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Mother Teresa 'would have scared me' says pope
Mother Teresa 'would have scared me' says pope

Pope Francis joked during a visit to Albania that Mother Teresa would have struck fear into him if she had been his mother superior.

Mother Teresa 'would have scared me' says pope
Pope says religion can't justify violence
Pope says religion can't justify violence

Pope Francis warned during a visit to Albania that religion can never be used to justify violence.

Pope says religion can't justify violence
Merkel pledges zero tolerance for anti-Semitism
Merkel pledges zero tolerance for anti-Semitism

Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to resolutely combat anti-Semitism, speaking at a rally to condemn a spate of hate speech and attacks against Jews.

Merkel pledges zero tolerance for anti-Semitism
Ancient Ethiopian walled city keeps modern life at bay
Ancient Ethiopian walled city keeps modern life at bay

Hyenas howl and feast on flesh every night outside the ancient walls of Harar -- one of Islam's holiest cities .

Ancient Ethiopian walled city keeps modern life at bay
Pope makes plea for Koreas to unite as 'one people'
Pope makes plea for Koreas to unite as 'one people'

Pope Francis urged the divided Koreas to reject suspicion and confrontation and unite as "one family, one people".

Pope makes plea for Koreas to unite as 'one people'
'What would we die for?' Pope asks at mass for Korean martyrs
'What would we die for?' Pope asks at mass for Korean martyrs

Pope Francis beatified 124 early Korean martyrs at a mass in Seoul and challenged the crowd to ask what values they might be willing to die for.

'What would we die for?' Pope asks at mass for Korean martyrs
Indonesian capital set for first ethnic Chinese governor
Indonesian capital set for first ethnic Chinese governor

Indonesia's small ethnic Chinese community faced severe discrimination for decades during the Suharto dictatorship.

Indonesian capital set for first ethnic Chinese governor
Pope to speak to N. Korea's 'church of silence'
Pope to speak to N. Korea's 'church of silence'

Pope Francis will offer prayers for Korean reconciliation in Seoul next week

Pope to speak to N. Korea's 'church of silence'
Thousands mark Moon death anniversary in S. Korea
Thousands mark Moon death anniversary in S. Korea

More than 20,000 followers of the Unification Church gathered in South Korea for the second anniversary of the death of their "messiah" .

Thousands mark Moon death anniversary in S. Korea
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China pursues 'Chinese Christian theology': state media

China will construct a "Chinese Christian theology" suitable for the country with both believer numbers and tensions with authorities.

China pursues 'Chinese Christian theology': state media
Arab states to mark end of Ramadan from Monday
Arab states to mark end of Ramadan from Monday

The Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan will begin on Monday in Saudi Arabia and neighbouring states.

Arab states to mark end of Ramadan from Monday
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
Philippine sect opens 'world's largest indoor arena'
Philippine sect opens 'world's largest indoor arena'

Philippine President Benigno Aquino presided over the opening on Monday of what is billed as the world's largest indoor stadium, erected by a politically-influential religious sect.

Philippine sect opens 'world's largest indoor arena'
Argentine 'Dirty War' officers guilty of killing bishop
Argentine 'Dirty War' officers guilty of killing bishop

Two retired military officers were sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a Catholic bishop during Argentina's 1976-1983 dictatorship.

Argentine 'Dirty War' officers guilty of killing bishop
©Reuters/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
Saudi to mark Ramadan from Sunday

Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, will begin on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, the state-run Al-Ekhbariya television channel reported.

Saudi to mark Ramadan from Sunday
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
France's Jewish community elects new Grand Rabbi
France's Jewish community elects new Grand Rabbi

France's Jewish community elected the Jewish chaplain of the French army as its new Grand Rabbi, as it grapples with rising anti-Semitism.

France's Jewish community elects new Grand Rabbi
Curfew in Sri Lanka resorts as religious riots spread
Curfew in Sri Lanka resorts as religious riots spread

Sri Lanka's police extended a curfew across two popular coastal resorts Sunday to contain religious riots that left at least 41 people wounded and heightened tensions between Muslims and Buddhists.

Curfew in Sri Lanka resorts as religious riots spread