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The scene of the attack.

Samurai suicide attack at Japanese shrine

A priestess has been killed by her brother and sister-in-law in a samurai sword attack.

Many Muslim New Zealanders want KFC to start serving halal meat.

Kiwi Muslims want KFC to serve halal meat

Fried chicken fans think it should be available to people of all faiths.

The lawyer's been jailed for three years.

Lawyer jailed for urging rape of women wearing ripped jeans

He said it was a "patriotic duty" to sexually harass and rape women whose clothes weren't up to his standards.

Cameron Esposito's photo has been liked thousands of times on Twitter.

'Gay nativity' scene upsets bishop

If it's to be believed, Jesus' birth truly was a miracle.

Pauline Hanson is well-known for her controversial stance on a number of issues.

Same-sex marriage will give rise to polygamy - Pauline Hanson

The controversial Australian senator said under-age marriage would also be on the cards.

The interior of Uppsala Cathedral

Church stops referring to God as 'he'

The Church of Sweden will use gender-neutral terms for the Christian deity.

Islamic State flag.

Islamic State beheads its own

The 15 Islamic State fighters were executed after a bout of infighting in the group.

Church leaders Brian and Hannah Tamaki say the decision will be appealed.

Why Destiny Church might avoid a tax bill

Two of its charities will lose tax-exempt status, but the church still may not have to pay a cent.

Jesus cross

Should God and Jesus be removed from the parliamentary prayer?

Take The AM Show's poll.

Pope John Paul I.

Pope John Paul I on his way to becoming a saint

Pope John Paul I served for just 33 days as pontiff in 1978 before his abrupt death.

The Pope wants you to put down your phone.

Pope Francis damns cellphones

Thou shalt not take selfies - at least when the Pope is looking.

Amy Tielu struggled with her identity as a teenager.

Short Pasifika film shows father-daughter acceptance

Amy Tielu's pastor father has come to accept her identity.

Mourners pay their respects during the Nelson Mandela memorial service at Holy Trinity Cathedral on December 13, 2013

Holy Trinity Cathedral finally complete

The Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland is to be consecrated, 60 years after construction began.

Burqa niqab

Denmark to ban 'masks', including burqa and niqab

Denmark looks set to become the next European country to restrict the burqa and the niqab.

Religion

Doctor says religion can help people quit smoking

The doctor said a fear of god may motivate people

Tanya Jacob says the coursework of some religious education classes is "disturbing".

Kids exposed to 'disturbing' religious education - secular lobbyist

The Secular Education Network says some religious classes have parallels with child grooming.

Religion

Gloriavale man charged with sexual violation

The man's offending allegedly occurred over a three-year period.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis accused of heresy

Last year he opened the door to accepting Catholics who have been through a divorce and remarried.

Aung San Suu Kyi.

Demands Myanmar end Rohingya violence

Attacks by Rohingya militants triggered a crackdown that the UN has branded ethnic cleansing.

Sister Margaret hard at work with her chainsaw.

Chainsaw wielding nun cleans up Miami after hurricane

The Lord works in mysterious ways.