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500-year-old antique stolen from church in Cyprus repatriated

A 500-year-old Orthodox icon that was looted from a church in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus has been returned to the island. The...

Ramadan kicks off in much of Middle East amid soaring prices

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan — when the faithful fast from dawn to dusk — began at sunrise in much of the Middle...

German city allows mosques to broadcast call to Friday prayers

The German city of Cologne will start permitting mosques to broadcast muezzin calls for prayer, the city said. The calls can be broadcast for five...

Chinese leader visits Tibet amid rising controls over religion

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has made a rare visit to Tibet as authorities tighten controls over the Himalayan region’s traditional Buddhist culture. State media reported...

Pope opens final Holy Week services but will skip Last Supper rite

Pope Francis has opened the solemn final days of Holy Week with a morning Mass in St Peter’s Basilica but planned to skip the...

Discovery of new Dead Sea Scroll fragments announced in Israel

Israeli archaeologists announced the discovery of dozens of new Dead Sea Scroll fragments bearing a biblical text found in a desert cave and believed...

Pilgrims return to Mecca as Saudi Arabia eases virus restrictions

A very small, limited number of people wearing the white terrycloth garment symbolic of the Muslim pilgrimage circled Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on...

Pope warns against negativity as world emerges into new normal

Pope Francis has advised against pessimism as many people emerge from coronavirus lockdowns to a new way of living. During Mass in St Peter’s Basilica...

Muslims celebrate Eid amid curfews and virus fears

Muslims around the world on Sunday began celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a normally festive holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, with...

Scores held in Montenegro amid calls for release of priests who defied lockdown

Montenegrin police said they have detained around 60 people following clashes at protests demanding the release of eight Serbian Orthodox Church priests jailed for...

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