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EU renews Special Envoy for religious freedom after coming under pressure

EU renews Special Envoy for religious freedom after coming under pressure

A worker adjusts the European Union flag at Farmleigh House in Dublin, April 30, 2004.REUTERS/Yves HermanThe European Union has renewed the function of Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU after coming under pressure. "The forthcoming appointment shows our determination to ensure the rights of ALL faiths and... Read more

‘Persecution has not been a victim of coronavirus,’ warns peer on first anniversary of Truro report

(Photo: Unsplash/TuckerGood)The House of Lords has held a symposium to mark a year since the release of the Bishop of Truro's review into persecution. The final report of the review, commissioned by former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, warned of "shocking" levels of persecution, with almost 250 million Christians living in countries where they are subject to high levels... Read more

Closed Kenyan markets leads to human trafficking – Mission Network News

Kenya (MNN) — Efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 have closed public spaces around the world. However, closing markets in Kenya has seen unintended and dark consequences; families are selling their daughters into human trafficking and forced marriages. According to Ed Weaver of Spoken Worldwide, many Kenyan locals are farmers and herdsmen. When markets... Read more

Sammy Tippit on the importance of relationships in digital Church growth – Mission Network News

International (MNN) Following a huge evangelistic event, Sammy Tippit Ministries is diving deeper into digital evangelism, building on the foundation of deep relationships. We have reported previously on the event live-streamed by Sammy Tippit Ministries at the end of May. You can read more about it here. Sammy Tippit says, “This sounds maybe a little... Read more

Desperation and Gospel demand surge in SE Asia – Mission Network News

SE Asia (MNN) — Economies in Southeast Asia are feeling the sting of extended COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions. A new report shows unemployments on the rise, and restrictions negatively affected countries that depend on tourism and exports. Financial instability is one of the factors making people in the region desperate. John Pudaite of Bibles For... Read more

CDC Director, President Trump Push for Schools to Reopen in the Fall

CDC Director, President Trump Push for Schools to Reopen in the Fall President Donald Trump said this week he wants students to head back to the classroom this fall.His announcement comes as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and as many states in the country show increases in cases.Still, according to CBN... Read more

Supreme Court Strikes Blow to Obamacare’s Abortion/Contraceptive Mandate

Supreme Court Strikes Blow to Obamacare's Abortion/Contraceptive Mandate In a key win for religious employers, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration rule that exempts faith-based organizations from the Obama-era abortion/contraceptive mandate.The controversy dates back to the Obama administration and President Obamas chief legislative achievement, the Patient Protection and Affordable... Read more

President Trump Issues Official Notice of Withdrawal from the World Health Organization

President Trump Issues Official Notice of Withdrawal from the World Health Organization President Trump issued a notice to the United Nations this week asserting that the U.S. will be withdrawing from the World Health Organization over the groups response to the coronavirus pandemic and its close ties with China.According to Fox News, on... Read more

Supreme Court Hands Major Victory to Christian Schools in Employment Case

Supreme Court Hands Major Victory to Christian Schools in Employment Case The U.S. Supreme Court handed private religious schools a major victory Wednesday, broadening the so-called ministerial exception and ruling they can hire and fire employees without being governed by anti-discrimination laws.At issue were teachers at two separate Catholic schools who sued after... Read more

Pharrell Williams teams up with Netflix for new show about gospel choirs

Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' is one of the best-selling singles of all time.Pharrell Williams' latest project is a docuseries looking at gospel music and what it takes to create a successful gospel choir.  "Voices of Fire" has been picked up by Netflix and will follow the "Happy" singer's uncle, Bishop Ezekiel Williams, in his search for... Read more

In the Midst of Cancer Treatment, Alex Trebek and Wife Donate Thousands to Open Homeless Shelters

In the Midst of Cancer Treatment, Alex Trebek and Wife Donate Thousands to Open Homeless Shelters Despite cancer threatening his life, Alex Trebek and his wife Jean donated over half a million dollars recently to help open two shelters for the homeless in Los Angeles.Im not one of those people who thinks that... Read more

Terry Crews under Fire for Criticizing Black Lives Matter Movement

Terry Crews under Fire for Criticizing Black Lives Matter Movement Well-known actor, TV host and professing Christian Terry Crews has become a polarizing figure amid rising racial tension in the U.S.Late last month, the 51-year-old Americas Got Talent host was met by widespread backlash on Twitter after he expressed concerns over the Black... Read more

COVID-19 Cases in the U.S. Rise, but Number of Fatalities Fall

COVID-19 Cases in the U.S. Rise, but Number of Fatalities Fall The United States is currently experiencing a rise in reported cases of COVID-19 while also seeing a decrease in the number of deaths. According to COVID tracking data from The New York Times, the 7-day average for new cases is at its... Read more

Lambeth Conference delayed until 2022 over Covid-19 concerns

Justin Welby said that coronavirus was likely to impede logistics and travel for the "foreseeable future".The Lambeth Conference, bringing together bishops from the worldwide Anglican Communion, has been set back two years by Covid-19.  The event had been due to get underway in Canterbury, Kent, at the end of this month, and would have been... Read more

My problem with Netflix

(Photo: Unsplash/Sayan Ghosh)The multi-billion dollar online streaming industry has taken the world by storm. The pioneer startup, now giant, Netflix, has changed the home entertainment industry forever. With some 125 million subscribers, families across the globe feed on Netflix like a 9 year old in a candy store, which is actually right in your living... Read more

Disabled people have suffered terribly during Covid-19: the Church cannot stay silent

