News From Around The World

Turkey closes down Protestant church

October 1, 2014 World Watch Monitor: Turkish authorities have sealed a Protestant church in Southeast Turkey and ordered its American pastor fined and deported on charges of "working illegally."

Lambeth Conference 2018 cancelled in ongoing gay clergy issue

October 1, 2014 Irish Times: The worldwide Anglican Communion’s next Lambeth Conference, scheduled for 2018, has been cancelled for the first time in its history.

NIV Bible Publisher Picks Persecuted Church Advocate as CEO

October 1, 2014 Christianity Today: The former president of Open Doors USA will soon lead the New International Version’s publishing company. Biblica has selected former pastor and ministry leader Carl Moeller to replace outgoing CEO Doug Lockhart, effective October 14.

Baghdad Hits Crisis Point Amid IS Threat

September 30, 2014 Sky News: There is "immense fear among everybody" in Baghdad with some too frightened to leave their homes due to the threat from Islamic State, according to a vicar in the city.

Isis ‘Less Than 10km from the Gates of Baghdad’ Despite Coalition Air Strikes

September 30, 2014 International Business Times: Isis (now known as the Islamic State) are now less than 10km (6.3 miles) from Baghdad as clashes with the Iraqi army continue, according to the vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq.

1 in 4 Pastors Have Struggled with Mental Illness, Finds LifeWay and Focus on the Family

September 29, 2014 Christianity Today: Your pastor is just as likely to experience mental illness as any other American, according to a LifeWay Research survey commissioned by Focus on the Family.

Plans to merge schools into high-rise to free up land in Western Sydney

September 29, 2014 STUDENTS would attend schools in high-rise towers with grassed rooftop and enclosed playing areas under a NSW Sydney Business Chamber proposal to free up valuable land in western Sydney.

The Rt Rev Michael Scott-Joynt - obituary

September 29, 2014 UK Telegraph: The Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt, who has died aged 71, was Bishop of Winchester from 1995-2011 and before that spent eight years as suffragan Bishop of Stafford in the diocese of Lichfield.

New Bishop of Guildford announced

September 29, 2014 Premier Radio: The Queen has given her approval for Rt Rev Andrew Watson to become the Bishop of Guildford.

One in 10 Church of England bishops ‘could be secretly gay’ – says bishop

September 29, 2014 UK Telegraph: A serving bishop has issued a stinging public denunciation of “duplicity and hypocrisy” in the Church of England over homosexuality – claiming that around as one in 10 of his fellow bishops could be secretly gay but unwilling to speak publicly.

In Congo, trapped in violence and forgotten

September 29, 2014 Washington Post: The village of Kivuye in eastern Congo lies at the epicenter of one of Africa’s most brutal and longest-running wars. It is both military base and refugee camp, both killing field and sanctuary, a place woven from chaos and resilience. Civilians trapped in relentless violence struggle to live. Death arrives in many forms — guns, machetes, disease and hunger.

We broke Iraq

September 29, 2014 US News and World Report: Colin Powell famously told President George W. Bush before the Iraq invasion, "If you break it, you own it." Well, it's safe to say we broke Iraq.

Iraq crisis: ‘Every single Christian wants to leave’

September 29, 2014 UK Telegraph: Christians in the Nineveh region of northern Iraq are unable to celebrate communion for the first time in two millennia, after Islamic State militants captured the area and took over the churches.

What’s the threat of Islamic State to the Church worldwide?

September 26, 2014 World Watch Monitor: While Islamic State is wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria, its ambitions do not stop there. Moreover, several world leaders are saying it is one of the biggest threats they are facing. But exactly how does Islamic State fit into the global picture of Christians under pressure for their faith worldwide?

Pakistan policeman kills Christian pastor accused of blasphemy

September 26, 2014 Reuters: A Pakistani policeman shot two men in jail on Thursday, killing one accused of blasphemy and wounding another condemned to death on the same charge, lawyers and an activist said.

Incest a ‘fundamental right’, German committee says

September 26, 2014 UK Telegraph: Laws banning incest between brothers and sisters in Germany could be scrapped after a government ethics committee said the they were an unacceptable intrusion into the right to sexual self-determination.

Uniting Church threatens withdrawal from Access Ministries’ religious instruction program

September 26, 2014 The Age: The Uniting Church will withdraw from religious instruction in state schools unless the group responsible for the controversial program improves instructor training and abandons compulsory volunteer payments.

Scott Morrison announces new refugee visas to clear asylum seeker backlog

September 26, 2014 The Australian: THOUSANDS of refugees could be released into regions with labour shortages, under a Coalition deal struck with Clive Palmer to clear Labor’s backlog of 30,000 unprocessed asylum claimants.

100 Christians, Including Children, Arrested During Major House Church Raid in China

September 25, 2014 Christian Post: Over 100 Christians, including children, were arrested during a major house church raid on Sunday in Foshan city in China's Guangdong Province. Close to 200 police officers stormed in during the service, eyewitnesses said, believed to be part of a large-scale crackdown on Christians in the country.

Religion, marriage increase life expectancy, study finds

September 25, 2014 Catholic News Service: Study after study has confirmed that those who are involved in religion and those who are married are healthier, physically and mentally happier and live longer than those who are not.