Religious freedom in Syria is life and death; in the US it can hinge on not baking cakes for gay people

Demonstrators attend a peace rally
By Peter Kenny

Religious freedom globally has been under serious and sustained assault an independent government-backed yearly report on 2015 says, but that freedom in the United States, say, and in the rest of the world focus on very different issues.

Christians join thousands in Hungary's March of the Living to remember the Holocaust

By Peter Kenny

Thousands of Hungarians have participated in the 'March of the Living' to commemorate Holocaust victims in the biggest 2016 anti-racist march at which Christian clerics expressed repentance for what happened to Jews.

Highlighting Europe's refugee crisis, Pope takes Syrian refugees on plane to Vatican

By Peter Kenny

Pope Francis has welcomed three families of Syrian refugees who arrived in Rome after he rescued them from a camp in Lesbos following a visit to the Greek island to highlight the humanitarian crisis.

German politician wants an 'Islam law' to prevent foreign financing of mosques

By Peter Kenny

A key member of a partner in Germany's ruling coalition has called for an "Islam law" to prevent foreign financing of mosques as he says "political Islam" undermines integration in the country.

Katy Perry seems headed for convent, after nuns pitted against archdiocese

By Peter Kenny

Katy Perry, the onetime Christian singer, is a star who can't wait to get into a convent. This week she won a court battle against a Catholic order of nuns to buy a former hilltop convent from the archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter in a troubled world

By Peter Kenny

Orthodox Christians across the world have celebrated Easter, their most important religious holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus after his crucifixion, with celebrations in cities such as Athens, Damascus, Jerusalem, Kiev and Moscow.

Activists praise anti-war priest Daniel Berrigan jailed for fighting Vietnam draft who dies at 94

By Peter Kenny

Tributes have flowed for Daniel J. Berrigan, a Jesuit priest whose defiance of the Vietnam War landed him in prison drawing both the praise and barbs of many Americans and who died April 30 at the age of 94 in the Bronx, New York.

Catholic bishops joint those speaking up for a Lutheran playground at the Supreme Court

By Peter Kenny

Catholic and Protestant groups have teamed up to fight the state of Missouri which is refusing to subside the resurfacing of a Lutheran school playground saying what the authorities are doing is discriminatory on religious grounds.

Opposition UK lawmaker suspended for once saying 'relocate Israel into United States'

By Peter Kenny

The leader of the opposition in Britain's Parliament Jeremy Corbyn has caved in to pressure from government lawmakers and those from his own Labour Party, suspending Naz Shah, the Bradford West Member of Parliament over remarks she made about Israel on Facebook.

World churches body disappointed at fines on S. Koreans for meeting Christians from the North

By Peter Kenny

The World Council of Churches has expressed disappointment to South Korean President Park Geun-hye over fines imposed on members of the National Council of Churches in (South) Korea who met with their counterparts from the divided North.

Canada's Justin Trudeau outraged at 'cold-blooded murder' of hostage by Islamists

By Peter Kenny

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned the killing of a Canadian hostage kidnapped by Islamist extremists in the Philippines as "an act of cold-blooded murder."

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