Christians in churches across the UK are taking part in the second National Prayer Weekend this Saturday and Sunday.

An initiative of UK-based international training and publishing organisation CWR, the weekend has garnered the support of groups including the UK's Evangelical Alliance and 24-7 Prayer and is aimed at initiating

An Australian Salvation Army officer, attacked in Malawi while on a private preaching tour, has died.

Western Australian Major Geoff Freind was placed in an induced coma in a Johannesburg hospital following the attack but died on Wednesday.

On leave from his job in Perth, the 59-year-old grandfather was

Christian leaders including Pope Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and World Council of Churches general secretary, Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, were among hundreds of faith leaders who gathered in Assisi, Italy, this week to join in the Day of Prayer for Peace.

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The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce has expressed disappointment at the Australian Government's pledge to increase funding for refugee programs by $130 million over the next three years, saying it does little to redress cuts made to Australia's overseas aid budget in recent years.

Misha Coleman, executive officer of the ACRT,


Two Catholic priests have been kidnapped and killed in the Mexican state of Velacruz.

In a statement, the Roman Catholice diocese of Papantla has confirmed the violent deaths of Fr Alejo Nabor Jiménez Juárez and Fr José Alfredo Suárez de la Cruz.

According to information gathered by

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Nigeria's Roman Catholic bishops, deploring "a hurricane of violence by [mainly Muslim Fulani] herdsmen and other agents of death", have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to restore confidence amidst growing public frustration with his government.

President Buhari was elected in February, 2015, on

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Muslim militants slaughtered 26 civilians in a predominantly Christian village in the Central African Republic on Friday, 16th September, the worst violence in the embattled country in months, sources said.

Rebels from the former Seleka group attacked the village of Ndomete, about 350 kilomtres north

Czech Christian Petr Jašek is being tried alongside three men in Sudan according to UK-based religious freedom advocacy, Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

The group confirmed in a statement late last week that Mr Jašek is being tried jointly with Rev Hassan Abduraheem, Rev Kuwa Shamal and Abdulmonem Abdumawla. Mr Jašek is



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Access to a mobile phone and the internet is viewed by many refugees as being as critical to their safety as food, water and shelter, a study has found.

A report by UNHCR and global professional services firm Accenture, based on research conducted in 44 countries, found that connectivity for

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A "protected area" should be set aside for minorities, including Christians, in Iraq’s north-east Nineveh plains after the ‘Islamic State’ has been defeated, a US advocacy group has argued.

The group, In Defense of Christians (IDC), made the suggestion at the National Convention

Global and US church bodies have joined in calling for the US Government to reconsider a $US38 billion military aid package to Israel, saying that more weapons were the "last thing" needed in the "unresolved conflict" in Israel and Palestine.

In a joint statement issued following a "consultation" on the

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Three Iranian Christian converts have been charged with “acting against national security” and illegal consumption of alcohol during Holy Communion. (Non-Muslims are permitted to drink alcohol in Iran, but leaving Islam is forbidden, so any such conversions are not recognised.)

Yasser Mossayebzadeh, Saheb Fadaie

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has introduced a bill into Parliament to legislate a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.

The bill states that the plebiscite, which will be decided by a simple majority, will be held on Saturday, 11th February, next year with the question to read: 'Should the law be

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Authorities in south-eastern Sudan arrested the headmaster of a Christian school last week and took over its property, sources said.

Armed police and officials from the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested Rev Samuel Suliman and 12 teachers at the school in Madani, capital




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