nazareth Baptist Church, popularly known as the Shembe church, will announce details of leadership succession and the funeral of its spiritual leader Vela Shembe this week.

Shembe church leader dies of 'natural' causes

2017-11-24 11:27

The leader of the Nazareth Baptist Church (Shembe), Inkosi Vela Shembe has died, his spokesperson says.

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.

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