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Russia probes church killing for 'extremist' links: Kremlin

Moscow - Russia is investigating whether the gunman behind a deadly attack on an Orthodox church in the North Caucasus had extremist ties, the Kremlin said Monday after Islamic State claimed the shooting.

UK church spires used to boost phone, wi-fi signal

London - Church spires across Britain will be used to boost broadband, mobile phone and WiFi connectivity in rural areas, under a deal struck between the government and the Church of England, it was announced Sunday.

Fire-hit Jokhang temple streets reopen after blaze at Tibet holy site

Bejing - Streets around Lhasa's fire-hit Jokhang temple, one of the most sacred sites for Tibetan Buddhism, were reopened to pilgrims Sunday after a blaze broke out the night before, Chinese state media said, but the extent of damage remained unclear.

Fire hits Jokhang monastery, one of Tibet's most sacred

Bejing - A fire broke out Saturday at one of the most sacred sites for Tibetan Buddhism, Lhasa's revered Jokhang temple, state media said, but no casualties were reported and the extent of the damage remained unclear.

Vatican investigator meets Chile abuse victim in New York

New York - A high-profile victim of a disgraced pedophile priest said Saturday he was glad to finally be able to tell his story as the Vatican's top abuse investigator began a probe into an alleged cover-up in Chile.

Pope revives sexual abuse panel

Vatican City - The Vatican said Saturday it has renewed its anti-paedophile panel as Pope Francis acts to quell the global scandal over the sexual abuse of children by priests.

Pope often meets 'devastated' sex abuse victims

Vatican City - Pope Francis holds regular private meetings with the victims of sex abuse by paedophile priests, the Vatican said Thursday, as the Catholic Church grapples with a scandal the pontiff has described as a "great humiliation"."It's horrible.

On Ash Wednesday, China Catholics mull Vatican-Beijing ties

Bejing - Li Bing had waited patiently for over 20 minutes at Beijing's South Cathedral before a purple-robed priest finally smudged a dark cross on her forehead in celebration of Ash Wednesday.

Indonesia church attacker wanted to join IS in Syria: police

Jakarta - The Indonesian who attacked a church congregation with a sword during Sunday Mass is a radical Islamist who had wanted to fight with the Islamic State group in Syria, police said Monday.

Cured French nun named as 70th Lourdes miracle

Lille - The case of a French nun who recovered from a decades-old back problem that prevented her from walking normally has been recognised as the 70th miracle at France's fabled shrine of Lourdes, her church said Sunday.

Police shoot man during sword attack at Indonesian church

Jakarta - Indonesian police shot and wounded a man who attacked a church congregation with a sword during Sunday Mass, seriously injuring four people including a priest and destroying Christian imagery.

Hong Kong cardinal says Vatican deal with China 'evil'

Hong Kong - A war of words between a Hong Kong bishop and the Vatican escalated Friday with the outspoken Cardinal Joseph Zen calling the Pope's warming ties to Communist China "evil".

Indonesia pushes for gay, pre-marital sex ban

Jakarta - Indonesia is pushing to clamp down on gay and pre-marital sex as part of a sweeping criminal law overhaul that critics blame on a wave of religious fundamentalism sweeping across the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation.

'Defanged' Saudi religious police bring relief, foreboding

Riyadh - A veiled Saudi woman and an unrelated man jig and twirl on a busy street, stirring a furious debate about the waning influence of the once-feared religious police, notorious for enforcing sex segregation.

Pakistan court hands out death sentence over blasphemy lynching

Haripur - A Pakistani court sentenced one person to death and five others to life imprisonment on Wednesday for lynching a student accused of blasphemy, a crime which sent shockwaves through the conservative Muslim country.

Former pope Benedict ready for final 'pilgrimage'

Rome - Pope emeritus Benedict XVI hinted Wednesday that is is nearing death and ready for his final "pilgrimage" at the age of 90.

Former Vatican bank chiefs must pay compensation for losses

Vatican City - Two former senior managers of the Vatican's bank must pay the institution compensation for losses under their stewardship, a civil court in the Holy See ruled Tuesday.

Pope was informed about accused Chilean bishop: ex-Vatican panel member

Vatican City - A former member of the Vatican's child protection panel said Tuesday that she sent Pope Francis a letter warning him about a Chilean bishop accused of covering up for a paedophile priest, contradicting the pontiff's previous remarks.

Denmark proposes ban on Islamic full-face veil in public

Stockholm - The Danish government on Tuesday proposed a ban on Islamic full-face veils such as the niqab and burqa in public spaces, making it likely to become the next European country to restrict the wearing of the religious garment.

New Mexico archbishop replaces controversial cardinal

Mexico - Catholic Cardinal Carlos Aguiar was installed Monday as the new archbishop of Mexico, replacing Norberto Rivera, who was ensnared in scandal for allegedly covering up the crimes of pedophile priests.

Pope offers peace token in meeting with Erdogan

Vatican City - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Pope Francis on Monday while police enforced a protest ban in central Rome as feelings run high over Turkey's offensive against Kurdish militia inside Syria.

Indian survivors call for FGM ban

New Delhi - Survivors called on India's government Monday to ban female genital mutilation, an age-old ritual practised by a small Muslim sect in the country.

Erdogan meets pope as Rome bans protests

Vatican City - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Pope Francis on Monday while police enforced a protest ban in central Rome as feelings run high over Turkey's offensive against Kurdish militia inside Syria.

Rome bans protests ahead of Erdogan talks with pope

Vatican City - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet Pope Francis on Monday, with a protest ban imposed in central Rome as feelings run high over Turkey's offensive against Kurdish militia inside Syria.

Probe into Indonesian police who shamed transgenders

Banda Aceh - Indonesian police said Sunday they would press ahead with an investigation into officers accused of publicly shaming transgender people in conservative Aceh province despite an angry protest against the probe.

Vatican 'closer to historic recognition of Beijing bishops'

Vatican City - The Vatican is moving closer to a historic agreement with China over the major stumbling bloc of who ordains bishops, a source close to the matter told AFP Friday, with seven Beijing-appointed bishops due to earn recognition.

Vatican 'closer to historic recognition of Beijing bishops'

Vatican City - The Vatican is moving closer to a historic agreement with China over the major stumbling bloc of who ordains bishops, a source close to the matter told AFP Friday, with seven Beijing-appointed bishops due to earn recognition.

Vatican's delicate China mission runs into trouble

Vatican City - Pope Francis is facing a complex row over the Vatican's warming ties with Communist China, which have sparked a new war of words with a Hong Kong cardinal and growing bitterness among some Chinese faithful.

Belgian 'deacon of death' jailed for 27 years

Brussels - A Belgian judge jailed a former nurse and Roman Catholic deacon for 27 years Thursday for killing five people including his own mother in what he said was a bid to end their suffering.

Pastor in Singapore church fraud escapes harsher jail term

Singapore - The leader of a glitzy Singapore megachurch convicted of misusing nearly $20 million in church money to advance his wife's music career escaped a harsher prison term Thursday as a court rejected demands to reinstate his original sentence.
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