Religious freedom advocacy Christian Solidarity Worldwide has called upon the Chinese Government to release a Christian pastor arrested early last year on charges of "divulging state secrets" after his lawyer said has in urgent need of medical care.

Pastor Yang Hua, of the Living Stone Church, was sentenced to two-and-a-half

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Armed attacks by Muslim Fulani herdsmen on predominantly Christian communities in Nasarawa state this year have left more than 200 people dead and destroyed homes and farms, sources said.

One such attack on a worship service on 19th March in the central Nigerian state’s Oshugu

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Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with European Union leaders at the Vatican on 24th March, 2017. PICTURE: Reuters/Andrew Medichini/Pool

Pope Francis says nuclear weapons offer a "false sense of security" and are an ineffective deterrent to 21st century threats like terrorism,

The Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico says that people who invest in companies involved in the building of US President Donald Trump's wall should be considered "traitors to the homeland".

In a statement released in the archdiocese's weekly publication, Desde la fe , titled 'Treason against the Homeland', the archdiocese

Five UK churches have joined in encouraging those attending the UN in New York this week to negotatiate a legally binding treaty banning nuclear weapons and expressed their disappointment that the UK Government is among almost 40 governments - also including the US and Australia - which have declined to

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The health of Iranian Christian convert, Maryam Naghash Zargaran, continues to decline, sources told Mohabat News.

It was reported that over the past week her condition worsened and she is again in need of urgent medical care.

According to a prison mate, Ms Zargaran is also suffering

Christian Solidarity Worldwide has welcomed a UN Human Rights Council resolution establishing an independent fact-finding mission to investigate alleged human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine State.

Myanmar's military has been accused of committing extensive human rights violations including the burning of homes, mass rape, torture, extra-judicial executions

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The mortal remains of Catholic Czech Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, a devoted believer who washed windows and ministered underground during communism, were placed in a tomb at St Vitus’ Cathedral in Prague on Saturday following a funeral service.

Archbishop Vlk died a week ago at the age

Roman Catholic bishops in Mali are pushing for the release of a nun kidnapped last month in the country's south. 

Edmond Dembele, secretary general of the Episcopal Conference of Mali told Agenzia Fides, that the bishops were exploring "all possible paths" to obtain the release of Sister Cecilia

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Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, speaks at the "Safeguarding in homes and schools” conference in Rome on 22nd March. PICTURE: Josephine McKenna

Despite turmoil on the commission he created to deal with sex abuse in the Catholic Church, Pope Francis is

A Nigerian schoolgirl who managed to escape from Boko Haram militants after being kidnapped from her Chibok school in 2014 has called on the international community to remember those still in captivity.

The abduction of 276 schoolgirls in the north-eastern town of Chibok in April, 2014, by Islamist militants caused

The Archbishop of Canterbury has contrasted the "perverted, nihilistic, despairing" view of the man who killed four people in central London on Wednesday afternoon with that of the "very people he sought to kill" attempting to help him moments later in comments made to the UK's House of Lords on

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Indonesian authorities in Bogor, West Java, have banned three churches from holding religious activities. According to UCANews the Methodist Church Indonesia, Huria Batak Protestant Church and a house used by Catholics for catechism classes were ordered to close their doors. Local authorities said they could not guarantee

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Italian actor Flavio Parenti, as Raphael, in a scene from the Sistine Chapel in the 3D film 'Raphael – Prince of the Arts'. PICTURE: Sky and Nexo Digital

He was a child prodigy who became one of the most famous artists in

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