Protestant pastor in China jailed for trying to defend church crosses

Demonstrators attend a peace rally
By Miko Morelos

A court in China has sentenced a Protestant pastor to a one-year prison term for organizing a crowd to disrupt the government's campaign to take down crosses at places of worship in Zhejiang province last year.

London's mayor Boris Johnson hits out at UK betting 'scourge'

By Peter Kenny

London's mayor Boris Johnson has criticized the rise of controversial Fixed Odds Betting Terminals that are known as the "crack cocaine of gambling."

Iraqi Patriarch calls for law to counter violence-inciting preachers

By Miko Morelos

As one of the oldest Christians populations in Iraq, Chaldean followers have faced recent attempts to expunge followers of their faith from their homeland by extremitsts saying they are carrying out their terror in the name of Islam.

Indian police arrest two men in nun gangrape case

By Miko Morelos

Indian police say they have arrested two suspects in connection with the brutal abuse of a 72-year-old nun who tried to stop robbers ransacking a convent school in Ranaghat nearly two weeks ago.

Japanese Catholics wane with secular society's pervasion

By Peter Kenny

Japanese Catholics make up less than one percent of the country's population, but they are facing challenges living the faith in a nonreligious society, the nation's bishops have said.

Who are America's atheists and skeptics? Study seeks answers

By Peter Kenny

New research finds that unchurched people in the United States are not always unbelievers—in fact, most aren't. The majority are non-practicing Christians: They claim Christianity as their faith, but they haven't been to church in a long time research collected in new Barna project "Churchless," edited by David Kinnaman and George Barna.

World and European churches mourn Germanwings air crash tragedy

By Peter Kenny

The World Council of Churches and its European counterpart are grieving the loss of lives in a serious plane accident in the French Alps with a call for support for family members and those in the rescue team.

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