Chinese Catholics must run their church independently - implying at arms length  - from the Vatican, and guide believers on a "Sinicisation path", said a senior Communist Party official, as China and the Vatican seek to improve relations.

Pope Francis is trying to heal a decades-old rift

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A court in Khartoum, Sudan, on Monday released a pastor from prison after acquitting him of charges punishable by the death penalty, sources said.

Rev Kwa (also transliterated Kuwa) Shamaal, head of missions of the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC), was acquitted of charges ranging

Church leaders around the world have condemned an attack in Istanbul in the early hours of 1st January in which at least 39 people were killed.

Some 24 of those who died were foreigners - mainly from Middle Eastern nations, killed when a gunman opened fire in front of and

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Two assistant priests in Myanmar are missing after informing journalists about the bombing of a Catholic church building in Shan state, sources have told Morning Star News.

Dom Dawng Nawng and La Jaw Gam Hseng went missing on Christmas Eve, 24th December, after helping journalists


American composer JJ Wright, 31, has released an album of sacred music entitled 'O Emmanuel'. PICTURE: Kirk Richard Smith.

A young American composer is shaking up traditional perceptions of sacred music and finding new ways to combine his love of jazz with

Organisers of Australia's National Day of Prayer and Fasting are encouraging Christians across the country to join in a New Year's Day 'sunrise prayer relay'.

The second time the event has been held, it involves gathering in a public place - whether a hill, lookout or local landmark - and praying

Sydney-siders have the chance to "step into the shoes" of a teenage Syrian refugee with a virtual reality, immersive story-telling experience at the Macquarie Centre in North Ryde.

The 360 degree experience, which visitors must don VR goggles to experience at World Vision's first pop-up 'experiential centre', centres on the

A video believed to show kidnapped Indian Catholic priest, Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, has been released by his captors on Boxing Day.

In the five minute video, the Salesian priest appeals for greater efforts to help facilitate his release, appealing to Pope Francis directly and saying that his situation would have

The number of people who have died while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 has surpassed 5,000 - the worst annual death toll yet seen, according to the United Nations refugee agency.

In the latest incidents it's estimated that 100 people drowned on 22nd December in two incidents


Pope Francis used his traditional Christmas message to call for an end to war and terrorism, and to remember migrants, refugees and those who suffer as a result of "the economic ambitions of the few."

The pontiff delivered his ‘Urbi et Orbi’ (To the City and to

Christmas services at Melbourne's Anglican St Paul's Cathedral will proceed as planned after police thwarted an alleged Christmas Day terror attack which they said intended to target the cathedral along with Federation Square and Flinders Street Station.

Four men have been charged after a series of raids on Friday involving

World Watch Monitor

Christians in the south of Nigeria are failing to help their persecuted compatriots in the north, according to a veteran humanitarian campaigner.

British peer, Baroness Caroline Cox, who has made numerous aid missions to the country, including a recent trip, told World Watch Monitor : “My

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German authorities scoured the nation and other European countries for a Tunisian asylum seeker who is being sought after a truck rampage at a Christmas market here that killed 12 people and injured 48.

Mourners in Berlin hold a candlelight vigil near the site where a truck ploughed into a Christmas

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