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Christ's tomb Exposed for First Time in Centuries

Restorers working in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Israel uncover stone slab venerated as the resting place of Jesus Christ.

Christ's tomb Exposed for First Time in Centuries
China willing to reach 'understanding' with Vatican
China willing to reach 'understanding' with Vatican

The head of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong has said the Chinese government is willing to reach an understanding with the Vatican.

China willing to reach 'understanding' with Vatican
Religious duel in Japan: Pastor rock vs. Buddhist monk blues
Religious duel in Japan: Pastor rock vs. Buddhist monk blues

The band Boxi Rocks features Sekino and three other pastors, who don church robes during their raucous performances.

Religious duel in Japan: Pastor rock vs. Buddhist monk blues
Pope Francis approves sainthood for Mother Teresa
Pope Francis approves sainthood for Mother Teresa

Pope Francis approved sainthood for Mother Teresa, the missionary nun who became a global if controversial symbol of compassion for her care of the sick and destitute.

Pope Francis approves sainthood for Mother Teresa
China jails Christian pastor for 14 years: official
China jails Christian pastor for 14 years: official

Chinese court sentenced a Christian pastor to 14 years in jail for embezzlement, after he opposed forced removal of crosses from churches.

China jails Christian pastor for 14 years: official
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Nursultan Nazarbayev congratulates Kazakhstan on Easter

President of Kazakhstan has extended his congratulations on the Easter holiday to Kazakhstan.

Nursultan Nazarbayev congratulates Kazakhstan on Easter
UK's Prince Charles warns of persecution of Christians
UK's Prince Charles warns of persecution of Christians

Britain's Prince Charles warned of a threat to Christians in the Middle East and urged the need for compassion between different faiths.

UK's Prince Charles warns of persecution of Christians
Iraqi jihadists order genital mutilation of all women
Iraqi jihadists order genital mutilation of all women

Jihadists in Iraq have ordered that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 must undergo female genital mutilation, which could affect up to four million women and girls in the war-ravaged country, a UN official said

Iraqi jihadists order genital mutilation of all women
Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence meets Pope
Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence meets Pope

A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, met Pope Francis after arriving in Italy en route to the United States.

Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence meets Pope
Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag. Photo courtesy of theafricom.com
Death-row Sudanese Christian freed but fears for life: lawyer

A Sudanese Christian who gave birth in prison after being sentenced to hang for apostasy was freed Monday but immediately went into hiding, fearing for her life, a lawyer said.

Death-row Sudanese Christian freed but fears for life: lawyer
Christians lose divisive bid to use 'Allah' in Malaysia
Christians lose divisive bid to use 'Allah' in Malaysia

Malaysia's highest court on Monday dismissed a bid by Christians for the right to use the word "Allah", ending a years-long legal battle that has escalated religious tensions in the Muslim-majority country.

Christians lose divisive bid to use 'Allah' in Malaysia
US condemns Sudan over Christian woman's death penalty
US condemns Sudan over Christian woman's death penalty

US Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Sudan on Thursday for sentencing a Christian woman to hang for apostasy, urging Khartoum to repeal its laws banning Muslims from converting.

US condemns Sudan over Christian woman's death penalty
Pope begins Middle East 'pilgrimage' in Jordan
Pope begins Middle East 'pilgrimage' in Jordan

Pope Francis arrives in Jordan Saturday at the start of a Middle East tour aiming to boost ties with Muslims and Jews as well as easing an age-old rift within Christianity itself.

Pope begins Middle East 'pilgrimage' in Jordan
Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag. ©bbc.com
Sudan judge orders Christian woman to hang for apostasy

A Sudanese judge on Thursday sentenced a heavily pregnant Christian woman to hang for apostasy, a ruling which Britain denounced as "barbaric" and left the United States "deeply disturbed".

Sudan judge orders Christian woman to hang for apostasy
Pope Francis declares John Paul II, John XXIII saints
Pope Francis declares John Paul II, John XXIII saints

Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed John Paul II and John XXIII the Catholic Church's newest saints at a festive ceremony joined by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims for two pontiffs who helped shape 20th-century history.

Pope Francis declares John Paul II, John XXIII saints
The Metropolitan Bishop Alexander and President Nazarbayev. Photo ©<a href="http://mitropolia.kz/" target="_blank">mitropolia.kz</a>
Easter unites Kazakhstanis: Nazarbayev

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev visited the Ascension Cathedral in Almaty to wish Happy Easter to all Christian Kazakhstanis.

Easter unites Kazakhstanis: Nazarbayev
Social prayers at Pope Francis ceremony for Good Friday
Social prayers at Pope Francis ceremony for Good Friday

Pope Francis attended an emotional night of prayers for hot-button social issues including domestic abuse, prison overcrowding and unemployment to mark the Good Friday before Easter.

Social prayers at Pope Francis ceremony for Good Friday
Philippines' Easter crucifixons draw huge crowds
Philippines' Easter crucifixons draw huge crowds

Thousands of people flocked to rural fields in the Philippines on Friday to witness the gruesome spectacle of men being crucified in their annual Easter re-enactment of the death of Jesus Christ.

Philippines' Easter crucifixons draw huge crowds
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Pakistan couple gets death over 'blasphemous' text message

A court in eastern Pakistan has sentenced a Christian couple to death for sending a blasphemous text message insulting to the Prophet Mohammed, their lawyer said Saturday.

Pakistan couple gets death over 'blasphemous' text message
Polygamy bill poses dilemma for Kenya
Polygamy bill poses dilemma for Kenya

The adoption by Kenya's parliament of a controversial bill that legalises polygamy has provoked a fierce national debate pitting modern secular values and Christianity against local traditions.

Polygamy bill poses dilemma for Kenya