First Church of England female bishop ordination, 'historic moment' says Catholic archbishop

Demonstrators attend a peace rally
By Peter Kenny

The Catholic archbishop of Birmingham has called the ordination of the Church of England's first female bishop "historic moment in the life" of the Anglican denomination and he has wished her well whilst giving cautious remarks about the event.

Malawi's bishops seek to spread the Gospel with new media

By Peter Kenny

Communicators in Malawi are exploring how to use new media to build unity in the landlocked southern African nation.

UN charter response to Holocaust, says top UN aide; France found dangerous for Jews

By Peter Kenny

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein says the Charter of the United Nations "was shaped in response to the atrocities of the Holocaust and the Second World War."

Nigerian Lutheran bishop wants stronger global Christian voice against Boko Haram

By Peter Kenny

Nigerian Lutheran Archbishop Nemuel A. Babba has urged a "stronger global Christian voice against the Boko Haram violence" in the north of Africa's most populous nation.

Moscow could close Catholic Church in Crimea if registration vetoed

By Miko Morelos

The Roman Catholic Church in Crimea is facing closure should it fail to comply with religious regulations set by Russia, a Catholic news agency reports.

China to continue ordaining bishops, clerics without Vatican blessing

By Miko Morelos

China will elect and ordain bishops without the approval of the Vatican, a move that might continue to aggravate already tense relations between the Holy See and the communist nation.

In town hall remarks, Obama urges India to guarantee religious freedom

By Miko Morelos

U.S. President Barack Obama has added his voice indirectly to those urging Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to swiftly respond to religious persecution in the world's second most populous nation.

Philippine bishops condemn killing of police officers by separatist rebels

By Miko Morelos

Philippine bishops have deplored the killing of at least 40 police officers who sought to arrest a rebel bombmaker believed to be hiding in the heart of a marshland in the country's restive southern region.

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