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A Danish man seen with two Russian police in an office.

Russia rules Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘on par with terrorists’


More than 100 criminal cases have been opened against Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, with another 24 people in prison awaiting or on trial and a similar number under house arrest.

A woman in Plaza Miranda, outside Quiapo Church in Manila, sells off her dwindling stock of Pope Francis t-shirts in advance of the Pope's visit to the Philippines.

Filipino Catholics welcome Pope Francis with fervency, hope and souvenir T-shirts

A man with devil make-up takes part in celebrations marking the “Walpurgisnacht” pagan tradition, in Germany.

The Church of England doesn’t want you to worry about the devil

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The door on the side of All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, Germany. In 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses here sparking the Reformation. The original door was destroyed in a fire, but this black bronze door marks the historical spot.

Did Martin Luther’s reformation 500 years ago leave its mark on today’s eurozone budget crisis?

Catholic priests in Philippines bring Mass to shopping malls to meet the people

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Latino Catholics in the U.S. embrace Catholic Church’s new Argentinian pope

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The growing U.S. Hispanic population is largely Catholic, just like much of Latin America, so many of them were particularly excited by the choice of an Argentinian, a latino, as the next pope. But just as in South America, the Latino Catholic Church in the U.S. is not as strong as it once was.

Catholic Church unveils Pope Francis as next leader

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The 115 cardinals of the Catholic Church on Wednesday, after a full day of conclave, chose Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as its next spiritual leader, the 266th leader of the Catholic Church. Bergoglio, who took the name Pope Francis, is an Argentinian and was not among the favorites to ascend to the chair of St. Peter.

Bulgaria chooses new religious leader — with complex past

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Bulgaria’s church has long been an important cultural and moral center for the country. And over the weekend, for the first time in centuries, the new leader was chosen without government influence. But still, because of decades of political input, the new patriarch assumes office with a bit of uncertainty around him.

Next papal selection could bring first non-European pope

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The majority of Catholics around the world now live in Latin America and Africa, and those are the places where the church is still growing. Now, those Catholics in the developing world outnumber the Catholics from Europe. And still, the Catholic Church has never had a non-European Pope. Will that change?

Germans angered over Catholic Church’s decision to deny sacraments for church tax scofflaws

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Germany has long required people who are members of a church or a synagogue to pay a tax that supports the church and its operations. But as more Catholics decline to pay, the church is telling them if they don’t pay, they won’t be allowed to receive church sacraments.