Laws banning the advertising of gambling services during live sporting events on Australian TV would be a "welcome first step toward protecting children from the harmful influence of gambling", according to the Australian Christian Lobby.

Lyle Shelton, managing director of the ACL, says advertising for sports betting should

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The White House said on Tuesday it is reaching out to the Vatican to set up a possible meeting President Trump and Pope Francis, little more than a year after they clashed over Mr Trump's proposed anti-immigration wall between the United States and Mexico.

"We will be

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Preliminary results suggest that Jakarta’s Christian governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (better known as “Ahok”), has failed in his re-election bid, as his trial for “blasphemy” goes on.

Ahok is accused of insulting a Qur’anic verse during a campaign speech. Hard-line Islamist groups have rallied large crowds against

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The leader of the Catholic religious order that helped found Georgetown University in the US addressed more than 100 descendants of slaves and sought their forgiveness.

“Today the Society of Jesus, which helped to establish Georgetown University and whose leaders enslaved and mercilessly sold your ancestors, stands

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Pakistan’s security forces say they prevented a “major” terror attack on Christians in Lahore over the Easter weekend.

The city of Lahore, in Pakistan’s Punjab province, was the scene of a deadly suicide bomb attack on Easter Day last year, when 75 people were killed and

Attendance at churches in Scotland has dropped by more than half over the past 30 years, according to the latest census of the church.

The census of Scottish Christians, the fourth conducted since 1984, found around 390,000 people regularly attend church, down from 854,000 in 1984. Proportionally, church-goers account

Almost half a million people have fled the Iraqi city of Mosul since military operations to retake it from the so-called Islamic State commenced, a figure a senior UN official has described as "staggering" amid warnings that relief efforts are being stretched to their limits.

Lise Grande, the UN's humanitarian

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Pope Francis waves at the end of his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message from the balcony overlooking St Peter's Square at the Vatican. PICTURE: REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Pope Francis used his traditional Easter Sunday message to call the

The World Council of Churches has "strongly condemned" a car bomb attack on people evacuating to the Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday which killed more than 100 people, many of them believed to be children.

The bomb exploded amid a parked convoy of buses as they waited on the

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One of the priests at the Mar Girgis (St George) Cathedral in Tanta, one of two churches attacked by suicide bombers on Palm Sunday, says his church will not hold its usual Easter Day celebrations as a mark of respect towards the families affected.

“There will

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Pope Francis washes the feet of some inmates at the Paliano prison, south of Rome, on 13th April, 2017. PICTURE: Osservatore Romano via Reuters

Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners in a prison outside the Italian capital known for housing Mafia

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An Alabama Presbyterian church may soon become the first in the US to form its own police force, invested by the state with the rights of "regular" police.

Officials at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, which belongs to the smaller and more conservative of the nation's two major

This year has seen an "alarming surge" in the use of children, in particular girls, to carry out violent attacks by terror group Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region, UNICEF has warned.

A report launched by the organisation this week,  Silent Shame: Bringing out the voices of children

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The number of countries with "high levels" of restrictions on religion due to government policies or actions of people increased in 2015, reversing a downward trend, according to a new study.

A total of 40 per cent of surveyed countries registered "high" or "very high" levels of overall

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been criticised for condemning the Palm Sunday attacks on churches in Egypt but failing to condemn attacks in his own country.

On the same day that two churches were bombed in Egypt, five churches in India - in five different states

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