Russia uniquely vows to do all in its power to prevent Holocaust from repeating - Russian Chief Rabbi
Pope Francis apologized to the victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clerics for the crimes that took on the dimensions of a "sacrilegious cult" and said that the Catholic Church should "week and make reparation", Reuters reports.
The International Association of Exorcists was officially recognized by the Vatican which gave its blessing to the group consisting of 250 priests across 30 countries that claim they are saving the possessed from demons and Satan. The Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano newspaper announced on Thursday that the association's practice of exorcism received Pope Francis' full support. Its work is now approved by the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy and recognized under canon law, AFP reports the church's newspaper L'Osservatore Romano as saying.
Malaysia's top court has upheld a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims. The Federal Court didn't elaborate though on the implication of its ruling in the case against the Herald, a Catholic Malay language weekly. The Malaysia government has issued a statement saying that the ruling applied only to The Herald newspaper, and that Malaysian Christians could still use the word "Allah" in churches, however government officials declined to clarify whether the ban would apply to Bibles and other published texts.
At least three Muslims were killed and 75 people seriously injured in violence between Buddhists and Muslims in southern Sri Lankan coastal towns best known as tourist draws, with Muslim homes set ablaze, officials and residents said on Monday.
Sikhs wielding swords clashed inside the compound of the Golden Temple in Amritsar on the 30th anniversary of a controversial raid by security forces that flushed out separatist militants in the temple.
On Sunday for the first time ever the readings from Quran will be heard at the Vatican. This move was initiated by the Pope Francis in order to bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Pope Francis on Monday made an impromptu stop at a memorial for Israeli civilians killed in deadly militant attacks as he visited the national cemetery in Jerusalem, AFP reports.
Pope Francis landed in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Sunday at the start of a two-day tour of the Palestinian territories and Israel.
Microblogging site Twitter has blocked dozens of tweets and accounts in Pakistan after officials asked for access to "blasphemous" and "unethical" content to be stopped. According to AFP, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) submitted at least five requests from May 5 to 14 asking Twitter to block access to specific tweets and accounts for users in the Islamic republic.
The Catholic Church is facing an unprecedented challenge in the US with more and more believers leaving Catholicism, abandoning church teaching and becoming religiously unaffiliated.
The Vatican has dismissed more than 800 priests for sexual abuse of children in the past decade and paid billions of dollars in compensation, senior Vatican officials told a United Nations panel on Tuesday, NYT reports. The Vatican came under hostile investigation by a United Nations committee on Monday, May 5, over its handling of sex abuse scandals that have surfaced more than a decade ago.
The Voice of Russia is attempting to look at the hidden agenda of the Ukrainian crisis. Mr. Turchinov, the acting President of the country, is a Baptist pastor with links to the neo-pentacostal religious group; the acting prime minister Mr. Yatsenyuk, is said to belong to the scientology movement; Greek Catholics have been prominent in Maidan and have played a prominent role along with a number of the so-called new religious movements. How come the different religious groups are pursuing a common political goal?
An Egyptian court has recommended a death sentence for almost 700 activists of the Muslim Brotherhood movement including their leader Mohammed Badie. The move comes ahead of the presidential elections that will be held in May. There are fears that crackdown on the movement can trigger protests and political violence ahead of the election.
Pope Francis, during a canonization ceremony on Sunday, officially proclaimed Pope John-Paul II and John XXIII as saints.
Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed John Paul II and John XXIII as saints of the Catholic Church to applause from the crowd of pilgrims in St Peter's Square.
Iraq's dwindling Christian community faces "disaster," and if no action is taken they will number just a few thousand in a decade, the country's most senior church stated.
Pope John XXIII, who will be canonized on Sunday, was "the best pope in history for the Jewish people," says one of the founders of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.
"In a sense people can be a little bit skeptical about popes being made saints. It is an elaborate type of process and so it is easier to become a saint if you’ve been a pope rather than the mother of 10 children as my mother was. But it is also part of pageantry of the church, it is part of its celebrations of good people who have lived good lives. In that sense it is a festive occasion. I don’t think there is anything more serious than that," Thomas Groome, professor of the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, told The Voice of Russia.
British tourism to be deported from Sri Lanka for disrespecting Buddhism. According to the Sri Lanka officials, the government authorities made a decision to deport a British tourist for “hurting religious sentiments” and for having an image of Buddha tattooed on her arm.