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India: Rural economic distress poses post-election challenge

BHASKER TRIPATHI, of Thomson Reuters Foundation, reports that analysts says after the election, the winners will need to address deepening hardship in Indian villages…

Criminal justice: Four years after George Floyd killing, police reform in US slow to follow

BIANCA FLOWERS and STEPHANIE KELLY, of Reuters, report that federal attempts at wide-ranging reform have been mostly unsuccessful…

Church relics: Carbon-dating of ancient tunics of Saints Peter and John separates legend from reality

CLAIRE GIANGRAVÉ, of Religion News Service, reports on what a new restoration and carbon-dating analysis have revealed…

Balancing act: In drought-hit Amazon, road paving fears grow as rivers run dry

Worsening droughts are depleting Amazon riverways, raising fears that road paving could fuel deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. ANDRE CABETTE FABIO, of Thomson Reuters Foundation, reports…

Catholic Church: Despite Pope’s clear ‘no’ in a CBS interview, promoters of women deacons hold out hope

ALEJA HERTZLER-MCCAIN, of Religion News Service, reports from the US that while they emphasised their resolve and hope, advocates for women deacons also expressed surprise and dismay at the interview…

South Africa: Thirty years after end of apartheid, inequality persists

KOPANO GUMBI and OLIVIA KUMWENDA-MTAMBO, of Reuters, look at what the data shows…

28th May, 2024
MEETING: Chinese Premier Li Qiang with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Seoul for their first three-way talks in four years.
EXPLODED: A newly developed rocket engine after takeoff from North Korea, destroying a new military reconnaissance satellite.
IMPROVING: Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico’s condition after an assassination attempt earlier this month is improving, the government and hospital said on Monday.

28th May, 2024
Number of vertebrate species which have become extinct in the past 100 years: More than 400
Source: UNU

Essay: Why the UMC took a historic stand and condemned Hindu nationalism

NEAL CHRISTIE, executive director of the Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations of North America, says – in an article first published on Religion News Service – that the United Methodist Church will not stand by silently while people are persecuted because of their faith and their conscience…

28th May, 2024
“The images from the camp are horrific and point to no apparent change in the methods and means of warfare used by Israel that have already led to so many civilian deaths. Sunday’s strike underscores once again that there is literally no safe place in Gaza.”
– Volker Türk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement after Israel air strikes hit a camp for displaced people in Rafah, southern Gaza, reportedly claiming more than 45 Palestinian lives, including women and children (as quoted on Reuters).

Jesus (head of the church): He is the architect and builder of the church with His governance directing Christians in the fulfilment of God’s purposes.

Finding hope and a future

In an article marking International Women’s Day, SALLY BRUCE, of DFN (Dignity Freedom Network), looks at how the organisation is working to set women free…

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Are you ready to study the Bible?

DENIS PLANT, principal of Vision Colleges in Australia, writes about the advantages of studying the Bible “at your pace from your place”… 

This Life: Confronting fear

SAMANTHA ELLEY reflects on the New Testament account of a woman forced to face her fears – and her own experience doing so…

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