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Cricket World Cup nations with very little religious freedom

The 2019 Cricket World Cup is moving toward a climax and many of us have chosen our favourite teams (though sadly the Proteas are out of the competition) and cricketers around the world.

A shocking reality is that half of the countries (five) participating in this year’s World Cup not only rank high in the sport of cricket, but they also rank high on the 2019 .......More

Christian headlines

One-Fifth of All Churches in the Netherlands Are No Longer Being Used as Houses of Worship

 Over a fifth of all churches in the European nation of the Netherlands are no longer being used as places of worship, according to research conducted by a Dutch newspaper. Despite being a traditionally Christian country – in the late 19th century roughly 60% of the population were active Protestants – Holland has seen a rapid decline.....More


Vatican says states cannot force priests to violate seal of confession

The Vatican on Monday reaffirmed Catholic teaching that priests cannot reveal what they learn in confession, in an apparent response to moves in Australia and elsewhere to force them to do so in cases of sexual abuse. A document from the Vatican's Apostolic Penitentiary, which deals with issues of the sacrament of confession, said no government or law could force clergy to violate the seal "because this duty comes directly from God."........more


Ukraine: Then and Now

 Then it was Sigismund III and his followers—furious ideological enemies of Orthodoxy. Today even more despicably it is the “democratic” government in Ukraine, where the Church and state are separate by law and religious partiality is in principle contraindicated to a president by the Constitution. And it is very hard, I’ll tell you, to go against the government’s pressure.......More

Barnabas Fund

Egypt PM says places of worship must not be “disposed of” as 127 more churches legalised

 Churches and church affiliated buildings licensed for worship in Egypt cannot be “disposed of” or used in any other way, ruled Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli on 1 July when another 127 church buildings were granted legal status.

The new batch of approvals by the cabinet-approved committee brings the total number of church buildings licensed under the new Law for Building and Restoring Churches to 1,021.....More

The Gospel Herald

Henan Government Draws ‘Red Line’ Hinders Christian Development

The Chinese government continues to regulate religious activities within the borders and gives out orders to strictly forbid the Christian community in Henan to evangelize to minors. By doing so, the Henan government draws "a red line" to hinder the development of Christianity.

Forbid the Christian Community to Evangelize to Minors. Henan Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association and Henan Catholic Administration Commission issued a circular on April 3rd requesting all venues for religious activities to stop holding educational training for minors......More

The Christian Post

5 Bible verses for Christian investors

Did you consult the Bible before you bought into your investment portfolio?That may seem like a strange question, but the Bible has a lot to say to Christians about how to manage investments with both financial and moral implications. Thankfully, in recent years there has been a resurgence of attention paid to the importance of applying the Bible’s commands and wisdom to our personal investment decisions.....More