An Oxford professor is accused of stealing and selling ancient Bible fragments to the crafting company Hobby Lobby

2019-10-17 07:10

Oxford professor Dirk Obbink is accused of stealing ancient Bible fragments and selling them to the Green Family, who own craft company Hobby Lobby

WATCH | Myanmar Buddhists celebrate festival of lights

2019-10-14 10:12

Thousands of people in Myanmar gather to pay their respects to Buddha at Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda for the Thadingyut festival of lights.

WATCH | Happily unmarried: Couple frets over Indonesia's sex ban

2019-10-04 10:48

After 13 years together, one middle-aged Indonesian couple is worried. Their relationship is neither legal nor official, and a controversial new penal code to be discussed in parliament could make them criminals by banning sex outside marriage.

The Muslim looking after a Hindu shrine in India

2019-09-27 12:27

Even in the topsy-turvy world of Indian religion, Motibar Rahman stands out as a Muslim looking after a Hindu shrine, as his family has done for centuries-- on the orders of Lord Shiva himself.

WATCH | Senegal's powerful Mourides build 'biggest mosque in West Africa'

2019-09-26 05:16

Senegal's influential Mouride Brotherhood on Friday will inaugurate a 30,000-capacity mosque in the capital Dakar, touted as the largest in West Africa and rivalling its opulent peers in Arab nations.

Here’s why this woman’s touching sermon to other women in her church went viral

2019-09-06 12:26

This woman’s sermon might just change your life.

'We just don’t participate': Venue owner apologises after declining to host an interracial wedding due to 'Christian belief'

2019-09-04 20:29

The event hall faced significant backlash on social media, and the owner issued an apology on the business's now-deleted Facebook page.

McDonald's faces boycott threats in India for serving halaal meat

2019-08-27 12:42

Global fast food chain faces backlash on Twitter after revealing that all its restaurants in India are halaal certified.

SANDF hijab case: Interim relief for Muslim major to be announced soon

2019-08-07 14:22

Details of interim relief for Muslim South African Defence Force major, Fatima Isaacs, who is embroiled in a military court battle over her refusal to remove her headscarf (hijab), are expected to be made public soon.

Hell, devils and witches: Probe into pastor's 'offensive' comments to Cape Town pupils

2019-07-23 15:42

Pupils at De Kuilen High School in Cape Town have been offered counselling after there were complaints that a pastor made offensive remarks when he addressed them, including an alleged comment that gay people would go to hell.


Gordon's Bay mosque approved after five-year wait

2019-10-15 08:21

Objectors say further action may follow.

Social media outrage as Pakistani official buys burqas for students

2019-10-07 19:41

Pakistani social media was fuming Monday after pictures showing girls in burqas bought for them by local authorities went viral, igniting anger in a deeply patriarchal country where women have fought for their rights for decades.

WATCH | Grand mosque opening draws huge crowds in Senegal

2019-09-27 15:52

Tens of thousands of people from across Senegal converged on the capital Dakar for the inauguration of a huge mosque, claimed to be the largest in West Africa.

France's oldest mosque, in the Indian Ocean, gets a facelift

2019-09-26 07:11

At France's oldest mosque, a five-century-old edifice on the Indian Ocean island of Mayotte, the sound of jackhammers is broken intermittently by recitals by the faithful hunched over in prayer.

Chicago Catholic Church paid $80m to sex abuse victims: lawyers

2019-09-17 22:00

A victim of clergy abuse has urged other survivors to come forward as lawyers revealed that the Catholic Church in Chicago had paid out more than $80 million in sexual assault cases.

OPINION: Tackling sexual and gender rights within the paradox of faith

2019-09-05 07:12

Faith is a powerful shaper of identity and meaning. It influences social norms, values and behaviours. All too often though, organised religion does violence to those who do not conform to dominant gender and sexual codes, writes Melanie Judge.

How to open your own high-revenue church in South Africa – and stay on the right side of the law

2019-09-04 07:24

You can start a church in your backyard with no paperwork – but if you want to bring in the big money, there are a couple of things you need to know.

More than 2 million Muslims begin Hajj pilgrimage

2019-08-09 11:47

More than two million Muslims begin the annual Hajj as the Saudi hosts seek to deter politicisation of the pilgrimage against a backdrop of simmering Gulf tensions.

Erdogan lays stone for modern Turkey's first new church

2019-08-05 05:30

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has laid the foundation stone for the first new church in Turkey since it became a modern republic in 1923.

SANDF headscarf case: Muslim major may get interim relief as policy talks continue

2019-07-18 14:22

A determination is under consideration to allow female Muslim members of the SA National Defence Force to wear headscarves under their berets while the dress code policy is revisited.

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