Religion

US priest who gave out gifts in Philippines accused of abuse

Sep 9, 2019

The arrest of a Catholic priest has deeply shaken the Philippine village where he lived and revealed how allegations of sex crimes by priests are still ignored in one of the world's most Catholic countries

China ban on some textbooks seen aimed at Uighur culture

Aug 27, 2019

Detained textbook editor illustrates how even Uighurs who toed the China's party line have been rebranded enemies of the state amid a sprawling system of surveillance and detention in Xinjiang

China governor defends controversial re-education centers

Jul 30, 2019

The governor of China's far-northwestern region of Xinjiang is defending controversial re-education centers opened across the region as an effective deterrent against terrorism and religious extremism

Son of late South Korean defector in North for resettlement

Jul 8, 2019

North Korea says the son of the highest-profile South Korean ever to defect to the North has arrived there to resettle

China deploys Confucius in bid to boost religion controls

May 28, 2019

China has begin five-day Confucian culture immersion courses for religious leaders in the sage's hometown as part of a campaign to extend government control through a process of sinicization

US ambassador in China makes rare visit to Tibet

May 20, 2019

U.S. ambassador to China Terry Branstad is making a rare visit to Tibet

Japan's emperor reports to Shinto gods week after succession

May 8, 2019

Japan's Emperor Naruhito has performed a Shinto ritual at the imperial palace to report to the gods the plans for the main ceremonies of his succession later this year

Devotees nailed to crosses on Good Friday in Philippines

Apr 19, 2019

Several Roman Catholic devotees have been nailed to wooden crosses in a gory Good Friday ritual in the Philippines, and others flogged themselves or took part in religious plays to reenact Jesus Christ's suffering

Emperor performs ritual to report abdication to Shinto gods

Apr 18, 2019

Emperor Akihito is praying at a shrine in western Japan in a ritual to report his abdication to Shinto gods

Philippine troops kill 12 Abu Sayyaf militants in clashes

Apr 12, 2019

The Philippine military says 12 Abu Sayyaf militants have been killed in clashes as army troops pressed an offensive in a southern province after the extremists were blamed for the deadly bombing of a Roman Catholic cathedral