Brunei - The south-east Asian sultanate has introduced elements of sharia law into its Penal Code. Announcing the introduction, over the next six months, of punishments such as stoning for adultery, hand amputation for thieves, and flogging for a host of misdemeanours, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said: “By the grace of Allah, with the coming...

Kenya - Christian leaders have vowed to continue to pray at their places of worship despite the recent slaying of two pastors, one of them in his church as he read his Bible. The two killings, in and near to the port city of Mombasa have been blamed on Islamic extremists, and were possibly carried out in revenge for the killing of Muslim imam...

The Philippines - A Catholic youth group has hit on a novel way to fundraise for churches struck by an earthquake on October 15. YouthPinoy has begun to sell dolls named in honour of the local Saint Pedro Calungsod and is turning the proceeds over for the reconstruction of some 10 damaged churches in the Bohol province. The initiative was launched...

France - The country’s Constitutional Council has ruled that mayors do not have a right to claim conscientious objection against performing gay marriage ceremonies. The ruling is a blow to a group of mayors which appealed to the council in the wake of threats by France’s Interior Ministry to imprison, for five years, those refusing to...

A Christian exodus of “biblical proportions” from across the Middle East now threatens the survival of the faith in the region, a new report reveals.Persecuted and Forgotten has been compiled by the international charity group Aid to the Church in Need and, among 30 countries covered worldwide, details the deteriorating situation for...

The Vatican has announced that it has requested an independent investigation of its own accounting offices, the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA).With initiatives already well underway to boost the Vatican Bankís image in the wake of recent scandals, action on APSA has become almost inevitable following the June arrest of...

Matteo CiofiCatholic primary school managers have welcomed the Government’s decision not to increase the pupil-teacher ratio. However, the Catholic Primary School Management Association (CPSMA) has also warned that the Government’s current approach threatens the viability of small rural schools.After the publication of Budget 2014 by...

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