A Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be observed 18-25 January when Christians across the world will pray and reflect on what it means to show unusual kindness. The event has been jointly organised by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity of the Roman Catholic Church since 1968. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has become a regular part of the faith year now for many Christians.
General Secretary of the World Council of churches, Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit has reiterated his appeal to political leaders in the US and Iran to seek peace through dialogue and negotiation rather than confrontation. This follows the US air strike that killed General Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s most prominent military commander. Iran launched an initial retaliatory response by missile attacks on bases in Iraq, housing US and other international military personnel.
A Brazilian judge has ordered Netflix to stop showing a Christmas special that was called blasphemous for depicting Jesus as a gay man. The ruling responded to a petition by a Brazilian Catholic organisation that argued that the honour of millions of Catholics was hurt by the airing of the film, The First Temptation of Christ.
SPAC Nation, a large church based in Croydon, UK is being investigated by the country’s Charities Commission and the Metropolitan Police for safeguarding and financial concerns. However, the church says it offers hope and is committed to seeing the lives of young people transformed by mentoring schemes and lifestyle evangelism. The church attracts mainly young black people.
Pro-Trump evangelical leaders have said that despite his many flaws, the president has delivered for evangelicals on matters related to abortion, religious liberty and supporting Israel.