Iran released two Christian men charged with apostasy, reported a Christian human rights group Thursday, even though the country's parliament is currently considering a bill that would make apostasy a crime punishable by death.
A Christian human rights group applauded the European Union for issuing a declaration to Iran that urged the repressive state to drop its draft apostasy bill and to release Christian converts from detention.
A U.K. immigration court of appeals has for the first time recognized the life threatening circumstances of Muslim converts to Christianity by granting asylum to a Syrian evangelical Christian couple.
The U.N. Millennium Development Goals summit this past week was praised by its organizer for resulting in a possible $16 billion boost in new contributions and commitments.
A U.S. government body denounced Vietnam this past week for what it described as the continuation of a "disturbing" disregard for basic human rights.
The executive committee of the World Council of Churches decided this week during their meeting in Germany to extend the term of their current general secretary, the Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia, until a new leader takes office.
Religious leaders that hosted a highly-criticized dinner for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday asked the fiercely anti-U.S. politician to change his tone when speaking on a number of sensitive topics.
The world's largest evangelical network and one of the world's largest Christian relief organizations announced their global partnership on Wednesday.
A delegation of African Christian leaders joined their American counterparts this week on Capitol Hill to give voice to climate change concerns and its impact on the lives of poor Africans.
A rally and prayer vigil to demand a stop to religious violence against Christians in India will take place in front of the White House Thursday to coincide with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit.
Egypt's most well-known convert to Christianity is still hiding a year after he filed the landmark case to become the first Egyptian Muslim to sue the government for rejecting his application to officially change his religion.
Anti-U.S. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should expect some hostility from Americans this week when he visits the U.N. headquarters in New York. Pro-democracy Iranian-Americans and other citizens will unite in a protest rally outside the U.N. headquarters on Tuesday.
Two Muslim-majority countries that traditionally have been respectful of minority faiths were highlighted by the U.S. State Department for their growing religious intolerance. Sunni-dominated Algeria and Jordan had several reported cases of government imposed restriction on religious freedom.
Hundreds of churches and Christian organizations around the world will pray for peace this Sunday on International Day of Prayer for Peace. In the United States alone, nearly 140 congregations and Christian groups are organizing public prayer events.
An Iranian bill that would punish apostasy with death has drawn the condemnation of a U.S. religious freedom body, which calls on the United States and other governments to quickly speak out against the proposed law ahead of its soon expected final approval by Iran's parliament.
An online campaign by a Christian rights group was launched Wednesday to raise public awareness and press for political change in Burma, which has one of the world's most brutal military regimes known for using violence to silence critics and for its ethnic cleansing campaign.
World leaders are taking a cautious approach to the historic and long-awaited news that Zimbabwe's bitter political parties have finally come to a power-sharing agreement.
The Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations of North America condemned the series of bomb blasts in the Indian capital of New Delhi Saturday as 'ghastly and cowardly acts of terror.'
The world's largest printer of Bibles says it is experiencing a decline in demands for the holy word of God. Bible Society of Brazil reports that foreign sales have been in decline for the past two years.
Theologians and church leaders convened Wednesday in the Swiss capital of Bern for the first day of an international conference to "re-frame the religious dimensions" of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Up to five million people have been affected by severe flooding in a northeastern Indian state after the infamous Kosi River changed its course and flooded areas not normally prone to flooding.
Christians in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, which has been plagued with sectarian violence in recent weeks, are reportedly being coerced into converting to Hinduism in order to save their homes.
Two Iraqi Christians were kidnapped then later killed by Islamic fundamentalists in Mosul within the span of a few days, a news agency with connections to Iraq reported.
A delegation from the World Council of Churches began its five-day visit to member churches in Georgia and Russia on Wednesday with the goal to facilitate harmony between the two Christian communities despite their countries' current political conflict.
Five million people in Afghanistan are facing severe food shortages with winter drawing near and donors falling drastically behind in submitting funds, said an international relief agency.