Religion

Fire erupts at major Tibetan monastery; no injuries reported

Feb 17, 2018

A large fire has broken out in one of the most important temples of Tibetan Buddhism

Hong Kong ex-cardinal warns against Vatican-China deal

Feb 9, 2018

Hong Kong's retired archbishop has warned that a deal between the Vatican and China that cedes too much power to Beijing would place the country's Catholic followers in a big "birdcage"

The Latest: Pope sends prayers to Taiwan quake victims

Feb 7, 2018

Pope Francis is sending his prayers to the victims of Taiwan's earthquake and encouragement to rescue crews

Retired cardinal hits back at Vatican over deal with China

Feb 7, 2018

The retired archbishop of Hong Kong has slammed the Holy See's negotiations with the Chinese government as a "catastrophe" that would bring suffering to millions of worshippers

Mercedes in China apologizes for quoting Dalai Lama abroad

Feb 6, 2018

Mercedes-Benz has apologized in China for quoting the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader who is reviled by Beijing, in a social media post abroad

UN official says Rohingya crisis has 'hallmarks of genocide'

Feb 1, 2018

The U.N. special envoy on human rights in Myanmar says the military's violent operations against Rohingya Muslims bear "the hallmarks of a genocide"

The Latest: Japan praises Trump for pressuring North Korea

Jan 31, 2018

The Latest: Japan has praised President Donald Trump's pledge of putting maximum pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile threats.

The Latest: Pope sends condolences on hospital fire

Jan 26, 2018

Pope Francis is sending his condolences to the victims of the South Korean hospital fire and is encouraging emergency personnel as they try to help survivors

Chinese authorities demolish well-known evangelical church

Jan 12, 2018

Authorities in northern China's coal country demolished a well-known Christian mega-church, underscoring long tensions between religious groups and the officially atheistic Communist Party

Huge Philippine procession secured tightly amid terror fears

Jan 9, 2018

A massive crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics joins a procession of a centuries-old black statue of Jesus Christ under extra-tight security