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On Valentine’s Day, some Kenyan pastors handed out red roses as a sign of love to HIV-positive youth suffering stigma and discrimination.

The gesture was meant as a way to reach out to youth, many of whom feel rejected by the churches.

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Rights activists say Christians in Vietnam face increased persecution after a foreign missionary was expelled and Bible students were detained by security forces.

In one of the latest known incidents, students gathering for a Bible class in Hanoi were detained by security forces. Advocacy and aid

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Dozens of Iraqi Christians in Lebanon protested in central Beirut this week, demanding the UN to grant them quicker resettlement abroad. 

Between 150 and 200 demonstrators gathered outside a UN building, carrying placards that read: “the future of our children is wasted” and “our only

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Thirty-two South Korean missionaries were expelled from China’s border region with North Korea last month, reports  The Guardian .

The 32 were based in China’s north-eastern Yanji region and many of them had worked there for more than a decade, South Korean media have reported. 

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An Iranian convert to Christianity imprisoned since August has reportedly fallen seriously ill after going on a hunger strike.

Amin Afshar Naderi went on hunger strike with his fellow detainee Hadi Asgari, who is also said to have suffered recent ill health and been refused

The Methodist Church of Haiti is celebrating its 200th anniversary. Founded as a mission in 1817, it is the oldest Protestant church in the Caribbean nation. Special events in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, last week drew attention to the church’s history and its contributions to the country.

A worship service held

Miracles from Heaven , Hacksaw Ridge , The Young Messiah and God's Not Dead 2 were among the winners at the 25th annual Movieguide Awards in the US last Friday.

Hosted by Terry Crews, of Brooklyn 99 fame, the awards are presented to films in two major categories - family

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A flare-up of violence in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), on 7th February left a pastor dead and his church demolished. 

According to the UN, at least three people were killed and 26 injured, including civilians and combatants.

Meanwhile, various outbreaks

The moderator of the Church of South India has called for churches across the globe to join in a "carbon fast" for Lent this year.

In a letter published online, Rev Thomas K Oommen challenges the church go "deeper" during this year's Lenten season - which runs from 1st March

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An Indonesian church closed for years by order of the local mayor has been told it can reopen if a mosque is also allowed on its premises.

The GKI Yasmin Church in Bogor, 60 kilometres south of Jakarta, had resorted to holding open-air services outside

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A Catholic priest who fled to the US from war-torn Vietnam as a youth has written to President Trump offering to surrender his American citizenship so that Mr Trump could confer it on a Syrian refugee who would be barred under the president’s controversial order banning travelers

Almost 19 million people in Yemen are in need of humanitarian assistance after years of violent conflict and "deliberate war tactics" to accelerate the collapse of key institutions and the country's economy, according to the UN.

Launching an unprecedented international appeal for $US2.1 billion to provide assistance to some 12

More than 500 prominent evangelical Christians from every state in the US have signed on to a letter addressed to President Trump and Vice President Pence, expressing their support for refugees.

The “Still We Stand” petition, coordinated by World Relief, appeared on Wednesday as a full-page advertisement in The Washington

Roman Catholic bishops in the Philippines will join in a "walk for life" later this month in a step designed to show their indignation over drug-related killings in the country.

UCAnews reports that Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, urged Catholics

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew, have signed a joint declaration condemning modern slavery at a meeting in Istanbul this week.

In the declaration, the two church leaders not only condemned all forms of human enslavement but repented for not doing enough

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