World churches body blasts attacks on West Bank mosque and Jerusalem Christian center

Demonstrators attend a peace rally
By Peter Kenny

The World Council of Churches has denounced recent attacks against a mosque in the West Bank and on a Christian center in Jerusalem that appeared part of the series of so-called "price-tag" attacks by extremist elements.

Ukrainian Catholic leader urges tougher line from Pope on Russia

By Peter Kenny

The head of Ukraine's Greek Catholic church Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk has urged a tougher line on Russian aggression in his country both from Pope Francis and the international community.

Indian authorities dismantle temple built in honor of Prime Minister

By Miko Morelos

Indian authorities in a district of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's hometown have demolished a controversial temple put up by the leader's supporters in his honor.

UN rights expert hails US move to keep Internet open as 'freedom of expression' victory

By Peter Kenny

The U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, has welcomed the United States Federal Communications Commission's decision to establish new regulations to protect net neutrality in the country.

Justin Welby 'embarrassed' about Church of England pay below minimum rate

By Peter Kenny

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby faced embarrassment this week when he acknowledged reports that the Church of England is offering jobs that pay below the living wage in Britain.

Hindu leader implies Mother Teresa did charity work to convert poor to Christianity

By Miko Morelos

Indian Christians have castigated a Hindu leader for saying that the charity works of the beloved Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, better-known as Mother Teresa, were intended to convert people to Christianity.

IS extremists kidnap at least 150 Assyrian Christians in Syria; fate unknown

By Miko Morelos

Jihadists claiming to represent Islam have abducted at least 150 Assyrian Christians in Syria with the Islamic State terror group seen to be retaliating after paramilitary troopers made significant advances in their positions.

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