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Welby at Auschwitz reflects on human propensity to evil

Welby at Auschwitz reflects on human propensity to evil

HUMANITY “must protest to the limit against evil — before it occurs, as it happens, and in its aftermath”, the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned on his third visit to the former Nazi German concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Poland

Blind eye turned as refugees freeze, agencies say

Blind eye turned as refugees freeze, agencies say

REFUGEES in Serbia and Greece are “freezing to death”, and in desperate need of international aid, as temperatures continue to plummet across Southern Europe, Christian Aid has warned

Smuggled migrants ‘are hiding in thick forests’

Smuggled migrants ‘are hiding in thick forests’

PEOPLE-SMUGGLING into Serbia has left hundreds of refugees hiding n forests on the border, where they are vulnerable to attacks by wild animals, infection, murder, rape, kidnap, and plum­met­ing tempera­tures, a Christian Aid partner has reported

Oxfam highlights ‘obscene’ wealth inequality

Oxfam highlights ‘obscene’ wealth inequality

THE RICHEST eight people in the world — all men — are as wealthy as the planet’s 3.6 billion poorest, Oxfam has said, in an analysis of global inequality released to coincide with the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos

Changes ‘could damage’ Irish schools’ ethos

Changes ‘could damage’ Irish schools’ ethos

A SO-CALLED “baptism barrier” that favours children from religious families’ gaining entry to faith-run primary schools in the Irish Republic is to be removed by the Education Minister, Richard Bruton, after a public-consultation process announced on Monday

Religious-freedom restrictions on the rise in Russia

Religious-freedom restrictions on the rise in Russia

RELIGIOUS freedom in Russia is under a continued assault, says a new report which reveals a rise in prosecutions under new anti-missionary laws and further requirements on religious communities to apply for state registration

Report calls for Yazidi faith to be respected

Report calls for Yazidi faith to be respected

GREATER understanding of the Yazidi faith, maligned by the “ludicrous” claim of devil worship, is part of the solution to ensuring its survival, a discussion on religious persecution and migration heard on Tuesday

World news in brief

World news in brief

Pakistani PM declares religions’ adherents equal; Egyptian prosecutors dismiss stripped woman’s case;CSI diocese sends help to cyclone victims; Another Mexican priest found dead; Bishops step up efforts to free Fr Uzhunnalil; Prayer sought for victims of ‘wickedness’ in northern Nigeria; Video suggests kidnapped missionary is alive

Pray for Trump, but protest, too, says Curry

Pray for Trump, but protest, too, says Curry

THOSE who follow Jesus must pray for Donald Trump as he assumes office, whatever their politics, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, the Most Revd Michael Curry, has said

Abortion debate held in Irish Citizens’ Assembly

Abortion debate held in Irish Citizens’ Assembly

TWO leading UK philosophers have clashed on the moral issues surrounding abortion at a weekend meeting of the Irish-government inspired Citizens’ Assembly

Proposals for Irish religious-teaching reform

Proposals for Irish religious-teaching reform

REFORMS proposed for the Irish primary-school curriculum include an option to spend more time — or less — on teaching religion. The idea, which will be brought forward for consultation in the spring with the schools, almost all of which are under Roman Catholic or Anglican patronage, has been welcomed by the main teachers’ union, the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation

Seasonal greeting

Seasonal greeting

The President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, at the Coptic Orthodox Christmas liturgy celebrated by Pope Tawadros II (left) in St Mark’s, Cairo, last Friday

UN launches largest-ever appeal for Syrian aid

UN launches largest-ever appeal for Syrian aid

SYRIA will continue to need more humanitarian aid than anywhere in the world in 2017, the UN forecasts, but the need for international aid in countries such as Nigeria and the Yemen is also predicted to rise dramatically

Terrorism: never in God’s name, says the Pope

Terrorism: never in God’s name, says the Pope

THE world is grappling with a “homicidal madness which misuses God’s name in order to disseminate death”, Pope Francis has said in a New Year address to the diplo­matic community, in which he has called for peace

Christians in Asia and India at risk amid rising religious nationalism, Open Doors warns

Christians in Asia and India at risk amid rising religious nationalism, Open Doors warns

RELIGIOUS nationalism is driving soaring levels of anti-Christian persecution across Asia and the Indian subcontinent, Open Doors warns this year, as it publishes its 25th World Watch List. The charity campaigns on behalf of persecuted Christians

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