Australia's religious communities have united to call for urgent action on climate change at a time when the country is facing its worst drought on record - writes Mathhew Fenwick for Ecumenical News International.
The UK-based international development agency Christian Aid has handed over more than ¬£600,000 for emergency projects to help people devastated by drought in Afghanistan, as part of a global relief effort.
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.