South Africa's xenophobia on a par with apartheid laments Tutu

Demonstrators attend a peace rally
By Peter Kenny

Rainbow nation is a term coined by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu some time after he had won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in South Africa. He used it to describe the optimism of post-apartheid South Africa, when the nation avoided a bloodbath to negotiate its way out of a state of legalized racism in the 1990s.

Chaldean Patriarch recaps Christian plight in Iraq at prime minister's parley

By Miko Morelos

The Chaldean Patriarch of Iraq has raised the continuing plight of Christians with Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi who has met with the top church officials.

African aid worker says some Western aid agencies may do more harm than good

By Claire Smart

Western aid agencies are reinforcing negative stereotypes of the African continent and failing to partner effectively with the African people to help those really in need, suggests an African aid worker.

Vandals wrap chain around image of Mary at church in India

By Miko Morelos

Vandals have struck a church in India and destroyed two statues there a day after a top government official described the attacks against Christians in the past months as criminal acts and not hate crimes.

Indonesian Islamic parties seek total ban of alcoholic products

By Miko Morelos

Two Islamic parties have filed proposed legislation in Indonesia's parliament seeking to ban all consumption of alcoholic drinks in the archipelago, home to the world's largest national Muslim population.

UN refugee agency, Lutherans say don't close Dadaab now, Catholic bishop disagrees

By Peter Kenny

A city-sized area in north eastern Kenya which is said to be the world's biggest refugee camp housing 350,000 mainly Somali refugees faces threats of closure by the hosting country.

Christian converts in North Africa are experiencing rejection by their families

By Claire Smart

Open Doors USA reports that new converts to the Christian faith in North Africa are suffering the pain of rejection by their family and friends.

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