The Independent newspaper is reporting the case of an Iranian who has been denied asylum in the UK because his conversion to Christianity and claim of its peaceful character is at odds with violent imagery in the Bible.
Buoyed by the Ukrainian Church splitting from the Russian Church - Montenegro and Macedonia attempt their own escape.
With EU parliamentary elections fast approaching, Victor Orban is staking out that a Christian pitch could win over a European electorate.
Services held around the world to mark the birth of Jesus.
There are an estimated 10 million Catholics in China, divided between a government-run association whose clergy are approved by the Communist Party, and the unofficial church loyal to the Vatican.
Ukrainian Orthodox leaders say they have approved the creation of a unified church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head the new church.
Constantinople's decision last week to end more than 300 years of Moscow's control over Orthodox churches in Ukraine was met with the Russian Orthodox Church's decision to split from Constantinople.
Ukraine is in the process of establishing an independent church, which Russia sees as a split in Orthodox Christianity, prompting it to retaliate against Constantinople for backing the Ukrainian church.
At a three-day synod presided over by the Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul, seat of the global spiritual leader of roughly 300 million Orthodox Christians, endorsed Ukraine's request for an "autocephalous," independent, church.
Evangelicals believe that the worship of idols or saints is blasphemous and some even consider it witchcraft and feel empowered to take action.
The deal gives the Holy See a decisive role in the appointment of all bishops in the country. The Vatican said Pope Francis recognised the legitimacy of the seven remaining state-appointed Chinese bishops.
President Donald Trump is expected to attend Reverend Billy Graham's funeral, but isn't scheduled to speak.
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