Heavy hearts as Notre-Dame misses Xmas mass for first time since 1803

Heavy hearts as Notre-Dame misses Xmas mass for first time since 1803

Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was unable to hold Christmas Eve Mass for the first time in more than 200 years -- after a fire ravaged its structure in April.

Stolen mummified head recovered in Dublin

Stolen mummified head recovered in Dublin

Irish police have recovered the head of an 800-year-old mummified body known as the 'Crusader' after it was stolen from a Dublin crypt last weekend.

Civilians killed, thousands displaced in eastern Ethiopia

Civilians killed, thousands displaced in eastern Ethiopia

Fighting in Ethiopia's volatile eastern Somali region over the weekend has left an unknown number of civilians dead and thousands displaced, the patriarch of Ethiopia's Orthodox church told state media on Monday.

Nicaragua agrees during crisis talks to allow probe of deadly unrest

Nicaragua agrees during crisis talks to allow probe of deadly unrest

In a surprise announcement, Nicaragua's influential Catholic bishops late Friday said rival government and civil delegates had agreed to create a ‘verification’ commission and invite independent international bodies ...

Air Force didn't log Texas church gunman conviction in US database

Air Force didn't log Texas church gunman conviction in US database

The man who carried out one of the deadliest US mass shootings was able to buy guns legally from a sporting goods store because a prior domestic violence conviction was never put into an FBI database ...

Multiple casualties in shooting at Texas church: US media

Multiple casualties in shooting at Texas church: US media

A shooting at a Baptist church in the US state of Texas on Sunday resulted in multiple casualties, news media reported. The shooter was reported killed.

Russian who played Pokemon Go in church avoids jail term

Russian who played Pokemon Go in church avoids jail term

A Russian court on Thursday gave a suspended three and a half year jail sentence to a blogger who was detained after he played the Pokemon Go video game inside a Russian Orthodox church last year.

Suicide bomber planned Easter attack in Lahore: army

Suicide bomber planned Easter attack in Lahore: army

A female would-be suicide bomber who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group had planned to carry out an attack on a church in Lahore on Easter Sunday, a Pakistan military spokesman said on Monday.

Palm Sunday church bombings kill at least 43 in Egypt

Palm Sunday church bombings kill at least 43 in Egypt

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for bombing two Egyptian churches as worshippers gathered to mark Palm Sunday, killing at least 43 people in the deadliest attacks on the Coptic Christian minority in recent memory.

Singapore slashes jail term for showbiz pastor

Singapore slashes jail term for showbiz pastor

The head of a wealthy Singaporean Christian church who spent $35mn in congregation funds on a failed bid to promote his wife's music career had his jail term slashed on appeal on Friday.

Sri Lanka's record Xmas tree pruned due to work delays

Sri Lanka's record Xmas tree pruned due to work delays

Sri Lanka surpassed the world record for the tallest artificial Christmas tree Saturday despite building delays forcing organisers to prune the structure by almost half, an official said.

Nigeria church roof collapse leaves over 50 dead

Nigeria church roof collapse leaves over 50 dead

More than 50 people died when a church roof collapsed on worshippers in southeastern Nigeria on Saturday but fears mounted of a significantly higher toll as rescue operations continued on Sunday.