Christian groups around the world have reacted with shock following news this week that a Christian woman had become the first woman to ever be given the death sentence for the crime of blasphemy in Pakistan.

Voice of the Martyrs says that while no-one sentenced to death for blasphemy in


Iraqi Christians called on people to pray after a series of explosions killed at least 50 people across Baghdad, shortly after nearly 60 people this weekend in a gun battle at a Syrian Orthodox Church.

Investigators said at least 10 explosions rocked Baghdad neighborhoods late Tuesday, 2nd



The general secretary of the World Council of Churches has pleaded for the full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement for Sudan so that Africa's biggest country can achieve stability.

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The Australian Christian Lobby will continue its efforts to defeat proposed legislation aimed at allowing euthanasia, according to Lyle Shelton, the lobby’s chief of staff.

Greens leader Bob Brown introduced a private members bill to the Federal Parliament this week that would reinstate the rights of territory governments to legalise


An international grouping of churches and Christian organisations says that if one sixth of the world's population is hungry when there is sufficient food to feed the world, then action to address the problem's root causes is needed. 

The Geneva-based Ecumenical Advocacy

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Politicians need to focus on the human face of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and not discard it in favour of their own political agendas, the head of the World Council of Churches has said in the Middle

Up to 20 million people have been affected by the worst floods in Pakistan in 80 years, prompting calls for the a greater international effort to address the disaster.

The United Nations said this week that while the response to their request made earlier this month for more funds to

At least 1,500 people are believed to have died in Pakistan thanks to landslides and floods caused by the heaviest monsoon rains in years.

Entire villages have reportedly been washed away and, according to UNICEF, around 3.5 million people – a third of them children

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Health concerns relating to water quality have triggered an environmental advocacy group to call for the banning of baptisms in the lower Jordan River, where the Bible says Jesus was baptised. 

"For reasons of public health as well as religious


A working group from across the worldwide Anglican Communion has met at Lambeth Palace in London to plan how to turn a proposed Anglican Alliance on relief, development and advocacy into a reality.

Professionals from five continents working on advocacy, relief and

A group of prominent Christians say they expect hundreds more people to sign up to a document declaring the importance of issues such as religious freedom, marriage and the sanctity of human life in the lead up to next month’s federal election.

Called the Canberra Declaration, the document was formally

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Faith leaders can play a key role in the fight against the HIV pandemic if their public statements help combat stigma and discrimination, a meeting of faith groups in Vienna in advance of the 18th International AIDS Conference has heard.

Leogane, Haiti


Some Haitians feel as if it happened just days ago, the Rev Kerwin Delicat, an Episcopal (Anglican) priest based in the city of Léogâne, said as people prepared to mark six months since a calamitous earthquake


Church-backed campaigners on water issues say they have received a boost from a global body representing 80 million Protestants that has called on its members to support access to water as a basic human right. 

"Preserving the world's water resources, and securing


A global Protestant body representing 80 million Christians has issued an apology for the role played by churches in perpetrating abuse against Native Americans, First Nations and other indigenous peoples. 

"We...repent of our history littered with ways in which we have betrayed

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