Donald Trump plans to make foreign aid conditional on religious freedom | Global development

White House officials are reportedly drafting plans to make US foreign aid conditional on how countries treat their religious minorities, in an effort that is seen as a sop to Christian evangelicals in Donald Trump’s base. The move, which threatens to impose further constraints on a US foreign aid policy already heavily restricted under the […]

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‘A threat to democracy’: William Barr’s speech on religious freedom alarms liberal Catholics | US news

Prominent liberal Catholics have warned the US attorney general’s devout Catholic faith poses a threat to the separation of church and state, after William Barr delivered a fiery speech on religious freedom in which he warned that “militant secularists” were behind a “campaign to destroy the traditional moral order”. The speech last Friday at the […]

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‘You are not alone’: Justin Welby reveals he sought help for depression | UK news

The archbishop of Canterbury has revealed he is taking medication for depression and has urged others who are “walking in darkness” to reach out for help. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day slot before a mental health conference at Lambeth Palace in London on Friday, Justin Welby said: “Last year I realised […]

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Prince Charles to attend Cardinal Newman canonisation | World news

Prince Charles to attend Cardinal Newman canonisation | World news

Prince Charles is to attend the canonisation in Rome of one of the most significant figures of 19th-century Britain, joining thousands of pilgrims and well-wishers in St Peter’s Square on Sunday for a ceremony led by Pope Francis. Cardinal John Newman, who converted from Anglicanism to Catholicism, will be the first English person born since […]

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Abandoning Kurds could cost Trump support of evangelical Christians | World news

Abandoning Kurds could cost Trump support of evangelical Christians | World news

Evangelical Christian voters have been among Donald Trump’s most enthusiastic and reliable supporters. Trump’s recent rejection of asylum seekers and cuts to domestic food assistance programs have not stopped followers of Christ from flocking to the president. A great schism, however, may finally be at hand. In drips that have become a gush, evangelical leaders […]

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Nike ‘Jesus Shoes’ filled with holy water go on sale for £3.5K

Nike ‘Jesus Shoes’ filled with holy water go on sale for £3.5K

A pair of shoes inspired by Jesus Christ and filled with holy water has gone on sale for more than £3,000. The trainers – designed by New York-based company MSCHF – were designed so people could literally walk on water. Taking water from the River Jordan, where Jesus was immersed by Saint John the Baptist, […]

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‘Gossip’: Morrison sidesteps claim Hillsong pastor snubbed by White House | World news

‘Gossip’: Morrison sidesteps claim Hillsong pastor snubbed by White House | World news

Scott Morrison has sidestepped questions about whether he wanted the Hillsong Church pastor Brian Houston to be a guest at Friday night’s glittering black-tie state dinner hosted by Donald Trump, characterising the reports as “gossip”. Asked whether it was true that he had lobbied to have Houston attend the dinner and been knocked back by […]

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'Exquisite' 800-year-old Christ figure displayed in its spiritual home | UK news

‘Exquisite’ 800-year-old Christ figure displayed in its spiritual home | UK news

An 800-year-old figure of Christ that hung in one of England’s most important abbeys and survived the dissolution of the monasteries is returning to its spiritual home. The Yorkshire Museum in York will on Friday put on display its new acquisition of an internationally significant example of medieval religious art, one which has been in […]

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Jarrid Wilson: US pastor who ran suicide outreach group, takes own life | US news

Jarrid Wilson: US pastor who ran suicide outreach group, takes own life | US news

Jarrid Wilson, a Southern California pastor who with his wife founded the outreach group “Anthem of Hope” to help people coping with depression and suicidal thoughts, has taken his own life, a church official said. The 30-year-old Wilson, an associate pastor at the megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship died on Monday, said Greg Laurie, senior pastor […]

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Kristina Keneally blasts Melbourne archbishop for claiming George Pell is innocent | World news

Kristina Keneally blasts Melbourne archbishop for claiming George Pell is innocent | World news

The Labor senator Kristina Keneally has blasted Melbourne’s Catholic archbishop for his response to Cardinal George Pell losing his appeal against child sexual abuse convictions. Keneally, herself a prominent Catholic, said she was gobsmacked that Archbishop Peter Comensoli‏ had maintained that Pell was innocent and had questioned whether his victim was mistaken. “It’s distressing for […]

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