Influential church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch said he believes that Christianity faces a bright future but predicts that the Roman Catholic Church will undergo a major schism over its moral and social teaching.
November 17 (ENInews)--Austria's Roman Catholic bishops have rejected a call by dissident church members for laypeople to begin presiding at Mass when parishes have no priests, but the bishops also pledged to maintain a dialogue over possible changes in church life.
A Hungarian church leader has welcomed the fulfillment of state pledges to restore church properties to religious communities six decades after they were confiscated by the country's communist regime. "This is the only area of church-state relations which has gone well in recent years.
Warsaw, Poland, September 8 (ENInews)--Local government officials in
Hungary are handing state-owned schools over to churches, unable to afford their
upkeep during the economic recession, according to church sources.
A prominent Czech church leader has welcomed an agreement that would
allow churches to reclaim land and buildings seized under communist rule
but would require them to forfeit state subsidies in return.
Warsaw, Poland, July 15 (ENInews)--Christian leaders in Hungary have given
mixed reactions to a restrictive new law on religion, with larger
denominations welcoming its curbs on church activities and smaller groups voicing
fears for their future.
Churches in Liechtenstein, one of the world's smallest countries,
could face financial disaster with government plans to withdraw state
subsidies under new legislation, according to a Protestant leader.
Bordeaux, France, May 25 (ENInews)--Leaders of Christian churches and other faiths called on the world's most powerful governments to devise more effective joint solutions to the "interconnected crises confronting humanity" at a 23-24 May summit, organized by the New York-based Religions for Peace.
Warsaw, Poland, April 15 (ENInews)--An ecumenical aid organisation has urged European governments to do more to help refugees from the war in Libya, and warned that continued inaction could damage relations with the Arab world.
Warsaw, March 11 (ENInews)--The head of Ethiopia's Lutheran church has welcomed government efforts to curb a spate of attacks on Christians in the country, but warned that political extremists were attempting to incite violence between religious communities.
Warsaw, March 4 (ENInews)--A senior Turkish Protestant has said his country's small Christian churches still face severe hardships, despite recent pledges by the government to improve protection of religious rights.
Warsaw, February 18 (ENInews)--Poland's largest Roman Catholic publishing house has defended its decision to issue a controversial book, which accuses Poles of profiting from the Holocaust by betraying Jews to the Nazis and stealing their possessions.
Warsaw, November 18 (ENInews)--A European Union commissioner has rejected claims
by a Polish government minister that her country's Roman Catholic schools can
refuse to employ gay and lesbian teachers.