The government of India's Orissa state says it will not give permission for the Christian community in Batticola to rebuild a destroyed church because they do not hold the deed of ownership to the land.
The Chinese government did not officially support a meeting between its church body and house church leaders as a January report claimed it had, according to participants of the gathering.
Christians in Pakistan voiced serious concerns about government allowing Islamic laws to be enforced in certain terrorist prone areas, noting that while not many Christians directly live in the affected areas there are thousands that live nearby.
In stark contrast to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's softer remarks on China's human rights, the U.S. State Department report on Wednesday had sharp criticism for the eastern superpower over rights violations ranging from religious repression to extrajudicial killings.
Several U.S. Congressmen expressed "dismay" this week over Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's statement that human rights would not be a top priority for the United States in its dealings with China.
In the wake of a British boy becoming a father at 13, the British government has come up with a new strategy to address the country's growing teen pregnancy problem. Parents are encouraged to discuss sex with their children without telling them what is right or wrong
The first African clergy to publicly reveal that he is HIV-positive was awarded the 2009 Niwano Peace Prize, which is comparable to the Nobel Peace Prize for the religious community, the award committee announced Friday.
A vast majority of Jewish Israelis want their government to bar Christian organizations from buying land to construct new churches in Jerusalem, a new survey revealed.
Sectarian violence in northern Nigeria this past weekend left at least 11 people dead, police and Red Cross officials said Monday. Violence broke out Saturday when Muslim youths attacked Christians and burned churches in Bauchi state.
An Israeli TV show host has outraged Christians in the Holy Land and elsewhere with a satire mocking Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. Lior Shlein aired segments that depicts Mary as a promiscuous teen and Jesus as an obese man who could not walk on water.
The church needs to be the prophetic voice that confronts the moral crisis underlying the world's economic crisis, said global church leaders this past week at a public hearing.
Atheists are continuing their aggressive campaign against religion in the United Kingdom with the launch of an atheist student federation dubbed by members as the "anti-God squad." The federation says it aims to be the voice for atheist students
A broad new coalition of development agencies, environmental groups, and unions will turn up the pressure on world leaders to support only just, fair, and sustainable policies when it comes to fixing the global recession.
Iraqi Christians should not be encouraged to migrate, but remain in their homeland to help rebuild it, said Iraqi church leaders last week at a meeting in Lebanon.
In a concession to Islamic leaders, some closely linked to extremist groups, the Pakistani government promised on Monday to impose Islamic law and suspend a military offensive against extremists in areas known to be havens for terrorist organizations such as the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
The Assyrian Christian population in a northern Iraqi province expressed hope for a better future under the province's newly elected Sunni government, which has pledged to respect the rights of minorities and allow them to have a voice in the political process.
Listeners of a Christian radio station in Pennsylvania have donated 1.7 million pennies for hunger relief in Honduras.
A U.S. government body that monitors religious freedom urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to raise human rights issues in China when she visits the country this week as part of her four-nation Asia tour.
The ONE Sermon Challenge is calling on preachers of all faiths to submit their lectures on global poverty to a campaign Web site where they will be featured in hopes of inspiring people of all religions to fight against global poverty.
It's hard to imagine why someone would want to go back to North Korea after escaping the totalitarian regime that has the world's worst human rights record. But some North Koreans are volunteering to risk their lives to return to spread the Gospel.
A group of Sri Lankan bishops spoke out against the escalating violence between the government and a rebel group in the north that recently killed 52 civilians within a day.
An ancient Bible written in Syriac, a dialect of Jesus' native language, was found in Cyprus earlier this month. The police testified in court that they believe the ancient holy text could be as old as 2,000 years.
Two respected Christian rights groups welcomed a new U.N. report on India that acknowledges religious hatred and mob violence by religious extremists as well as anti-Christian attacks in Orissa.
A denominational leader said pastors, teachers and liturgists need to address the issue of suffering in the world and among those sitting in the pews as they plan worship services.
The head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Episcopal Church (TEC) have asked Israel to explain why it denied two of their bishops entry into Gaza while allowing others in a church delegation to cross the border.