(RNS) — After 183 years as a Roman Catholic nation, Bolivia officially became a secular country in 2009, when a new constitution dropped any mention of the historic faith of its Spanish colonial rulers, bolstering the position of its precolonial religions. The surprising winners in the transition to the new constitution: long-ignored evangelical Christians.
(RNS) — An increasingly vocal band of advocates and experts says the Trump administration’s policies have failed to address many of the challenges faced by Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities abroad — especially those in the Middle East.
KHARTOUM, Sudan (BP) -- A new power-sharing agreement to establish civilian rule in Sudan is potentially good news for persecuted Christians there, according to religious liberty watchdog International Christian Concern.
The number of countries with significant government restrictions on religious liberty declined slightly in 2017, yet levels remain well above those from a decade ago. And the number of nations with high levels of social hostility toward religion increased.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — China, Iran and other countries that the U.S. considers the most egregious religious liberty violators aren’t invited to the State Department’s second summit on religious freedom this week, said Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback.
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS -- During the 2019 Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), the General Council voted unanimously to approve the membership application of the Zomi Baptist Convention of Myanmar (ZBCM), making it the 240th member body within the 114-year-old organization.
EUROPE (BP) -- Brahim*, now living in a European refugee camp, left his North African country in search of a better life far from the war and desperation of his home. Only 22 years old, Brahim doesn't own much. But he does have a phone, and that is how he first encountered the Gospel.
An estimated 24.9 million persons are currently enslaved in sex or labor trafficking worldwide, and a majority of victims are exploited and trafficked within their nation’s borders, according to the U.S. State Department.