Many of those attending the protest apparently issued a plea to God to stop the bill from becoming law, reports said, with Haredim arguing that the study of Jewish holy scriptures is essential to their way of life, and military service would get in the way of that tradition.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has called the growing crisis in Ukraine the "biggest in Europe in the 21st Century" as 6,000 Russian troops took control of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine on Monday.
A powerful Syrian jihadist group with links to al-Qaeda has forced Christian leaders in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa to sign a contract of submission and enter into the medieval Islamic term as "dhimmis" in exchange for their protection.
South Korean Christian Missionary 'Confesses' to 'Anti-State' Crimes at North Korea Press Conference
A South Korean Christian missionary imprisoned in North Korea said during a recent press conference in front of government officials that he is a "criminal" guilty of "anti-state" crimes such as attempting to turn the country into a Christian nation.
Sudan Arrests, Threatens Pastor During Sermon as Authorities Try to Intimidate Preacher Into Resigning
JUBA, South Sudan – Sudanese authorities arrested a pastor in Omdurman as he was preaching on Sunday and threatened that he would "face justice" unless he resigned his position, sources said.
David Yonggi Cho of South Korean Megachurch Supported by American Pastor Bob Rodgers After $12M Embezzlement Conviction
American megachurch pastor, Bob Rodgers, has defended Pastor David Yonggi Cho after the pastor of Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, was convicted last week of embezzling $12 million of the church's funds.
Baptist Pastor, Oleksandr Turchynov, Named Acting President of Ukraine; Christians Thank God for Peace
After watching their country erupt into months of angry anti-government protests, Christians in Ukraine praised a peace deal that ended the protests as well as the appointment of Baptist pastor Dr. Oleksandr Turchynov as their interim president.
Seven Egyptian Christians have been found horrifically murdered just outside Benghazi, Libya on Monday, according to local security officials. Gunmen reportedly went knocking door-to-door hunting down the Christian residents, mercilessly executing any Jesus-followers they found.
The parliament in Ukraine has named its speaker, Oleksandr Turchynov, as interim president following the dismissal of President Viktor Yanukovych on Saturday.
Pastor Cho Yong-gi of One of the World's Largest Churches Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Embezzlement
The Rev. Cho Yong-gi, founder and pastor emeritus of Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, one of the largest Pentecostal churches in the world, has been sentenced to three years in prison for embezzling church funds.
Striking images have been released, showing Ukrainian priests on the front lines before armed guards and burning barricades, reaching out to the people in the midst of violent conflict between the Ukrainian government and protesters, which led to close to 100 deaths on Thursday.
A team of forensic archaeologists have reportedly discovered new evidence pointing to Treblinka, a Nazi death camp in eastern Poland where 900,000 people disappeared, going against claims by Holocaust deniers who say that the location was only a transit camp.
President Barack Obama's administration has expressed its outrage after a temporary truce between the Ukrainian government and protesters failed on Thursday, with reports claiming that up to 100 people died in new clashes, while 67 police officers were reportedly taken hostage.
Report Reveals 56 Percent of Indian Population Can't Meet Basic Needs; Catholics Pledge to Be Church of the Poor
A new economic report on India revealed a lower poverty rate in the world's second most populous country. At the same time, more than half of the population still cannot meet their basic needs. With that, the Roman Catholic Church in India echoed Pope Francis' call to devote itself to serving the poor and those marginalized by society.
The North Korean government has arrested an Australian Christian missionary for handing out Gospel tracts, with the family of the 75-year-old man fearing he could face up to 15 years in prison.
Woman Defies Doctors Who Told Her to Abort Unborn Baby Because It 'Will Die' and Delivers Healthy Baby Boy
A 30-year-old British woman who was told by doctors to abort her unborn baby while she was pregnant because it would die, defied their expert advice and gave birth to a healthy baby boy she is now calling a "miracle."
An orphan who was previously forced to work in a North Korea labor camp has relayed his treacherous experience, saying that he was "treated like an animal" and therefore resorted to "no thinking … just fear."
