Thousands of churches closed in Rwanda, as Cameroon considers following suit

Pentecostal churches, like this one in Ethopia’s capital Addis Baba, are mushrooming in sub-Saharan Africa. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

World Watch Monitor - 12/4/18 Rwanda has closed thousands churches in the country since February for alleged “noise pollution” and failing to comply with building regulations. Now Cameroon – another majority-Christian country – is considering following suit. The call to shut down some of Cameroon’s Pentecostal churches follows reports of gross misconduct by a number of pastors. Cameroon has ...

Pope Francis: Vatican had 2,000 sex abuse cases backlog, sluggishness complaints justified

Pope Francis, Portugal May 13, 2017. © Pedro Nunes / Reuters

RT.com - 15/5/17 The Vatican had a backlog of 2,000 cases while processing allegations of sex abuse by priests, Pope Francis has said, adding that complaints over the slow pace of the Catholic Church’s inquiries are justified. The Pope addressed the issue for the first time since March, when abuse survivor, Marie Collins, announced her resignation from the ...

At least 15 dead after blast near church in Egyptian city 90km from Cairo – report

RT.com - 9/4/17 Updated - 41 people killed and more than 21 injured! LIVE UPDATES HERE: At least 15 people were killed and dozens injured in an explosion inside a church in Egypt’s Tanta, north of Cairo, AP reports, citing ministry of interior officials. Reuters says that 42 people were wounded in the incident, which Al-Arabiya called a “bombing.” Pictures from ...

Pope’s clemency for pedophile priests under scrutiny following latest scandal

RT.com - 27/2/17 Pope Francis’ unshakeable belief in the power of mercy has been called into question after a previously-convicted pedophile priest struck again, around two years after the Pontiff reduced sanctions against child-abusing clergy, according to a report by AP. The case of Rev. Mauro Inzoli, an Italian priest who received church clemency but was later ...

‘So senseless’: Nuns found murdered in rural Mississippi

RT.com  - August 2016 Two Catholic nuns who worked as nurses helping the poor in rural Mississippi were stabbed to death in their home. While authorities suspect robbery, the community is devastated by the loss. Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, of the Kentucky-based Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, did not show up to work at the ...

Over 4,000 Christians Killed for Faith-Related Reasons in 2014: Report

© East News/ AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

Sputnik - January 2015 4,344 Christians were killed and 1,062 Christian churches were attacked for faith-based reasons between November 1, 2013 and October 31, 2014, according to World Watch List (WWL). The number of Christians killed is over two times greater than the 2,123 victims in 2013. MOSCOW, January 7 (Sputnik) — At least 4,344 Christians were killed ...

Iraqi Christians Flee Homes Amid Militant Push

17/6/14 ALQOSH, Iraq (AP) -- Over the past decade, Iraqi Christians have fled repeatedly to this ancient mountainside village, seeking refuge from violence, then returning home when the danger eased. Now they are doing it again as Islamic militants rampage across northern Iraq, but this time few say they ever want to go back to their ...

HELP SERBIA AND THE BALKANS

18/5/14 More than 20 people have been killed in what has been branded the worst flooding on record across the Balkans. Tens of thousands have been evacuated and 250,000 homes are without power. The death toll has reached 19 in Bosnia alone, including nine people found on Saturday when waters receded from the northeastern town of Doboj, ...

Ringing the bells in Bethlehem, to keep those old Christmas traditions alive

Khadir Jaraiseh, 22, pulls the ropes of four bells in a short tower of the Church of the Nativity, for prayer services of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Bethlehem, December 22, 2013.Photo by AP

The Associated Press - December 2013 The old Christmas traditions in the Church of the Nativity are waning, but some Christian Palestinians still strain to keep them. A Palestinian college student is one of the last keepers of a fading tradition — ringing the bells of Bethlehem. Twice a week, Khadir Jaraiseh climbs to the roof of the Church ...

US court reverses conviction in Catholic Church child sex abuse case

Catholic Monsignor William Lynn (AFP Photo / Stan Honda)

27/12/13 A Roman Catholic Church official who has been jailed for 18 months for failing to protect children from a known sexual predator within the Philadelphia Archdiocese had his conviction reversed Thursday by a Superior Court and was ordered to be released. A three-judge Superior Court panel dismissed prosecutors’ arguments that Monsignor William Lynn was responsible for ...

