Religion

Duterte sees bombed church, tells army to crush Abu Sayyaf

Jan 29, 2019

President visits bombed cathedral in the southern Philippines and tells his armed forces to crush the extremist group Abu Sayyaf blamed for the attack

Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer sentenced to 4½ years

Jan 28, 2019

Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has been sentenced to 4½ years in prison more than three years after he was detained in a sweeping crackdown on the legal profession

The Latest: Muslim leader condemns Philippines bombings

Jan 27, 2019

The head of the world's largest body of Muslim-majority countries has strongly condemned the bombing of a Catholic church in the Philippines that killed 20 people and wounded nearly a dozen

20 dead as bombs target Sunday Mass in Philippine cathedral

Jan 27, 2019

Two bombs minutes apart have torn through a Roman Catholic cathedral on a southern Philippine island where Muslim militants are active, killing at least 20 people and wounding 81 others during a Sunday Mass

Filipino Muslims vote on autonomy after long peace effort

Jan 22, 2019

Muslims in the southern Philippines voted on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest

Hong Kong Catholics mourn bishop amid political struggles

Jan 10, 2019

Hong Kong Catholics are mourning the loss of their bishop with a Mass amid a low-key struggle among clergy over reconciliation between the Vatican and Beijing

Huge crowd of Filipino Catholics gathers amid terror fears

Jan 9, 2019

A mammoth crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics joined a raucous procession Wednesday of a centuries-old black statue of Jesus Christ despite terrorism fears and amid the president's attacks on the Catholic faith

Advocate of China-Vatican dialogue named Hong Kong bishop

Jan 7, 2019

Retired head of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong Cardinal John Tong has been named the church's interim administrator in the territory, effectively blocking the succession of the highest-ranking serving bishop known to be critical of Beijing

Japan's premier: New emperor's era to be announced April 1

Jan 4, 2019

Japan's prime minister confirmed in his New Year's news conference that the era name for the new emperor's reign will be disclosed April 1

Hui poet fears for his people as China 'Sinicizes' religion

Dec 28, 2018

A Muslim poet fears for his people as China clamps down on minorities and religion