Pope Francis calls for Christian unity during apology to Pentecostals

Demonstrators attend a peace rally
By Henri Rose Cimatu

Pope Francis has apologized in front of a group of Evangelic Christians for persecution inflicted on Pentecostals under Italy's fascist regime during the mid-20th century and in which Catholics were involved.

Macau Catholic academics among those sanctioned after critical commentaries

By Miko Morelos

Three university professors in Macau have been sanctioned for airing commentaries critical of the local government and Beijing triggering concerns academic freedom in higher institutions of education.

Churches invited to participate in UN culture and development talks

By Peter Kenny

The World Council of Churches United Nations office in New York has invited churches to participate in a U.N. e-consultation on culture and its role in shaping the post-2015 development agenda.

Fire guts historic cathedral in Chinese eastern seaport

By Miko Morelos

Fire has destroyed one of China's oldest cathedrals which had been placed under government protection, a State media report says.

If Scotland secedes from UK, or stays, interfaith group to support communities

By Peter Kenny

Scotland's religious communities have met to consider the role they wish to play in Scottish society in the year in which the country's voters will decide whether to stay in the United Kingdom,

Christian convert in Egypt goes back to jail directly after release

By Henri Rose Cimatu

Egyptian authorities have arrested Christian convert from Islam, Bishoy Armia Boulous immediately after he was released on bail.

Pope Francis makes urgent plea for peace in Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine

By Peter Kenny

Pope Francis has made an urgent plea for an end to the conflicts in the Middle East, in Iraq and in Ukraine noting especially the horrors the conflicts inflict on children.

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