Pope Francis urges interfaith dialogue while in Muslim Turkey

Demonstrators attend a peace rally
By Peter Kenny

Pope Francis has begun a trip to Turkey with a call for interfaith dialogue to combat extremism and terrorising that seeks religious justification while condemning "barbaric violence."

World evangelical group head meets Ecumenical Patriarch on Syria, Iraq

By Ecumenical News Reporter

Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance has recently met with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, in Istanbul.

Sex Mountain attracts Muslim pilgrims in Indonesia

By Henri Rose Cimatu

The Gunung Kemukus, or Sex Mountain, in Indonesia is attracting thousands of Muslim pilgrims to have sex with strangers and eventually get good fortune.

China sentences Tibetan monks to prison for April protests

By Miko Morelos

Chinese authorities have jailed two Tibetan monks from Kirti monastery who, like others before them castigated the communist rule in their area, as Beijing continued its crackdown on dissent.

World church body urges protection of Middle East refugees, Christians

By Peter Kenny

The World Council of Churches has urged all countries to take special measures to protect refugees and displaced people from the Middle East, especially those from countries such as Syria, Iraq and Israel-Palestine.

Injured supporters of Indian "godman" stop police from arresting guru

By Miko Morelos

Hundreds of stone-throwing supporters of a self-styled "godman" in India have defended the ashram where he was staying as authorities tried to arrest him.

Pope Francis says world sees EU as 'elderly and haggard'

By Peter Kenny

Pope Francis has told European lawmakers that the world sees Europe as "somewhat elderly and haggard" during a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

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