A 20-year-old religious freedom activist and university student was detained and threatened by Cuban state security agents after a visit to the US to raise concerns about religious freedom violations in Cuba, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

The UK-based religious freedomn advocacy organisation said Fếlix Yuniel Llerena López was

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Three Ethiopians do not now have to pay compensation for a church which, in January, they were acquitted of charges of destroying.

All Protestant Christians, the three men - Tibebu Mekuria, Dawit Jemberu, and Belete Tilahun were freed on 18th January after a Supreme Court judge acquitted

An Irish Columban Catholic missionary, Fr Shay Cullen, has been named as the 2017 recipient of the Martin Buber Award in recognition of his internationally acclaimed work in support of human rights in The Philippines.

Fr Shay established the PREDA Foundation in The Philippines in 1974, an organisation


A mother cares for her son who is being treated for cholera at a UNICEF-supported cholera treatment centre in Baidoa, Somalia. PICTURE: © UNICEF/UN059485/Knowles-Coursin

As many as 1.4 million children are projected to suffer from acute malnutrition in Somalia this year - including more than

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The Australian Christian Lobby has "cautiously welcomed" calls


BIBLE TRANSLATION AROUND THE WORLD: Some 3,655 languages still have no Scriptures in their language according to the latest UBS report. GRAPHIC: United Bible Societies.

Lumasaaba speakers of Uganda, Mongondow speakers of Indonesia and Inupiaq speakers of Canada were among 30 different language groups, accounting

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As the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of two Syrian bishops passed late last month,  their whereabouts remain unknown.

Syriac Orthodox Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Boulos Yazigi were abducted on 22nd April, 2013. Several attempts to locate them have been so far unsuccessful. According to Asia

At least 90 people on death row in Iran are under the age of 18, says a group of UN experts who are calling for authorities in the Middle Eastern nation to immediately put an end to the execution of those aged who were under 18 at the time of

The World Council of Churches has welcomed the signing of an agreement under which the Catholic Church and Coptic Orthodox Church will recognise each other's baptisms as a "sign of hope".

Roman Catholic Pope Francis and Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II signed the agreement on Friday during Pope Francis' two


Pope Francis is greeted by children in Cairo, Egypt. PICTURE: Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters

Pope Francis has urged Egypt’s embattled Christian minority to show extremism only in forgiving those who wrong them and to avoid the temptation of acting like a “pharaoh”




Pope Francis, right, embraces Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb during a meeting in Cairo, Egypt. PICTURE: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis used the political capital he has built up with the Islamic world to issue a powerful condemnation of religion-inspired violence, calling

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Pronto Restaurant in central Nairobi, Kenya, serves halal foods. PICTURE: RNS/Fredrick Nzwili

In a country where 82 per cent are Christian, halal, the dietary standard in Islamic law, is finding greater acceptance.

Kenya is now home to a modest 100 halal-compliant food industry

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The Catholic bishops in the Indian state of Kerala have condemned the demolition of a large hilltop cross erected in an area that has experienced large numbers of land grabs.

“The demolition of the cross has pained the entire Christian community,” Varghese Vallikkat, deputy secretary



PICTURES: Courtesy of Pew Research Center

It's a popular belief: The more educated a person is, the less religious he or she likely will be.

And it's mostly right, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center surveys released on Wednesday.




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