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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the rollout of the 2014 Report on International Religious Freedom. (State Department Image)

State Department religious freedom report focuses on terror groups

Secretary of State John Kerry released the annual International Religious Freedom Report and called terror groups the world’s greatest threat to religious freedom.

       
Nepal adopts secular constitution but retains anti-conversion language

Nepal adopts secular constitution but retains anti-conversion language

Lawmakers in Nepal rejected an effort to declare the Himalayan nation a Hindu state, adopting a new constitution Sept. 14 defining Nepal as a secular republic but retaining a controversial anti-conversion clause.

       
Europe's refugee crisis

Europe's refugee crisis stirs consciences, but responses vary

Europe’s refugee crisis has inspired faith communities across the continent to open their doors to the newcomers and advocate for more state and private help, but the urgency of their calls and the depth of responses to them vary from country to country.

       
Advocates urge Nepal to avoid criminalizing religious conversion

Advocates urge Nepal to avoid criminalizing religious conversion

An international coalition spearheaded by the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, with significant Baptist involvement, urged government officials in Nepal to remove from the nation’s proposed constitution language criminalizing “any act to convert another person from one religion to another.”

       
Baptist leader celebrates Ebola-free Liberia

Baptist leader celebrates Ebola-free Liberia

A Liberian Baptist leader celebrated the World Health Organization’s declaration the country is Ebola-free, making it the first of the three hardest-hit West African nations to bring the epidemic to a formal end.

       
Baptists respond to needs in earthquake-ravaged Nepal

Updated: Baptists respond to needs in earthquake-ravaged Nepal

Baptists in Nepal and their global missions partners joined in urging prayer and disaster relief after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake claimed more than 5,800 lives.

       
Islam’s Sunni/Shiite divide explained

Islam’s Sunni/Shiite divide explained

Sunni and Shiite Muslims, two main sects of Islam, have been in conflict for more than a millennium. Here’s a primer on that ancient division.

       
International community castigated for ignoring terrorism in Nigeria

International community castigated for ignoring terrorism in Nigeria

The international community has devalued Nigerian lives by ignored terrorist violence and attacks in Nigeria, insisted Samson Ayokunle, president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention.

       
http://www.hudson.org/policycenters/7-center-for-religious-freedom

Persecution of Christians reached historic levels in 2014. Will 2015 be worse?

From imprisonment to torture to beheadings, more Christians worldwide live in fear for their lives than at any time in the modern era.

       
Archaeologists may have uncovered site of Jesus’ trial

Archaeologists may have uncovered site of Jesus’ trial

The site where Jesus may have been tried, prior to his crucifixion, now is open to the public for the first time.

       
Liberian Baptist leader returns home after lengthy delay due to Ebola

Liberian Baptist leader returns home after delay due to Ebola

Liberian Baptist leader Emile Sam-Peal is finally going home after being stranded five months in America because of Ebola-related flight cancellations

       
Orphans abandoned and shunned in Africa’s Ebola crisis

Orphans abandoned and shunned in Africa’s Ebola crisis

As Ebola continues its rampage across Liberia and elsewhere in West Africa, thousands of children are taking a double hit: losing parents to the fatal virus and then being shunned by relatives who fear they will catch the disease.

       
Mideast Christians appeal for action

Mideast Christians appeal for action

Christian minorities are in danger of being eradicated in the Middle East, leaders of evangelical and Protestant denominations in Syria and Lebanon said in a joint statement.

       
Lebanese Baptist leader wants Mideast Christians to stay,  not flee

Lebanese Baptist leader wants Mideast Christians to stay, not flee

Lebanese Baptist leader Nabil Costa is urging Christians in the West not only to pray for Christians fleeing violence in his region but also to lobby their governments to “empower a Christian presence in the Middle East.”

       
http://www.cbfinternationals.org/Personnel/ButchNellGreen/tabid/6669/language/en-US/Default.aspx

Missionaries serving refugees in Middle East exercise extra sensitivity

Serving war-ravaged refugees, including indigenous Christian groups, in the Middle East requires extra cultural and religious sensitivity among missionaries living in cultures that do not value religious freedom, experts say.

       
 
 
 
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