YWAM Medical Ships - Australia has signed a million dollar lease to buy agreement for the purchase of the MV Ammari to replace a 34-year-old vessel it currently has operating as a training and medical ship in Papua New Guinea.

The organisation aims to raise a further $5.5 million

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On the occasion of the 100th birthday of the church St Augustine of Hippo in Algeria, Pope Francis is calling for better relations between Christians and Muslims in a country where Islamic extremism is a primary source of pressure on Christian life.

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Local authorities in southern Mexico have threatened to cut water supplies to evangelical Christian families because they refuse to actively participate in traditional religious Catholic ceremonies, investigators said on Tuesday.

Officials in the village of Union Juarez, part of La Trinitaria municipality, reportedly discussed the measures on


A prominent Iranian Christian musician was again behind bars this week after being released in December, while an evangelical house church official has been detained as part of a wider crackdown, Christians said.

Musician Shahin Lahouti, a convert to Christianity, was initially detained along with seven other


Militants from Nigeria's feared Islamic group Boko Haram have vowed to continue kidnapping daughters of Christians after abducting hundreds of mainly Christian schoolgirls in the country's northeast.

Among those held as hostages were eight more girls who were abducted from a Nigerian

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Following the news that Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian mother-of-five, has now been given a yet new date for her appeal, the fourth, against her death sentence for alleged blasphemy, a Pakistani Christian group based in the UK has launched a petition to help gain

US headquartered organisation Mission India is calling for Christians across the globe to join in a day of prayer for the country as its general election comes to a close.

Dave Stravers, president of the Michigan-based organisation, told Mission Network News that some people are of the belief the

The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed concern over a Commission of Audit report recommendation that the level of foreign aid be "decoupled" from gross national income.

Managing director Lyle Shelton says the recommendation should be rejected and noted that the Australian Government made an

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Sources say that some of the 230 school girls abducted from Nigeria"s north-eastern town of Chibok more than two weeks ago have been transferred to neighboring Cameroon and Chad.

Burnt classrooms at Chibok Government Girls Secondary

A report on housing rental affordability in Australia has found what Anglicare Australia executive director Kasey Chambers has described as a "growing divide" between the well-off and those who are not.

The organisation's annual snapshot of rental affordability - released today - shows that housing

Rwandan President Paul Kagame joined with US pastor Rick Warren in a special celebration service at Saddleback Church in California last Saturday to honor the victims of the Rwandan genocide on its 20th anniversary and to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the country's partnership with the church.

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Armenian church leaders have called for recognition of the Armenian Genocide which saw more than a million Armenians killed by troops of the now defunct state, the Ottoman Empire, which had its headquarters in Turkey.

The genocide started in April 1915 with the 99th anniversary marked last week.

According to

Bhutanese pastors, Tandin Wangyal and Mon Thapa were released on bail from the Dorokha police station on 22nd April after being arrested on 5th March and held without formal charges.

The men were detained while they were carrying a sick child to a clinic in Khabdaney village, a place they


A tense calm has returned to Wenzhou in south-eastern China after thousands of Christians formed a new blockade to prevent government officials from starting to demolish the $US4.8 million Sanjiang Christian Church.

Rights investigators said a previous standoff ended when authorities signed an agreement with church leaders

The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the Federal Government's announcement that it will contribute $20 million for the schooling of Syrian refugee children but says Australia's annual humanitarian intake of refugees should be lifted from 13,700 in response to the crisis.

Lyle Shelton, the ACL's managing director, said that with

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