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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An American missionary has received an award for his decades of work ministering to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or the FARC, whose 50-year fight against the government had been the world’s longest continuous war when it ended in a peace agreement last August. 

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Pope Francis has urged global news outlets to “stem the spiral of fear” caused by coverage of the world’s tragedies and scandals.

"I am convinced that we have to break the vicious circle of anxiety and stem the spiral of fear resulting from a constant focus on

Christian group FamilyVoice Australia has called on Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to follow the lead of US President Donald Trump and remove AusAID funding from organisations that facilitate abortions overseas.

The call follows Mr Trump's decision to ban the federal funding of organisations that perform or promote abortions overseas

Army officials in Myanmar have confirmed they have arrested two assistant priests who have been missing since 24th December, accusing them of aiding ethnic separatists.

Morning Star News reports that the army has accused Dom Dawng Nawng Latt and La Jaw Gam Hseng of serving as “informers and spreading

World Vision has joined in calls for EU leaders to protect children who are among refugees and migrants fleeing war-torn nations and are now caught in freezing conditions in Europe and the Middle East.

The organisation says hundreds of refugees from countries including Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan are living

A Japanese samurai who gave up his status to follow Christ will be honoured in a ceremony in Japan next month.

Agenzia Fides reports that a ceremony for the beatification of Justo Takayama Ukon (1552-1615), known as the 'Samurai of Christ', will take place in Osaka on 7th February. 

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Global charity Open Doors has disputed the way in which statistics on Christian “martyrs” are collected, arguing that an annual figure of 90,000, recently reported widely, is significantly higher than the accurately verifiable number. 

The figure, reported by some media and cited by an Italian

The death toll from an incident on Friday afternoon in which a car was allegedly deliberately driven at pedestrians in central Melbourne has risen to five with more than 30 people injured.

Police have said those who have died include a 10-year-old girl, a 25-year-old man, a 33-year-old women and

Donald J Trump placed his hand on two Bibles and took the oath of office in a swearing-in ceremony that featured prayers and pronouncements of God's favor by the largest assortment of clergy in inaugural history.

Three pedestrians have been killed and at least 15 injured after a car was deliberately driven into a central Melbourne mall today.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested following the incident in the crowded Bourke Street Mall which police said was not terrorism related and believed to be related to

Most Americans expect the wealthy, white people, males and conservative Christians to gain influence under a Donald Trump presidency, according to a new poll.

A Pew Research Center study looking at expectations about which groups in society will gain and lose influence under his administration also shows that Hispanics,

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Catholic bishops in Kenya have for a second time appealed to the striking doctors in the country to resume essential medical duties especially regarding patients in danger of life and those who need urgent care.

The medical staff working in public health facilities been

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Sudanese authorities ordered a South Sudanese pastor to leave the country last month for evangelizing and church activities, sources have told Morning Star News.

Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on 6th December ordered pastor Koat Akot of the Sudan Pentecostal Church to leave

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More than 800 congregations in the US have declared themselves sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants, about double the total on Election Day.

Leaders of the sanctuary movement say the pace of churches and other houses of worship declaring themselves sanctuaries has quickened in the days leading up to the inauguration

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