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New Zealand quake city opens cardboard cathedral
New Zealand quake city opens cardboard cathedral

Christchurch's cardboard cathedral officially opens on Thursday, replacing the neo-Gothic structure destroyed in a 2011 earthquake that killed 185 people in New Zealand's second largest city.

New Zealand quake city opens cardboard cathedral
Pope understands youth who lose faith over church sins
Pope understands youth who lose faith over church sins

Pope Francis on Friday voiced understanding for young people who have lost faith over the Catholic Church's failings and those turned off by corrupt politics.

Pope understands youth who lose faith over church sins
Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev. ©azattyq.org
Grace church pastor in for psychiatric check in Almaty

Pastor of a protestant church in Astana, accused of harming one of the church’s members, will have to undergo a psychiatric check in Almaty.

Grace church pastor in for psychiatric check in Almaty
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Church begins final Philippine birth control battle

A relentless Catholic Church campaign to derail a birth control law in the Philippines begins its final phase at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, with the verdict to have monumental impacts for millions of poor Filipinos.

Church begins final Philippine birth control battle
Pope Benedict XVI blesses The Star of Kazakhstan altar. Photo courtesy of wordpress.com
Kazakhstan's Catholics receive unique golden altar

The official ceremony of passing the Stars of Kazakhstan Altar to Kazakhstan’s Catholics was held in Czestochowa, Poland.

Kazakhstan's Catholics receive unique golden altar
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Nazarbayev attends Easter service in Uspensky Cathedral

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev visited Uspensky Cathedral, Kazakhstan’s major orthodox church, on Easter Sunday.

Nazarbayev attends Easter service in Uspensky Cathedral
New Pope warns Church of dangers of inaction
New Pope warns Church of dangers of inaction

Pope Francis has warned that the troubled Catholic Church risks becoming little more than a charity with no spiritual foundations if it fails to undergo renewal.

New Pope warns Church of dangers of inaction
Odds stacked against an Asian pope
Odds stacked against an Asian pope

Catholics in Asia and other parts of the world where the Roman Catholic Church is growing fast would dearly like to see the cardinals choose an Asian pope for the first time in history.

Odds stacked against an Asian pope
Orthodox cathedral and Sunday school to be erected in Astana's Left Bank
Orthodox cathedral and Sunday school to be erected in Astana's Left Bank

We told about this request to President Nazarbayev and received a positive reply: the Metropolitan of Astana and Kazakhstan.

Orthodox cathedral and Sunday school to be erected in Astana's Left Bank
Pope announces resignation in historic move
Pope announces resignation in historic move

Pope Benedict XVI announced he will resign as leader of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics on February 28 because his age prevented him from carrying out his duties -- an unprecedented move in the modern history of the Catholic Church.

Pope announces resignation in historic move
Justin Welby. ©REUTERS
New Anglican leader says job application was 'joke'

The incoming leader of the world's Anglicans said his application to become the Archbishop of Canterbury was "a joke" and he was "just a very, very ordinary Christian".

New Anglican leader says job application was 'joke'
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US judge orders LA Catholics to name abusers

A US judge Monday ordered Catholic leaders in Los Angeles to identify senior church officials accused of sexually abusing children, in a move welcomed by campaigners for victims.

US judge orders LA Catholics to name abusers
The Holy Synod of the Church of England at Church House. ©REUTERS
Church of England to allow gay bishops in civil partnerships

The Church of England has dropped its opposition to gay clergymen in civil partnerships becoming bishops, provided the men concerned promise to remain celibate.

Church of England to allow gay bishops in civil partnerships
Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin. Photo courtesy of anglicantaonga.org.nz
Queen's chaplain says Church of England has racism problem

Queen Elizabeth II's chaplain Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, tipped to become one of Britain's first women bishops, said Saturday that the Church of England is struggling with "institutional racism".

Queen's chaplain says Church of England has racism problem
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Twin suicide bombings kill 11 at Nigeria church

A suicide bomber rammed a bus into a church at a military barracks in restive northern Nigeria on Sunday and another detonated his explosives-packed car minutes later, killing 11 people and wounding dozens more.

Twin suicide bombings kill 11 at Nigeria church
Maria Miller. ©REUTERS
Minister for women says Church of England must reform

Britain's women and equalities minister Maria Miller said the Church of England needs to reform itself and act swiftly to introduce women bishops.

Minister for women says Church of England must reform
Church of England rejects women bishops
Church of England rejects women bishops

The Church of England narrowly rejected Tuesday the appointment of women bishops, triggering turmoil and setting back efforts to modernise the mother church of millions of Anglicans worldwide.

Church of England rejects women bishops
Church of England starts women bishops debate
Church of England starts women bishops debate

The Church of England's all-or-nothing debate on whether to introduce women bishops got under way Tuesday in its biggest and most contentious decision for two decades.

Church of England starts women bishops debate
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The number of religious institutions slashed by 1/3 following obligatory registration requirement

The number of religious institutions has been reduced by 32% down to 3 088 institutions representing 16 faiths: Head of the National Agency for Religions.

The number of religious institutions slashed by 1/3 following obligatory registration requirement
Kazakhstan ratified agreement on relations with Vatican
Kazakhstan ratified agreement on relations with Vatican

Kazakhstan’s inter-confessional accord and positive results in parity relations with Vatican shows the need to enhance bilateral cooperation in this area: Kairat Lama Sharif.

Kazakhstan ratified agreement on relations with Vatican