Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses in Child Sexual Abuse has handed down its final report with more than 400 recommendations including that religious ministers be forced to report suspicions or knowledge of abuse gained in the confessional.

Other recommendations in the 17 volume final report include the

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A record number of children were reported killed or hurt by landmines and other explosives last year, with a handful of conflicts contributing to a "horrific" toll for the second year running, experts said on Thursday.

The annual Landmine Monitor report recorded 8,605

Australia's Anglican Primate, Dr Philip Freier, has said the Anglican Church "deeply appreciates" the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse as the Royal Commission hands down its final report.

In a statement, Dr Freier, the Archbishop of Melbourne, said that while the

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Pope Francis and leaders of the World Evangelical Alliance agreed on Thursday to cooperate on tackling the "worst persecution" of Christians in church history despite "major theological differences", officials said following talks in the Vatican.

“We want to see this world to be a place

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At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims, including many children, were killed in the first month of violence that erupted in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state in August, Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Thursday.

The medical charity said the first major survey on the scale of mortality

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An Islamist judge in Sudan upheld the eviction of two pastors from their church-owned homes while 60 other Christians have been summoned to court over their refusal to relinquish property, sources said.

Judge Adam Tahir Haj Adam on 3rd December rejected an appeal of the

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Hunger has surged in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with 400,000 children at risk of starving to death due to conflict, displacement and funding shortages, aid agencies said.

Militia fighting that broke out in Congo's central Kasai region last year has led to an eight-fold

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Democratic candidate for US Senate Doug Jones and his wife, Louise, wave to supporters before speaking during an election-night watch party on Tuesday in Birmingham, Alabama. In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Mr Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating

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If there ever was a “war on Christmas” in America, Santa may have won.

Nine in 10 US adults celebrate the holiday, according to the Pew Research Center. However, that celebration is shifting in a secular direction. And a growing number of Christians discount

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As Yemen teeters on the brink of famine, with soaring food prices and fuel shortages, humanitarians called on Tuesday for the easing of a Saudi blockade to allow in life-saving supplies.

Although the military coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen's civil war has

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Senator Ted Cruz voices his support for the Internet Freedom Initiative at the National Press Club on 7th December. PICTURE: Bwerani Nettles/NRB

National Religious Broadcasters, a group of Christian media outlets, has unveiled a new initiative to counter what it sees as

More than 1.6 million Australians with children aged under 10 will not be giving them a Christmas present this year, according to a new poll.

The finding, which the Salvation Army said represented an "alarming" increase of a million people on last year's figure, came out of research conducted by

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A petition signed by more than 800,000 people was being presented at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday, calling for the protection of Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, and recognition of the key role faith leaders can play in rebuilding

Bible Society Australia is releasing a real-time text message version of the Christmas story delivered directly to people's mobile phones in the lead-up to Christmas. 

Called Christxt, the "digital drama" is based on Biblical accounts of the birth of Jesus Christ and features messages and chat from some of the

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International aid workers say nearly 30,000 Eritrean Christian refugees are struggling to survive in Israel and many may soon be moved to jail due to new government policies.

"Next year the limited periods in the Holot detention centre may, if the Israeli government is successful in its

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Due to the fact the book we'd selected wasn't yet available in paperback in Australia (we'll read that next year) - we've made a change so for November-December, 2017. We're now reading Roy Williams and Elizabeth Meyers' book, Mr Eternity: The Story of Arthur Stace. To buy the book, follow this link (ebook) - Mr Eternity: The Story of Arthur Stace or this link (paperback) - Mr Eternity: The Story of Arthur Stace.

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