Christians in Japan say the government has debased the country's peace-seeking constitution after the upper chamber of parliament approved the promotion of patriotism in the classroom by changing the country's education law - writes Hisashi Yukimoto for Ecumenical News International.
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a bipartisan federal agency which operates independently of government, has said it is is very concerned about the situation facing many Catholics in China - especially those in unrecognised congregations.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has been taken to task by the British Humanist Association for his attacks on what he calls ‚Äúaggressive secularists‚Äù, notably in the claims and counter claims about the Christmas holidays.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has outlined some of his personal hopes for the coming year in an article written for the Big Issue Magazine ‚Ä' which is sold by homeless people on the streets of many of Britain's cities. They include a ‚Äúreality check‚Äù in the debate about religion in the nation's life