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.
A Pakistani court has granted the government three more days to find a way to clear an Islamist rally near the capital, Islamabad.
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.
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.
Celebrating Mass with poor people, Pope Francis is denouncing "indifference" as a great sin.
The Holy See says a fresh investigation has been opened into allegations a future priest had sex with a fellow student at its youth seminary in Vatican City.
Sri Lanka's police say 19 persons have been arrested following racial violence in the country's south that started over a dispute between majority Buddhists and minority Muslims.
A Philippine court has convicted a man of multiple murder for a daring motorcycle bomb attack that killed a Muslim rebel-turned-congressman and three other people and wounded 10, including two legislators.
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.
A Turkish minister says the "American system" has been infiltrated by a Muslim cleric blamed for last summer's failed coup.
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.
Pope Francis will be offering several hundred poor people — homeless, migrants, unemployed — a lunch of gnocchi, veal and tiramisu when he celebrates his first World Day of the Poor in the spirit of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi.
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.
A beehive-like structure built deep underground in Jerusalem is providing an innovative solution for the holy city's chronic shortage of burial space for the dead.
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.
Pope Francis blasted global warming skeptics on Thursday as having "perverse attitudes."
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.
Dozens of Christian Arabs have protested against the Greek Orthodox patriarch of the Holy Land, demanding the resignation of Theophilos III for allegedly selling church land to Israelis.
A gay-marriage opponent has urged the Australian Senate to protect religious, speech and parental rights when legislating for gay marriage.
A conference room at a Paris middle school has been named in honor of two Jewish boys who were fatally shot by an Islamic extremist in southern France more than five years ago.
Luxury sports car maker Lamborghini has presented Pope Francis with a brand-new, special edition Huracan that will be auctioned off with the proceeds donated to charity.
A senator has introduced a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Australia and allow only churches and ministers of religion to boycott such weddings.
After falling out with Benjamin Netanyahu as a junior member of the Cabinet last year, Avi Gabbay is now a leading candidate to replace the scandal-plagued prime minister.
An Italian diocese is defending its decision to ordain a seminarian accused in a book and an investigative TV report of having engaged in gay sex with a fellow teenager while both studied at the Vatican's youth seminary.
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.
A defense lawyer says a Pakistani court has granted bail to a Muslim cleric who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the 2016 murder of social media model Qandeel Baloch.
The Church of England issued a new directive on Monday stating that children should be able to explore their gender identity, The New York Times reported.
The United Nations chief has expressed alarm over the tragic plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar in remarks before that country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
Pope Francis' weeklong visit to Chile and Peru in January is expected to include a focus on issues affecting indigenous people.
A Greek court has sentenced two Muslim clerics to seven months in prison after they led prayers at a funeral service instead of using a state-appointed preacher.
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."
The Latest on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in the Philippines (all times local): 7:45 p.m.