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Archbishop Thomas Macwan at a bishops meet in Bangalore, February 2015. PICTURE: World Watch Monitor

Christian groups and networks in India have rallied behind Catholic Archbishop Thomas Macwan of Gandhinagar, capital of Gujarat state in western India, after the federal Election

Christian Solidarity Worldwide has said the forcible repatriation of 10 North Korean defectors from China is a "gross violation" of international principles.

The UK religious freedom advocacy says the 10 defectors, who range from a child of four to adults aged in their 40s, were arrested on 4th November after

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Fr Teresito “Chito” Suganob in a still taken from a video shortly after his release .

The Catholic priest held captive by Islamic militants in the Philippines city of Marawi has described his 116 days in captivity as “a nightmare”, reports 

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Pope Francis has arrived in Bangladesh, where a Catholic priest disappeared three days ago, highlighting the pressure Christians and other minority groups are under in the mainly Muslim country.

Father Walter William Rozario, who is also the headmaster of a high school, went missing in

Mortar from a structure surrounding the tomb - said to have been the resting place of Jesus Christ between His crucifixion and resurrection - has been dated to around 345 AD, close to the date when historical accounts said Romans discovered the tomb and built a shrine over it, according

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Even if migration to Europe ceased - no immigrants, no refugees - the percentage of Muslims in those countries would still rise over the next three decades. 

That’s according to new projections released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.  

Though it hasn't been long

The passing of Victoria's voluntary assisted dying legislation through the State Parliament on Wednesday is "deeply regrettable" and "disappointing", according to Denis Hart, Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne.

The bill was passed on Wednesday morning through the Lower House. It will come into force in 2019.

In a statement,

The British optician kidnapped and killed last month in Nigeria died in a hail of bullets after singing the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ to lift the spirits of his fellow hostages, two of them said.

Ian Squire, 57, was killed instantly by shots fired by one of four

The proposed National Museum of American Religion in the US has launched a funding appeal to purchase its first major artifact - a train car that once served as a travelling chapel in the US.

The car, named the Good Will, was formerly owned by the American Baptist Publication Society

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The world's first vending machine for the homeless will start giving out free food and clothes as charities in Britain gear up for a cold winter amid record levels of homelessness.

A new charity, Action Hunger, plans to stock the machine in Nottingham

The rights of all ethnic minorities should be respected in Myanmar, Pope Francis said in a speech given during his short visit to the Asian nation.

In a speech attended by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, government authorities, and the diplomatic corps in the country's new capital,

Refugees and asylum seekers still on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea are being robbed of their freedom, denied all hope and condemned to "terrible suffering", according to World Vision Australia's chief advocate, Tim Costello.

Mr Costello recently led a delegation representing Australian humanitarian agencies on a fact-finding mission to

Fazer Cricket Bread. PICTURE: Supplied.

A Finnish bakery announced last week that it was producing what is believed to be the world's first insect-based bread to be offered to consumers in stores.

The company, Fazer Bakery Finland, said the bread - named 'Fazer Sirkkaleipä' ('Fazer

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Pope Francis landed in Myanmar on Monday to start his six-day visit to Southeast Asia, raising the hopes of Christians there that he will address the issues they face in the majority-Buddhist nation.

Among those welcoming the Pontiff in Yangon were more than 7,000 ethnic

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More than 15,000 women and girls suffered sexual violence, including rape, during Colombia's civil war, with half of crimes involving children, a report said on Friday.

It also revealed details of the use of forced prostitution during the war with bar owners turning women and

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