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A Finnish aid worker held hostage for nearly four months in Afghanistan was freed on Thursday.

The aid worker had been kidnapped from an international guesthouse in Kabul, run by her employer, Operation Mercy, when it was attacked in May; her German female colleague and Afghan

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Homelessness in England has risen by 60 per cent in the past six years, fuelled by rising rents and welfare reforms, a public spending watchdog said on Wednesday, with 77,000 families in emergency accommodation.

The number of rough sleepers has more than doubled to about

Lutherans from across Switzerland gathered in Geneva this month to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and 50 years of the Federation of Lutheran Churches in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Speaking at a service held on 10th September at the Temple de la Madeleine Reformed


Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi - who faces execution by hanging on controversial charges of 'blasphemy against Islam' - has been nominated for the European Union's prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by an influential group of European legislators.

The European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR),

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More than 1.3 billion people live on agricultural land that is deteriorating, putting them at risk of worsening hunger, water shortages and poverty, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) said this week.

People's use of the earth's natural reserves has doubled in the

The Church of Santa Maria in Cappella in Rome where the finds were discovered. PICTURE: Wikipedia

Bone fragments which may have belonged to the apostle Peter have reportedly been founded in a Rome church during restoration works.

The Telegraph reports that


Dorena Williamson, wife of Pastor Chris Williamson of Strong Tower Bible Church in Nashville, Tennessee, speaks at the Religion News Association meeting in Nashville. PICTURE: RNS photo/Adelle M Banks

The vast majority of US Protestant pastors’ spouses say ministry has had a

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Migrant children trying to reach Europe face beatings, forced labour and sexual exploitation, with sub-Saharan African children facing the highest risks, in part stoked by racism, according to a report released on Tuesday.

Up to three quarters of children face abuse, exploitation and trafficking on

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India’s church, government and politicians from across the political landscape have all expressed relief and joy over the release of Salesian Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, kidnapped in Yemen in March, 2016.

Statements hailing the release of the Indian priest have poured in – from India’s foreign minister,

A special memorial service for family and friends to remember people lost to suicide will be held at the Sydney Opera House this Thursday.

The service, which is run by suicide prevention training service Wesley LifeForce, is now in its 20th year and has attracted up to 500 people.


The existence of statelessness can be viewed as the "most extreme violation" the international law, according to the president of German NGO, Bread for the World.

In comments made at a conference on the issue held in Berlin last week, Rev Dr Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel, whose organisation is the development

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Muslim Fulani herdsmen in central Nigeria’s Plateau state massacred 20 Christians, including children, as they slept in the hours after midnight on Friday in an apparent reprisal attack that mystified villagers, sources said

Police reportedly said the attack was an act of vengeance after the

World Vision Australia has called for Australia to increase its regular refugee intake to 42,000 people, saying such a number represents "nothing more than our fair share".

In a statement released late last week to mark two years since the Australian Government announced it would allow an emergency


Iran's Government has ordered children belonging to families of one of the country's largest house church movements to study the Quran and Shi’a Islamic teachings or face expulsion from school, a church official confirmed to BosNewsLife last week.

The Church of Iran movement is also


Paula White, spiritual adviser to US President Donald Trump and pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Floride, speaks with RNS reporter Adelle Banks at a Religion News Association meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. PICTURE: RNS photo by Jerome Socolovsky

“I can

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