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Rohingya women wait in line with vouchers to collect relief distributed by the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society at Kutupalang Unregistered Refugee Camp in Coxís Bazar, Bangladesh, earlier this month. PICTURE: Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

Pope Francis has called for prayers for the Rohingya,

UNICEF and its partners have condemned the indiscriminate shelling of schools in eastern Ukraine and called for all sides in the renewed conflict there to immediately recommit to the ceasefire signed in mid-2015.

Noting that thousands of children have been forced out of school due to fighting last week, Giovanni

Three of the five designs shown on The Wall's Facebook page.

Designs for a giant prayer wall have been unveiled in the UK this week.

The proposed 'Wall of Answered Prayer' monument - which will feature a million bricks representing a

The Cuban Government continued to actively restrict religious freedom last year with a new report showing a slight increase on the 2,300 violations recorded in 2015 - then a record high, according to a new report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

The UK-based religious freedom advocacy recorded some 2,380 separate violations

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The Archbishop of Erbil in northern Iraq, who is overseeing the care of thousands of displaced Christians who fled Islamic State jihadists, has announced ambitious plans for the church and charities to reconstruct their towns and villages.

Archbishop Bashar Warda told Catholic charity Aid to

Religious freedom advocacy Christian Solidarity Worldwide has expressed its disappointment at a UN decision to reject the organisation's application for official accreditation.

The UK-based organisation had applied for consultative status with the UN's Economic and Social Council - which would give it access to key human rights advocacy

Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce, World Vision Australia and the Refugee Council of Australia are among more than 70 organisations and community groups which have signed an open letter calling upon the Australian Government to end it's policy of offshore detention for asylum seekers and refugees.

Released on the weekend,

More than 4,400 people alleged incidents of child sexual abuse to Catholic Church authorities in Australia between January, 1980, and February, 2015, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been told.

Gail Furness, SC, senior counsel assisting the inquiry, told a Sydney hearing that data gathered

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Efforts to clear villages liberated from Islamic State are undermining the possibility of recording the atrocities to people and heritage committed there, according to a leading Iraqi aid worker. 

Dr Sarah Ahmed, director of projects for the UK-based Foundation for Reconciliation and Relief in the

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President Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico raises serious questions about America’s moral standing as the poor would bear the brunt of the suffering, a leading Catholic theologian says.

Rev Daniel G Groody, an associate professor of theology at Notre Dame University in Indiana, said

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Pope Francis called for greater compassion for refugees and marginalised people less than a week after President Trump ordered a temporary immigration ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

In a video of the pontiff’s prayer intentions for February, the Pope does not specifically refer to the president or

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US President Donald Trump vowed to make good on a campaign promise to repeal the law that restricts political speech from the pulpit, speaking at his first National Prayer Breakfast as president.

“I will get rid of, totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow of representatives of faith

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Three men, falsely convicted and imprisoned for burning down an Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) building in the rural community of Gulema Iyesus in May 2014, have been acquitted and freed. The area is about 275 kilometres north of the capital, Addis Ababa. 

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A record number of anti-semitic incidents were recorded in the UK during 2016, according to new data from the Community Services Trust.

The CST, which monitors anti-semitism and provides security advice and training to Jewish organisations, recorded 1,309 anti-semitic incidents last year, 36 per cent higher than the previous year.

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