'Holy fire,' fireworks light up night as Orthodox Christians mark Easter

May 2, 2016

'Holy fire,' fireworks light up night as Orthodox Christians mark Easter

With “holy fire,” fireworks and night Mass, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus around 2,000 years ago. Roman Catholics and Protestants marked Easter in March, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar; Eastern Orthodox churches use the ...

Pope returns with 12 refugees after visit to Greek camp

Apr 17, 2016

Pope returns with 12 refugees after visit to Greek camp

Pope Francis took three families of Syrian refugees back to Rome on Saturday after visiting the frontline of Europe’s migrant crisis at a camp in Greece where migrants wept at his feet, kissed his hand and begged for help. At a sprawling fenced complex ...

Apr 11, 2016

Samoans divided over young woman's stigmata

Claims that a young woman developed wounds after playing Jesus Christ in a play have sharply divided opinion in Samoa, with people divided over whether the bleeding cuts are an authentic miracle or a hoax. The country’s prime minister is among those who believe ...

Jan 18, 2016

Czech leader says Muslim integration 'practically impossible' in Europe

Czech President Milos Zeman, known for his fiery anti-migrant rhetoric, said on Sunday it is “practically impossible” to integrate Muslims into European society. “The experience of Western European countries which have ghettos and excluded localities shows that the integration of the Muslim community is ...