(Photo: Unsplash/John Cameron)At the beginning of lockdown I gave some advice and information to people who pastor churches. I said that those with disabilities will be struggling with many things: loss of services due to the Coronavirus Act removing the legal obligation of local authorities to provide necessary care; fear of not receiving active treatment... Read more

JK Rowling, Noam Chomsky, Salman Rushdie sign open letter calling for protection of free speech

(Photo: Unsplash/Roman Kraft)Around 200 writers, academics and journalists have signed an open letter warning that an "intolerant climate" is creating a "stifling atmosphere" in which certain views are being censored. The letter, published in Harper's, has been signed by a number of high profile figures, including Harry Potter author JK Rowling, philosopher Noam Chomsky and novelist... Read more

Netherlands to remove gender from ID cards

(Photo: Pexels/Tim Mossholder)The Dutch government is set to remove gender from ID cards.  The change is due to come into effect five years from now and is partly being made to reduce costs, Dutch news website Trouw reports.  Education minister Ingrid van Engelshoven laid out the plans in a letter to parliament, in which she said... Read more

What would you risk to help persecuted Christians? – Mission Network News

South Korea (MNN) — Time and again, headlines prove the need for believers in free nations to come alongside their oppressed brothers and sisters in Christ. Todays report examines what it takes to stop believers from partnering with persecuted Christians. North Korea is the worlds worst persecutor of Christians. More on that here. Based in... Read more

The new Iranian persecution law no one knows about – Mission Network News

Iran (MNN) — Most of the world has been plunged into a pandemic. In an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, officials all over the world have asked or required locals to stay home. That means that many groups, including local churches, have been forced to meet online. In fact, many ministries do most... Read more

Religious nationalism a barrier to the Gospel in the former Soviet Union – Mission Network News

Russia (MNN) Im already a Christian. This is the response Christians in partnership with Slavic Gospel Associationoften hear when they share the Gospel with families in the former Soviet Union. Eric Mock says many Russians consider themselves to be Christians, especially as part of the Russian Orthodox Church, the largest denomination in the country. They... Read more

Abortion Is a More Important Issue to Pro-Life Voters than Pro-Choicers, Gallup Shows

Abortion Is a More Important Issue to Pro-Life Voters than Pro-Choicers, Gallup Shows Pro-lifers are more likely than pro-choicers to be single-issue voters and say they will only vote for someone who shares their beliefs about abortion, according to a new Gallup survey.The poll of 1,028 adults found that 30 percent of pro-life... Read more

Christian Mother of Four in India was Persecuted before Her Death

Christian Mother of Four in India was Persecuted before Her Death NEW DELHI, July 7, 2020 (Morning Star News) Tribal Hindus persecuted a widowed, Christian mother of four before her body was found severely mutilated in the wilderness near her village in Chhattisgarh, India, sources said.The body of 40-year-old Bajjo Bai Mandavi was... Read more

‘God Is Listening’: Herman Cain Expresses Gratitude for Prayers following COVID-19 Diagnosis

'God Is Listening': Herman Cain Expresses Gratitude for Prayers following COVID-19 Diagnosis Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain was recently infected with COVID-19 but is gradually recovering in an Atlanta-based hospital.His team has been posting updates on Herman Cains official Twitter account since the initial announcement last Thursday, according to the Christian Post.Cain,... Read more

Kurt Warner’s Underdog Story to Be a Faith-Based Film: It’s ‘Jerry Maguire Meets Rocky’

Kurt Warner's Underdog Story to Be a Faith-Based Film: It's 'Jerry Maguire Meets Rocky' The against-all-odds story of former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner will soon be a faith-based movie.American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story will be directed by Jon and Andrew Erwin and released by Lionsgate. Kingdom Story Company is making it. A release... Read more

Churches in China Allowed to Reopen Only after Showing Loyalty to the Communist Party

Churches in China Allowed to Reopen Only after Showing Loyalty to the Communist Party As COVID-19 restrictions continue to be lifted in China, churches across the country are starting to plan their reopening.It appears, however, some churches are not being allowed to reconvene until congregants sing the national anthem and the national flag... Read more

Justin Bieber thanks Jesus for forgiveness after leaving wild days behind

(Photo: Instagram/Justin Bieber)Pop star Justin Bieber, who once made more bad headlines than good, has thanked Jesus that he no longer has to live in shame. The "What Do You Mean?" singer shared his reflections on the meaning of his Christian faith on his Instagram page, where he has over 140 million followers.  "Thank you... Read more

Israel Launches New Reconnaissance Satellite into Space

Israel Launches New Reconnaissance Satellite into Space Israels Defense Ministry has successfully launched a new reconnaissance satellite into space."This is another extraordinary achievement for the defense establishment, for the defense industries as a whole, and for Israel Aerospace Industries in particular, said Israeli Defense Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz.Added Israeli Prime... Read more

Tony Dungy: ‘If You Visited Some Other Countries’ You’d Be Thankful to ‘Live in America’

Tony Dungy: 'If You Visited Some Other Countries' You'd Be Thankful to 'Live in America' Television commentator and former NFL coach Tony Dungy sparked a social media debate over the Independence Day weekend after urging Americans to work to improve the United States while also celebrating the blessings its citizens enjoy.Dungy, the NBC... Read more

Supreme Court Upholds Sanctions Made against Presidential ‘Faithless Electors’

Supreme Court Upholds Sanctions Made against Presidential 'Faithless Electors' States are allowed to enforce sanctions against "faithless electors who do not vote for the popular winner, according to a new ruling from the Supreme Court.Fox News reports that the justices upheld state laws that require faithless electors to back the popular vote. The... Read more