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Number of religious institutions will be cut by third in Kazakhstan

Before the re-registration there were 197 Christian, Evangelic and Baptist religious institutions registered at the territory of Kazakhstan. Only 60 of them have submitted documents for re-registration: Lama Sharif

Number of religious institutions will be cut by third in Kazakhstan
Vatican readies for historic trial of pope's butler
Vatican readies for historic trial of pope's butler

Pope Benedict XVI's former butler goes on trial on Saturday for leaking secret papers in the Vatican's biggest court drama in decades, revealing intrigue at the heart of the Catholic Church.

Vatican readies for historic trial of pope's butler
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Russian Orthodox activists protest Pussy Riot art show

Backers of the Russian Orthodox Church disrupted the opening Thursday night of an art exhibit in Moscow devoted to the punk rock band Pussy Riot.

Russian Orthodox activists protest Pussy Riot art show
"Messiah" mourned at elaborate Moon funeral
"Messiah" mourned at elaborate Moon funeral

More than 30,000 mourners, many weeping openly, attended the elaborate, flower-strewn funeral in South Korea Saturday of their "messiah" and Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon.

"Messiah" mourned at elaborate Moon funeral
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Exorcism boom in Poland sees magazine launch

With exorcism booming in Poland, Roman Catholic priests here have joined forces with a publisher to launch what they claim is the world's first monthly magazine focused exclusively on chasing out the devil.

Exorcism boom in Poland sees magazine launch
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New cathedral inaugurated in Karaganda

Opening of the new cathedral in Karaganda is a thrilling event not only for Kazakhstan, but for the whole Central Asia: Cardinal Sodano.

New cathedral inaugurated in Karaganda
Unification Church successor visits N. Korea
Unification Church successor visits N. Korea

The successor to Sun Myung Moon, the deceased founder of the Unification Church, made a surprise visit to North Korea on Friday.

Unification Church successor visits N. Korea
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Scientologists deny auditioning for Tom Cruise bride

The Church of Scientology denounced as "hogwash" Wednesday a report that it auditioned candidates to be Tom Cruise's girlfriend, while the star's lawyer branded the claims "tired old lies."

Scientologists deny auditioning for Tom Cruise bride
Unification Church founder Moon dies at 92
Unification Church founder Moon dies at 92

Sun Myung Moon, the self-styled messiah from South Korea who founded the controversial Unification Church and a business empire with interests spanning cars to sushi, died Monday at the age of 92.

Unification Church founder Moon dies at 92
Russia convicts Pussy Riot protest punks
Russia convicts Pussy Riot protest punks

A Moscow court found guilty three young members of a feminist punk band who captured global attention by defying the Russian authorities and ridiculing President Vladimir Putin in a church.

Russia convicts Pussy Riot protest punks
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$600 thousand stolen from Karaganda church

A group of men have robbed a local Orthodox church for 90 million tenge ($600 thousand) in Karaganda.

$600 thousand stolen from Karaganda church
Russian Patriarch visits Poland as Pussy Riot verdict looms
Russian Patriarch visits Poland as Pussy Riot verdict looms

The first-ever visit by a Russian Orthodox Church head to deeply Catholic Poland begins Thursday, but the landmark trip risks being overshadowed by a verdict expected in Moscow in the Pussy Riot trial.

Russian Patriarch visits Poland as Pussy Riot verdict looms
US nuns ready to talk with Vatican after rebuke
US nuns ready to talk with Vatican after rebuke

American nuns in open conflict with the Vatican over claims they have "radical feminist" views and have strayed too far from Catholic doctrine offered Friday to talk with top Church leaders.

US nuns ready to talk with Vatican after rebuke
Members of female punk band "Pussy Riot". ©REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva
Pussy Riot becomes cause celebre in Putin's Russia

In February, five women walked silently into Moscow's Church of Christ the Saviour before clambering over railings, pulling on balaclavas and yelling out a protest song against Vladimir Putin.

Pussy Riot becomes cause celebre in Putin's Russia
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Church of England set to vote on women bishops

The Church of England is set to take a final vote on Monday on whether to ordain women bishops, after years of wrangling between traditionalists and liberals.

Church of England set to vote on women bishops
Scientologists deny tailing Cruise wife, eyeing daughter
Scientologists deny tailing Cruise wife, eyeing daughter

The Church of Scientology denied Monday sending anyone to follow Katie Holmes after she filed for divorce from Tom Cruise, amid reports she feared her husband's plans for their daughter.

Scientologists deny tailing Cruise wife, eyeing daughter
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Kirill Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia wished peace and prosperity to Kazakhstan citizens

His Holiness Kirill Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia arrived in Astana.

Kirill Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia wished peace and prosperity to Kazakhstan citizens
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Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Patriarch Kirill on Orthodoxy mission

Kirill Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia arrived in Astana for participation in the 4th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.

Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Patriarch Kirill on Orthodoxy mission
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Patriarch Kirill to meet with Nursultan Nazarbayev on May 29

His Holiness Kirill Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia will arrive in Astana for participation in the 4th Congress of World and Traditional Religions.

Patriarch Kirill to meet with Nursultan Nazarbayev on May 29
Church for disabled to open in Kostanay
Church for disabled to open in Kostanay

A new dome will be installed in an old church in Kostanay and this church will be targeted on disabled people.

Church for disabled to open in Kostanay