Pope Francis to dine with poor during his 2015 Philippine visit

Demonstrators attend a peace rally
By Henri Rose Cimatu

Disaster survivors will have the chance to dine with Pope Francis during his scheduled visit to the Philippines in January 2015, a church official has told local news outlets.

Israeli protester shouts, 'death to the Arabs' at Jewish-Muslim wedding

By Henri Rose Cimatu

Protesters shouting "death to the Arabs" caused disruption at a wedding of a Jewish woman and a Muslim man in Tel Aviv, an action that was condemned by the Israeli president.

Pope calls for Korean peace and reconciliation in final message of trip

By Peter Kenny

Pope Francis has called for peace and reconciliation on the divided Korean peninsula, completing a five-day trip to South Korea.

South Africa mourns anti-apartheid bishop praised by Tutu

By Peter Kenny

South Africans are mourning the death of Anglican Bishop David Russell who Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has described as an "outstanding" stalwart" in the fight against apartheid.

Vatican UN envoy calls for action, less talk on persecution of Iraq minorities

By Miko Morelos and Peter Kenny

A leading Vatican diplomat has implored the United Nations to take action in the worsening humanitarian disaster that is the persecution of minorities in Iraq.

Chinese crackdown on crosses and churches continues

By Miko Morelos

A Chinese government crackdown on crosses continues with two Christian churches in Zhejiang an eastern coastal province having the symbols removed to curb the popularity of the religion in the country.

Monks hit bid to commercialize famed Chinese Buddhist temple

By Miko Morelos

Plans by tourism officials in China's Yunnan province to turn an ancient Buddhist temple into a major tourist destination are on hold after monks there closed it to tourists on August 15 in protest.

Hotel chain in UK removes Bibles from rooms for sake of 'diversity'

By Henri Rose Cimatu

One of the biggest hotel chains in Britain has decided to remove all Bibles from its rooms to avoid offending people with other beliefs to the consternation of the Church of England.

US Iranian pastor jailed for faith faces death threats from IS and al Qaeda

By Henri Rose Cimatu

American Iranian Pastor Saeed Abidini is facing death threats from Islamic State and al Qaeda prisoners held in the same Iranian prison where he is detained, a U.S. rights group says.

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