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Head of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, Thich Quang Do has spent most of his life advocating for religious freedom and human rights in communist-run Vietnam
'I could no longer claim membership in the Catholic Church in good faith – not just because of the hypocrites in her, but because of the inherent hypocrisy in her system'
Maria Ressa joins the United Nations, the Religions for Peace International, Dutch journalist Sander de Kramer, and Palermo, Sicily Mayor Leoluca Orlando as awardees
What led our podcast guest David Ong to his atheism? What values does he hold? Would he raise his child godless or marry a staunch Catholic? Let's find out!
On social media, Kristoffer Pasion, a Filipino historian, minces no words: 'As a Baptist, I denounce this and the disgusting hypocrisy of these church leaders who invited Duterte and laughed at his curse-laden speech'
Why do we rank as a corrupt country despite being the only Christian nation in Asia? What happened to the faith that teaches us to love God and our neighbors?
There’s nothing funny about Pastor Quiboloy. Nothing is funny when religious work perpetuates people’s ignorance.
'Provocative criticisms from skeptics, agnostics, and atheists should in fact be welcomed as a means for us Catholics to let our faith grow deeper and perhaps evolve'
Akala ko noong una 'pag atheist, barumbado, matapang, siga, pero nagkamali ako. Sila pa 'yung mas nakakaunawa, sila pa 'yung mas gumagalang ng paniniwala ng iba.
Moving to predominantly Christian Manila was daunting for Earl, a practicing Muslim from Zamboanga. What challenges did he face?
'My first years as a new Muslim were definitely tough. I was previously unaware of how difficult life was as a Muslim, because it was a struggle that I could not relate to as a Christian.'
I am positive that we can become a nation that can rise beyond the idea that we should all be similar, and that we need to change those who do not fit our standards
My departure from Christianity does not mean that I will cling to the arms of blasphemy
Ayaw kong mabuhay sa takot. Ayaw kong isipin na dapat ganito, ganiyan ang gawin ko upang 'maligtas' ako sa kung anong katapusang mangyayari.
US Vice President Mike Pence says, in 'Saudi Arabia, blogger Raif Badawi is still in prison for the alleged crime of criticizing Islam through electronic means'
5 years after the Islamic State swept across the Yazidis' hometown of Sinjar, here is what you need to know about the religious minority
'Despite Indian government statistics indicating that communal violence has increased sharply over the past two years, the Modi administration has not addressed the problem,' the US report international religious freedom finds
'I am honored to officially extend an invitation to Your Holiness to visit Iraq – the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of Abraham, the father of the faithful and messenger of the divine religions,' says President Barham Saleh
According to the Wellcome Global Monitor 2018, the Philippines is among 19 countries 'where people most likely have high trust' in scientists
Sri Lanka's president issues a proclamation saying that the emergency will continue for another 30 days, citing 'public security'
A Seoul appeals court has sentenced Pastor Lee Jaerock to 16 years behind bars
Police say security will remain tight over the weekend for a major Buddhist festival as well as the 10th anniversary of the ending of the country's decades-long Tamil separatist war
(UPDATED) It is not clear when Bibi may have left or where she may have gone, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declines to confirm whether she has arrived in Canada
'I received the necessary medical treatments and now feel kind of normal,' the 83-year-old tells reporters in a video posted on his official Twitter account
The suspect is arrested at the Roman Catholic basilica shortly after the attack in front of 50 people and a television audience, while priest Claude Grou is taken to hospital
The person found guilty, known only as Facebook user 'Ayea Yea,' will be jailed for 10 years and 10 months after pleading guilty to 10 charges of anti-religious activity and the misuse of communications networks
'I am waiting for the Holy See to assume its responsibilities,' French European Minister Nathalie Loiseau says when asked if Luigi Ventura should see his diplomatic immunity lifted
The investigation could result in a canonical trial and George Pell's eventual expulsion from the priesthood
Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' closest advisers, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes
'The entire Church must take an honest look, undertake rigorous discernment, and then act decisively,' says Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias
(UPDATED) 'We humbly and sorrowfully admit that wounds have been inflicted by us bishops on the victims and in fact the entire body of Christ,' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle tells the assembly
Pope Francis says the problem can be found 'anywhere' but is prevalent in 'some new congregations and in some regions'
The Mauni Amavasya – or new moon day – is the most auspicious day of the 48-day Kumbh Mela festival
The pope's highly publicized 48-hour visit to the United Arab Emirates will also include an open-air Mass on Tuesday, February 5, for 135,000 of the Muslim country's million Catholic residents
'She should now be free to reunite with her family and seek safety in a country of her choice,' Amnesty International says in a statement
The pope has made two trips to Asia since his election 5 years ago, visiting the Philippines and Sri Lanka in 2014, followed by Myanmar and Bangladesh in 2017
The app, which will be introduced early next year, is aimed at ensuring a regular flow of tourists at the Church of the Nativity
The disclosures by the Jesuit provinces of Maryland and USA Midwest are the latest chapter in the ongoing sexual abuse scandal roiling the Catholic Church
Of the 38 countries where freedom is threatened, the situation has worsened in 18 of them, 'in particular in two of the most populous countries in the world, China and India'
The Australian Grand Mufti and other senior Muslim figures in Australia say they are 'deeply concerned and disappointed' with comments by Prime Minister Scott Morrison
(UPDATED) Police say about 20 other people are injured after 2 armed men on a motorcycle forced their way into a building where the Nirankari spiritual group was meeting
Asia Bibi's release comes a week after her acquittal in a landmark case that triggered angry Islamist protests in Muslim-majority Pakistan
According to estimates, as many as one million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are being kept in extrajudicial detention in China's fractious far western Xinjiang region
'We are tolerating remarks against us but action can be taken according to the law and constitution,' says the Pakistan military spokesman. 'Don’t force us into taking an action.'
'The appeal is allowed. She has been acquitted. The judgement of high court as well as trial court is reversed. Her conviction is set aside,' says Pakistan's Chief Justice Saqib Nisar
'Was it right to prioritize the church before us, his family? Was it right that he hides money from me and yet generously donate to them?'
Magistrate Robert Stone has decided Philip Wilson will not need to spend time behind bars, with his age and prior good record taken into account
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Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo likens President Rodrigo Duterte to an 'academician' weighing in on the 'logic' behind the Bible's creation story