Christians are among more than 70 faith leaders from across the globe who have signed an open letter calling on Adani Group chairman, Gautam Adani, to "abandon" his plans for the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.

The letter - which is signed by leaders including Thabo Makgoba, primate of the Anglican Church

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All the available hard evidence - not to mention a look around many houses of worship - shows that religious congregations are declining.  As congregants increasingly head for the exits, younger Americans, who say they have no religion, are far less likely than previous generations to

Vatican City
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Halfway into a three-week gathering of bishops at the Vatican to discuss the Amazon region, participants warned that inside divisions over ordination or inculturation risk missing the forest, so to speak, for the trees.

“In focusing only on certain themes, there is the risk of

Rome, Italy
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Keeping girls in schools in Africa is key to lowering the fast-growing continent's high fertility rates and ultimately ending hunger and poverty, US economist Jeffrey Sachs said Wednesday.

Failure to do would bring more misery and suffering to the region, he warned,

London, UK
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Thousands of homeless people and minority groups in Britain could be blocked from voting in national elections if government plans requiring voters to show photo identification go ahead, civil society groups warned on Tuesday. 

The proposal requiring all citizens to present photo ID

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As many as 17 ancient Bible fragments that Hobby Lobby’s owner, billionaire Steve Green, bought for the Museum of the Bible were apparently stolen by a world-renowned Oxford University professor, the museum has acknowledged.

The acknowledgment builds on a slow drip of revelations over the past two years

Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani - currently serving a 10 year prison sentence in Tehran for "acting against the national interest" - has ended a three week hunger strike held to protest bars on his children's education.

Nadarkhani began the strike on 23rd September after his 15 year-old son Yoel was

Koriyama, Japan
Reuters

The death toll in the worst typhoon to hit Japan for decades climbed to 66 on Tuesday as rescuers slogged through mud and debris in an increasingly grim search for the missing, and as thousands of homes remained without power or water.

Fifteen people

London
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Central African Republic topped an annual world hunger index on Tuesday as aid agencies warned that climate change was making it increasingly hard to feed the world.

Aid agency Concern Worldwide, which co-compiles the Global Hunger Index, said progress towards a 2030

RNS

An undocumented woman living in an Ohio church to avoid deportation met with Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro on Tuesday , one of several Democratic White House hopefuls now signaling support for her cause and the New Sanctuary Movement.

Castro visited Columbus Mennonite Church in Columbus,

Athens, Greece
Reuters

A fire in a severely overcrowded migrant camp in Greece forced hundreds of people into the streets, compounding their plight with more refugees arriving on Greek islands daily in what an aid group called a worsening "nightmare".

Greece sent more police to the island of

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