Canada Repeals Blasphemy Law

Canada joins several countries, including Denmark and Malta, that have recently removed antiquated blasphemy provisions. Soon Ireland will also remove its blasphemy law, following a public referendum held in October. The last time someone was convicted for blasphemy in Canada was almost 100 years ago. However, these laws are dangerous even when dormant in Western democracies, as they can unexpectedly be enforced to prosecute offenders for speech deemed blasphemous,

Read more…Canada Repeals Blasphemy Law

Survey Finds Americans Want More Christ This Christmas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Most Americans want more religious meaning to the Christmas season, and for some that includes the seasonal greetings we say to each other. A new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research found two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) say, “Christmas should be more about Jesus.”

Read more…Survey Finds Americans Want More Christ This Christmas

COP24: “Time for reflection and deliberation is long gone”, says Ecumenical Patriarch

“We wonder when the leaders of our world will realise how late we have left our response to the climate crisis”, says Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in a letter to the participants of the United Nations climate conference underway in Katowice, Poland.

Read more…COP24: “Time for reflection and deliberation is long gone”, says Ecumenical Patriarch

Harnessing the moral authority of the world’s religions to save rainforests


Tropical rainforests are an irreplaceable gift. Not only do they exhibit nature in its most exquisite beauty, they are planetary life support systems that provide billions of people with food, shelter, livelihoods, medicine and clean water.

Read more…Harnessing the moral authority of the world’s religions to save rainforests

Geneva: Education for peace in a multi-religious world

A panel debate will be organised by the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue and the World Council of Churches on the impact of peace education to promote mutual understanding and cooperative relations between people and societies. The panel debate will take place on World Human Rights Day, 10 December, in Geneva.

Read more…Geneva: Education for peace in a multi-religious world

Church leaders present Christmas statement on refugees and migrants to the European Parliament

Today’s world continues to experience the darkness of persecution, conflict and war. According to the UN almost 70 million people have been forced to flee their homes in search of sanctuary and livelihood. More than half of them are children. Here, the World Council of Churches presents a Christmas Statement on refugees and migrants to the European Parliament.

Read more…Church leaders present Christmas statement on refugees and migrants to the European Parliament

Pakistani clerics who led violent protests over blasphemy acquittal are charged with terrorism

Leaders of a hard-line Islamist group that staged violent protests across Pakistan after a Christian woman was acquitted of blasphemy will face charges of terrorism, according to the Pakistan Government.

Read more…Pakistani clerics who led violent protests over blasphemy acquittal are charged with terrorism

Ecumenical Considerations for Buddhist-Christian Dialogue meets in Geneva

A group of clergy, interfaith practitioners and scholars met in Geneva from 26-27 November to produce a document outlining ecumenical considerations for Buddhist-Christian relations and dialogue. Taking into account the significant presence and the increasing influence of Buddhism across the world and particularly among its member churches, the document is meant to be an easily accessible resource to practically equip member churches to engage with Buddhism and Buddhists in an informed and sensitive manner.

Read more…Ecumenical Considerations for Buddhist-Christian Dialogue meets in Geneva