There is a need for a "careful reappraisal" of how the Bible is used when it comes to mental health issues, according to a report from UK-based Christian think tank Theos.

The Christianity and mental health: theology, activities, potential  report, published last week, also calls for an analysis

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The author of a 10th-century collection of Scriptures has been identified as the same scribe who wrote the the earliest known complete copy of the Hebrew Bible.

The finding could influence future translations of the Hebrew Scriptures, also known as the Old Testament, according to a news

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Religious leaders in Kenya have welcomed a government move to recruit chaplains for all public high schools as a measure intended to improve discipline and staunch unrest.

The leaders say such a move would help promote good morals.

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i’s announcement that the government

In what churches have hailed as an "historic achievement", more than 120 of the world's governments have adopted a treaty which declares nuclear weapons illegal.

Some 122 governments agreed to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons last Friday despite a boycott by the nine countries

World Watch Monitor

Coptic Christians in Egypt are reeling from a fresh spate of murders, which they fear are part of a jihadist campaign against them.

Three Coptic men were found dead in the space of eight days from the last week of June to the first week

World Watch Monitor

One Iranian and three Azerbaijani Christians have been found guilty of “missionary activities” and “actions against national security” in Iran and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

World Watch Monitor understands that the three Azerbaijanis – Eldar Gurbanov, Yusif Farhadov and Bahram Nasibov – are

Church communities in Germany and around the world will pause at 6pm on Friday, 7th July, to pray for justice and peace around the world as the G20 summit gets underway in Hamburg.

The move comes after the World Council of Churches, ACT Alliance and All Africa Conference of Churches joined

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Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls gestures during a news conference in the Holy See press office at the Vatican in April, 2005. PICTURE Tony Gentile/Reuters.

Joaquin Navarro-Valls, who transformed the Vatican's press office into a modern media operation, has died.

The former Vatican

The World Council of Churches has welcomed the signing of two ecumenical statements by the World Communion of Reformed Churches in which it seeks to overcome divisions of the past and to work with other Christian communions for unity and common witness.

“Today is a historic day,” said Jerry Pillay,

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Students at Brisbane’s Brigidine College with the Community Climate Petition. PICTURE: Jenifer Byrne

Christians from various denominations are among those from faith communities around Australia who have been collecting signatures for a petition - expected to be the largest of its kind -

World Watch Monitor

An Iranian church leader and two men who converted from Islam to Christianity have received lengthy jail sentences for offences relating to evangelism and acting against national security.

The defendants were not in Tehran’s Revolutionary Court when the sentences were read out on 4th July,

The Lord's Prayer has a legitimate place in Australia's Parliament and should continue to be a part of the daily ceremonial opening, according to Lyle Shelton, managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby.

Mr Shelton said that the prayer has been recited at the start of each sitting

Christian advocates have expressed alarm at the 10 year sentences an Iranian court has handed down to four Christians for engaging in missionary activities and "activities against national security".

The four men - an Iranian national and three men from Azerbaijan - were sentenced during a hearing on 23rd May

World Watch Monitor

Vietnam has again been criticised over its treatment of a Catholic blogger.

Mary Magdalene Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, 37, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after a one-day trial on 29th June for posting what police described as anti-state reports, including one about civilians

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