World church body urges protection of Middle East refugees, Christians

Demonstrators attend a peace rally
By Peter Kenny

The World Council of Churches has urged all countries to take special measures to protect refugees and displaced people from the Middle East, especially those from countries such as Syria, Iraq and Israel-Palestine.

Sex Mountain attracts Muslim pilgrims in Indonesia

By Henri Rose Cimatu

The Gunung Kemukus, or Sex Mountain, in Indonesia is attracting thousands of Muslim pilgrims to have sex with strangers and eventually get good fortune.

Law catches up with US pastor who sexually assaulted teenage church member

By Henri Rose Cimatu

For pastors who abuse children the day of reckoning can arrive even if they think they have got away with their crimes.

Injured supporters of Indian "godman" stop police from arresting guru

By Miko Morelos

Hundreds of stone-throwing supporters of a self-styled "godman" in India have defended the ashram where he was staying as authorities tried to arrest him.

Pope Francis says world sees EU as 'elderly and haggard'

By Peter Kenny

Pope Francis has told European lawmakers that the world sees Europe as "somewhat elderly and haggard" during a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Cyprus churches pray for elusive unity of Mediterranean island

By Peter Kenny

The (Orthodox) Church of Cyprus wants unity for its divided island, together with other churches in the country, but it sees that first wounds caused by Turkish invasion 40 years ago must be healed.

Rights groups blame Indonesia's blasphemy law for failing state of minorities

By Miko Morelos

Human rights groups have criticized the Indonesian government for the worsening state of minorities in the country, blaming it on an outdated blasphemy law for making part of its population vulnerable to abuse.

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