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A Christian in Chiapas state, Mexico was summarily jailed for three days the evening of 7th January for refusing to deny his faith and contribute to Traditionalist Catholic festivals, according to an advocacy group.

Local authorities who practice the Traditionalist Catholic blend of indigenous pagan

Three global Christian organisations have issued a joint statement expressing concern over US President Donald Trump’s recently announced immigration polices and particularly targeting the decision to indefinitely suspend admission for Syrian refugees as an “abysmal failure of compassion and responsibility”.

The World Council of Churches, ACT Alliance and the Lutheran

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A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Saturday acquitted every one of the more than 100 suspects accused of ransacking, looting and then burning a Christian neighbourhood in Lahore in March, 2013.

The anti-terrorism judge, Chaudhry Muhammad Azam, acquitted them after prosecution witnesses failed to identify the

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Does God have his eye on the gridiron? Will he cheer for either the Atlanta Falcons or the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on 5th February?

One-quarter of all Americans believe He does and He will, according to a new survey released this week

The head of the World Council of Churches has expressed his sympathy after a gunman killed six people and injured more than 15 others at the Grand Mosque in Quebec City, saying there was "a particular evil in any attack on people at a place of worship".

The shooting took

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As confusion continued over President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and travelers from seven Muslim countries, Catholic leaders from Iraq are warning that the policy change will hurt thousands of Iraqi Christians languishing in Middle East refugee camps.

"They would like to continue their lives in Europe,

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The Czech Republic has condemned a Sudanese court's ruling that sentenced a Czech missionary and film-maker to 20 years imprisonment, while a local pastor and a Christian activist have reportedly received a 12 year jail term.

Shortly after Sunday's ruling, Czech officials pledged to

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The leader of a church in northwestern Sri Lanka which was destroyed by suspected Buddhist militants says his congregation will continue worship services.

"No attack can stop us. We shall continue to meet and pray under a tree," said Kamal Wasantha, who leads the Kithu Sevana

World Watch Monitor

Czech aid worker Petr Jašek has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in Sudan after being found guilty of charges which included waging war against the state, violating restrictions in military areas, spreading rumours to defame the state, and inciting strife between communities. 

He's already been in

Some Christian leaders, many invoking the Biblical command to welcome the stranger, have lambasted US President Donald Trump's Friday orders which have indefinitely banned Syrian refugees from the US and temporarily banned refugees from other countries and visa-holders from seven Muslim-majority nations.

Media organisations have reported that under the bans,

Security is the "most critical need" to be addressed if vulnerable Christian communities are to return to their former homes in northern Iraq, Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda told a delegation from the World Council of Churches during a recent meeting in Erbil, Iraq.

While Iraq's military campaign against the so-called

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What do pastors think about social or political issues? Americans don't particularly want to know.

Only 8 per cent of adults say they are interested in hearing pastors' views on issues such as same-sex marriage, LGBT rights, abortion, guns, tax policy, climate change, drug policy or religious freedom, according to the Barna

The murder of another Coptic Christian in Egypt, this time in the centre of the capital, makes this the fifth death over a 13 day period, World Watch Monitor reports.

Ishak Ibrahim Fayez Younan, 37, was found dead by his brother on 16th January, at Ishak's flat in

A biomedical scientist involved in breakthrough treatments of spinal cord injuries was named 2017 Australian of the Year at a ceremony in Parliament House, Canberra, on Wednesday night.

Queenslander Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Sim is an international leader in stem cell research and his work played a central role in the

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