The World Council of Churches on behalf of the fellowship of Christians all over the world has expressed deep sadness and concern over the ongoing communal mob violence in the northeast district of Delhi, India. This wave of faith-based violence which began on February 23 has led to more than 20 deaths, hundreds of injuries, and destruction of properties, including churches and other places of worship.

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Christian Aid and the other organisations are encouraging all during Lent, to include prayers for the climate and to influence policymakers at any level accessible to them to increase political will. This, in anticipation of the 26th summit of the Conference of the Parties, COP-26 scheduled to convene in Glasgow, Scotland in November.

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According to reports, Christianity in Iraq and Syria is on the verge of disappearing. It is said this is due to violence perpetrated by ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and other Islamic extremists.  Prior to the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iraq was home to nearly 1.5-millian Christians and more than a million lived in Syria prior to war there. Today, no more than 250-thousand Christians live in each of these countries.

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Data from the UK’s Office for National Statistics found that 68 per cent of Christians are content with their physical wellbeing compared to just 64 per cent of those who have no faith. The research was carried out to explore the relationship between religion and health.

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Christian charity Tearfund’s country director for Zimbabwe, Earnest Mas-wera, has reported that more than 6.5 million people are going hungry every day in Zimbabwe because of severe drought conditions. The scale of need both in Zimbabwe and across southern Africa is said to be vast. As a result, Tearfund is launching a Lent Appeal to call on help from supporters.

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