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Pope popular in US but sex scandals cast long shadow
Pope popular in US but sex scandals cast long shadow

A year after being chosen Pope Francis is very popular with American Catholics though his handling of the pedophile priests' scandal left many underwhelmed, a new study found.

Pope popular in US but sex scandals cast long shadow
Malaysia's highest court takes up use of 'Allah' by Catholics
Malaysia's highest court takes up use of 'Allah' by Catholics

Hundreds of Muslims demonstrated Wednesday outside Malaysia's highest court as it took up the Catholic Church's bid to be allowed to refer to God as "Allah" in a case that has increased tensions in the multi-ethnic nation.

Malaysia's highest court takes up use of 'Allah' by Catholics
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Faith and firearms: US churches give away guns

Baptist churches in Kentucky are giving away guns as prizes in the southern US state in hopes of drawing wayward locals to Christ.

Faith and firearms: US churches give away guns
Pope to create 19 new cardinals, many from outside Europe
Pope to create 19 new cardinals, many from outside Europe

Pope Francis will create his first batch of cardinals on Saturday, with nine of the 19 coming from South America, Africa and Asia.

Pope to create 19 new cardinals, many from outside Europe
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Illegal religious organization found in Aktobe: more baptists at fault?

An illegal religious organization of the Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists was discovered by Kazakhstan authorities in Aktobe.

Illegal religious organization found in Aktobe: more baptists at fault?
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Grace church pastor sentenced to 4 years

Pastor of the Grace Church Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev has been given a suspended 4-year sentence in Kazakhstan.

Grace church pastor sentenced to 4 years
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Kazakhstan Religions Agency: Grace is outside framework

The Agency for Religious Affairs of Kazakhstan remains a neutral observer in the Grace church case.

Kazakhstan Religions Agency: Grace is outside framework
Grace church case: Extremism charges dropped

The Prosecutor General's Office has withdrawn several most grave charges from Grace church pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev.

Grace church case: Extremism charges dropped
Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev. Photo courtesy of ©azattyq.org
Grace church pastor on trial for extremism in Astana

Grace church pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev charged by Kazakhstan authorities with extremism has had his first hearing in Astana.

Grace church pastor on trial for extremism in Astana
Polish Church uncovers hidden painting to foster religious ties
Polish Church uncovers hidden painting to foster religious ties

Poland's Catholic Church on Thursday unveiled a painting kept hidden because of its controversial depiction of Jews murdering Christian children, saying it wanted to foster interfaith dialogue.

Polish Church uncovers hidden painting to foster religious ties
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Kazakhstan goes ice-swimming in January

Lifeguards have shared tips and warnings about ice swimming.

Kazakhstan goes ice-swimming in January
Huge crowds hold Madrid mass after new abortion law
Huge crowds hold Madrid mass after new abortion law

Tens of thousands of Roman Catholics joined in an open-air mass in central Madrid on Sunday to celebrate the Holy Family, just days after the Spanish government agreed to tighten the abortion law.

Huge crowds hold Madrid mass after new abortion law
India's top court upholds law criminalising gay sex
India's top court upholds law criminalising gay sex

India's Supreme Court Wednesday upheld a colonial-era law criminalising homosexuality in a landmark judgment that crushes activists' hopes for guarantees on sexual freedom in the world's biggest democracy.

India's top court upholds law criminalising gay sex
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Australian Anglicans elect first female bishop

The Anglican Church in Australia has chosen its first female bishop, filling a vacancy created when her predecessor resigned over his management of child abuse allegations.

Australian Anglicans elect first female bishop
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Australia Church child sex inquiry urges sweeping changes

An Australian state inquiry into the handling of child sex cases by the Catholic Church on Wednesday said religious leaders trivialised the problem and recommended concealment of abuse should be a crime.

Australia Church child sex inquiry urges sweeping changes
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Unregistered religious unions to be liquidated by year end in Kazakhstan

All the unregistered religious unions are going to be liquidated by the end of the year in Kazakhstan.

Unregistered religious unions to be liquidated by year end in Kazakhstan
Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev. ©azattyq.org
Grace church pastor under home arrest

Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev, pastor of Grace protestant church in Astana, has been released from jail and transferred under home arrest.

Grace church pastor under home arrest
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Ukrainian christians address Kazakhstan ambassador in support of Grace Church pastor

AUC ECB has supported the 67-y.o. pastor of protestant Grace Church in Astana accused of inflicting severe harm to the health of one of the church’s members.

Ukrainian christians address Kazakhstan ambassador in support of Grace Church pastor
Pope says Church should rid itself of 'worldliness'
Pope says Church should rid itself of 'worldliness'

Pope Francis on Friday called for the Catholic Church and its faithful to rid themselves of earthly concerns like St Francis of Assisi during a pilgrimage to the saint's Italian hometown.

Pope says Church should rid itself of 'worldliness'
Obama says he admires pontiff's inclusive spirit
Obama says he admires pontiff's inclusive spirit

President Barack Obama had warm words Wednesday for what he sees as Pope Francis' inclusive attitude in recent remarks urging the Roman Catholic church not to focus only on abortion or gays.

Obama says he admires pontiff's inclusive spirit