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Czech lawmakers approve tax on billions in church compensation

Prague - Czech lawmakers on Wednesday approved a tax on the billions the state will pay churches for assets seized by the Communists during their Cold War rule, aiming to claw back a portion of the compensation payments.

Pope Francis announces Japan visit in November

Italy - Pope Francis announced Wednesday he will visit Japan in November, becoming the first pontiff to do so since John Paul II nearly 40 years ago.

Pope slams 'fear' of migrants as he heads to Panama

Panama - Pope Francis said fear of migration was "making us crazy" as he headed to Panama on Wednesday for a gathering of young Catholics, who expect to hear him speak out strongly in defense of Central American migrants.

Erdogan attends famed Turkish pianist's concert

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday attended a concert by world-renowned Turkish pianist Fazil Say who formerly accused him of being behind a blasphemy case which resulted in the pianist's acquittal.

Millions take plunge in giant Indian religious festival

Allahabad - More than 20 million Hindu pilgrims ritually bathed in India's holy rivers on the opening day of the Kumbh Mela, a gigantic festival billed as the world's largest human gathering.

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.

Indian temple trailblazer beaten by mother-in-law

Thiruvananthapuram - One of the two women who infuriated Hindu traditionalists by entering a revered shrine in India was attacked by her mother-in-law Tuesday as soon as she returned home after days on the run, police said.

Hindus gather by the millions in India for world's largest festival

Allahabad - The largest gathering of humanity on the planet began Tuesday, with tens of millions showered in rose petals and holy ash at a spectacular Hindu festival on India's sacred riverbanks.

Hindus gather by the millions in India for world's largest festival

Allahabad - The largest gathering of humanity on the planet began Tuesday, with tens of millions showered in rose petals and holy ash at a spectacular Hindu festival on India's sacred riverbanks.

Hindus gather by the millions in India for world's largest festival

Allahabad - The largest gathering of humanity on the planet began Tuesday, with tens of millions showered in rose petals and holy ash at a spectacular Hindu festival on India's sacred riverbanks.

Indian temple trailblazer beaten by mother-in-law

Thiruvananthapuram - One of the two women who infuriated Hindu traditionalists by entering a revered shrine in south India was attacked by her mother-in-law Tuesday as soon as she returned home after days on the run, police said.

Pope Francis to visit Romania: Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis will visit Romania for three days from May 31 to June 2, the Vatican announced on Friday.

Prosecutor presents no charges, but trial of French cardinal still on

Lyon - A state prosecutor on Wednesday declined to press charges against a French cardinal accused of covering up sex abuse of minors by a priest in his diocese, but the court case rolled on.

Hordes hoping for miracle throng Philippine Catholic procession

Manila - Throngs of believers flung themselves at a historic statue of Jesus Christ as it was paraded through the Philippine capital on Wednesday in an annual festival that is one of the world's biggest shows of Catholic zeal.

Hordes hoping for miracle throng Philippine Catholic procession

Manila - Throngs of believers flung themselves at a historic statue of Jesus Christ as it inched through Manila on Wednesday for an annual procession that is one of the world's biggest shows of Catholic zeal.

Poland's Orthodox leader fears 'chaos' from new Ukrainian church

Warsaw - Ukraine's newly-created independent Orthodox Church, which has broken with Moscow, could sow "chaos" in neighbouring Poland, the head of the Orthodox Church in Warsaw warned Monday.

Barbarin: Outspoken cardinal charged with paedophile cover-up

Lyon - Philippe Barbarin, the French cardinal who went on trial Monday charged with covering up sex abuse of minors by a priest in his diocese, is a conservative cleric who has made headlines for blunt and controversial comments in the past.

Ukraine's newly independent church holds 'historic' first service

Kiev - Ukraine's newly created independent Orthodox Church held its first service in Kiev on Monday after a historic break with the Russian Orthodox Church that has enraged Moscow.

Pope vows justice for victims of 'vile' sex abuse

Vatican City - Pope Francis vowed justice for victims of clerical sex abuse Monday, describing paedophilia as one of the "vilest" crimes ahead of a historic global meet on the crisis roiling the church.

French cardinal denies covering up for paedophile priest

Lyon - The most senior French Catholic cleric to stand trial over one of the paedophilia scandals that have rocked the church denied in court Monday covering up for a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s.

French cardinal to go on trial over child abuse cover up

Lyon - The highest-profile Catholic cleric to be caught up in a paedophile scandal in France goes on trial on Monday charged with failing to report a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s.

Orthodox worshippers mark Christmas in Bethlehem

Bethlehem - Hundreds of Orthodox Christians began marking Christmas in Bethlehem Sunday, as protesters demonstrated against the sale of church land to Israelis.

Orthodox patriarch hands over decree on independent Ukraine church

Istanbul - Priests and politicians on Sunday celebrated the creation of an independent Ukrainian church, in a move that while popular in Kiev has been angrily condemned by the church in Russia.

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.

Egypt's Sisi inaugurates Coptic cathedral after bomb blast

Madinaty - Egypt inaugurated a massive cathedral under heavy security on Coptic Christmas Eve Sunday, a day after a deadly bomb blast near a church in the country where jihadists have repeatedly targeted Christians.

Orthodox patriarch hands over decree on independent Ukraine church

Istanbul - The Istanbul-based Orthodox patriarch on Sunday handed over a formal decree confirming the creation of an independent Ukrainian church to its leader, Metropolitan Yepifaniy.

Egypt police officer killed defusing church bomb: security source

Apo - A policeman was killed and two wounded in an explosion outside a church in Egypt on Saturday, a security source said.The blast took place when security personnel were dismantling an explosive device in Nasr City on the edge of Cairo, the source said.

Britain warns on travel to southern India after temple unrest

Thiruvananthapuram - Britain on Saturday warned tourists visiting the southern Indian state of Kerala after sporadic violence in recent days over the admission of women to one of Hinduism's holiest temples.

Orthodox patriarch signs decree on independent Ukraine church

Istanbul - The Istanbul-based Orthodox patriarch on Saturday signed the formal decree confirming the creation of an independent Ukrainian church, marking a break with the Russian church that has angered Moscow.

Violence rages over Indian flashpoint temple

Thiruvananthapuram - Twin arson and bomb attacks rocked southern India Saturday, continuing a violent backlash that followed the entry of two women into a Hindu temple that forbids female devotees.
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