In Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius, Pope Francis this past week celebrated masses with almost 1.5 million people in total during his trip to Africa where Pentecostals are surpassing Catholics in some countries.
The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria has launched a nationwide interfaith network to help different stakeholders allay the impact of irregular migration and human trafficking in Africa's most populous country.
A group of United Nations experts together say that countries have an important role to play in promoting religious tolerance and cultural diversity and that they can do this by promoting and protecting human rights, including freedom of religion or belief.
An Iraqi church damaged and defaced by the Islamic State in 2014 has been rededicated for the parish's celebration of the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, just as the terrorist group that had sought to crush Christians and those opposing its tyrannical way of life is showing signs of stirring again.
Gun violence in the United States, which over the last weekend alone took three dozen lives, continues to pose stark challenges for U.S. churches. This is the view of J. Michael West, a communication consultant for the World Council of Churches, based in California.