Pope Francis says those who hid sex abuse by priests `are guilty`

Pope Francis on Monday unambiguously said Church officials who covered up sexual abuse "are guilty" of wrongdoing, as he returned home after a triumphant trip to the United States where he held emotional talks with child abuse survivors.

Nigeria shuts down churches over noisy worship

Authorities in Nigeria`s financial capital Lagos have shut down churches across the city after a glut of complaints over noisy worship.

Israel arrests Jewish suspects over torching famous church

Israeli security forces on Sunday said they had arrested several Jewish suspects over an arson attack last month at a famous Catholic church on the Sea of Galilee.

Explosives found at church in Jos, central Nigeria: Police

Explosives were found at a church in the central Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday, police and the Red Cross told AFP, adding that the device went off but there were no casualties.

Background check mix-up let suspected Charleston shooter buy gun - FBI

The suspect in the killings of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, was able to buy a gun because of mistakes in a background check that should have revealed an admission of drug possession, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on Friday.

Church in Nadia district vandalised by unidentified persons

Unidentified persons vandalised a church at Taherpur in West Bengal's Nadia district, the police said on Friday.

In Ecuador, Pope Francis appeals for more inclusive Church

Pope Francis used his first Mass in Ecuador on Monday to ask for support in his efforts to reach out to Catholics who feel shunned by the Church when the world`s bishops gather at the Vatican in October.

Ecuador tense with anti-govt protests ahead of pope visit
Ecuador tense with anti-govt protests ahead of pope visit

Just days before the hotly-anticipated visit of Pope Francis to Ecuador, the country`s President has come under increasing pressure from opposition protests demanding his ouster.

No racial motivation seen in US church fires: ATF

Fires at six African-American churches in the southern United States do not appear to be linked or racially motivated, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said Thursday.

Six black churches burnt after Charleston church massacre

In the two weeks after a racially motivated massacre claimed lives of nine African-Americans, at least six predominantly African-American churches in south US had been burnt down, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

US Episcopal church elects first black presiding bishop

The US Episcopal Church elected Bishop Michael Curry on Saturday as its next presiding bishop, making him the first African-American leader of the 2.5 million-strong church.

Charleston minister: `The devil can`t take your church`
Charleston minister: `The devil can`t take your church`

The visiting minister at the church where nine African Americans were fatally shot last week said the racist shooter failed in his quest to foment hatred and to break their spirit of love and faith.

Anger, protests grow after Charleston church killings

Residents of South Carolina, still shaken by the unthinkable murder of nine African Americans, planned protests across the state today, giving voice to their grief, anger and demands for change.

Church victims' family face alleged attacker in court
Church victims' family face alleged attacker in court

 People prayed, dropped colourful flowers and wrote inspirational notes today at the black church where nine people were fatally shot earlier this week at the end of a Bible study meeting.

US church shooting suspect charged with nine murders

The young white man suspected of gunning down nine people at a black church in South Carolina has been charged with their murders, police said Friday, as the state`s governor called for him to face the death penalty.

US needs to address gun violence after shooting: Obama

A clearly frustrated President Barack Obama said Thursday the United States should look again at how killers get their hands on guns, after what he called "senseless murders" at a historic black church.

Fire damages historic Israel church, arson suspected

 A famous Catholic church in northern Israel was severely damaged early Thursday in a suspected arson attack by Jewish extremists.

Charleston police arrest South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof
Charleston police arrest South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof

Charleston police on Thursday arrested the shooter who opened fire at a historic African-American church leaving nine people dead in South Carolina.

Two US bishops quit, envoy trial date set in Church sex abuse cases

The Vatican has accepted the resignation of two US bishops accused of failing to protect minors from a paedophile priest and set a date for the unprecedented trial of a senior cleric for paedophilia.

1,500-year-old church discovered near Jerusalem

A 1,500-year-old church from the Byzantine era was unexpectedly discovered during the course of works to widen a highway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel officials said on Wednesday.