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China Frees Gao Zhisheng: Top 10 Lawyer Now Country's Persecuted 'Conscience'

(UPDATED) China watchers worry Christian human rights activist will be subject to house arrest.
China Frees Gao Zhisheng: Top 10 Lawyer Now Country's Persecuted 'Conscience'
Courtesy, Epoch Times

China has released renowned human rights activist Gao Zhisheng, according to Western journalists who spoke to Gao's brother in China today.

The BBC reported:

Gao Zhiyu said his brother left prison on Thursday morning and is now at his father-in-law's home in ...

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Pope Francis Apologizes for Pentecostal Persecution, But Italy's Evangelicals Remain Wary

A 'near totality' warn U.S. evangelicals (and others) against becoming too friendly with the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis Apologizes for Pentecostal Persecution, But Italy's Evangelicals Remain Wary
Cesare Abbate/EPA

Despite Pope Francis's unprecedented visit to a Pentecostal church and apology for past treatment of Pentecostals by Catholics, many Italian evangelical leaders remain concerned about how evangelicals in the United States (and other nations) are cozying up to the popular ...

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Another 'Stained Glass Ceiling' Shatters: CCCU Picks First Female President

Calvin College leader brings legal savvy to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
Another 'Stained Glass Ceiling' Shatters: CCCU Picks First Female President
Courtesy of CCCU

America's leading advocate for Christian colleges has chosen its first female president.

The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) has elected Shirley V. Hoogstra of Calvin College to lead the Washington, D.C.-based association. Approximately 9 of its ...

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Leading Rabbi Nominated as First Non-Christian Religious Freedom Ambassador

Obama nomination of David Saperstein will require strong Senate support.
Leading Rabbi Nominated as First Non-Christian Religious Freedom Ambassador
US Department of Labor/Flickr

President Obama nominated Rabbi David Saperstein this morning to be the next—and first non-Christian—United States ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

The press statment said:

Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate ...

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IRS to Atheists: Okay, We'll Investigate Pulpit Freedom Sunday Pastors

Tax agency and FFRF announce settlement, but Milwaukee church disputes the lawsuit's dismissal.
IRS to Atheists: Okay, We'll Investigate Pulpit Freedom Sunday Pastors
Alliance Defending Freedom

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has agreed to investigate the political activity of churches after reaching a settlement with an atheist legal group. But a court has yet to decide whether or not to close the case.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) and the IRS ...

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Meriam Ibrahim Finally Leaves Sudan, Arrives in the U.S.

UPDATED: Christian mother once sentenced to death for her faith has gained asylum in the United States with her family.
Meriam Ibrahim Finally Leaves Sudan, Arrives in the U.S.
Charles Krupa / AP

Update (August 1):

After months of uncertainty and trial, the Sudanese women who once faced a death sentence for apostasy and adultery arrived in the U.S. with her family Thursday night.

Meriam Ibrahim arrived at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport with her husband ...

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Mosul's Last Christians Flee Iraq's Hoped-For Christian Stronghold

(UPDATED) Historic community comes to 'a real end' after ISIS ultimatum tells Christians to convert, pay tax, or die.
Mosul's Last Christians Flee Iraq's Hoped-For Christian Stronghold
STR/EPA

[Added biblical archaeology finds in Nineveh]

There are no Christians left in Iraq's second-largest city after a weekend ultimatum left Mosul residents with three choices: convert to Islam, pay jizya (a poll tax levied on non-Muslims), or die at the hands of the Islamic ...

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New Movies to Highlight Friendship Between Creators of Narnia and Middle Earth

As Hollywood works its way through dramatizing the fantasy novels, several hope to tell a more historical tale of real-world friendship.
New Movies to Highlight Friendship Between Creators of Narnia and Middle Earth
Wikimedia Commons and sfjalar/Flickr

The friendship between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, well known to some devoted fans, may soon be a star of the silver screen along with the elves, dragons, hobbits, and marsh-wiggles of their creation.

Tolkien & Lewis, an $18 million British film that will feature the ...

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Muslim Sues Kenya's Catholic Bishops for Discrimination

Bishops sued as they lobby for peace amidst coastal violence.
Muslim Sues Kenya's Catholic Bishops for Discrimination
Screenshot of Al Yusra

Kenya has its own religious discrimination case: A Muslim restaurateur sued the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, claiming religious discrimination after the bishops allegedly cut short the restaurant's lease.

The owner of Al-Yusra Restaurant in Nairobi claims that ...

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Want to Love Your Job? Church Can Help, Study Says

The catch: The church you attend has to emphasize faith-work integration—and you have to show up.
Want to Love Your Job? Church Can Help, Study Says
Nguyen Hung Vu/Flickr

If they can be tempted away from their workplaces to worship, churches can make parishioners happier with their jobs, new research shows.

Regular attenders who frequent a church that teaches God is present at your workplace, work is a mission from God, or that faith can ...

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Transgender Students Battle Christian Universities

(UPDATED) George Fox University and California Baptist University receive religious exemptions to newly clarified gender equity requirements.
Transgender Students Battle Christian Universities
Wikimedia Commons

Update (July 21): George Fox University clarified that, under its housing policy, "residence halls are single-sex, defined anatomically." In a webpage updated July 16, the university also notes that students who identify as transgendered but have not had sex change surgery ...

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Gordon College Loses City Contract, Gets Accreditation Scrutiny

President Michael Lindsay among 26 CCCU presidents urging an exemption clause in pending executive order.
Gordon College Loses City Contract, Gets Accreditation Scrutiny
Wikimedia Commons

A Massachusetts town cut short its contract with Gordon College after the school's president asked President Obama to exempt religious institutions from an expected non-discrimination order.

Gordon president D. Michael Lindsay—also a CT board member—was ...

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Died: Christopher Mitchell, Top Lewis Scholar, Biola Professor

Director of Wade Center at Wheaton College for 19 years.
Died: Christopher Mitchell, Top Lewis Scholar, Biola Professor
Courtesy, Biola University

Biola University, La Mirada, California, today announced that Christopher Mitchell, a nationally known C.S. Lewis scholar and professor at the university's Torrey Honors Institute, has died unexpectedly. He was 63.

Today, the university's press office posted online ...

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What Does Kenya's Wave of Anti-Christian Violence Mean?

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for nearly 100 coastal deaths since early June.
What Does Kenya's Wave of Anti-Christian Violence Mean?
STR/EPA

Attacks on Kenya's coastal region over the early summer left nearly 100 people dead amid concerns over a rash of religious violence.

Over the weekend, at least 22 people died in Saturday night attacks on the villages of Hindi and Gamba in eastern Kenya, reportsThe Wall ...

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Militants Take Over Christian University in Ukraine

Insurgents gain control as thousands flee the city of Donetsk.
Militants Take Over Christian University in Ukraine
Donetsk Christian University/Facebook

Pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine have reportedly taken over a Christian university in the major city of Donetsk and are using the university to house insurgents in preparation for battle.

"They want to accommodate more soldiers, so that place becomes the number ...

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