Religion

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The crowd broke into loud applause to try and drown out the yelling.

Watch: Pope Francis heckled after addressing crowd at Catholic university in Chile

The crowd broke into loud applause to try and drown out the yelling.

Sonny Bill Williams visited Mecca.

Sonny Bill Williams visits Mecca as part of Islamic pilgrimage

All Blacks and Blues player Williams paused his off-season training to visit Saudi Arabia.

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Many in the South American nation are angry over his 2015 decision to appoint a Bishop close to a Reverend found guilty of abusing children.

Dozens arrested in Chile during protests against visit of Pope Francis

Protesters carried signs with messages like, "Burn, pope!" and "We don't care about the pope!"

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Cranberries' singer, who died today aged 46, paid tribute to the role of the religion in her music in 2001.

Video: Dolores O’Riordan kisses ring of Pope John Paul II: 'I learnt a lot of my music through the church'

The Cranberries' singer, who has died aged 46, paid tribute to the role of religion in her music.

FILE - In this April 2, 2016, file photo, President Thomas S. Monson, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, raises his hand during a sustaining vote at the two-day Mormon church conference, in Salt Lake City. Monson, the 16th president of the Mormon church, has died after nine years in office. He was 90. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

President of Mormon church, Thomas S Monson dies, aged 90

As president of the nearly 16-million member religion, Monson was considered a prophet.

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During the service, Pope Francis decried wars, injustices and other man-made ills which he says spoiled the year.

Pope Francis laments wars, injustices that 'ruined' 2017

Francis presided over the New Year's Eve prayer service - a traditional occasion to give thanks in the final hours of the year.

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The Pope linked Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem to the migration of millions of people today.

Pope Francis uses annual Christmas Eve speech to defend immigrants

The Pope linked Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem to the migration of millions of people today.

Pope Francis, background centre, celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis: 'Christmas is a time for turning the power of fear into the power of charity'

The Pope has celebrated the late evening Christmas vigil Mass in the splendour of St. Peter's Basilica.

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The Breakfast team battle it out on the merits of changing the prayer.

Should Jesus be taken out of the parliamentary prayer?

The Breakfast team battle it out on the merits of changing the prayer.

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The Breakfast team battle it out on the merits of changing the prayer.

'Who are you praying to?' - Decision to remove Jesus from parliamentary prayer proves divisive

Hillary Barry said the move was "PC gone mad" but Jack Tame said it reflected our secular society.

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Brian and Hannah Tamaki's church could now face a substantial tax bill as a result of the deregistration.

Two Destiny Church charities stripped of charitable status for missing financial records filing deadline

The two charities of Brian and Hannah Tamaki could now face a substantial tax bill as a result of deregistration.

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The opening glass wall was designed to give the experience of worshipping in the garden.

Modern church extension wins big at National Architecture Awards

The church extension, at the back of Parnell's Holy Trinity Cathedral, invites worshippers a peek inside the chapel.

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1 NEWS NOW reporter Luke Appleby says the church tells him they’re working to file as soon as possible.

Two Destiny Church charities miss financial records filing deadline, face being stripped of charitable status

Destiny has lodged a late objection with the Department of Internal Affairs in a last-gasp bid to hold on to tax-free privileges.

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Are you there God? It's me, Miriama

Fifty years after Lloyd Geering shook the religious establishment, Miriama Kamo asks what we've learnt.

Austria's burqa ban comes into effect

The law prohibits any kind of full-face covering and claims to protect Austria's values.

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Allegations that religious education in our public schools is leading to bullying and potential grooming are being slammed.

Watch: 'There are no secrets' – parents and church clash over religious education in schools

"It is scaremongering. It is not truthful and it is not the correct view."

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The Secular Education Network want the government to end religious education in state schools.

'Most parents are pretty shocked' - new push to block religious teaching in Kiwi state schools

A campaign starts today to bring about change in New Zealand state schools.

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The Church of the Holy Innocents in Peel Forest near Geraldine has been brought back to life.

'Great, just wonderful' – South Canterbury church has first service after being torn apart in 2010 quake

The Church of the Holy Innocents in Peel Forest near Geraldine has been brought back to life.

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Lilia Tarawa is the granddaughter of Hopeful Christian, who runs the West Coast sect.

Full interview: Sunday meets Lilia, who is trying to reprogramme her mind after a lifetime of propaganda at Gloriavale

Lilia Tarawa is the granddaughter of Hopeful Christian, who runs the West Coast sect.

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Lilia Tarawa has undergone a transformation after leaving the Gloriavale Christian Community, and is speaking out about female repression within the church.

'I'm sexy and I know it' - Ex-Gloriavale member speaks out about women's repression within the church

A decade has passed since SUNDAY first spoke to Lilia Tarawa, and she's undergone a dramatic transformation since leaving Gloriavale church.

Australian MPs caution against burqa ban despite public support

A poll found 57 per cent of Australians support banning the burqa in public places.

Ban placed on 'instant divorce' practice by Muslim Indian men

India used to allow a Muslim man to separate from his wife by saying "divorce" three times.

Video: 'Inciting violence, verging on hate speech' - Baptist leader, Human Rights boss slam Auckland pastor's 'shameful' sermon

Logan Robertson from Westcity Baptist Church has also told his congregation not to vote for Labour’s leader.

Priest jailed for sex abuse released amid fears of reoffence

A notorious Boston Roman Catholic priest jailed for rape and sexual abuse in the 80s has been released back into the community without an electronic monitoring bracelet.

Watch: And there it goes! Buddhist temple collapses in floodwaters

The moment of the surreal sinking was captured by the temple's abbot.

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