Church of England Urges ‘Unconditional Affirmation of Trans People … Within the Church’

Church of England Urges ‘Unconditional Affirmation of Trans People … Within the Church’

LONDON — The House of Bishops for the Church of England is urging its churches to affirm those who have gender dysphoria and says that “everyone’s Christian journey—like the journey to find one’s true identity—is unique.” The development has raised concern among evangelical groups, which state that the notion is an affront to the Creator and the […]

Irish Prime Minister Says He Will Campaign for Liberalization of Abortion Laws

Irish Prime Minister Says He Will Campaign for Liberalization of Abortion Laws

LONDON (Reuters) — Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Saturday that he would campaign for a liberalization of the country’s restrictive abortion laws ahead of a referendum in the coming months, adding that his views on the issue had evolved. Varadkar’s government plans to hold the referendum as soon as May to loosen some of […]

Indian Pastor Complained of Threats Before He Was Found Dead

Indian Pastor Complained of Threats Before He Was Found Dead

(World Watch Monitor) — The body of Gideon Periyaswamy, 43-year-old pastor of the church of Maknayeem in Adayachery village, in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state, was found hanging from the roof of his house on Jan. 20. Church congregation members who discovered his body described his knees bent to the floor and his body hanging […]

North Korea Sends Rare Announcement to All Koreans, Calls for Unification

North Korea Sends Rare Announcement to All Koreans, Calls for Unification

SEOUL (Reuters) — North Korea sent a rare announcement addressed to “all Koreans at home and abroad” on Thursday, saying they should make a “breakthrough” for unification without the help of other countries, its state media said. It said all Koreans should “promote contact, travel, cooperation between North and South Korea” while adding Pyongyang will “smash” […]

President of Bolivia Repeals Penal Code That Raised Concern Among Evangelicals

President of Bolivia Repeals Penal Code That Raised Concern Among Evangelicals

(Evangelical Focus) — The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, has announced through social networks that his government has decided to “repeal the penal code” that was approved on December 15. Morales decided to revoke it to “avoid confusion,” while he accused the right-wing parties of “conspiring” and “destabilizing the country with misinformation and lies.” Morales […]

Evangelism Could Be Banned in Bolivia

Evangelism Could Be Banned in Bolivia

(Evangelical Focus) — Evangelical churches in Bolivia have reacted to what could be the end of religious freedom in the country. The new penal code includes an article to stop the activities of both criminal groups and religious organizations. Specifically, Article 88.11 reads: “Whoever recruits, transports, deprives of freedom or hosts people with the aim […]

Nepali Christians Petition Government to Remove Anti-Conversion Law

Nepali Christians Petition Government to Remove Anti-Conversion Law

Nepal (Mission Network News) – In 2015, Nepal changed its constitution to become a secular nation with the freedom of religion. However, in October, Nepal’s President Bidhya Dev Bhandari signed a Criminal Code Bill into law. This law, known as the anti-conversion law, makes religious conversion illegal and punishable by five years in prison and […]