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At the forefront of international online news reporting on global ecumenical developments
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Christianity driven from its biblical heartland due to a massive exodus could disappear from Iraq potentially within five years, says a report presented to the upper chamber of the UK Parliament.

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As the world's most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia has long boasted its religious tolerance, but sectarian tension is flaring in its Aceh province following attacks on Christians and the tearing down of their churhes.

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World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit has joined Pope Francis and the U.N. Secretary-General expressing deep concern over renewed violence in Jerusalem as Ban Ki-moon made his way to Israel to try to find ways of defusing tensions.

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For a key Nigerian churches' leader from the country's troubled north ecumenical relations have to include interfaith cooperation in a nation where Christians and Muslims are almost equal numerically.

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Talk of a Holy war in Syria is deeply worrying U.N. advisers and the second ranking United Nations official says the religious or ethnic partition of Syria would be part of an extremely dangerous trend.

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The World Council of Churches has expressed grave concern over the dramatic escalation of the conflict in Syria and called for an end to foreign military intervention.

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It was a statement harkening back to the war against the Soviet Union 36 years ago in Afghanistan, when 55 Saudi Wahhabi clerics signed a call for jihad against Russia for its military intervention in Syria, says the Brookings Institute.

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The premier of South Africa's most populous Gauteng province has told a gathering of faith based organizations the government has no plan to scrap the Easter holidays, but it may seek to regulate churches.

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Pope Francis has appealed to the U.S. Congress to embrace peace through diplomatic means, to stop the widespread and lethal global arms trade and to find ways to "end the many armed conflicts throughout the world."
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