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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.

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.
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