{FD} Catholicism in China losing ground amid surge in Protestantism

Even with the efforts by Vatican officials to end the decades-long rift between the Catholic Church and the Chinese government, the number of new Catholics in China is on the decline and palls in comparison to the growth of Protestantism in the Asian nation.

{FD} Bollywood film faces attacks from Hindu groups

A member of India's Hindu nationalist ruling party has offered a 100 million rupee ($1.5 million) reward to anyone who beheads the lead actress and the director of the yet-to-be released Bollywood film "Padmavati" over its alleged handling of the relationship between a Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler.

{FD} The Latest: Suu Kyi blames conflicts on illegal immigration

The Latest on an Asia-Europe foreign ministers meeting in Myanmar (all times local): Noon Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi says the world is facing instability and conflict in part because illegal immigration spreads terrorism in a speech that comes as her country is accused of violently pushing out hundreds of thousands of unwanted Rohingya Muslims.

{FD} Italy buries 26 Nigerian women _ most without a name

More than two dozen young Nigerian women who drowned during a migrant crossing from Libya were honored Friday with an interfaith funeral, closing out a gruesome new chapter in the years-long tragedy of desperate migrants trying to reach Europe and dying along the way.

{FD} Spain ‘no comment’ on reports attacks imam was informer

Spain's government says it can't comment on news reports that the imam police say was the key figure behind the cell that killed 16 people in extremist attacks in Barcelona and a nearby town in August had once been an intelligence agency informer.

{FD} Myanmar cardinal defends Suu Kyi on eve of pope trip

Myanmar's Catholic cardinal has defended Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi against "unfair" criticism over Myanmar's military crackdown on Muslim Rohingya, and says terming it "ethnic cleansing" is unhelpful and premature.

{FD} El Salvador Jesuits seek reopening of case in 1989 massacre

The Roman Catholic Jesuit community in El Salvador says it will ask authorities to reopen the case against a group of military officials suspected in the 1989 massacre of six priests and two female employees.

{FD} Pope rebukes climate deniers as ‘perverse’ in Bonn message

Pope Francis on Thursday rebuked those who deny the science behind global warming and urged negotiators at climate talks in Germany to avoid falling prey to such "perverse attitudes" and instead accelerate efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

{FD} Turkish Cypriots split over Islam’s rise in northern Cyprus

At over 60 meters (200 feet) high, the four black-coned minarets of the nearly completed Hala Sultan mosque tower over the plain of Mesaoria in the northern, Turkish Cypriot part of ethnically divided Cyprus.

{FD} UK Anglicans issue advice to counter anti-LGBT bullying

The Church of England has issued new guidance to counter anti-LGBT bullying at its schools, telling teachers that children should be permitted to wear tutus, tiaras or superhero capes "without judgment or derision."