State funeral for Cyprus’ ex-president Clerides

MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS - Associated Press (AP) 20/11/13 NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Amid applause and shouts of respect, Cyprus's former President Glafcos Clerides was laid to rest Tuesday after politicians, dignitaries and hundreds of ordinary Cypriots paid their last respects to the man whose statesmanship was the driving force behind the divided country's successful European Union membership bid. In ...

Pope Leads Prayers for Syrian Peace

VOA News - 8/9/13 Pope Francis has led a prayer vigil for peace in Syria, a country ravaged by civil war and facing possible U.S. military action in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Addressing tens of thousands of people at the Vatican Saturday, the Roman ...

Greek monks hurl petrol bombs at bailiffs

COSTAS KANTOURIS Associated Press- 31/7/13 THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A group of monks on Greece's monastic sanctuary of Mount Athos who are facing eviction attacked court bailiffs with rocks and petrol bombs Monday, according to civilian authorities on the peninsula in northern Greece No one was injured in the incident early Monday outside the administrative offices of ...

Second Christian in a week murdered in Sinai

The Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. Catherine in the Sinai peninsula. (photo credit: AP file photo/Enric Marti)

11/7/13 Authorities say Islamist militants killed and decapitated merchant as part of backlash against anti-Morsi activism. EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Security officials say suspected militants have killed a Christian merchant in the northern Sinai Peninsula. They said 60-year-old Magdy Habashi was abducted last Saturday from the town of Sheikh Zweid. His decapitated body was found early Thursday in ...

Egyptian Muslims storm church seeking suspected convert

Pope Tawadros II, the 118th pope of the Coptic Church of Egypt, is greeted by Egyptian Christians as he prepares to lead a midnight Liturgy at St. Mark

Egyptian Muslims storm church seeking suspected convert 2/3/13 LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — Dozens of Muslim residents threw firebombs and rocks at police on Friday as they tried to storm a church in southern Egypt in search of a woman suspected of converting to Christianity, security officials said. Clashes between Copts and Muslims usually are sparked by disputes over ...

AP Interview: Egypt’s Coptic Christian pope delivers measured criticism of Islamist government

By HAMZA HENDAWI |  Associated Press 7/2/13 Egypt's Coptic patriarch delivered a cautious but unusually sharp criticism of the nation's Islamist leadership in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, dismissing the new constitution as discriminatory and rounds of national dialogues sponsored by the president as meaningless. Pope Tawadros II's dive into politics came as he ...

Syrian rebels threaten Christian towns

Michael Collins -22/12/12 "What happens when they start killing Christians?"Michael Collins 8/27 Rebels have threatened to storm two predominantly Christian towns in central  Syria, saying regime forces are using them to attack nearby areas, an  activist group said Saturday. It says such an attack could force  thousands of Christians from their homes. (Image: White House Web Page, ...

Morsi wants sectarian clashes culprits punished; Church calls for end to violence against Copts

Dahshour: Egyptian Christian Sameha Wahba, 70, the only Christian who remains at Dahshour village, is hosted by Muslim family of Mahmoud Abou Abdel Karim. (AP) Hatem Maher 3/8/2012 President says 'Egyptian citizens won't be terrorised' in wake of Dahshur's sectarian clashes; Shura Council establishes committee to promote reconciliation; Coptic Church says violence against Christians must end Egyptian President ...

Changing Frescos At Macedonia Orthodox Church Mystify Christian Worshippers

10/4/2012 AP Saint Dimitrija: Changing Frescos At Macedonia Orthodox Church Mystify Christian Worshippers SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Thousands of Orthodox Christian worshippers from across Macedonia are lining up to visit a church where a cleric says frescoes of saints have begun to appear brighter in color without any obvious explanation. Father Zoran of Saint Dimitrija church in Skopje, the ...

Christmas tree missing in gloomy Athens

People wait to be served food at a soup kitchen organised by the Greek Orthodox Church in Athens last week. Picture: AP Source: AP

PHILIP PANGALOS, ATHENS From: The Times 28/12/2011 IN a sign of the increasingly gloomy times in austerity-stricken Greece there was no traditional Christmas tree in the heart of Athens this year. The decision not to have a tree in Syntagma Square, across from the neoclassical parliament building, was taken by the mayor in an attempt to save money ...