After the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the first Christians literally risked their lives in order to practice their faith. 2,000 years later, has anything changed? In this interview for Xt3's 2014 Lent Calendar, Dr John Rees explores the reality of Christian persecution in our modern world.
Hardly a day goes by without mention in the press of an apparent collision between Christianity and today’s so-called ‘secular culture.’So should Christianity still have a voice in the public square?’ Bishop Philip Egan from the Diocese of Portsmouth gave an address on this topic recently at Kings College London.
A Ukrainian Catholic priest in Crimea said church members are alarmed and frightened by the Russian military occupation and fear their communities might be outlawed again if Russian rule becomes permanent.
Boko Haram terrorists have killed more than 500 Catholics in Nigeria, and destroyed 20 churches and rectories, since launching their violent campaign in 2009, the Fides news service reports. The Fides report is based on numbers furnished by Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri, whose diocese is in the northeast of Nigeria where the Boko Haram terrorists have been most active. Visit this article to read more.
About a dozen Greek Orthodox nuns held by Syrian rebels are taken back to the conflict-torn country after disappearing in December. Video by Catholic News Service.
A new film called A Priest in the Family is being funded by the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay and tells the story of shocking child abuse by local Catholic priests, with the film exploring the impact on child victims and the church community
An ultimatum allegedly from a jihadist group has demanded that Syrian Christians live as “dhimmis,” low-status subjects who must pay protection money and obey strict restrictions on their religious practice. Christians who reject conversion to Islam or the restrictive conditions “are subject to being legitimate targets, and nothing will remain between them and ISIS other than the sword,” said the online statement reputedly from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), the BBC reports.
A Christian, an Atheist, a Muslim, a Jew and an Agnostic sounds like the beginning of a well-worn novel. But at a meeting hosted by the NSW Council for Christians and Jews at the Archdiocese of Sydney's offices at the Polding Centre yesterday, a group of young French men aged between 20 and 23 proved not only that this was no joke but that those of different faiths as well or no faith at all could respect one another's beliefs and live in harmony together.
Australia's first Islamic museum has opened its doors to the public - showcasing the rich history, arts and culture of the religion.
North Korean authorities yesterday morning released 75 year old Australian missionary John Short, arrested on February 16 on charges of "illegally distributing religious material". Short, who has lived for decades in Hong Kong with his wife, arrived a little while ago at Beijing airport. He said he was "very, very tired," and added that for now, he "intends only to rest". Pyongyang released him "in consideration of his age" and "in light of the fact that he confessed his crimes and apologized. This is a generous decision".
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