Mao Zedong died in 1976, and since then, two big things have happened to China, says Giles Fraser. The first is the explosion of the economy. The other is the explosion of religion - and, sometimes, its suppression.
Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic, who has been arrested in Serbia after more than a decade on the run, will finally face justice after years of support from a network of allies - including many in the Serbian Orthodox Church.
A German church has far exceeded its initial expectations in so far distributing more than 200,000 black bracelets intended as a symbolic protest against human rights abuses in China during the Olympic Games in Beijing.
The scale of the challenge and the glimmer of new possibilities in interreligious understnading is on display at the 16-18 July international interfaith conference convened in Madrid by the Muslim World League.
Legal restrictions imposed for Pope Benedict's visit to Sydney this week, which could see protesters arrested for "annoying" Catholic pilgrims, are unconstitutional, the Australian Federal Court has ruled.
Roman Catholic social justice advocates have joined in widespread criticism of new laws restricting protests during World Youth Day in Sydney this month, which Pope Benedict XVI will attend in his first visit to Australia.
A key church figure in the struggle against Robert Mugabe's abuses in Zimbabwe, Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube, has said he may soon return to the country, still reeling from post-election conflict, hunger and economic chaos.