Notes from the Global Church

church service in Ghana

Philip Jenkins charts developments in the Two-Thirds World

Within a decade, a sixth of the world's Catholics will be African—yet the continent has few canonized saints. This is starting to change.
April 7, 2016
The Gulf states do not practice religious freedom in anything like the Western sense. Still, Christianity has secured a surprisingly strong foothold.
March 9, 2016
In 1944, an Anglican bishop consecrated a Chinese woman to the priesthood—30 years before women attained that rank in the Episcopal Church.
February 5, 2016
The title character of Mohammed Hanif's novel Our Lady of Alice Bhatti is a Catholic nurse in Pakistan. Turning the other cheek is not her strong suit.
January 13, 2016
It’s almost certain that historic Christian devotion to the Virgin Mary began in Egypt. The nation’s Muslims often plead for her help, too.
December 11, 2015
Search online for Madagascar and you get mostly references to animated films about animals. Dig deeper and you'll find a still more amazing true story.
October 16, 2015
In the 1950s, the Adventists celebrated the milestone of a million adherents, mostly in the U.S. Now they have 18 million, mostly elsewhere.
September 18, 2015
Over the last generation, the institution of pilgrimage has experienced a startling revival across what we often dismiss as secular Europe.
August 26, 2015
Western media treat Asian faiths quite generously in matters of religious conflict. Yet Christians on the ground in Asia face serious issues.
July 31, 2015
European churches are currently engaged in an architectural culture war. This is startling given how weak the churches themselves have become.
June 3, 2015
We rarely think of Japan as a promising land for Christianity. But the murder of Kenji Goto reminds us that believers do exist there.
May 7, 2015
Indigenous Australians have long practiced a profound, land-centered spirituality. Only recently have Western Christians begun to acknowledge this.
March 5, 2015