Orthodox monks in Russia start Italian cheese factory

Demonstrators attend a peace rally
By Miko Morelos

If Russians suddenly get a craving for Italian cheese despite a ban on agriculture products from Italy, they know where to get it. Monks living in a remote monastery on an island in Russia hold the key.

UK Christian school faces closure threat for failing to include 'other faiths'

By Miko Morelos

A successful English independent Christian school is facing threats of being downgraded and even closure for failing to invite leaders from other religions, such as an imam, to speak in school assemblies.

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.

Australian commission told, young children were abused in Pentecostal school

By Henri Rose Cimatu

An Australian inquiry into child sex abuse is looking into how Melbourne's Northside Christian College handled complaints against a teacher accused and convicted of sexually abusing his students.

Pope laments plight of Middle East Christians; urges global response

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.

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.

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