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Dr Ruth Pfau. PICTURE: Maik Meid/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0

For the first time in the recent history of Pakistan, a Christian, who is actually a German but adopted Pakistan has her homeland, is
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An ecumenical group of African-American clergy gather outside the US Capitol in opposition to the proposed pending budget and health care bill on 18th July. PICTURE: RNS/Madeleine Buckley 

A coalition of African-American clergy is calling on churches to serve as sacred spaces
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A book of Indigenous art depicting stories from the Bible has won the Australian Christian Book of the Year for 2017.

Published by Bible Society Australia to mark its bicentenary, Our Mob, God's Story  features the work of 66 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
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Christian leaders around the world have joined in the chorus of voices condemning an attack in the Spanish city of Barcelona on Thursday which left 13 people dead and scores of others injured.

A white van sped through a pedestrian area in the city's historic Las Ramblas district, reportedly swerving

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Andrew Forrest, founder of anti-slavery initiative the Walk Free Foundation, has welcomed an Australian Government proposal requiring large businesses to report how they are combatting modern slavery in supply chains , saying the legislation would be a "game-changer" in the fight to end slavery around the world.

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Advocates and clergy deliver letters from faith leaders to Congress to keep the Johnson Amendment intact, in Washington, D.C. PICTURE: Americans United

More than 4,000 religious leaders have signed a letter urging the US Congress to maintain the Johnson Amendment, a law

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The Indian state of Jharkhand passed an “anti-conversion bill” at its Assembly meeting on 12th August, despite demands that the bill should be sent to a select committee for further scrutiny.

“This is not normal,” Indian journalist Anto Akkara told World Watch Monitor. “It shows

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks on the release of the 2016 annual report on International Religious Freedom on 15th August, 2017, at the State Department in Washington, DC. PICTURE: AP Photo/Susan Walsh.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson underlined the nation's

Almost 2,000 people have died in a cholera outbreak in Yemen since April while more than 500,000 people in the nation are now suspected of having the disease, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization.

The UN agency has warned that a lack of clean

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Kazakhstan has ordered the expulsion of a Canadian citizen for conducting “illegal missionary activity” by holding baptisms in hot springs near the country’s commercial capital, Almaty.

Hae Taik Kim, a Canadian citizen who leads a church in New York, was also fined 226,900 Tenge ($US680)

The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA has condemned a gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, and said the "moral witness" of concerned people of faith, including clergy, who stood "as a barrier before those gathered in the cause of white supremacy" was an

Clergy should have to report child sexual abuse even if the crime comes to light during confession, Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has recommended.

The recommendation is one of 85 contained in the report, Criminal Justice , released on Monday.

Writing in the report,

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Kurdish-led forces in Syria rescued seven Christians from IS-held Raqqa last week, according to reports.

“Our forces have saved two Armenian families,” said Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of KurdishArabAssyrianArmenianTurkmen and Circassian militias.

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The world is mourning the death of German-born Catholic nun and physician, Dr Ruth Pfau, who, known as Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa', played an instrumental role in combatting leprosy in the nation.

Dr Pfau's order - the Daughters of the Heart of Mary - announced she died in a hospital in

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