The new U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief has welcomed amendments to a law signed by U.S. President Barack Obama, which recognizes non-believers and atheists and their right not to profess or practise any religion.
Sri Lanka is boasting a world record with a soaring Christmas tree that the government says will build national unity, but the Roman Catholic Church in the island nation just off the southern coast of India says it is a waste of money.
Church and State are separate in South Africa, but throughout the country's history during the 20th and 21st centuries, the government and the major Christian institutions have been at loggerheads over injustice. South African Anglican head Archbishop Thabo Makgoba was the latest to join this fray when he told President Jacob Zuma in a Christmas sermon that the Church will "ignore" his recent call for clergy to stay out of politics, a similar call made by the country's former apartheid leaders.
Pope Francis has pleaded for peace in a world broken by conflict, terrorism and injustice in which people suffer due to the economic ambitions of the few and because of the "greed and the idolatry of money."
The Christian credentials of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump may seem suspect to many progressive believers and American adults who describe themselves as Christians have been declining for some time. But the U.S. Congress is about as Christian today as it was in the early 1960s, a new analysis shows.
President Vladimir Putin has offered another sign he is prepared to coalesce Christian belief with national stability as he congratulated Orthodox Christians and all Russian citizens celebrating Christmas.
Pope Francis has called on people of every religious tradition to join in condemning the misuse of God's name to justify acts of violence through "homicidal madness" calling on the international community to work for peace.