The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development has reported that hunger on a massive scale is looming across Zambia and its neighbour Zimbabwe. According to the agency, families will not have enough food to eat in the coming months because of a crippling drought. Meanwhile, the Canadian Christian Group, World Renew has been working with the United Church of Zambia as a country partner to bring relief, but much more is said to be needed.
A Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, commences this Saturday until January 25. Christians across the world will pray and reflect on what it means to show unusual kindness. Msgr Professor Hector Scerri, chair of the Malta Ecumenical Council, reportedly said he hope the Week of Prayer will be a “wake-up call.”
The World Evangelical Alliance is facing backlash for a statement it released on Friday that appeared to criticize the United States’ sanctions against Iran.
The Alliance noted that the violence playing out in Iraq threatens the presence of Christians in the country, whose numbers since 2003 have drastically dwindled. It added that the protection of Christians and other religious communities in Iraq puts a responsibility on the US and Iran to engage in de-escalation and dialogue.
The UK government has committed to implement all the recommendations from a report that was release last July about the persecution of Christians around the world. Recommendations include imposing sanctions, ensuring immediate response to atrocities and establishing a fund to go towards helping persecuted Christians. The report, commissioned by former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, found that 80 per cent of religiously motivated attacks in the world are against Christians.
Spanish Episcopal Conference says couples must now spend 2-3 years in premarital classes instead of 20 weeks, before they can get married in the faith