Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
AP

A revival of an old Easter tradition has gone ahead in southern Czech Republic amid tight coronavirus restrictions.

After the pandemic prevented it from happening a year ago, a procession of participants in black suits with white masks returned to the city of

Lajosmizse, Hungary
Reuters

With spring and COVID-19 vaccines within sight, Hungarian confectioner Laszlo Rimoczi is sending a message of hope for Easter by creating chocolate bunnies holding vaccine syringes.

Rimoczi said the vaccines, made of fine Italian chocolate and sprinkled with silver food colouring powder, signalled there was a

Hualien, Taiwan
Reuters

Taiwanese prosecutors have sought an arrest warrant for a construction site manager whose truck is believed to have caused a train accident in which at least 50 people died.

The crash, Taiwan's worst rail accident in seven decades, occurred after an express train hit a

Brussels, Belgium
Reuters

The United States, Germany, France and other G7 countries called on Friday for an independent and transparent investigation into alleged human rights abuses during the conflict in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region.

Ethiopia's federal army ousted the former regional ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
AP

Rev Celio Ricardo has spent nearly two decades helping drug addicts get off crack cocaine. Now he’s trying to bring spiritual support to victims of another scourge afflicting Rio de Janeiro: COVID-19.

“The church can’t sit idly by or stay silent,” Ricardo said

RNS

A British judge has ruled a borough council and its transportation provider discriminated against Christians by removing bus ads promoting an event with evangelist Franklin Graham in the English seaside town of Blackpool.

The ads, which were briefly placed on public buses prior to Graham’s 2018 Lancashire

Vatican City
Reuters

Pope Francis presided at a scaled back "Way of the Cross" service held in an empty St Peter's Square on Friday due to coronavirus restrictions, listening as children recounted their fears and dreams.

It was the second consecutive year that the "Via Crucis" procession, commemorating

Pemba, Mozambique
Reuters

A boat carrying 1,200 survivors of a deadly attack by Islamic State-linked insurgents in northern Mozambique reached safety in the port of Pemba on Thursday, some of them crying on arrival after spending days hiding in the bush.

Aid workers were at the crowded port

Hualien, Taiwan
Reuters

A Taiwan express train with almost 500 aboard derailed in a tunnel on Friday, killing at least 48 passengers and injuring 66 in the island's worst rail disaster in almost four decades.

Images from the scene showed carriages in the tunnel ripped apart by the

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Jerusalem, Israel
AP

Christians in the Holy Land marked Good Friday without the mass pilgrimages usually seen in the days leading up to Easter because of the coronavirus, and worshippers in many other predominantly Christian countries where the virus is still raging

Vatican City
AP

Pope Francis celebrated a surprise Holy Thursday Mass with the cardinal he fired last year, extending an extraordinary gesture to Cardinal Angelo Becciu by celebrating the liturgy that commemorates Jesus' Last Supper with his apostles before his crucifixion.

News of the celebration in Becciu's private

Kyiv, Ukraine
Reuters

Visiting a military base in 2014, Ukrainian artist and icon painter Oleksandr Klymenko was struck by how much the bottom and cover of a wooden ammunition box could resemble a Christian icon panel. 

He borrowed one of the boxes from the base and painted a

Brussels, Belgium
Reuters

Most European Union member states on Thursday agreed to share part of their upcoming vaccine deliveries with the five EU countries they said need them most.

The EU's vaccine doses are usually distributed between the bloc's 27 countries based on population size.

Vatican City
AP

Pope Francis opened the solemn final days of Holy Week with a morning Mass in St Peter’s Basilica but planned to skip the traditional Thursday afternoon service that commemorates Jesus’ Last Supper with His apostles. 

The Vatican didn’t explain why the dean of the College

Hong Kong, China
Reuters

A Hong Kong court found seven prominent democrats guilty of unauthorised assembly charges, including 82-year-old barrister Martin Lee and media tycoon Jimmy Lai, 72, the latest blow to the city's beleaguered democracy movement. 

Lee, who helped launch the city's largest opposition Democratic Party in

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