Students invited to meet the Pope in Hiroshima

High school students were understandably disappointed when their long school trip to the Memorial Museum…

Yakushiji Temple Begins Special Performances and Opens Inside for Visits

The World Heritage Yakushiji Temple is opening its Jikido Dining Room, the Tower of…

Pope Francis' bodyguard resigns after leaking document

Pope Francis' bodyguard resigned on Monday for a leak related to a financial investigation…

Germany: Mass shooting kills in anti-Semitic attack, says minister

Two people were killed and two more seriously injured in the eastern town of Halle.

Pope calls for changes in church, protection of indigenous people and Amazon

On Sunday, Pope Francis appealed to conservatives not to be bound by the status quo…

Pope to give speech against nuclear weapons in Japan

Pope Francis will express his opposition to nuclear weapons and honor the victims of the nuclear disaster…

Pope meets Jesuit criticized for supporting LGBT audience

Pope Francis met privately on Monday with an American Jesuit who was attacked…

Yakushiji Oriental Pagoda Partially Revealed After Long Restoration

The spectacular temple of Yakushiji's early 8th century Oriental Pagoda can now be…

Pope Francis will visit Thailand and Japan in November

Pope Francis will visit Asia in November and will be the first pope in almost four…

Reconstruction of Mosul Mosque will start in 2020

The United Nations cultural agency, UNESCO, announced on Wednesday that a historic reconstruction of the mosque…

Papa: Poverty is not inevitable

Pope Francis insisted on Sunday that poverty is not inevitable and that the poor…

Bangladesh will remove the word "virgin" from Muslim marriage certificates

The word "virgin" should be removed from Muslim marriage certificates in Bangladesh, the principal said.

Chechnya inaugurates what it says to be the largest mosque in Europe

Officials in the Chechen region of Russia inaugurated on Friday what they said was the largest mosque…

Turkish government destroys more than 300.000 books

More than 300.000 books have been removed from Turkish schools and libraries and destroyed since the attempt…

Beijing orders removal of Arab and Muslim symbols

Officials in the Chinese capital have ordered halal restaurants and food stalls to remove their symbols…

Ban on burqas in public places takes effect in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has banned the use of a veil that covers the face, like a burqa or…

Ritual is performed to build shrines for the emperor's succession ceremonies

Japan held an innovative ceremony on Friday at the imperial palace, where Shinto priests prayed for the…

Greeks begin to pray to the ancient gods

The worship of the ancient gods is returning to Greece. Recently, the churches of the…

Chile eliminates the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse amid crisis in the Church

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera signed on Thursday a bill to remove the statute…

Pope to Canonize British Catholic John Henry Newman

Cardinal John Henry Newman, one of the most influential and controversial Christian figures of the nineteenth century…

Vatican defends confessional secrecy

The Vatican reaffirmed on Monday the Catholic teaching that priests cannot reveal the…