Mormon founder had up to 40 wives: Church

The founder of the Mormon church, Joseph Smith, had as many as 40 wives, including some who were already married and one as young as 14 years old, the church has acknowledged for the first time.

Setback for Pope Francis as synod fails to agree on gays, divorcees
Setback for Pope Francis as synod fails to agree on gays, divorcees

Roman Catholic bishops Saturday failed to reach consensus on opening the Church's doors to remarried divorcees and gays after a special synod on the family, in a blow to Pope Francis.

Vatican synod discusses accepting homosexuality

 Senior clerics taking part in a review of Catholic teachings have called on the church to adopt a more positive stance on homosexuality.

China sentences two cult members to death for McDonald's murder

China sentenced two members of a banned religious cult to death on Saturday for the murder of a woman at a McDonald`s restaurant after she refused an apparent attempt by the group to recruitment her, state media said.

Grenade blast kills 2 in Philippine church

Two men on a motorcycle have fired a grenade at the main gate of a Protestant church in the southern Philippines, killing two churchgoers and wounding three others, police said.

Man excommunicated by church moves HC

The Madras High Court bench here on Friday directed a petitioner to approach the officials of churches for conducting religious ceremonies for his son, observing the church officials could not compel the petitioner to change the name of the "god father" of the minor child.

Kanye West to build Kim Kardashian her own church?

Rapper Kanye West is reportedly planning to build a USD 5 million cathedral for his wife Kim Kardashian.

Relatives of S Korea ferry victims to seek Pope`s aid

The families of victims from South Korea`s ferry disaster said on Wednesday they would seek Pope Francis` support for an in-depth probe into the tragedy at a private meeting during his upcoming visit.

Austrian woman accused of making porn films in church

An Austrian woman has been charged after she allegedly sneaked into a village church and filmed herself performing sexual acts, police said Thursday.

Dutch pray across bereaved nation for MH17 victims

Churchgoers prayed across the Netherlands on Sunday for the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airways plane crash in Ukraine, most of them Dutch.

Church vandalised in UP, Bajrang Dal activists arrested

A church was vandalised allegedly by Bajrang Dal activists at village Sehkari Nagar in Bulandshahr, police said.

Shunned Goa orphanage students look to `Taare...` for inspiration

In despair and puzzled by the aggression of their schoolmates` parents, 23 students from a South Goa school, branded HIV+ve, are falling back on Aamir Khan`s blockbuster film `Taare Zameen Par` for inspiration and solace.

Australia priest abuse rate double pope`s estimate: Church group

An Australian Catholic Church body dealing with the legacy of child sex abuse by clergy said Tuesday it believed the number of paedophile priests was historically twice the pope`s reported estimate.

Garry Marshall donates bench to church

Filmmaker Garry Marshall has donated a wooden bench to his favourite church.

Polish Church apologises for child sex abuse

Leaders of Poland`s Catholic Church have apologised to the victims of child sex abuse by priests and admitted they have long ignored the problem.

At least 30 killed in east DR Congo church: Official

Armed men burst into a church in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo overnight, killing more than 30 people including women and children, local sources said.

Irish church under fire over children`s mass grave

The Catholic Church in Ireland is facing fresh accusations of child neglect after a researcher found records for 796 young children believed to be buried in a mass grave beside a former orphanage for the children of unwed mothers.

Ukrainian church in Crimea attacked by armed men: Kiev patriarchate

Armed men attacked a Ukrainian Orthodox church in Crimea, beating up a priest and church-goers including a pregnant woman, the Kiev patriarchate said.

Church bus fire kills 31 colombians, most of them children

As many as 31 people, most believed to be children, were killed and others injured in northern Colombia when fire broke out on a bus taking them to a church event, local media reported.

Selena Gomez goes to church to avoid rehab?

Singer Selena Gomez, who underwent rehab in January, has started going to church as she reportedly believes a "spiritual gap" is the reason she`s suffering from depression.