UNHRC restrict religious freedom

Report: 8 countries on UN Human Rights Council restrict religious freedom

Eight of the 47 countries that hold seats on the United Nations Human Rights Council imprisoned people in 2013 under laws that restrict religious freedom.

Syrian refugees

Syrian family describes life as refugees

The influx of about a half-million Syrian refugees into Jordan has become a massive humanitarian crisis with very personal consequences for those involved.

Zimbabwe Baptists

Zimbabwe Baptist seminary head wins labor appeal

A judge has ruled a Baptist seminary in Zimbabwe acted improperly in the 2011 firing of its top administrator who resisted orders to lead the school in accordance with the Baptist Faith & Message statement adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000.

Uzbekistan Baptists

Baptists in Uzbekistan lose camp

A court in Uzbekistan ordered confiscation of property purchased 13 years ago by Uzbekistan’s Baptist Union for use as a summer camp.

Kazakhstan pastor

Pastor in Central Asia faces year in prison

A Baptist pastor in Kazakhstan faces up to a year in prison after refusing to pay a fine equivalent to about two months’ average salary for conducting worship without government permission, the international news service Forum 18 reported.

Kenya peace mission

Baptists join peacemaking initiative in Kenya

A Texas Baptist minister on faculty at a Catholic university in San Antonio recently participated in an international peacemaking initiative in western Kenya.

Lebanon Syria aid

Lebanese partnerships helping Syrian refugees

Spiritual revival is taking place in the midst of the Syrian crisis, a Lebanese Baptist leader recently told missions partners at the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Church burned in Egypt

Baptist church torched in Egypt

A Baptist church is among at least 18 reportedly torched by Egyptian supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Rana Plaza factory disaster

Do Americans really care how their clothes are made?

The Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 workers powerfully illustrated a grim reality: garment workers in Third World countries take enormous risks to earn a living producing clothing for Western retailers.

German homeschoolers

German home-schooling family loses U.S. asylum bid

A German family seeking asylum in the United States so they can home-school their children lost their appeal in federal court, but their lawyers say they’re prepared to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case.

Saeed Abedini and family

Imprisoned Iranian-American pastor gets push from State Department

Secretary of State John Kerry is calling for the release of an Iranian-American minister from a Tehran prison, a welcome step for advocates who accused the State Department of being AWOL on the case.

New Pope Francis I

Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio elected as Pope Francis I

Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as Pope Francis I, March 13, after only two days of voting in the conclave tasked with choosing a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.

Papal conclave

Picking the pope: Holy Spirit or groupthink?

Since 1903, papal conclaves have averaged a mere three days in duration, and some—including the last one, in 2005—lasted a mere 24 hours.

Star Academy

TV talent-show performers face the wrath of religious traditionalists

The biggest worry for most American Idol contestants is whether the judges will let them continue to the next round. But some singers on Idol-like programs abroad have a bigger worry—that religious extremists will kill them.

Feeding Gypsies in Romania

Romanian Gypsies depend on God for daily bread

With help from the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, Baptist churches in five Romanian villages stand between Gypsies and starvation. 

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