Pope laments plight of Middle East Christians; urges global response

Demonstrators attend a peace rally
By Miko Morelos

Pope Francis has expressed grief at the continued persecution of Christians in Iraq and Syria and he is encouraging Christians around the world to rally behind the refugees driven away by extremists.

New Indonesian president must face religious issues, academics say

By Miko Morelos

New Indonesian president Joko Widodo should handle more deftly the religious diversity in the country as espoused by its constitution, say several experts looking into the political dynamics in Jakarta.

Indian jihadist calls for attacks on non-Muslims

By Henri Rose Cimatu

An Indian Jihadist operating out of Pakistan has made a call to "kill an American or European, whether French or Australian or Canadian, or other unbelievers who have declared war on the Islamic State."

Australia drops Parliament burqa ban after rights groups' outcry

By Peter Kenny

Australia has overturned a controversial plan to segregate people in Canberra's Parliament house wearing burqas and niqabs, body and facial coverings used by some Muslim women.

Christian broadcaster names wife successor, leaves for another woman

By Henri Rose Cimatu

GOD TV co-founder Wendy Alec has admitted that her husband and ministry partner of over 20 years has left her for another woman.

Lutheran Holy Land Bishop Younan to get Canadian peace work award

By Peter Kenny

Bishop Munib A. Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land is to receive a Canadian award for peace work in the Holy Land.

No excuse for violence against women is theme for YWCA drive

By Peter Kenny

There is no excuse for violence against women and there is no excuse for ignoring it, says the World YWCA.

Churches seek to be more inclusive of people with disabilities

By Peter Kenny

"The inclusion of persons with disability is not an option but a defining characteristic of the Church," says Dr. Samuel Kabue, coordinator of the Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network.

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