Drunks and priest shortage threaten Christmas Midnight Masses in UK, survey finds

Demonstrators attend a peace rally
By Peter Kenny

Midnight Mass, a tradition especially popular for Catholics, is under threat, a survey in the United Kingdom finds with disturbance from drunks and clerical shortages cited as some reasons.

Holy Land Indian migrants walk to Bethlehem for peace

By Ecumenical News Reporter

More than 2,000 Indian migrant workers in the Holy Land have held a brief pilgrimage from Jerusalem to Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity as part of their preparations for Christmas.

Priest who supports Manchester soccer club named Church of England's first woman bishop

By Peter Kenny

The Church of England says the Rev. Libby Lane will be the church's first female bishop ending centuries of male only leadership.

Lutherans, Vatican move closer on 500-year Reformation anniversary cooperation

By Peter Kenny

The general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, Rev. Martin Junge, says relations between the Lutheran and Catholic churches have reached an epoch-making turning-point.

'Porn Free WiFi' campaign still working on McDonald's, Starbucks in US

By Peter Kenny

A public campaign that has nearly 25,000 supporters says it still trying to persuade McDonald's and Starbucks to install anti-pornography filters on their in-store free WiFi networks.

Kenyan church leaders back country's restrictive anti-terror law

By Peter Kenny

Leaders from Kenya's Anglican and Catholic churches along with other Christian leaders are backing the government in its attempt to create a new law to help fight terrorism.

Malaysian bishop, lawmakers denounce seizure of hymn books with word Allah

By Peter Kenny

A bishop and opposition lawmakers in Malaysia have called on the authorities to order the immediate return of the 31 Christian hymn books recently seized by the Johor police.

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