Reports of widespread sexual violence against women and young girls in South Sudan by uniformed soldiers and other groups of armed men are "deeply disturbing" and may be regarded as war crimes as well as crimes against humanity, the UN Mission in South Sudan has warned.

In a statement released

The head of the Anglican Church in Australia, Dr Philip Freier, has welcomed the inclusion of an Aboriginal co-commissioner to oversee the recently announced Royal Commission into juvenile detention in the Northern Territory.

Attorney-General George Brandis announced Mick Gooda, a prominent Indigenous Australian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has called on governments to do more to shield migrants and refugees from human traffickers.

In a statement issued last Friday to mark World Day against Trafficking in Persons, Mr Ban said human traffickers preyed on the "most desperate and vulnerable".

To end this inhumane practice,

Pope Francis has encouraged young people to "be dreamers" and believe in a "new humanity" at the closing mass of World Youth Day in a village near Krakow, Poland, on Sunday.

The Pope told a crowd of hundreds of thousands that God is "always cheering us on" and that our

Mass hunger in the US is a "moral scandal", Rev David Beckmann, president of US-based Christian advocacy group, Bread for The World, told the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week.

Bread for the World, the only anti-hunger organisation to be invited to speak at the convention, say there are

The number of people who 'like' the United Bible Societies' 'Digital Bible' page on Facebook has passed 10 million.

The page, which combines Scripture verses on the major themes of the Bible with visual images, is managed by 12 volunteers from every content who manage ministry aspects like personal prayer

Melbourne Anglican Bishop Philip Huggins has urged the AFL Commission - which meets in Brisbane on Friday - not to schedule a game on Good Friday next year "just for commercial considerations".

In a statement issued ahead of the meeting at which the move is to be considered, Bishop Huggins

The Australian Christian Lobby has backed suggestions Australia appoint an "anti-slavery commissioner".

ACL spokesperson Wendy Francis said the concept - aired by anti-slavery expert Professor Jennifer Burn on SBS's Insight program - was badly needed to stop the trafficking of girls into Australian brothels, noting that human trafficking, of which

East Timor has the highest percentage of stunted children of any nation in the world, according to a new report from WaterAid.

The report, Caught Short , found that 58 per cent of children under the age of five in East Timor suffer from stunting, a condition caused by malnutrition during

Pope Francis has expressed his "pain and horror" for another act of "absurd violence" after an elderly Catholic priest was murdered in northern France on Tuesday, having earlier being taken hostage along with parishioners.

Fr Jacques Hamel, 85, reportedly had his throat cut after two men armed with knives entered

A Church of Iran pastor who was acquitted of apostasy in 2012 has been charged with "acting against national security" in Iran, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

CSW said sources have told the UK-based religious freedom advocacy that Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was summoned to a court in Rasht on 24th

Catholic agency Caritas Australia has welcomed Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's announcement that a Royal Commission will investigate evidence presented in an ABC Four Corners program concerning the detention of juveniles in the Northern Territory.

Mr Turnbull made this announcement on Tuesday morning, saying the issues raised on the program

US author and pastor Tim LaHaye - best known for co-authoring the best-selling  Left Behind series of books - has died at the age of 90.

A statement on his ministry's website said Dr LaHaye, described by TIME magazine in the mid-Noughties as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in

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Relatives and friends say three Azeri Christians and an Iranian Christian remain behind bars in Tehran, a month after they were detained as part of a larger government-backed crackdown on evangelicals. Separately, Iranian authorities released Amin Khaki from Ahvaz Prison, after he served part of a one-year

At least 80 people have died after a twin suicide bomb attack in Kabul which targeted a protest organised by Afghanistan's Hazara community and was reportedly the deadliest attack in the country since 2001.

More than 230 more were injured in the attack on the Afghan capital on Saturday, during

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