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G7 leaders make stop at Shinto shrine

Ise - World leaders indulged in a spot of tourism Thursday, wandering through an ancient shrine, in a visit that took them to the heart of Japan's native Shinto religion.

G7 leaders' visit to Ise Shrine: Things to know

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will Thursday take fellow world leaders on a tour of Ise Shrine, an ancient spot that sits at the heart of Japan's native Shinto religion.

Pope prays to 'convert hearts' of IS jihadists

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday asked God to "convert the hearts of those who sow death and destruction" following a series of deadly attacks by the Islamic State group (IS) in Syria.During his weekly audience in St.

Tight security as Jewish pilgrimage starts in Tunisia

Djerba - An annual Jewish pilgrimage to Africa's oldest synagogue got under way in Tunisia where security forces were deployed heavily to ward off potential jihadist attacks.

Muslim pupils must obey teacher handshake rule: Swiss canton

Geneva - Religious belief is no excuse for refusing to shake a teacher's hand, authorities in a northern Swiss region ruled Wednesday, reversing one school's controversial decision to grant exemptions for Muslim pupils unwilling to touch the opposite sex.

Hardliner elected head of key Iran oversight body

Tehran - Iran's Assembly of Experts chose another hardline cleric as its chief on Tuesday, keeping the powerful religious body in ultraconservative hands despite gains by reformists and moderates in February elections.

Philippines' Duterte launches vulgar attacks on Church

Davao - Outspoken incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has launched a series of obscenity-filled attacks on the Catholic Church, branding local bishops corrupt "sons of whores" who are to be blamed for the nation's fast-growing population.

Al-Azhar's Grand Imam seeks to balance tradition and modernity

Cairo - Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb, who had a historic meeting with Pope Francis on Monday, has been on a mission to update Islamic thought while championing classical scholarship against jihadist ideologues.

Pope and top imam embrace in historic Vatican meeting

Vatican City - Pope Francis embraced the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican on Monday in a historic encounter both sides hope will lead to greater understanding and dialogue between the two faiths.

Azhar imam to urge tolerance in historic pope meeting

Cairo - The deputy of Al-Azhar's grand imam in Egypt said on Sunday the top Muslim cleric will bear a message of tolerance when he meets Pope Francis in Rome.

Pope under fire for meeting French cardinal accused of sex abuse cover-up

Vatican City - Pope Francis came under fire Friday after meeting Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the Lyon archbishop suspected of covering up for a paedophile priest in a scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in France.

Largest U.S. Muslim center targets spike in Islamophobia

Lanham - Sitting on a red and green carpet inside a mosque in a suburb of Washington, Nabill Abdulle describes an invisible force. You can't see it, he says, but "it's there.

Pope Francis to receive Sunni Muslim leader at Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis is to meet the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar at the Vatican on Monday in an unprecedented encounter between the leader of the world's Catholics and the highest authority in Sunni Islam.

From legend to history: China turns to mythical emperor

Xinzheng - Scarves emblazoned with red dragons draped over their black business suits, Chinese officials lit incense and bowed solemnly at the feet of a mythical ancestor known as the Yellow Emperor.

Pope rules out early resignation for French cardinal in paedophilia storm

Paris - Pope Francis has ruled out seeking the fast-track resignation of a French cardinal accused of failing to inform the authorities about an alleged paedophile priest, the French newspaper La Croix reported on Tuesday.

Prince mourned in private church service

New York - Late pop icon Prince was remembered in a private ceremony at his church, with his family looking to hold a public event in August.

Cocktail was 'religious event' trial told as cardinals stay away

Vatican City - Top cardinal Pietro Parolin and two close associates of Pope Francis have sidestepped giving evidence in the controversial and increasingly embarrassing Vatican trial of five people accused of leaking classified Holy See documents.

Elderly Buddhist monk hacked to death in Bangladesh

Dhaka - An elderly Buddhist monk was found hacked to death Saturday in Bangladesh, police said, the latest in a spate of murders of religious minorities and secular activists in the Muslim-majority nation.

Pope ally sees Church 'split in two' over female deacons

Vatican City - Pope Francis's signal that he is open to the possibility of allowing women to enter the Catholic clergy as deacons will trigger fierce debate and deep division in the Church, one of his closest allies was quoted as saying Friday.

Italy's 'Don Mercedes' pays sex abuse victims' families: Reports

Rome - A controversial Italian priest awaiting a criminal trial for sex abuse of minors has agreed to pay 125,000 euros in compensation to the families of five of his alleged victims, Italian media reported Thursday.

Pope Francis mulls opening door to female deacons in Church

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Thursday he would set up a commission to study the possibility of women entering the Catholic clergy, in his latest potentially historic opening on a vexed issue for the Church.

Philippines' Duterte to visit pope, apologise for 'whore' insult

Davao - Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte is planning to visit the Vatican to make a personal apology to the pope for calling him a "son of a whore", the politician's spokesman said on Thursday.

New London mayor: I'm not a Muslim leader

London - New London mayor Sadiq Khan said Wednesday that he was not a Muslim leader but represented everyone in the city, after making history by becoming the first mayor of his faith in a major Western capital.

Religion goes green in Taiwan pollution battle

Taipei - Smoke billows daily from temples across Taiwan as visitors burn incense and paper money to bring luck and prosperity -- but that familiar fragrant haze could be a thing of the past as concerns grow over ritual pollutants.

Papal envoy preaches peace at Baltic NATO base

Siauliai - The most senior cardinal in the Vatican met NATO troops in Lithuania on Saturday, delivering a message of peace in the Baltic region amid tensions with Russia.

Destroyed Bosnia mosque reopens after 23 years

Sarajevo - The Ferhadija mosque in the Bosnian Serb capital Banja Luka reopened to worshippers Saturday, more than two decades after it was dynamited by Serb forces in 1993 at the height of the Balkans war.

Pope asks missionary doctors to pray he becomes 'poorer'

Vatican City - Pope Francis, in the modest style he has become known for, spoke on Saturday to members of an Italian medical charity working in Africa and evoked his desire to show unity with the poor.

Bangladesh Sufi Muslim killed in suspected Islamist attack

Dhaka - A Sufi Muslim leader has been found hacked to death in Bangladesh in a suspected Islamist killing, police said Saturday, two weeks after the Islamic State group claimed the murder of a liberal professor in the same northwestern district.

Pakistan celebrates Sadiq Khan's London mayor win

Islamabad - The election of a Pakistani bus driver's son as the mayor of London was greeted with celebration on Saturday in Pakistan, from where Sadiq Khan's parents emigrated to Britain in the 1960s.

Pope Francis tells EU to tear down migrant walls

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Friday he dreamed of a Europe in which "being a migrant is not a crime", as he urged EU leaders to "tear down the walls" and build a fairer society.
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