Islamic Militants Hack to Death, Brutally Murder 106 Residents of Christian Farming Village in Nigeria
Attacks by the Boko Haram on a Christian farming village in Nigeria on Saturday has left 106 residents dead.
UN Reports 'Unspeakable Atrocities,' Mass Starvation in North Korea, While Kim Jong Un Spends Big on Luxury
An extensive U.N. report released on Monday has detailed some of the "unspeakable atrocities" being committed in North Korea, including mass starvation and extermination, while leader Kim Jong Un spends money lavishly on private movie theaters and luxury cars.
A bomb exploded in a tourist bus in Egypt Sunday, killing three South Korean Christians and the Egyptian driver. Egypt's Islamist insurgency, which began after the military removal of President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood last year, has become a major threat to the country.
China Aid Association revealed in its annual Persecution report that persecution of Christians in China continues to rise, with house and urban churches being some of the main targets.
A 75-year-old Australian missionary, John Short, who was arrested in North Korea last month allegedly due to his Christian work, reached Beijing Monday after he was released by authorities. American Christian Kenneth Bae remains in a labor camp despite his illness.
The Anglican Church of Uganda warned that it may consider leaving the Anglican Communion if it faces pressure from western bodies to resist the government's new anti-gay laws, which have been condemned around the world.
Ukraine's acting president Oleksandr Turchynov has called for the full mobilization of the country's troops early Sunday, and had sought help from NATO amid fears of war. The nation's Foreign Minister has also looked to seek help from U.S. and U.K. leaders as the newly installed leadership in the troubled country quickly moves to guarantee its security.
The former head of the Roman Catholic Church whose resignation last year made headlines across the globe has denied that he was forced into retirement.
Israeli and American archaeologists have found what appear to be silver hoop earrings discovered from a biblical-era site in northern Israel and believed to have been used for trade before the invention of coins.
The president of Uganda has signed into law a bill that expands the legal punishment for homosexuality in the East African nation.
Megachurch Pastor David Yonggi Cho Convicted of Embezzling $12M Says 'Suffering' Taught Him Individuals 'Shouldn't Possess Anything'
The 78-year-old pastor of the world's largest Pentecostal church convicted of embezzling $12 million told his congregation on Sunday that through "this suffering" he had learned that "an individual shouldn't possess anything."
Egypt's Interim Gov't Resigns Allowing Army Chief to Run for President; Morsi Accused of Spying for Iran
Egypt's interim government resigned Monday, apparently to allow army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is also serving as the defense minister, to run for president. Meanwhile, ousted President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was accused of spying for Iran.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has praised Pope Francis for his decision to suspend Germany's "Bishop of Bling" Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst last year, following revelations that the bishop spent over $42 million on a luxury residence.
Genesis Carmona, a Venezuelan beauty queen and marketing student who was in a coma following a gunshot wound to the head, died Wednesday. She was shot during a peaceful demonstration amid the country's ongoing political turmoil.
As Unites States and European leaders prepared to impose sanctions against those responsible for the deaths in Tuesday's clashes between protesters and government forces in Ukraine, President Viktor Yanukovich said late Wednesday he agreed to a "truce" with opposition leaders.
With reports of extreme persecution and human rights abuses in North Korea, including a recent 400 page report by the U.N. exposing "unspeakable atrocities," Christians are wondering whether God has abandoned the country.
Ukraine witnessed its bloodiest day since its independence after clashes between protesters seeking European-style democracy and the government that favors Russia killed dozens and injured hundreds in Kiev on Tuesday, prompting U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to express concerns and urge restraint.
The Syrian government is blaming the United States for creating a "negative climate" around the major U.N. peace talks in Geneva that ended in failure last week, as fighting in the war-torn country continues with no end in sight.
A brain-dead woman in British Columbia, whose husband had asked she be kept alive on a ventilator after a cerebral hemorrhage over a month ago, has died after giving birth to their frail but healthy son.