Religion

AP Exclusive: Jailed Chinese pastor's US family seeks mercy

Apr 16, 2018

The American family of a prominent Chinese Christian pastor is asking for leniency after he was sentenced to prison for missionary work as the atheist ruling Communist Party exerts greater control over believers

Missionaries at border spread Christianity to North Korea

Apr 5, 2018

Missionaries along China-North Korean border are engaged in dangerous work of spreading Christianity to North

China says bishop selection does not breach religious rights

Apr 3, 2018

China says restricting the Vatican's control over the appointment of Catholic bishops does not infringe upon Chinese believers' religious freedom

As China, Vatican talk, bishop's fate shows party's power

Mar 31, 2018

Bishop's forced exile comes as Vatican, China seek historic deal to unite country's Catholics for first time in decades

Devotees nailed to crosses on Good Friday in Philippines

Mar 30, 2018

Seven Filipino Roman Catholic devotees, including a woman, have been nailed to crosses in a Good Friday reenactment of Jesus Christ's sufferings that was watched by thousands of spectators but frowned upon by church leaders

Freed Filipino priest says airstrikes routed IS extremists

Mar 23, 2018

A Filipino Roman Catholic priest taken hostage last year by Islamic State group-linked militants says military airstrikes helped crush an extremist siege, but that a Muslim autonomy deal is crucial in preventing new bloodshed

Japan cult members could be hanged any day for subway attack

Mar 20, 2018

Thirteen Japanese cult members may be sent to the gallows any day now for a deadly 1995 gas attack on the Tokyo subway system and other crimes, but when isn't certain in Japan's secretive death penalty system

The Latest: Tokyo subway workers mark gas attack anniversary

Mar 20, 2018

Tokyo subway employees have marked the 23rd anniversary of a nerve gas attack that killed 13 people and sickened thousands at several stations

New China 'crime' crackdown targets threats to party rule

Mar 16, 2018

Tibetan activists, housing petitioners and other campaigners are targets of China's newly begun crackdown against so-called organized crime

Ethnic Uighurs protest Chinese security crackdown

Mar 16, 2018

Members of the Uighur Muslim ethnic group are protesting a sweeping Chinese surveillance and security campaign that has sent thousands of people into detention and political indoctrination centers