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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.

Middle Eastern Christians facing 'tragedy': church

Jerusalem - A leading church figure in the Middle East said Monday Christians across the region were facing a "tragedy," and accused the international community of failing to act.

In Germany, some Muslim refugees convert to Christianity

Berlin - Clad in white at a Berlin church, asylum seekers Saeed, Veronica, Farida and Matin were just about to become Christians on a recent Sunday.

Flemish 'Mystic Lamb' masterpiece restored after chaotic past

Ghent - A painstaking restoration of a 15th-century Flemish masterpiece is revealing the long-lost detail and splendour that helped make the altarpiece one of the world's most stolen artworks.

Christians mark Good Friday with Jerusalem procession

Jerusalem - Palestinian Christians and foreign pilgrims marked Good Friday with a procession through Jerusalem's cobbled Old City on Friday amid increased security measures during an ongoing wave of violence.

Op-Ed: How terrorism brings the worst out of political discourse

Brussels - There are many tragedies tied to acts of terror. Innocent people lose their lives, and the entire world is put on edge. After Brussels another tired symptom was exposed; the fight between the right and left as to who can sound more foolish.

Tomb of Jesus set for restoration work after Easter

Jerusalem - The tomb where Jesus is said to have been buried before his resurrection in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre is to undergo major restoration, church officials said Wednesday.The work could begin soon after Orthodox Easter on May 1.

Doubt, faith and art: Three poets write it out Special

Three poets discuss how doubt, faith and art intersect in their latest collections, and how they evaluate their Christianity

Egypt sentences Christian teens to jail for contempt of Islam

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Thursday sentenced three Coptic Christian teenagers to five years in jail for contempt of Islam after they were seen in a video mocking Muslim prayers.

Chantel Riley: Nala in the Broadway production of 'The Lion King' Special

The young starlet has played Nala in 'The Lion King' for the best part of four years, having previously done it in Germany. In 2015, she took time off to film 'Race,' a new movie about the life and times of athlete Jesse Owens.

West Bank city's only church keeps the faith in turbulent city

Hebron - Father Eliseev enters the cavernous church, room enough for 200 people, on a Sunday morning. But he won't be giving a sermon today, nor any week in the foreseeable future.

The Obamas — and their dogs — send festive cheer to Americans

Washington - President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama -- and their two dogs -- on Friday paid tribute to US soldiers in a joint address wishing Americans a Merry Christmas.

Egypt's Coptic pope in rare visit to Jerusalem

Jerusalem - Egypt's Coptic Pope Tawadros II arrived in Jerusalem on Thursday for the funeral of a senior cleric, the first visit by the head of Coptic Christians in decades, the church said.

Syrian Christian town becomes frontline with IS

Sadad - On the outskirts of the Syrian Christian town of Sadad, children play in front of a cannon fired just hours ago in an ongoing battle against the Islamic State group.

IS frees 37 kidnapped Syrian Christians: NGO

Birut - The Islamic State group released 37 Syrian Christians Saturday, most of them women, who were among more than 200 people kidnapped in February, an NGO said.

Israel arrests Jewish suspects over 'miracle' church arson

Jerusalem - Israeli police said Sunday they have arrested several Jewish suspects over an arson attack last month at a shrine where Christians believe Jesus performed the miracle of loaves and fishes.

'China's Jerusalem' targets party members of faith

Shanghai - The city known as China's centre of Christianity, Wenzhou, has launched a crackdown on Communist Party members with religious beliefs, the local government said, following tighter regulation of church buildings.

Christians celebrate Easter's empty tomb in Jerusalem

Jerusalem - The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem urged Christians to stand firm in the face of tragedy, as worshippers massed for Easter Sunday at the site where they believe Jesus rose from the dead.

Op-Ed: It's the religion, stupid

San Francisco - When will humanity acknowledge the inherent dangers of Abrahamic religion —Judaism, Christianity and Islam — and stop being apologists for belief systems which kill, oppress and repress countless millions of people in nearly every society on earth?

Libya Islamists abduct 20 Egypt Christians: govt source

Benghazi - Islamist militants have abducted 20 Egyptian Christians in Libya in recent days, a source close to the government said.

Pope likely to address year of conflicts in Christmas message

- Pope Francis will celebrate Christmas on Thursday by sending the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and millions of others his traditional "urbi et orbi" message at the close of a year plagued by war and religious fundamntalism.

China arrests US aid worker on N. Korean border: lawyer

Bejing - China has arrested an American Christian aid worker based near its border with North Korea, his lawyer said Saturday, as authorities deepen an apparent crackdown on religious groups in the region.

Op-Ed: Church makes movie to tell true meaning of Christmas Special

Petaluma - For many believers in the Christian message, Christmastime is something special. This is especially so for the members of Eastside Free Will Baptist Church in Petaluma. The emphasis for them is to move away from the commercialism of the holiday season.

Op-Ed: What Christians should consider buying on Black Friday

Black Friday will be upon us soon. Many fellow Christians will be out there shopping. But are they shopping for the right gifts?

Bryan Fischer: ‘Freedom of Religion’ only applies to Christianity

Bryan Fischer, a conservative Christian pastor stated in an interview for that the First Amendment of the United States Constitution’s guarantee freedom of religion must only apply to Christianity.

Op-Ed: The curious case of 'Emily', a progressive religion apologist

I recently met a woman, let's call her Emily. Emily is a brilliant, vibrant, fascinating, compassionate and progressive young woman who, despite her forward-thinking ways, surprised me by revealing herself as a religion apologist.
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The town of Zweitina in a region of Syria known as Wadi Al-Nasara which when translated from Arabic to English means "The Valley of the Christians." The area has a very large Christian population and has long been considered a stronghold for Christianity in Syria and the overall Middle East region. This area is very close to the Syrian-Lebanese border.
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The crowd dancing to Gospel music and celebrating Jesus.
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Saint Elias church in Aleppo, Syria.
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People dancing to Gospel music.
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The Holy Bible.
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One of the protesters stands with her sign shortly after the conclusion of the group's march.
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A gay pride reveler blows kisses to the passing protesters.
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People praying.
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The Christian flag. This particular flag is meant to be universal and represent all Christians regardless of denomination or nationality but is especially linked to American evangelical Christianity.
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Papal inauguration of Franciscus
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Leaders of the Investiture Ceremony for new Knights
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The crowd on their knees praying.