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Indian Pastor Arrested for Offending Hindu Sensitivities

At last report, Pastor Ashish Kumar Muna, 25, was in a jail in Rourkela district since November 15, after a Hindu fundamentalist belonging to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) lodged a complaint accusing him of “conversions” in Udit Nagar police station in Jhirpani Taluka.

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Christian Worker Martyred in India

Ajay Topno, a missionary with a Christian media organization, was shot and killed in the Ranchi district of Jharkland state on September 19 for converting three tribal families to Christianity, according to a September 28 report from Compass Direct. Local Christians reported that villagers had been angered by the recent conversion of these families to Christianity.

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US modifies prison policy on religious books after protests

The US Federal Bureau of Prisons has said it will return "non-approved" religious books and other materials that were removed from the shelves of federal prison libraries because of concerns over the threat of terrorism.

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World church grouping warns on 'flight of Christians' from Iraq

The World Council of Churches has warned of an "exodus" by the small Christian community of Iraq and said the country's leaders and foreign governments need to install the rule of law and restore a multi-cultural balance in society.

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Second South Korean Hostage Killed in Afghanistan

Authorities in Afghanistan confirmed on Tuesday that a second hostage has been killed by Taliban and his body has been found in the a southern region of the country.

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Thou shalt not drive badly! - Vatican commandments for the road

The Vatican has issued "Ten Commandments" for motorists to help them avoid road rage, to make sure their vehicles are safe, and to ensure that they do not put other road users' lives at risk.

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Rapid urban growth leading to religious renewal, UN report says

More people in the world are living in cities than ever before, and this is leading to renewed interest in religion, and confounding those who predicted a growth of secularisation, according to a new UN report.

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4,000 Indian Christians Temporarily Arrested for Protesting Violence

At least 4,000 Christians from across India were temporarily arrested in New Delhi yesterday in protest against the federal government’s silence over increasing attacks on Christians. The rally, “Stop Violence on Christians,” began at 10 a.m. on May 29 and was attended by about 5,000 people.

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Christians in Pakistan face severe threats from "Taliban"

Christians in North-West Frontier Province in Pakistan are facing fresh threats, including a message signed by the “Taliban’s Detonative Department”, after rejecting demands to convert to Islam.

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Christians, Jews and Muslims exhibit parallel texts in London

Several of the world's earliest surviving texts of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths are being exhibited side by side for the first time in a major exhibition opening at the British Library in London on 27 April. The Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco were to preside at the inauguration of "Sacred - Discover what we share" which runs, with free public admission, until 23 September.

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US, world Christian leaders urge curbs on arms after shooting

US and world religious leaders have noted the horrors that easy access to firearms can wreak, in expressing shock over a shooting rampage, the worst in US history, at Virginia Tech University which resulted in the deaths of at least 30 people.

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Christians and Muslim Indian join hands to fight bigotry to Dalits

Defying some perceptions of widening divisions between Christians and followers of Islam, hundreds of Muslims have joined a sit-in in the Indian capital organized by Christian groups fighting discrimination meted out to Dalits, considered by many in the country still to be "untouchable" citizens.

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World population will increase by 2,5 billion by 2050

The world population continues its path towards population ageing and is on track to surpass 9 billion persons by 2050, as revealed by the newly released 2006 Revision of the official United Nations population estimates and projections.

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Young Christians know more of MTV than the Bible, says Kobia

The Church hardly communicates with the youth of today and even in "so-called Christian countries" the majority of young people are Bible illiterate but well informed of the latest MTV programmes, says the head of the World Council of Churches.

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Christians under Siege in Pakistan, list of Church Attacks Grows Longer: The Big Picture

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a drunken mob of Muslims attacked a Christian congregation in Lahore Pakistan on November 12 with guns and clubs. While no one was seriously injured, it highlights the constant hatred and persecution that Christians live under in Pakistan.

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