Bible balloons stopped as peace talks stall

South Korean police prevented a Christian ministry from its latest launch of balloons that would carry Bibles into North Korea, as ongoing discussions between the two countries grew tense and then stalled in June. Diplomatic experts have said North Korea’s dictator might be trying to manufacture a crisis to improve his negotiating position. South Korean officials, worried about provocations, have placed new restrictions on the Voice of the Martyrs Korea project. For more than a decade, the ministry has sent as many as 40,000 Bible balloons per year into North Korea, saying the Scriptures that fall out of the sky support underground Christians.

Curator: Art belongs in churches

The director of one of Italy’s most prominent museums is arguing religious artwork should be returned to churches. The Uffizi Gallery’s Eike Schmidt, a German who previously served as a curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, said museums secularize art. Works are presented as aesthetic rather than spiritual. Schmidt also said the Italian government has been storing some religious objects since World War II with no plans to display them. A leading Catholic official called the idea provocative but unrealistic “for reasons that everyone will understand.”

Evangelicals appeal to United Nations

Evangelicals are asking the Human Rights Committee at the United Nations to pressure the Iraqi government for recognition. Since the United States invaded Iraq and toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, the General Society for Iraqi National Evangelical Churches has petitioned three successive governments without success. Without recognition, ...

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