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Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:09:02 BST - This week sees the two-year anniversary of the imprisonment of pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran.

     
 

British government to make Muslim schools teach children about Christianity?
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:00:58 BST - A report in the media suggests British government ministers are divided over a proposal to make Muslim schools teach their students about the Christian faith.


When a woman lost a treasured family Bible, it turned up in the most remarkable place 40 years later
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:56:25 BST - Deborah Savely was devastated when a beloved Bible fell out of her backpack over 40 years ago.


Jesus Toast researchers win silly science award
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:53:09 BST - A team of researchers who looked into why people see things like the face of Jesus in patterns has scooped one of this year's Ig Noble prizes.


Jill Duggar: 19 Kids and Counting star thrilled to enter second trimester of pregnancy
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:37:30 BST - While some celebs like to keep their fans guessing by keeping their baby bumps under wraps, Duggar has been happily sharing hers with her followers, posting photos of its development each week.


Pakistan: Call to protect minority places of worship as Christians mark church bombing anniversary
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:46:38 BST - The horrific bombing of a church in Pakistan last year is on the minds of the country's Christians as they mark the first anniversary on Monday.


Gordon Brown draws on Ecclesiastes in heartfelt plea for unity in Scotland
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:56:35 BST - Emotions are still running high in Scotland days after a narrow majority voted to keep the country in the United Kingdom.


Does ISIS' latest hostage video mark a change of tactics?
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:19:17 BST - The latest video to be released by Islamic State is markedly different from the brutal videos of beheadings, but serves the same purpose – the glorification of IS and the intimidation of the West.


How Pope Francis became a 'powerful new ally' in the war on climate change
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:51:59 BST - Scientists are turning to the Pope in an attempt to find a solution to some of the world's most serious problems.


Boko Haram: Negotiations could ensure release of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:50:00 BST - A negotiation deal may be close to being brokered with Boko Haram, which could secure the release of the missing Chibok schoolgirls.


Independence: How Gordon Brown invoked his Christian values to help save the Union
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:44:26 BST - The former Prime Minister's speech before the independence vote was reminiscent of a tub-thumping sermon, writes Ruth Gledhill


Hats off to Pope Francis: skullcap raises more than €100k on eBay
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:43:20 BST - If you've ever dreamt of sporting a hat worn by Pope Francis himself, then you're in luck: his skullcap has been put on eBay and could be yours for just over €100,000.


Central African Republic pastor: 'Only God can save our country'
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:30:15 BST - The international community may look to the United Nations to solve the crisis in Central African Republic, but facing ongoing conflict and a growing humanitarian crisis, one church pastor says his country is beyond the help of the UN.


Scottish independence: 'The wounds of this campaign will take years to heal'
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:31:47 BST - After a long and embittered political battle, churches have a unique role to play in reconciliation, writes Gillan Scott.


Scotland votes No: Now it's time for the nation to unite and build, say churches
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:49:30 BST - It was a closely fought campaign to the end but on the night, Scots affirmed their desire to remain within the UK by a consistent margin.


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Nigeria: Churches risk spreading Ebola virus through Communion and sharing the peace
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:15:51 BST - Despite guidance from church leaders on changing church practices in light of the Ebola risk, some churches continue to drink from the same Communion cup.


God and independence: How churches on both sides of the border are preparing for the result
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:13:11 BST - Christians on both sides of the border are praying for unity as Scots as they head to the polls.


Cause celebs: Ten Hollywood A listers who are trying to change the world
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:08:32 BST - Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest Hollywood A-lister to be made a United Nations messenger of peace. He's in good company.


Child abuse investigation into Frank Houston, father of Hillsong lead pastor Brian Houston
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:50:48 BST - Child abuse allegations against Frank Houston are to be investigated by a national inquiry.


Pope Francis Religion No Justification for Violence
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:00:41 -
Pope Francis denounced extremists around the world who in his words are "perverting" religion to justify violence. On arriving in Albania's capital on Sunday, the pope said, "Let no one consider ...


Yemeni Parties Houthi Rebels Form Unity Government
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:00:15 -
Rival groups in Yemen signed a U.N.-brokered peace deal on Sunday after Shi'ite rebels seized the government headquarters and the prime minister resigned in the face of raging violence. Yemen's ...


Rival Afghan Presidential Candidates Sign Deal to Share Power
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:00:37 -
ISLAMABAD- Afghan presidential rivals Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday signed a power sharing deal to form a National Unity Government. The signing ceremony took place at the ...


Pope Francis Visits Albania
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:00:26 -
Pope Francis is in Albania for his first visit to a European country outside of Italy. The leader of the world's one billion Roman Catholics will celebrate Mass in Mother Teresa square in Tirana, the ...


