Israel to extradite Russian priest sought for sexual assault

Demonstrators attend a peace rally
By Henri Rose Cimatu

Israeli prosecutors are to extradite an Orthodox priest who is in the country as a tourist, but is wanted for sexual molestation in Russia.

Hundreds of thousands in New York march call for action on climate change

By Peter Kenny

Around 310,000 people, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, actor Leonardo Di Caprio and officials from the United States and abroad along with religious joined the People's Climate March.

US Air Force says 'So help me God' phrase in oaths to be optional

By Henri Rose Cimatu

The U.S. Air Force has decided to make the words "So help me God" optional in oaths after an atheist airman crossed out the phrase from his reenlistment papers in Nevada.

Chinese authorities flatten two churches, remove cross from another

By Miko Morelos

Authorities in China last week ordered the demolition of two Catholic Churches in two neighboring provinces, while another house of worship had its cross taken down.

UFO religion plans to distribute pamphlets in Florida schools

By Henri Rose Cimatu

The UFO religion wants to distribute religious materials in the U.S. state of Florida, after the Orange County School Board allowed Evangelical Christians to hand out Bibles.

In Albania Pope Francis says religion 'shouldn't be used for violence'

By Peter Kenny

Pope Francis has warned during a visit to Albania that religion can not be used to justify violence, in an apparent reference to the havoc created in terror acts by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Religion Newswriters Association names winners of 2014 awards

By Ecumenical News

The Religion Newswriters Association has announced its top honors for journalists at its 2014 awards banquet for Religion Reporting Excellence in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bhutan court hands jail sentences to pastors for unauthorized missionary work

By Miko Morelos

A Bhutan court has handed out prison sentences, one suspended, to two pastors after finding them guilty of doing missionary work without government permission.

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