The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, has blasted the UN for the “ideological colonisation” in a new report of the right to freedom of religion.
Half of all young Swedish Christians are “humiliated or hurt” for their faith, a new report commissioned by the Churches has found.
The Turkish authorities have formally charged Syriac Orthodox monk Sefer Bileçen for complicity with terrorist organizations and activities.
More than one-third (34 percent) of Ukrainians identify with the newly created independent Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU).
The Pope has said that ‘holier than thou’ believers unwilling to “get their hands dirty” and help others are only “superficial” Christians.
The United States has been joined by 26 other countries in a new International Religious Freedom Alliance that seeks to reduce religious persecution across the globe.
A COMECE delegation met with judges of the Court of Justice of the EU to discuss Church-State relations and the increasing impact of the Court’s jurisprudence.
The Austrian Church has hit out at the government over its proposal to ban the hijab for girls and over its “faith tests” for Christian-convert refugees.
President of Finland Sauli Niinistö has suggested that the vandalism on Holocaust Remembrance Day was a token of broader racism, and pledged to take action.
The Oblates of Mary Immaculate in South Africa, OMISA are devastated by the death of Fr. Jozef (Jef) Hollanders, killed in a robbery in the parish of Bodibe, near Mahikeng, in the northwestern province of South Africa.
“All minorities in Turkey agree on the fact that we are experiencing the most comfortable era during the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) administration”.
Hundreds of ethnic Serbs have rallied in the outskirts of Kosovo’s capital Pristina to protest against the alleged suppression of religious and other rights of Serbian minorities in neighboring Montenegro.
A British-Hungarian Anglican priest-journalist has denounced Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s “propagandist manipulation” of persecuted Christians.
The Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and all Ukraine, believes that the Russian government of the Crimea is trying to completely oust the Ukrainian Church and compares the situation on the peninsula with “Stalin’s times”.
Serbian Orthodox Church authorities are reacting angrily to the passage in the Montenegrin Parliament of a law nationalising religious buildings.
Agenzia Fides continues its service to collect information regarding the missionaries killed during the year.
Pope Francis constantly reminds us that the most important task is to proclaim the Gospel. 2019 saw him doing exactly that.
Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic signed bitterly contentious legislation on religion and faith into law on December 28.
The Montenegro parliament adopted on Friday a controversial religious bill which sparked public outrage.
The Greek Government has promised more action on human rights issues as attacks on religious sites in the country recorded an alarming rise.
This is the fourth edition of the meeting of legal advisors of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe, which takes place every two years and gives the opportunity to discuss the issues and challenges that the Church faces today in Europe and to share the work of each individual Bishops Conference.
“Today in the world, in Europe, many Christians are persecuted and give their lives for their faith, or are persecuted ‘with white gloves’, that is, set aside, marginalized”, the Pope denounced in his Wednesday general audience.
“In many western countries – even here in Ireland – to publicly espouse Christian ideals can lead to ridicule, insult and aggression”, an Irish bishop has lamented.
A French priest has raised the alarm of “Christianophobia” after a nun was told she would have to stop wearing her habit if she wanted to live at a State-run retirement home.
A Vienna-based Observatory has denounced a Europe-wide increase in the “hostilities, marginalisation and violence” suffered by Christians on the continent.
Belarus is known as “Europe’s last dictatorship”. Life in this country, bordering Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine and Poland, is hard for everyone.