Wed, 19 Dec 2018
A group of MPs has launched a year-long campaign to lobby for Sikhism to be added as a separate ethnicity tick box in the next UK census in 2021.
The Tribune (India)
A teenage Isis supporter who encouraged his girlfriend to behead her own parents has been jailed.
Pope Francis has summoned the heads of 110 national Catholic bishops' conferences and dozens of leaders of religious orders to the Vatican for an extraordinary gathering dedicated to the sexual abuse crisis.
Faisal Devji says caste discrimination against Christians, whose ancestors were lower-caste Hindus, persists in Pakistan.
The New York Times
The commission in charge of writing Communist-run Cuba's new constitution has revised an original draft to remove the concept of marriage altogether after originally amending it to open the doorway to same-sex unions. The commission has come under pressure from evangelical churches on the issue.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018
Some politicians have suggested a possible review of free transport to faith schools in Wrexham in north Wales would be 'discriminatory'. The council's lead member for environment and transport has rejected the charge.
This editorial says George Pell's conviction is simply the latest among countless pieces of evidence that broad, deep and painful reforms are needed to tackle abuse in the Catholic Church.
The Washington Post
Leaders of the Catholic Church have complained that 'only' four Scottish shopping centres have nativity scenes.
The Times (£)
The mayor of London is encouraging politicians to look to the Church to learn lessons in kindness.
Premier Christian Radio
The Church of England has launched its first national film advert for Christmas.
Offenders who have Muslim names do not appear to be receiving unfairly long sentences from crown courts in England and Wales, according to criminology research.
Labour has suspended its most senior official in the West Midlands after he was accused of sharing racist material blaming Jews for "all the wars in the world".
Catholic schools in Ireland will have to teach children about gay, lesbian and transgender relationships under recommendations in a new report on sex education.
The Independent (Ireland)
A woman who was jailed for attempted murder under El Salvador's strict anti-abortion laws has been freed. The law is a reflection of the Catholic Church's heavy influence over public life in the country.
A recent surge of police action against churches in China has raised concerns the government is getting even tougher on unsanctioned Christian activity.
Those engaged in the battle over abortion in the United States are gearing up for what is on the horizon in 2019.
A Hindu elder in the American state of Nevada has criticised a yoga class in the Pennines.
The Yorkshire Post
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
The Catholic Church in the Scottish diocese of Paisley has come under fire after advising parents of LGBT children to seek help from a controversial American 'gay conversion' group.
David Smith, Graeme Nixon and Jo Pearce say young people need to be encouraged to develop a mature view which is able to encompass and reflect the best and worst of religious expression – and all the shades in between.
Campaigners are to renew an offer to pay the cost of trial Sunday openings of a leisure centre and its swimming pool in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.
Kirklees Council has been accused of being "deficient" in its handling of non-stun halal in schools at a full council meeting.
Around six in ten festive stamps bought by members of the public are now secular ones, up from around four in ten five years ago.
Elaine Smith, MSP for Central Scotland, has claimed there is a rise in anti-Catholic sentiment. She cited a tweet criticising religious schools as an example.
Scottish Catholic Observer
Council in north Wales to debate proposed removal of preferential transport arrangements to faith schools this week
Cuts to education in Wrexham are set to be debated this week.
Saif ul-Malook talks to Iram Ramzan about fearing for his life and defending Asia Bibi from blasphemy.
A senior Congress party politician has been jailed for life in what is being seen as the most important conviction so far over India's 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
Last week's electoral losses in five states for India's ruling party has led to suggestions that its agenda of promoting hardline Hindu politics has backfired.
Mass re-education camps used to hold Uighur and other Muslim minorities in China are being run like "wartime concentration camps", Amnesty has said.
Julei Szego says religious institutions enjoy privileged status in Australia but are claiming victim status amid a debate over discrimination.
Sydney Morning Herald
Fri, 14 Dec 2018
The leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales was accused of covering up child sex abuse allegations against a priest, an inquiry heard yesterday. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, currently the archbishop of Westminster, denied suppressing a note about child abuse while he was archbishop of Birmingham in the 2000s.
More than 50 cross-party parliamentarians have said the government should adopt a new definition of 'Islamophobia'. The NSS has spoken out against the proposed definition.
Between 45,000 and 60,000 families live in areas where the availability of secular schools is "extremely restricted" and their three closest schools are faith schools, an NSS report has revealed. (Scroll down to read).
Bermuda's government on Thursday filed an appeal to a high court in London seeking to uphold a law challenged in local courts that would ban gay marriage in the British overseas island.
A suspected Islamist believed to have been plotting a Christmas bomb attack was reported to the council after allegedly calling neighbours Satan and waking them up with prayer music.
The Times (£)
A bill to legalise abortion services in the Republic of Ireland has passed all stages of the Oireachtas (Irish parliament).
Canada is just a royal assent away from finally repealing a blasphemy libel law that has been on the books since 1892.
A US appeals court on Thursday blocked Trump administration rules that would allow businesses to claim moral and religious exemptions to a mandate to provide contraception coverage.
Australian religious freedom review heard evidence of faith-based discrimination against LGBT students
Australia's full review into religious freedoms, conducted by former Attorney-General Philip Ruddock, details hearing from people who had experienced discrimination for being LGBTI at religious schools.
A former High Court justice has taken aim at laws allowing faith-based schools to discriminate against gay students.
SBS News (Australia)
The German government wants to slightly ease the law concerning doctor-patient communication about abortions. But few people are thrilled by the draft changes. Abortion advocates in particular are up in arms.
Two children who had been rescued from a Jewish religious cult in Guatemala are reported to have disappeared over the weekend, fuelling fears that they were kidnapped.
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
The Vatican's third most powerful official has been convicted in Australia on all charges he sexually abused two choir boys there in the late '90s, according to sources. A gagging order preventing details of the trial from being revealed remains in place in Australia.
The Daily Beast
A petition by two Welsh schoolgirls to detach religion from education is calling for schools across the country to ditch their mandatory daily prayers.
La Croix International
People who join the NHS's UK organ donation register are to be asked if they want their religious beliefs to be considered in the donation process.
A shopping centre in Stirling in central Scotland has decided to stage a nativity scene as part of its Christmas display after complaints that it was not doing so.
A suspected Isis-inspired terror plot has been foiled following an armed police raid in Newcastle.
A Muslim group has visited a slaughterhouse used by Kentucky Fried Chicken in Lancashire to check the food served in local KFC restaurants is halal.
A council's plans to close a rural primary school near Chelmsford in Essex have been put on ice.
Australia's government has promised to prohibit discrimination against religious people but has delayed a decision on discrimination against LGBT students and school staff.
An Australian newspaper on Thursday published a front page that drew attention to a gag order in the country that prevents it from publishing details on the trial of a former Vatican official accused of sexual abuse.
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