United States
RNS

The Christian Reformed Church, a small evangelical denomination of US and Canadian churches, voted Wednesday at its annual synod to codify its opposition to homosexual sex by elevating it to the status of confession, or declaration of faith.

The 123 to 53 vote at

Accra, Ghana
Reuters

Storm clouds circled a large zinc shed outside Ghana's capital Accra where market porters sat on overturned metal bowls, disheartened by the lack of business as the encroaching rain deterred shoppers from nearby stalls.

Then a rumbling sound broke the stillness as gourmet chef Elijah

Seoul, South Korea
Reuters

North Korea has reported an outbreak of an unidentified intestinal epidemic on Thursday, potentially adding to strains on the isolated country's healthcare system which is battling an unprecedented COVID-19 wave. 

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent medicines to the western port city of Haeju

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

A food security crisis stoked by the Ukraine war is set to push more people to flee their homes in poorer countries, driving record levels of global displacement even higher, the head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said. 

A report by the

Havana, Cuba
AP

The worshippers pray beneath a torrid sun, taking shelter beneath umbrellas or some of the few trees that border the Amphitheater of Old Havana, just a strip of highway from the channel into the city's harbour.

Hundreds of Baptists have been meeting on open-air bleachers

United States
RNS

Stephen Schneck, a prominent Catholic political activist and academic, has been appointed by US President Joe Biden to serve on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, a federal government panel dedicated to protecting religious minorities and other persecuted groups abroad.

Schneck, 69, confirmed his

Anaheim, California, US
AP

The new president of the Southern Baptist Convention said on Wednesday he will accelerate sex abuse reforms in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

Texas pastor Bart Barber's first priority: to assemble a panel of people - Southern Baptist leaders and experts -

Rome, Italy
AP

Pope Francis has taken another step to reign in new religious groups in the Catholic Church after their unregulated proliferation in recent decades led to abuses in governance that allowed spiritual and sexual misconduct to go unchecked.

Francis issued a new decree published Wednesday that

Beersheba, Israel
AP

An Israeli court on Wednesday convicted a Palestinian aid worker who has been detained for six years on Israeli charges he funneled tens of millions of dollars in relief funds to the militant group Hamas.

The Beersheba District Court found Mohammad El Halabi guilty

Kyiv/Niu-York, Ukraine
Reuters

Ukraine ignored a Russian ultimatum to surrender the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk on Wednesday as the United States announced more weapons for Kyiv, which warned that arms deliveries were taking too long.

Sievierodonetsk, now largely in ruins, has become the focal point of the

Seoul, South Korea
Reuters

North Korea may have spent as much as $US642 million on its nuclear program last year, according to anti-nuclear activists, as the impoverished country appears ready to test a new weapon despite battling a COVID-19 outbreak and economic crisis.

There is no confirmed data

Anaheim, California, US
AP

Bart Barber is a staunch Southern Baptist conservative who would welcome bans on abortion, opposes critical race theory and believes only men should serve as pastors.

Yet Barber, elected Tuesday as the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention, says he has a

Anaheim, California
AP

The Southern Baptist Convention voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to create a way to track pastors and other church workers credibly accused of sex abuse and launch a new taskforce to oversee further reforms in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

The vote came three weeks

Irpin, Ukraine
Reuters

For years a vocal minority at Saint Nicholas' parish in the middle-class Kyiv commuter town of Irpin resisted calls to split from their spiritual fathers in Moscow. 

A millennium of sacred ties between Russia and Ukraine, they argued, should be above politics. 

But after three

Kolkata, India
Reuters

Thousands of Muslims marched in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata on Tuesday in a second week of protests, while six prominent former judges said a state government had acted illegally by demolishing the house of a Muslim activist.

Muslims have taken to the

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