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Indian priest thankful, even to abductors, after release from Yemen

Rome - An Indian priest kidnapped last year during a deadly attack by Islamist militants in Yemen thanked on Saturday all those involved in his release, and even had a kind word for his abductors for not harming him.

Churches condemn attempts to 'weaken' Christians in Jerusalem

Jerusalem - The leading churches in Jerusalem issued a rare joint statement Tuesday condemning what they called "systematic" Israeli attempts to "weaken the Christian presence" in the city.

Birthplace of Apostle Peter found in Israel: archaeologist

Tiberias - Researchers may have found the home town of Peter and two other apostles of Jesus near the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, an archaeologist said Monday.

Mosul's Christians face dilemma after Islamic State

Arbil - The jihadists may have been ousted from their Iraqi hometown of Mosul but many Christians like Haitham Behnam refuse to go back and trade in the stability of their new lives.

Russian court confirms Jehovah's Witnesses ban

Moscow - Russia's Supreme Court Monday confirmed a ban on Jehovah's Witnesses, labelled by authorities as an "extremist organisation".

From rubber ducks to sausages, Luther mania sweeps German town

Wittenberg - Carrying an armful of "Luther Brodt" gingerbread to the cashier, Mikael Byrial Jensen admits sheepishly that Martin Luther would probably not have been impressed by the flood of souvenirs bearing his name.

Praise Allah! Islam goes evangelical in Nigeria's south

Lagos - Sunday morning is usually the preserve of Christian pastors in the Nigerian megacity of Lagos but a new form of worship is emerging to challenge the monopoly. "Praise Allah!

Praise Allah! Islam goes evangelical in Nigeria's south

Lagos - Sunday morning is usually the preserve of Christian pastors in the Nigerian megacity of Lagos but a new form of worship is emerging to challenge the monopoly. "Praise Allah!

Morocco's Christian converts emerge from the shadows

Agadir - Moroccans who secretly converted to Christianity are demanding the right to practise their faith openly in a country where Islam is the state religion and "apostasy" is condemned.

Pope lifts spirits of Egypt's persecuted Christians

Cairo - For a minority devastated by a series of church bombings that killed dozens of Christians, it was a chance for a rare joyous respite.

Pope Francis leads mass for thousands of Egyptian Catholics

Cairo - Pope Francis led a jubilant mass for thousands of Egyptian Catholics on Saturday during a visit to support the country's embattled Christian minority and promote dialogue with Muslims.

Thousands of Egypt Catholics gather for Pope mass

Cairo - Thousands of Egyptian Catholics waving the colours of the Vatican flag gathered amid tight security Saturday in a Cairo stadium where Pope Francis was to lead mass.

Pope Francis set to pray with Egypt's Christians

Cairo - Pope Francis is set to lead a mass for Egypt's small Catholic community on Saturday as he visits the country in support of its Christians following a series of deadly church bombings. The spiritual leader of the world's 1.

Pope and Egypt's Coptic patriarch pray at IS-bombed church

Cairo - In a Cairo church bombed by the Islamic State group just months ago, Pope Francis and the Coptic Orthodox patriarch sat side by side Friday and prayed near tangible reminders of the horrific attack.

Pope says 'demagogic' populism does not help peace

Cairo - Pope Francis denounced "demagogic populism" on Friday and insisted that violence profanes God's name, in a wide-ranging speech as he visited Egypt to push for tolerance."Peace alone...

Pope Francis lands in Egypt in push for 'fraternity'

Cairo - Pope Francis landed in the Egyptian capital on Friday to promote "unity and fraternity" with Muslims and Christians, who have suffered a series of jihadist attacks.

Faith, politics clash as Egypt's Al-Azhar pressed to reform

Cairo - When Pope Francis visits Egypt's Al-Azhar this week, he will find support for his message of peace in the venerable Islamic authority praised as a bulwark against extremism.

Mourning and joy for Egypt's Christians as Pope visits

Cairo - Egypt's Christians are still mourning fellow members of the Coptic Orthodox community murdered this month by jihadists, but there is also joy ahead of Pope Francis's visit this weekend.

Pope to boost Muslim ties on security-tight Egypt trip

Vatican City - Pope Francis heads to Egypt Friday to bolster relations with Muslims and show solidarity with the largest Christian community in the Middle East following devastating attacks.

Russia bans Jehovah's Witnesses as 'extremist'

Moscow - Russia's Supreme Court issued a ruling Thursday banning Jehovah's Witnesses and seizing their property after the justice ministry called on it to dissolve the Christian group as an "extremist organisation".

Christians mark Easter at Jerusalem site of Jesus's resurrection

Jerusalem - Thousands of Christians marked Jesus's resurrection on Easter Sunday at the Jerusalem site where they believe the miracle occurred, with some prostrating themselves over his tomb and leaving in tears.

Christians mark Easter at Jerusalem site of Jesus's resurrection

Jerusalem - Thousands of Christians marked Jesus's resurrection on Easter Sunday at the Jerusalem site where they believe the miracle occurred, with some prostrating themselves over his tomb and leaving in tears.

Christians mark Easter at Jerusalem site of Jesus's resurrection

Jerusalem - Thousands of Christians marked Jesus's resurrection on Easter Sunday at the Jerusalem site where they believe the miracle occurred, with some prostrating themselves over his tomb and leaving in tears.

Security tight as Egypt Copts prepare for Easter mass

Cairo - Egypt tightened security outside churches as Coptic Christians prepared for a subdued Easter mass on Saturday days after suicide bombers killed scores of people in two churches north of the capital.

Obama to join Merkel at Protestant gathering in Berlin

Berlin - Former US president Barack Obama will join German Chancellor Angela Merkel to speak at a Protestant church gathering in Berlin in May, the organisers said Tuesday.

Newly restored shrine at Jesus's tomb unveiled

Jerusalem - The newly restored shrine surrounding what is believed to be Jesus's tomb was unveiled at a ceremony in Jerusalem Wednesday following months of delicate work and in time for crowds of Easter visitors.

Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre shrine renovation completed

Jerusalem - A major restoration project at the shrine inside the Jerusalem church where Jesus is said to have been buried was completed Monday ahead of its inauguration, an AFP reporter said.

Israeli archaeologists shine light on life in time of Christ

- The Israel Antiquities Authority on Sunday offered a rare glimpse into its storerooms, where staff said recent archaeological discoveries have cast new light on life at the time of Christ.

Thousands mark Jesus baptism at historic Jordan site

Amman - Thousands of Catholic Christians attended a special mass Friday on the Jordanian side of the Jordan River in an annual pilgrimage to the site where many believe Jesus was baptised.

Fearful Egyptian Copts mark Christmas after church bombing

Cairo - It is Christmas Eve for Egypt's Copts but Marie Labib is not in a festive mood, with dark thoughts haunting her weeks after a church bombing killed 28 members of her community.
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The Church of the Redeemer is located at the corner of Avenue Road and Bloor Street. It has been around since 1871 and is a church of diversity that welcomes: singles, married, homosexuals, children and the elderly.
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