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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.

Pope congratulates U.S., Cuba on historic thaw

- Pope Francis on Wednesday congratulated the United States and Cuba for the historic thaw announced between Washington and the communist-run Caribbean island.

Church of England names first female bishop

London - The Church of England on Wednesday named a saxophone-playing vicar with a taste for football as its first female bishop in a move hailed as an important step towards greater equality.

Italian teacher disciplined over crucifix removal

Rome - An Italian teacher has been disciplined under fascist-era rules for removing a crucifix from the wall of his classroom in a move denounced Monday as "stupefying" by campaigners for secular education.

China rules: Why the pope ducked meeting with Dalai Lama

- Pope Francis may be known for championing dialogue, but faced with the certainty of riling China, analysts say, he ducked out of a meeting with the Dalai Lama.

Pope discusses Italy's economic, social woes with PM

- Pope Francis met Saturday with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy, whose "economic and social" problems topped the agenda, the Vatican said.

Top Turkey cleric under fire over luxury Mercedes

Istanbul - Turkey's top cleric came under fire on Saturday over reports that a luxury Mercedes had been purchased at public expense to serve as his official car -- the latest government splurge to cause a public outcry.

Devotion, defiance draw millions to Iraq pilgrimage

Karbala - Millions of Shiite Muslim pilgrims defied the threat of jihadist attacks and thronged the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala on Saturday for the climax of annual Arbaeen mourning rituals.

Iraq security fears as millions of pilgrims throng Karbala

Karbala - Millions of Shiite Muslim pilgrims thronged the Iraqi city of Karbala Friday for one of the world's largest religious gatherings, in defiance of the threat posed by the Islamic State, a Sunni group.

Catholic Church in Australia links celibacy to child abuse

Sydney - The Catholic Church in Australia on Friday said that obligatory celibacy may have contributed to priests abusing children, and recommended that clergy should be given "psychosexual" training.

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.

Capital of China's Xinjiang to ban burqas in public: Report

Bejing - Authorities in the capital of the mainly Muslim Uighur homeland of Xinjiang voted to ban the wearing of burqas in public, media said Thursday, as China confronts unrest with tough measures that critics have labelled discriminatory.

Pope prays for protection of Rome amid mafia scandal

Rome - Pope Francis on Monday prayed for the protection of Rome from the "threat of the malign," in a public display of support for city authorities battling mafia influence.

France vows 'national' fight against anti-Semitism after attack

Cr - France's interior minister vowed Sunday to make the fight against anti-Semitism a "national cause" after a couple was attacked apparently because the man was Jewish.

Sunni sentenced for deadly arson attack on Belgian Shiite mosque

Brussels - A Moroccan man who admitted setting fire to a Shiite mosque in Brussels to protest the crackdown on fellow Sunnis in Syria was sentenced to 27 years in prison on Friday for the attack that killed the imam.

Vatican discovers hundreds of millions of euros 'tucked away'

- The Vatican's economy czar said Friday he had stumbled across hundred of millions of euros "tucked away" in various accounts, describing the windfall as a relic of the papacy's medieval but soon-to-be reformed financial set-up.

French minister condemns brutal 'anti-Semitic' attack on couple

Cr - France's interior minister on Wednesday condemned an "anti-Semitic" attack on a young couple that saw armed assailants storm into their apartment, rape the woman and steal jewelry and bank cards.

Pope risks Islamic ire with toughened terrorism appeal

- The pope's suggestion that Muslims are not doing enough to counter terrorism may increase tension between the West and Islam, but it reflects sincere concern in the Church over the issue, Vatican experts said Monday.

New face at helm of Germany's Jewish community

Berlin - An Israeli-born German doctor on Sunday took over as leader of Germany's Jewish community, saying it was part of German society and aimed to help shape life in the country.

China says 15 killed in 'terrorist attack' in Xinjiang

- Fifteen people have been killed and 14 others wounded in a "terrorist attack" in China's mostly Muslim Xinjiang region, the official Chinese news agency said Saturday.

At least 120 dead in Nigeria mosque suicide attack

Kano - At least 120 people were killed and 270 others wounded when two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire during weekly prayers at the mosque of one of Nigeria's top Islamic leaders.

At least 120 dead in Nigeria mosque suicide attack

Kano - At least 120 people were killed and 270 others wounded on Friday when two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire during weekly prayers at the mosque of one of Nigeria's top Islamic leaders.

Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 64 at prominent Nigeria mosque

Kano - At least 64 people were killed and 126 injured on Friday when two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire during weekly prayers at a mosque of one of Nigeria's top Islamic leaders.

Sunni tried for deadly arson attack on Belgian Shiite mosque

Brussels - A Moroccan man admitted setting fire to a Shiite mosque in Brussels to protest the crackdown on fellow Sunnis in Syria when he went on trial Thursday for the attack that killed the imam.

Archbishop of Constantinople keeps Byzantium alive in Turkey

Istanbul - Down a narrow side street, in a district of Istanbul on the Golden Horn well off the beaten tourist track, sit the relatively modest headquarters of the "first among equals" of the world's estimated 300 million Orthodox Christian believers.

Pope slams 'state terrorism' and 'haggard' Europe

- Pope Francis on Tuesday slammed "state terrorism" that "kills the innocent at the same time as terrorists", just hours after he had taken a swipe at the "haggard" state of Europe.

How and where to volunteer at Thanksgiving or all year round

As Thanksgiving approaches are you thankful you can pay all your bills and buy groceries? Are you glad you can choose your leaders, have a free press and worship God freely? Want to volunteer to help others at Thanksgiving? Here are some ways.

Israel cabinet votes to enshrine 'Jewish state' in law

Jerusalem - Israel's government Sunday endorsed a proposal to anchor in law the country's status as the national homeland of the Jewish people, drawing fire from critics who said it weakened democracy.

Alan Henning's wife: Islamic State hiding behind religion

Alan Henning, the assassinated British aid worker’s wife has criticized the terror group, the Islamic State for hiding behind religion while carrying out their crimes.

Turkey to open mosques 'in every university'

Istanbul - Turkey's top religious body said on Friday that there are plans to build a mosque in every state university, adding to concerns over what critics say are creeping efforts to force Islamic values on the society.
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