War-torn Arab nation Yemen is facing "total social, economic and institutional collapse", a senior UN official has told the Security Council this week.

Stephen O'Brien, the UN's emergency relief coordinator, told the council on Tuesday that the people of Yemen "are being subjected to deprivation, disease and death as the

Tentative plans for Pope Francis to visit South Sudan later this year have been cancelled due to security reasons.

A Vatican spokesman has confirmed reports that the trip - which would have been conducted with the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby - will not go ahead this year.

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Tens of thousands of Christians in the UK and around the world have been taking part in a 10 day prayer initiative aimed at encouraging evangelism which comes to an end this Sunday.

The Thy Kingdom Come initiative, which runs between Ascension Day (25th May) and Pentecost Sunday

Some 10,000 people are fleeing west Mosul in Iraq every day as a military offensive to retake the city from the so-called Islamic State continues.

The UN said on Friday that Iraqi Government figures showed the number of those fleeing peaked at a daily high of 16,100 on 18th May

Almost $5 million was raised through the weekend's Red Shield Doorknock across Australia, the Salvation Army said.

Leigh Cleave, communications and fundraising director at the Salvation Army, said the weekend's initiative - which raised $4,705,738 - was a "tremendous success".

“We have seen incredible generosity from people across the country,

At least 150 people have died in Sri Lanka after a monsoonal deluge delivered more than a month's rain in a single day.

The rain triggered flooding and mudslides and there are fears as rescue workers continue to dig out bodies buried beneath the earth that the death toll could

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The family of a Malaysian pastor abducted more than 100 days ago have expressed their disappointment that police are investigating his alleged preaching to Muslims rather than focusing on finding him and bringing his kidnappers to justice.

Pastor Raymond Koh was abducted by masked men

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A church leader was among those killed in the recent outbreak of violence in the Central African Republic, it has emerged.

Baptist pastor Ange-Apoléon Ngakolada, 36, leaves behind a wife and eight children.

The president of the Association of Evangelical Baptist Churches in CAR, Singa

Amid growing furore in Australia over tennis champion Margaret Court's comments this week opposing same-sex marriage, Lyle Shelton, managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby, has spoken out in defence of free speech.

In a statement issued on Friday, Mr Shelton said that whatever side Australians are on

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Gunmen opened fire and killed at least 28 Coptic Orthodox Christians – some reports say up to 35 - and wounded about 25 others – who were traveling to Ascension Day services at the Monastery of St Samuel in Minya, southern Egypt.

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A group of Christian NGO and denominational leaders have joined in calling for the G7 - which meets in Italy on 26th and 27th May - to ramp up their response to save the lives of 20 million people - including 1.4 million children - who face famine in Yemen, Somalia,

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Nine Christian civilians were reportedly shot dead at a militant-run checkpoint in the besieged city of Marawi in the southern Philippines on Tuesday.

Filipino news site GMA News Online – one of the biggest news and public affairs networks in the country – reported that local

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US President Donald Trump is known as a climate change skeptic with a short attention span who has said he doesn't have time to read books.

But Pope Francis is a man of faith who lives in hope, and during the first, highly anticipated meeting between

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A Catholic priest and 13 other Christians were taken hostage, while a cathedral and Protestant-run college were among the buildings set on fire, when an extremist group which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State descended upon the city of Marawi in the southern Philippines

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