West Australian premier wants to meet Muslim leaders
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 04:30:02 -
Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett wants to meet Muslim leaders in the state to reassure them they are welcome following last week's counter-terrorism raids. Barnett said it is important to be ...


Toll in Nigeria building collapse reaches 86
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:30:02 -
The toll in a building collapse at a church complex in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos climbed to 86 Saturday, authorities said. While confirming the casualties, Nigeria's National Emergency ...


Tim McGraw intimidates daughters boyfriends
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:30:03 -
Singer Tim McGraw, who has three daughters with wife Faith Hill, says he enjoys intimidating his daughters' boyfriends. In an interview with Extra, the singer admits he's old school when it comes to ...


Rural wrestling marks Hindu Muslim brotherhood
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Rural wrestling, better known to some as 'Dangal', has become a symbol of Hindu-Muslim brotherhood and secularism in this part of Jammu and Kashmir. Oorganized in most of villages here in the name ...


Pope denounces misuse of religion to justify violence
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:34:21 -
Pope Francis denounced how extremists around the world are ';perverting'; religion to justify violence as he arrived Sunday in Albania, a Balkan nation where Christians and Muslims endured ...


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Is Israel good for the Jews
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:29:15 -
Is Israel good for the Jews? For vast majority of Americans -- and certainly for most Jews -- the answer is a no-brainer. But on the intellectual left, a place where nationalism and religion are ...


Edinburgh church service to promote reconciliation
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:29:13 -
Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Right Reverend John Chalmers, leading a Service of Reconciliation to promote unity in the wake of the referendum at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. Photo. Andrew ...


Which Catholics Offer Birth Control Look To The Insurers
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:29:11 -
Sisters of the Servants of Mary from Kansas City, Kan., at a rally in 2012. Catholic employers don't want to offer insurance coverage for contraceptives, but Catholic insurance companies have ...


Pope Francis Praises Albania for Religious Harmony during 11
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:29:09 -
Pope Francis arrived Sunday in Albania on an 11-hour visit. This is the Pope's first European trip since he took office in 2013. Addressing a crowd of thousands of Albanians, who had gathered ...


Call to build ‘new Scotland with Christian values at the heart’
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:29:07 -
The Evangelical Alliance of Scotland has called for the nation to unite and build a new Scotland with Christian values at the heart. Following the results of the Scottish Independence referendum ...


Fire at historic New Brunswick church deemed suspicious
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:25:40 -
EDMUNSTON, N.B. -- Police say a fire that destroyed a historic church in northern New Brunswick is suspicious. The City of Edmundston says the blaze at Saint John the Baptist Anglican Church broke ...


Tortured in Ukraine Christians Living a Nightmare
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EASTERN UKRAINE -- Ukraine's evangelical Christians are bearing the brunt of the country's conflict, often with deadly consequences. It's a scene that has played in Elena ...


Pope condemns using religion as excuse for violence
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Pope Francis today denounced how religion has been "perverted" to justify violence as he arrived in Albania to highlight a Balkan nation that endured brutal religious oppression but where ...


Pope on trip to mainly Muslim Albania condemns Islamist militants
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:23:12 -
TIRANA Albania (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in his strongest criticism of Islamist militants to date, said on Sunday no religious group which used violence and oppression could claim to be "the ...


Contentious Anti-Muslim Posters to Appear on New
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:19:36 -
100 New-York buses will be covered with posters containing anti-Muslim messages. The advertising campaign has been launched by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) well-known for its ...


Turkey president No ransom paid to Islamic State for hostages release
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:18:10 -
Employees of Turkey's consulate in Mosul are welcomed by relatives at Esenboga airport in Ankara, Turkey, after being released by Islamic State on ...


Tempers flare during Sierra Leones Ebola curfew
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:18:03 -
An undated handout photo released by Spanish aid organization Juan Ciudad ONGD shows Spanish doctor and missionary Manuel Garcia Viejo, who contracted Ebola, working at the San Juan de Dios Hospital ...


Pope Slams Extremists for Perverting Religion
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:13:36 -
TIRANA, Albania - Pope Francis denounced how extremists around the world are "perverting" religion to justify violence as he arrived Sunday in Albania, a Balkan nation where Christians and ...


Satanic group plans mass that includes denouncing Jesus Christ stomping on Host
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:12:41 -
A Satanic Mass planned Sunday in Oklahoma City is drawing protests and prayer vigils from those who object to the event, which will include a ritual denouncing Jesus Christ and stomping on and ...


Popes Address to Interreligious Leaders of Albania
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:12:40 -
"I encourage you to maintain and develop the tradition of good relations among the various religious communities in Albania, and to be united in serving your beloved ...


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