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People hold palm fronds during Palm Sunday Mass on April 9 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Manila, Philippines. (CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters)
Faith News
The Vatican earlier posed no objection to the beatification process of Father Palliola, who established Christian settlements in the western part of Mindanao among the Subanon tribe.
Government troops take positions as fighting with Muslim militants in Marawi city enters its second week on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in southern Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Politics & Society News
A Catholic priest who was taken hostage by militants linked to the Islamic State group says he's being held alongside 200 other captives, including children.
Cardinal-designate Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, apostolic vicar of Pakse, Laos, places his hands on a new bishop during a 2010 ordination Mass. (CNS CNS photo/UCAN handout via EPA)
Faith News
Cardinal-designate Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, who will become the first cardinal from Laos, is an ethnic Khmu, a hill tribe from northern Laos and southern China.
Philippine government soldiers walk past a mosque before their May 25 assault on Maute insurgents, who have taken over large parts of the town of Marawi. Residents started to evacuate Marawi after President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law across the entire Muslim-majority region of Mindanao. (CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters)
Politics & Society News
Gunmen claiming to have links with the Islamic State group threatened to kill hostages, including a Catholic priest, who were taken from the southern Philippine city of Marawi on May 23.
Supporters of Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama weep as they react to the judges' verdict outside the court where his sentencing hearing is held in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.  (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Politics & Society News
An Indonesian court sentenced the minority Christian governor of Jakarta to two years in prison on Tuesday for blaspheming the Quran.
A muslim protester shouts slogans during a protest against Jakarta's Christian Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Friday, May 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Faith News
Thousands of conservative Muslims took to the streets of the Indonesian capital to call for the jailing of its minority Christian governor.