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Aleppo ‘needs aid delivered urgently’

Aleppo ‘needs aid delivered urgently’

FAITH leaders in the United Kingdom are urging the Government to trigger international action to enable the delivery of aid to Aleppo. Over recent days, the Syrian army and its allies have made swift progress in driving opposition groups from eastern areas of the city which they have held for several years

‘Daily bread’ sent to Southern Africa

‘Daily bread’ sent to Southern Africa

CHURCHES across Southern Africa are working to stave off the threat of famine after a long drought and a failed harvest caused severe food shortages

Agencies urged to recognise needs of religious minorities

Agencies urged to recognise needs of religious minorities

HUMANITARIAN responses to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq must take into account the diversity and diverse needs of minority com­mun­ities, or “run the risk of building walls instead of bridges”, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) have warned in a new report

Religious leaders express sorrow at Castro death

Religious leaders express sorrow at Castro death

THE Pope has joined world leaders in expressing his condolences to the family of the Communist revolu­tionary and former President of Cuba, Fidel Castro, who died last Friday, aged 90

Pope Francis to visit Ireland in 2018

Pope Francis to visit Ireland in 2018

POPE FRANCIS has confirmed, during a meeting with the Irish Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, that he will visit Dublin during the Roman Catholic Church’s “World Meeting of the Family” in August 2018

Australian Synod supports redress

Australian Synod supports redress

THE Standing Committee of the Australian General Synod has given its support to the proposed national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse

Okoh: The Church will not be intimidated by cruel acts

Okoh: The Church will not be intimidated by cruel acts

CHURCH leaders in Nigeria have called for the government to protect Christians from “ethno-religious cleansing” being carried out by herdsmen, who, they allege, are burning villages and churches, and abducting girls

Stigma of sexual violence is ‘preventing help for victims’

Stigma of sexual violence is ‘preventing help for victims’

STIGMA over sexual violence is preventing rape victims from getting the medical and psy­chological support they desperately need, for fear of being cast out by their families and communities, the Christian charity Tearfund says

World news in brief

World news in brief

Woman killed at French missionaries’ care home; Forced conversions criminalised in Sindh; Five men to hang after mob-murder case; Maori illustrated children’s Bible launched

Red Cross raises its appeal for Haiti

Red Cross raises its appeal for Haiti

MORE aid is urgently needed for Haiti and the surrounding islands, which were devastated by Hurricane Matthew two months ago

The Pope extends mercy over abortion

The Pope extends mercy over abortion

POPE FRANCIS has given all priests the power to forgive a woman who has had an abortion, extending indefinitely a temporary measure he introduced for the Jubilee Year of Mercy

New right-wing Irish political party aims for "Catholic Republic"

New right-wing Irish political party aims for "Catholic Republic"

THE management of the Merrion Hotel, Dublin, which is opposite government buildings in the city centre, has withdrawn a book­ing for a meeting of a new right-wing party that opposes liberalisation of abor­tion law and would ban divorce

Welby praises Pakistan’s persecuted Christians

Welby praises Pakistan’s persecuted Christians

THE Archbishop of Canterbury praised the “amazing grace” of persecuted Christians in Pakistan during a two-day visit to the country, on Saturday. Archbishop Welby travelled to Lahore and Islamabad, against official advice, to meet the communities of the Church in Pakistan who have been the victims of terror attacks in recent years

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Vested

A fighter from “Kataeb Babylon” — Christian soldiers who fight alongside Shi’ite fighters — pictured in the town of Ali Rash, south-east of Mosul, in Iraq, on Monday. The town was recaptured from IS after two years

Help Mozambique, bishop urges Church

Help Mozambique, bishop urges Church

THE financial crisis in Mozambique has brought “huge ill” into the lives of its people; and the poor who had re­­gained their livelihoods in recent years are “growing desperate” once more, the Vicar General of the dio­cese of Niassa, Bishop Manuel Ernesto, has said

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