The fight for religious freedom in Nepal is like a tug-of-war where victory takes it one step forward, only to be countered by a setback that takes it one step backward. However, despite all these, the church keeps growing.
French President Francois Hollande said during the Paris peace conference that if the two-state solution will not be adopted, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will have adverse effects in the Middle East.
In what some people are calling the most high-profile religious persecution case since the Cultural Revolution, the former pastor of China's largest state-run megachurch was arrested on Saturday by a local public security bureau in China's coastal Zhejiang province, according to persecution watchdog China Aid. Authorities reportedly re-apprehended Gu "Joseph" Yuese sometime before Christmas; on Jan. 7, his family received an announcement he had been arrested on charges of embezzling funds.
While many countries have opened their doors to Muslim migrants from the Middle East, the journey has not been as easy for Christians in search of new homes after fleeing from intense persecution from their countries. However, an aid agency that extends help specifically to Christians is working to change the picture.
"Our glorious diversity - our diversities of faiths, and colors, and creeds - that is not a threat to who we are; it makes us who we are," Michelle Obama said Friday during her last public remarks as first lady. She visibly was overcome with emotion as she reflected on her eight years in the White House, and delivered personal messages of empowerment through education, one of her treasured causes.