China scraps body that oversees religion

China’s ruling Communist Party has stepped up control over religion, dissolving its State Administration for Religious Affairs bureau and giving oversight of all religions to the party’s United Front Work Department. Observers said it was a “backward step”.

Philippines steps closer to legal divorce

The Philippines House of Representatives has approved a bill legalising divorce. The Church has opposed the bill, saying it will lead to more families breaking up.

Sistine Chapel concert to be live-streamed

A concert will be live-streamed from the Sistine Chapel next month. The Sixteen will perform James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater.

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