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US-based Wycliffe Associates has announced plans to support new translation efforts in Benin, a west African nation known as the birthplace of voodoo.

Located between Nigeria and Togo, and bordered on the north by Niger and Burkina Faso, Benin is

16th July, 2014

The Church of England's General Synod has cleared the way for women to become bishops, giving final approval at a vote earlier this week which has opened the possibility of the first female bishops

16th July, 2014

Pope Francis has called for the tens of thousands of Central American and Mexican children who have crossed the border into the US to be "welcomed and protected".

US Customs and Border Protection says more

UK songwriter and worship leader Noel Robinson has written a song highlighting the plight of Nigerian Christians being targeted by militant groups like Boko Haram.

No More Sorrow , which is being released on iTunes today, was written as part of a campaign by persecuted church

11th July, 2014

Authorities in northern Iran have detained a pastor and two other members of the Church of Iran, one of the country's largest house church movements, fellow Christians said this week.

Pastor Matthias Haghnejad, Mohammad Roghangir and

South Sudan this week marked the third anniversary of its gaining independence as news came that more than 250,000 children in the country are at risk of malnutrition.

South Sudan was established on 9th July, 2011, following a UN-backed referendum but fighting broke out in

10th July, 2014

Two Christians near Kenya"s coast were killed Monday night following attacks by suspected Islamic extremists over the weekend on two predominantly Christian villages that left more than 30 people dead, sources said.

9th July, 2014

Churches around the world have been urged to join in the efforts of the World Council of Churches in advocating for a world without nuclear power or weapons.

In a statement issued this week,

9th July, 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, will become the first head of the global Anglican Church to visit Australia in 17 years when he makes a brief visit to attend the installation of the new

8th July, 2014

An evangelical pastor and his family were homeless on Monday after government forces destroyed their home in eastern Cuba which was used as a house church, Christians said.

Pastor Esmir Torreblanca's house in the eastern

8th July, 2014

Metropolitan Volodymyr, who led Ukraine's Moscow-linked Orthodox Church for more than two, often turbulent, decades has died, leaving behind members struggling to overcome hardship in the war-torn east. News of his passing prompted Russian President Vladimir

7th July, 2014

Zhang Shaojie, the popular pastor of 'Nanle Country Christian Church' (NCCC) in China's central Henan province, has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment on charges of "fraud" and "gathering a crowd to disturb public order", Christians

7th July, 2014

Supporters of Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian mother facing a death sentence on "blasphemy" charges, have demanded that the courts hear her appeal, after a series of unexplained delays.

Bibi, who was convicted, without supporting

4th July, 2014

The death penalty has no place in the 21st century says UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, urging those nations which still practice capital punishment to take "concrete steps" towards abolishing or no longer practising

3rd July, 2014

The Assyrian television channel Ishtar TV is reporting that five Assyrians are missing in Mosul.

According to a story by the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA), they are two Chaldean nuns from the Daughters

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