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Holocaust survivors finally get coming-of-age blessing

Jerusalem - Fifty holocaust survivors who were prevented from getting a traditional Jewish coming-of-age ceremony finally received it during an emotional event at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday.

First rites: China's Orthodox Christians see Easter resurrection

Harbin - His red and gold vestments bathed in candlelight, the first mainland Chinese Orthodox priest ordained for six decades led an Easter service on Sunday -- one of the most surprising fruits of warming ties between Moscow and Beijing.

Three held over Bangladesh Hindu tailor's murder

Dhaka - Bangladesh police detained three people on Sunday over the gruesome murder of a Hindu tailor one day earlier, the latest deadly attack on minorities claimed by the Islamic State group.

IS claims killing of Hindu tailor in Bangladesh: SITE

Tangail - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the murder of a Hindu tailor in central Bangladesh on Saturday, according to a US-based monitoring group, amid a rise in attacks on religious minorities in the Muslim-majority nation.

Bomb attack on pilgrims kills 23 in Iraq as hundreds protest

Baghdad - A car bomb targeting Shiite pilgrims killed at least 23 people near Baghdad on Saturday, as hundreds protested in the capital for reforms and parliament made another attempt to reshuffle the cabinet.

John Paul II Superstar: Poland plans papal musical

Varsovia - It's a tale of saints and singers: a new Polish musical is bringing some pizzazz to the story of its beloved native son, the late pope John Paul II."We're trying to create something big," says the show's writer Michal Kaczmarczyk.

Trevi fountain runs red with 'blood' of persecuted Christians

Rome - The Trevi fountain in Rome was bathed in red light Friday, symbolising the spilt blood of persecuted Christians, in a grim makeover for one of Italy's most iconic monuments.

Biden takes 'Moonshot' cancer campaign to Vatican

Vatican City - US Vice President Joe Biden won Pope Francis's backing Friday for advances in cancer treatment to be made available to everyone, as he brought his "Moonshot" campaign to the Vatican.

Indian police, Hindu hardliners halt church wedding

New Delhi - A group of hardline Hindu activists and police stormed a church in central India and stopped a wedding midway after accusing the pastor of forcefully converting the bride to Christianity, an official said Thursday.

Pope approves Albanian martyrs, Irish Jesuit for beatification

Vatican City - An Albanian bishop who died after being tortured and 37 other Catholic victims of the country's former communist regime have been recognised as martyrs, the Vatican announced Wednesday.

Marseille synagogue to be converted into mosque

Marseille - A synagogue in Marseille is to be converted into a mosque, reflecting demographic shifts in the southern French city, a Jewish leader has told AFP.

Myanmar monk builds pagodas in church and Muslim area

Yangon - A Myanmar Christian leader appealed for calm Wednesday after an influential Buddhist monk built pagodas within the compound of a church and near a mosque, in a country beset with religious tensions.

French Muslim shopowner fined over sexist opening hours

Bordeaux - A Muslim shopkeeper has been fined 500 euros ($560) for ordering different opening hours for men and women at his store in the French city of Bordeaux, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Former Myanmar monk protest leader sentenced to six months

Yangon - A former leader of Myanmar's 2007 monk protests against the then-ruling junta said Tuesday he had been sentenced to six months in prison with hard labour on an immigration charge, in a case slammed by rights groups as politically motivated.

Bangladesh jails Hindu teachers for 'abusing Islam'

Dhaka - A court in southern Bangladesh sentenced two Hindu schoolteachers to six months in jail for making "abusive" remarks about Islam that led a mob to attack their school, a magistrate said Tuesday.

Archbishop admits 'errors' in handling of child sex abuse cases

Lyon - A French cardinal accused of covering up for a paedophile priest, in a scandal that has rocked the local Catholic Church, admitted Monday to "errors in the management and nomination of certain priests.

Thousands of Jews throng Jerusalem 'priestly blessing'

Jerusalem - Thousands of Jewish worshippers attended a prayer ceremony at Jerusalem's Western Wall on Monday as Israel marked the week-long Passover festival amid increased surveillance over tensions with Palestinians.

Women's blessing at Jerusalem's Western Wall curtailed

Jerusalem - A bid by a Jewish women's group to challenge tradition at Jerusalem's Western Wall with a blessing usually conducted by men was curtailed Sunday after a decision by Israel's attorney general.

Women's blessing at Jerusalem's Western Wall curtailed

Jerusalem - A bid by a Jewish women's group to challenge tradition at Jerusalem's Western Wall with a blessing usually conducted by men was curtailed Sunday after a decision by Israel's attorney general.

Women's blessing at Jerusalem's Western Wall curtailed

Jerusalem - A bid by a Jewish women's group to challenge tradition at Jerusalem's Western Wall with a blessing usually conducted by men was curtailed Sunday after a decision by Israel's attorney general.

Pope tells teens 'happiness not an app'

Vatican City - Happiness is not an app you can download on your mobile phone, Pope Francis told thousands of teenagers on Sunday at a mass to mark a weekend dedicated to youth."Freedom is not always about doing what you want.

China's President Xi stresses Communist leadership over religion

Bejing - Chinese religious groups must obey the staunchly atheist ruling Communist Party, President Xi Jinping has told a key meeting on religion according to state media, as Beijing tightens controls on civil society organisations and churches.

Pope Francis hears teenagers' sins

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Saturday heard confessions from 16 teenagers after a surprise appearance in St Peter's square to greet thousands of young people attending his holy year youth day.

The other Merah: French jihadist's brother fights radicalisation

Paris - He is the brother of jihadist Mohamed Merah, who four years ago killed three soldiers and four Jews, but in his radicalised family it is Abdelghani who is seen as the black sheep.

'Hijab Day' at Paris university divides opinion

Paris - Students at an elite Paris university sparked fierce debate Wednesday by inviting classmates to wear the Muslim veil for a day in a bid to "demystify" a practice that is highly divisive in France.

Odyssey that ended with a Muslim family in Rome as pope's guests

Rome - They left war-ravaged Syria, family and friends behind them. France was where they were aiming for. A Greek island was where they ended up.

Pope in new blast at West's indifference to refugees

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Tuesday blasted the indifference of Western society to the plight of refugees in another powerful intervention in the migrant crisis engulfing Europe.

Switzerland halts citizenship process for Muslim students' family

Ginebra - Switzerland has suspended the citizenship process for the family of two teenage Muslim brothers after the boys' refusal to shake hands with their female teachers sparked a national debate over religious freedoms.

Philippine presidential candidate apologises for rape remark

Manila - Leading Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday finally apologised for his apparent joke about the rape and murder of an Australian missionary after initially sneering at the widespread outrage he sparked.

Pope's refugee families settle into Roman life

Vatican City - The 12 Syrian asylum seekers Pope Francis brought back with him from Lesbos are settling into new lives, with Italian lessons and strolls around Rome, their hosts said Monday.
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