World Watch Monitor

A 2016 law designed to make it easier to establish and build churches in Egypt has not eased the bottleneck, according to a new report.

The 12th December report, issued by the Project on Middle East Democracy, said approval of church building projects actually has

Thomson Reuters Foundation

As freezing temperatures grip the Swedish capital, dozens of downtown billboards have swapped commercial ad content for directions guiding the homeless to their nearest shelter.

Stockholm opens emergency shelters when temperatures fall below minus seven degrees Celsius, but information about their location and the backup

World Watch Monitor

The removal of a cross on the grave of a Catholic before he could be buried in an Indonesian public cemetery has been condemned by the country’s church leaders, reports the Catholic news agency UCAN.

Albertus Slamet Sugihardi died in the village of Purbayan, in the

A Nigerian Anglican bishop has been kidnapped from his home by unknown gunmen.

The assailants reportedly stormed the official residence of Clement Ekpeye, the Bishop of Ahoada, in Rivers state in the country's south on Tuesday night. Police are investigating. 

Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, secretary-general of the Anglican Communion, said he

Thomson Reuters Foundation

The number of people who died while homeless in England and Wales climbed nearly a quarter in five years, according to the first official data, which was published on Thursday.

The Office for National Statistics, a government agency, said 597 homeless people died last

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Christmas holidaymakers have been warned by officials and campaigners not to inadvertently fund slavery with their gift lists as awareness grows over forced and child labour used in a list of products from princess dolls to sparkly make-up.

Festive goods ranging from toys to novelty

Amozoc, Mexico
RNS

It’s known as the town of the Nativities, or  los nacimientos . For more than a century, Amozoc, in central Mexico, has been the home of craftsmen skilled in creating religious figurines, who have passed their skills down through generations.

But the industry has undergone tremendous change

Thomson Reuters Foundation

With an Ebola epidemic raging and millions caught in a forgotten "catastrophe" of conflict and hunger, Democratic Republic of Congo was the most neglected crisis of 2018, according to an annual Thomson Reuters Foundation poll of aid agencies.

This year's survey was unusual for the

World Watch Monitor

Eleven men suspected of an attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt’s capital Cairo a year ago will have to appear before a criminal court, reports Coptic news site Watani.

The suspects were caught by police following a double attack on the Mar Mina and Pope Kyrillos VI

Thomson Reuters Foundation

A growing number of trafficked children in Britain are going missing from care homes, with some feared to be returning to their traffickers after being treated like criminals or illegal immigrants by authorities, two charities said on Wednesday.

A quarter of the 1,015 identified or

World Watch Monitor

At least seven Iranian Christian converts have been arrested in Iran in the last two weeks, including two sisters who allegedly have been beaten.

Shima Zanganeh, 27, and her sister, Shokoufeh, 30, were arrested by Intelligence Service officials in their homes in Ahvaz, capital of

RNS

If you ask Rev Katy Fitz Shedlock, there is something wrong with the way Mary is portrayed in most church Christmas pageants.

She’s boring.

A traditional depiction of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in a pageant manger scene. 'Deleted Scenes Christmas Pageant' skips

RNS

Congo is preparing for a crucial vote to elect a successor for President Joseph Kabila, who has been in power since 2001. A successful election would mean the first peaceful transition of power for a country whose rule by dictators has been broken only by coups and

Thomson Reuters Foundation

A one-month-old baby in Vanuatu has become the first person in the world to be immunised using vaccines delivered by a commercial drone, the United Nations said, raising hopes that the method could save lives in other far-flung areas.

The drone flew for 25 minutes

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