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Church in Norway marks name change for transgender person

Helsinki, NorwayAP A Lutheran church in Norway has held a name change ceremony for a 49-year-old transgender person in what officials said marked the first such event in a place of worship in the Nordic country. Elin Stillingen lived the first 40 years of her life as a man and legally changed her name and […]

In the US state of Minnesota, Catholic, Lutheran churches to defy governor and hold services

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz

Minneapolis, USAP Roman Catholic and Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregations across Minnesota plan to resume worship services in defiance of the state’s ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, their leaders said Thursday, the strongest direct challenge to Governor Tim Walz’s restrictions to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The leaders said at a […]

Two Hispanic churches and too many tears: 100 COVID-19 deaths

Coronavirus US NYC Hispanic churches1

New York City, USAP One is a Roman Catholic church in Queens; the other, a Lutheran church in Manhattan. But the COVID-19 pandemic has united the two Hispanic congregations in grief.  Between them, they have lost more than 100 members to the coronavirus, and because of lockdown rules, they lack even the ability to mourn […]

Kidnapped Christian student killed in north-east Nigeria

Ropvil Daciya Dalep

Abuja, NigeriaMorning Star News Islamic State-affiliated terrorists have executed a Christian university student kidnapped earlier this month in north-east Nigeria. In a video that Site Intelligence Group reported was released on the Islamic State’s Amaq news website, a boy of indeterminate age with a pistol shoots and kills Ropvil Daciya Dalep, a member of the […]

World Council of Churches head nominated as presiding bishop of Church of Norway

Olav Fykse Tveit

Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, has been nominated as the next presiding bishop of the Church of Norway. Tveit, who has served as general secretary of the WCC for the past 10 years, is the only nomination for the position in accordance with church regulations. An ordained pastor […]