Religion

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

Japan Catholic Church to begin investigating sex abuse cases

Apr 11, 2019

The Catholic Church in Japan is preparing to investigate allegations of sexual abuse against minors by its priests

Brunei invokes laws allowing stoning for gay sex, adultery

Apr 3, 2019

Brunei invokes Islamic laws that punish gay sex and adultery by stoning, triggering international outcry

China city offers cash for information in religion crackdown

Mar 29, 2019

A southern Chinese city is offering cash rewards for information about "illegal religious groups" as the ruling Communist Party continues to tighten its grip over faith communities