Hordes hoping for miracle throng Philippine Catholic procession

Throngs of Christian believers fling themselves at a historic statue of Jesus Christ as it inches through Manila for the annual Black Nazarene procession.

Christmas lunch, gifts, for Moscow’s poor and homeless

The Community of Sant’Egidio, an international Christian organisation particularly committed to helping people in difficulty, organises Christmas lunch in an Orthodox Church in downtown Moscow. Dozens of volunteers, mostly students, sit for a festive meal with Moscow’s poor and homeless.

Thousands of Islamists march in Jakarta ahead of elections

Around 100,000 people marched in Indonesia’s capital Sunday to mark two years since a demonstration that led to the fall of Jakarta’s Christian ex-governor, as presidential candidates seek to rally support ahead of next year’s general election.

Thousands of Islamists hold rally in Jakarta

Thousands of conservative Indonesian Muslims hold a peaceful rally to commemorate the second anniversary of a demonstration which led to the fall of Jakarta’s then Christian governor Basuki Thahaja Purnama. FIRST IMAGES

Blasphemy protests persist over Asia Bibi’s acquittal

Enraged Islamist hardliners continue protesting in the streets of Islamabad over the acquittal of a Christian woman for blasphemy, as thousands join mass protests. The protests are being largely led by the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan party, which is known for its hardline stance on blasphemy issues.

Pakistan PM Khan warns hardliners over blasphemy protests

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan hit out at hardliners and appeals for calm after extremists called for the country’s Supreme Court justices to be murdered for overturning the conviction of a Christian woman facing execution for blasphemy.

Pakistani Christians welcome blasphemy acquittal ruling

Pakistani Christians react to the Supreme Court overturning of the conviction of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother facing execution for blasphemy, in a landmark case which has incited deadly violence and reached as far as the Vatican.