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Ethiopians look for love during Orthodox epiphany celebration

Gondar - Getahun Fetana spent years admiring Emebet Melaku from a distance before plucking up the nerve to speak to her, taking advantage of a chance encounter during Timkat, the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of epiphany.

Archaeologists unearth lost town from Aksumite Empire

Despite their prominent place in the ancient world, much of the story of the Aksumite civilization is still a mystery to archaeologists today. This partly explains why the discovery of the town of Beta Samati is so important.

In Jerusalem hotel, eviction fears dampen Christmas cheer

Jerusalem - The Christmas tree is up at the entrance to the Imperial Hotel in Jerusalem, but for its Palestinian hosts there is little festive cheer amid fears they could be evicted in favour of Israeli settlers.

Revered relic of the Nativity heads back to Bethlehem

Jerusalem - A wooden fragment said to be from the crib of the infant Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on Friday on its way back to Bethlehem after a millenium-long absence.

Erdogan lays stone for modern Turkey's first new church

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

Egypt condemns man to death for Cairo church attack

Apo - An Egyptian man was sentenced Sunday to death by hanging for a deadly attack on a Cairo church in 2017 claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group, a judicial source said.

Pakistan's muted response as Asia Bibi flees to Canada

Islamabad - After 10 years of political turmoil, assassinations and violent demonstrations, Asia Bibi's exit from Pakistan was met largely with silence, as the country appeared to seek a quiet close to a turbulent chapter.

Cleansing of Colombo church fails to ease Catholic worries

Colombo - Dozens of troops used soap and water jets at the devastated Catholic church but could not clear the stench of death that makes many Sri Lankan faithful fearful of returning to services after the horrific Easter Sunday suicide bombings.

For Sri Lanka grave digger, a grim parade

Colombo - Piyasri Gunasena rarely digs more than one grave a day at the Madampitiya cemetery in Sri Lanka's capital. On Tuesday, two days after the deadly Easter bomb attacks, he had dug 10 by mid-afternoon.

Western Christians mark Easter at Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre

Jerusalem - Hundreds of pilgrims filed into Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site of Jesus's resurrection, for Easter celebrations on Sunday.

Families of missing Malaysian activist, pastor urge new probe

Kuala Lumpur - Families of a missing Malaysian Shiite Muslim activist and Christian pastor called Thursday for a new investigation into their disappearances after a bombshell inquiry concluded they were abducted by police.

One in three Christians in Asia faces persecution: report

Paris - One in three Christians in Asia faces high levels of persecution after a "shocking increase" of religious-based threats and violence across the world, particularly in China and sub-Saharan Africa, a global advocacy group said Wednesday.

Epiphany in Portugal: pipes, drums -- and cigarettes for the kids

Vale De Salgueiro - Bagpipes, drums -- and kids smoking cigarettes: in this Portuguese village, locals celebrate the Christian festival of Epiphany in a fashion that raises eyebrows elsewhere.

India police watch tribal island after killing of American

Port Blair - Indian police reinforcements on Friday took up position near the island where isolated tribal hunters killed an American missionary, though no effort was to be made to recover his body, officials said.

French bishops to set up independent review on sex abuse

Paris - French bishops said Wednesday they were setting up an "independent" commission to "shed light on the sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic church since 1950".

French bishops to set up independent review on sex abuse

Paris - French bishops said Wednesday they were setting up an "independent" commission to "shed light on the sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic church since 1950".

Fears of further Orthodox Church rifts after Russia-Constantinople split

Moscow - Orthodox Church leaders from numerous countries on Tuesday called for unity and raised fears of further discord after the Moscow branch announced it would break ties with the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate, in what has been described as one of ...

Indian bishop refused bail in nun rape case

New Delhi - An Indian bishop accused of raping a nun was refused bail Saturday, and ordered to remain in police custody to face questioning in a case that has triggered outrage among clergy.

Indian bishop arrested for rape of nun: report

New Delhi - An Indian bishop accused by a nun of raping her was arrested Friday, in a high-profile abuse case that had triggered angry protests by clergy over police inaction, Press Trust of India reported.

In the Name of the Father: unholy row over Seoul church inheritance

Seoul - One of the world's largest presbyterian churches has been engulfed by an unholy row after its pastor sought to pass the super-rich South Korean institution into the control of his son.

Egypt's Coptic pope quits 'waste of time' Facebook

Apo - The head of Egypt's Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, has shut down his Facebook page, saying it was a "waste of time", after the church ordered monks off social media.

Imams, rabbis ride tandems in Berlin rally for mutual respect

Berlin - Jewish rabbis and Muslim imams took to tandem bicycles Sunday to ride through central Berlin in a joint show of inter-faith respect and against racism and anti-Semitism.

Franciscan friars, guardians of Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre

Jerusalem - Wearing traditional brown robes held in place by a white belt with three knots symbolising vows of "poverty, chastity and obedience", Franciscan friars have long been a part of Jerusalem's landscape.

Christians mark Easter at Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre

Jerusalem - Hundreds of pilgrims filed into Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre -- believed to be the site of Jesus's resurrection -- for Easter celebrations on Sunday.

Landmines to be cleared from Jesus's baptism site

Jericho - Thousands of landmines at the site where many believe Jesus was baptised are to be removed during the next year, allowing eight churches to reclaim land sealed off since the 1970s.

Ahead of Egypt vote, most Christians put faith in Sisi

Apo - On the streets of Cairo's Shubra district, many Coptic Christians -- but not all -- say they will support President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in his re-election bid on Monday.

Work starts to clear mines from traditional site of Jesus's baptism

Jerusalem - Israeli and international experts have started clearing thousands of wartime landmines and explosive devices from one of Christianity's holiest sites, in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli defence ministry said Tuesday.

Friar trains Iraqis to preserve 'treasures' rescued from IS

Baghdad - As jihadists swept across Iraq three years ago, he rescued a treasure trove of ancient religious manuscripts from near-certain destruction. Father Najeeb Michaeel is now training fellow Iraqis to preserve their heritage.

Palestinians mark Orthodox Christmas amid boycott calls

Bethlehem - Palestinians protesting church land sales to Israelis scuffled with Palestinian police in Bethlehem Saturday as they tried to block the arrival of the Holy Land's Greek Orthodox patriarch for Christmas celebrations.

Despite conversion ban, Christianity spreads in Nepal

Dhading - More than two years after an earthquake flattened the Nepali village of Richet, most residents are still living in makeshift shelters.
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