In a message at the UN climate talks this week, the World Council of Churches noted that every person must be involved in a transformation on many levels if the world is to address the climate emergency. The statement also lamented the failure of many governments to embrace the action needed to stabilize temperatures to a limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Franciscan nuns in a convent in Spain are under investigation for the illegal sale of religious art.
Priced at €350,000 the 13th-century statue of Italian saint Margarita, made by the Spanish sculptor José de Mora is believed to have come from Our Lady of the Angels convent in Granada. Selling church valuables is illegal in Spain unless it’s done by the state.
US evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress reportedly described President Donald Trump as the most pro-faith president in history. He also thanked Mr Trump for being the kind of president, who he believes is on the right side of history in relation to Israel, but most importantly on the right side of God. Pastor Jeffress made the remarks at a Hanukkah reception at the White House yesterday.
American Jews have given mixed reviews of President Trump’s new executive order directing the government to consider race and national origin when investigating anti-Semitism. Some argue that the executive order signed yesterday, may be aimed at the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement which opposes Israel’s settlement policies.
In Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney General Christian Porter have released a second version of a bill intended to protect religious freedom. According to reports, this latest version appears to address criticisms of the original bill, by religious groups.
Britain voted today in one of its most important elections since World War Two.