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Insurers suddenly raise stakes on German churches’ sex abuse response

(RNS) — One of Germany’s biggest trade associations, representing 10 million insured people, has given victims of sexual abuse a powerful ally with deep pockets and highly paid lawyers. The post Insurers suddenly raise stakes on German churches’ sex abuse response appeared first on Religion News Service.

Cardinal: Pope ordered auditor to resign over spying charge

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinal Angelo Becciu testified Wednesday that it was Francis who ordered the ouster of the Holy See’s auditor-general. The post Cardinal: Pope ordered auditor to resign over spying charge appeared first on Religion News Service.

Deaf church planting begins in Angola and South Africa

Deaf church planting begins in Angola and South Africa

Photo Credit: Door International/Facebook Angola/South Africa (Mission Network News) — Deaf communities in Angola and South Africa will soon have a chance to know Jesus. “There are some strong Deaf leaders and Deaf believers” in South Africa, DOOR International’s Rob Myers says. “Now that they have some Scripture published, that Scripture is a…

Australian Anglican bishops veto motion denouncing same-sex ‘marriage’

Australian Anglican bishops veto motion denouncing same-sex ‘marriage’

(The Christian Institute) — Australian bishops have rejected a statement affirming the biblical basis for marriage as the national church’s official position. At the first meeting of the Anglican Church of Australia’s General Synod since same-sex marriage was legalised there in 2017, members voted on whether to affirm that: “The solemnization of a marriage…

Christians requesting Scripture booklets for Ukrainian refugees

Christians requesting Scripture booklets for Ukrainian refugees

Photo Credit: Ales Ustinau/Pexels Europe (Mission Network News) — The number of refugees from Ukraine recently passed 5 million. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) predicts that upwards of 8 million Ukrainian refugees will ultimately flee their homeland. Nations taking in refugees include Romania, Moldova, Greece, Denmark, Hungary, Poland, Finland,…

Transgender lobby group rep. claims: ‘Bodies are not inherently male or female’

Transgender lobby group rep. claims: ‘Bodies are not inherently male or female’

Photo Credit: Magda Ehlers/Pexels LONDON (The Christian Institute) — A senior employee at Stonewall has claimed that bodies are not inherently male or female. Kirrin Medcalf, head of trans inclusion at the controversial LGBT lobby group, made the comments during an employment tribunal hearing when he was asked, “You define women as anyone, including men…

In India, Hindu nationalists embolden challenges to atheism

PUNE, India (RNS) — Organizations that support and promote atheism in India are being attacked by Hindutva activists.  The post In India, Hindu nationalists embolden challenges to atheism appeared first on Religion News Service.

The Lord answers prayers in Ukraine

The Lord answers prayers in Ukraine

Photo Credit: Mathias Reding/Pexels Ukraine (Mission Network News) — As Russia’s war continues around them, the TransWorld Radio Ukraine team is speaking the hope of Christ to their country through radio programs and social media. “Our Ukrainian team seen an incredible increase in followers during the past few months,” Frank Stephenson of TWR Europe…

China introduces new laws governing church finances

China introduces new laws governing church finances

Photo Credit: Ferdinand Feng/Pixabay (Barnabas Aid) — China has announced that new regulations will come into force on June 1 governing the management of religious organizations’ finances. The new Measures for the Financial Management of Venues for Religious Activities were jointly drawn up by the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) and the…

What is the Lag BaOmer pilgrimage?

(The Conversation) — The pilgrimage is by far the largest Jewish pilgrimage in modern times. The post What is the Lag BaOmer pilgrimage? appeared first on Religion News Service.