A senior Bajrang Dal leader in Karnataka has been arrested in connection with the widespread attack on Christian churches and prayer halls, police officials and the Indian Catholic Bishops Conference in India have announced.
Christians in Orissa, India, still fear for their lives and security, feeling 'helpless' in the face of persistent attacks from militant Hindu nationalists, says an ecumenical journalist who has investigated the tragedy.
The Methodist Church in Britain has joined other churches and NGOs in calling for urgent support and prayer for thousands of hard-pressed Christians in India as violence flares across the state of Orissa.
Human rights activist and journalist Lauren Booth has been trapped illegally in the Gaza strip as a result of a legal campaign calling for an end to the Israeli government blockade there, say Palestinian activists.
Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet of Vietnam has been accused by the government there of breaking the law and causing disorder by supporting prayer vigils against the authorities' confiscation of Catholic Church property.
Black church leaders have joined health experts in welcoming findings from a new opinion poll showing widespread public opposition to adding the DNA of innocent mental health patients to the National Criminal DNA database.
US police have staged preemptive armed raids targeting protesters and alternative media around the Republican National Convention - including thousands of people demonstrating about war world poverty throughout the week.
Civil rights organisations and national leaders are expressing alarm at a United Nations General Assembly resolution that demands respect for religion but which critics say has been used to justify suppression of religious minorities.
Churches in India are today closing around 30,000 of their educational institutions across the country to protest against continuing attacks by mobs of Hindu militants in the country's eastern state of Orissa.