A US federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit brought by 21 youth plaintiffs against the federal government over the climate crisis. The World Council of Churches, WCC has described the decision as deeply disappointing. According to the WCC the lawsuit was a landmark appeal by young people who are inheriting a world in climate crisis. It urged government accountability for inaction and recalcitrance in the face of this global emergency.
House of Hope Evangelical Church in Oran City, Algeria was ordered closed last week. The ruling is linked to a 2006 law which states that all non-Muslim places of worship must be authorised. In total, 13 churches have been closed since 2018. Christian Solidarity Worldwide said increased government pressure on Christians and other religious minorities in Algeria is a cause for concern.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis has urged the President of Iraq to guarantee the safety and presence of Christians in his country, following recent attacks and unrest in the region. The Pope’s request came during Iraqi President Barham Salih’s second visit to the Vatican on Saturday in a series of talks focused on peace and security.
US Evangelist Franklin Graham’s 8-day UK tour planned for June has been dealt a blow. This, after one of the venues in Liverpool where he was due to speak cancelled the booking. In a statement, the venue management said it had become aware of a number of statements Mr. Graham reportedly made, which are incompatible with their values. Concerns relate to Mr. Graham’s links to comments previously made about homosexuality and Islam which have been deemed hateful. Questions have also been asked about his links to US President Donald Trump.
A video clip on social media featuring US presidential adviser Paula White praying about “satanic pregnancies” has raised eyebrows.