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Three men, falsely convicted and imprisoned for burning down an Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) building in the rural community of Gulema Iyesus in May 2014, have been acquitted and freed. The area is about 275 kilometres north of the capital, Addis Ababa. 

Tibebu Mekuria, Dawit

A record number of anti-semitic incidents were recorded in the UK during 2016, according to new data from the Community Services Trust.

The CST, which monitors anti-semitism and provides security advice and training to Jewish organisations, recorded 1,309 anti-semitic incidents last year, 36 per cent higher than the previous year.

Only 13 per cent of people in Australia say being a Christian is "very important" when it comes to national identity compared with 18 per cent in the UK and 32 per cent in the US , according to a new US study.

Pew Research Center

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A Christian in Chiapas state, Mexico was summarily jailed for three days the evening of 7th January for refusing to deny his faith and contribute to Traditionalist Catholic festivals, according to an advocacy group.

Local authorities who practice the Traditionalist Catholic blend of indigenous pagan

Three global Christian organisations have issued a joint statement expressing concern over US President Donald Trump’s recently announced immigration polices and particularly targeting the decision to indefinitely suspend admission for Syrian refugees as an “abysmal failure of compassion and responsibility”.

The World Council of Churches, ACT Alliance and the Lutheran

World Watch Monitor

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Saturday acquitted every one of the more than 100 suspects accused of ransacking, looting and then burning a Christian neighbourhood in Lahore in March, 2013.

The anti-terrorism judge, Chaudhry Muhammad Azam, acquitted them after prosecution witnesses failed to identify the

RNS

Does God have his eye on the gridiron? Will he cheer for either the Atlanta Falcons or the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on 5th February?

One-quarter of all Americans believe He does and He will, according to a new survey released this week

The head of the World Council of Churches has expressed his sympathy after a gunman killed six people and injured more than 15 others at the Grand Mosque in Quebec City, saying there was "a particular evil in any attack on people at a place of worship".

The shooting took

RNS

As confusion continued over President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and travelers from seven Muslim countries, Catholic leaders from Iraq are warning that the policy change will hurt thousands of Iraqi Christians languishing in Middle East refugee camps.

"They would like to continue their lives in Europe,

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The Czech Republic has condemned a Sudanese court's ruling that sentenced a Czech missionary and film-maker to 20 years imprisonment, while a local pastor and a Christian activist have reportedly received a 12 year jail term.

Shortly after Sunday's ruling, Czech officials pledged to

BosNewsLife

The leader of a church in northwestern Sri Lanka which was destroyed by suspected Buddhist militants says his congregation will continue worship services.

"No attack can stop us. We shall continue to meet and pray under a tree," said Kamal Wasantha, who leads the Kithu Sevana

World Watch Monitor

Czech aid worker Petr Jašek has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in Sudan after being found guilty of charges which included waging war against the state, violating restrictions in military areas, spreading rumours to defame the state, and inciting strife between communities. 

He's already been in

Some Christian leaders, many invoking the Biblical command to welcome the stranger, have lambasted US President Donald Trump's Friday orders which have indefinitely banned Syrian refugees from the US and temporarily banned refugees from other countries and visa-holders from seven Muslim-majority nations.

Media organisations have reported that under the bans,

Security is the "most critical need" to be addressed if vulnerable Christian communities are to return to their former homes in northern Iraq, Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda told a delegation from the World Council of Churches during a recent meeting in Erbil, Iraq.

While Iraq's military campaign against the so-called

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