US pastor jailed in Iran sends message from hospital

Demonstrators attend a peace rally
By Peter Kenny

U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini sent a message over Easter message from his hospital room in Teheran while serving an eight-year sentence for his Christian faith in Iran.

Simon Wiesenthal Center says sainted popes are 'heroes to the Jewish people'

By Ecumenical News

The Simon Wiesenthal Center says it is joining with Catholics around the world in acknowledging the remarkable contribution of the two popes to be canonized Sunday.

Cuba makes Good Friday an official holiday

By Ecumenical News

Cuba is to adhere to a request made by Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to the country in 2012 to make Good Friday a permanent official holiday, the Catholic News Agency (CNA) reports.

Israel encouraging more Christians to join military service

By Dan Williams and Ori Lewis

Israel has said it is stepping up efforts to encourage military enlistment by Christian Arab citizens, a community long closer to the larger Muslim minority in identifying with the Palestinians.

UK Prime Minister Cameron triggers backlash after Christianity comments

By Peter Kenny

Pronouncements by Prime Minister David Cameron that Britain is a "Christian country" have drawn the ire of public figures including scientists and writers who accuse him of fuelling sectarianism.

Hollywood plays to the faithful, finds hit with Christian films

By Ronald Grover and Chris Michaud

The movie "Heaven is for Real," which depicts the story of a young boy who claims to have visited heaven during a near death experience, is the fourth faith-based film this year to stir movie-going audiences with impressive box office numbers as Hollywood has embraced God in a big - and lucrative - way.

Tutu joins march led by Anglican leader to highlight distrust in S. African governance

By Peter Kenny

Desmond Tutu and a successor of his as South African Anglican leader, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, along with other faith leaders have marched in Cape Town to commemorate 20 years of democracy and also to highlight distrust in the government.

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