A proposed $545 billion in grants for economic recovery reflects a renewed identity for the EU – after a humbling neglect of its weakest members.

Poland will host the next IRF ministerial in Warsaw this summer. WASHINGTON (RNS) — The United States has been joined by 26 other countries in a new International Religious Freedom Alliance that seeks to reduce religious persecution across the globe. “Together, we say that freedom of religion or belief is not a Western ideal, but truly the bedrock of societies,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday at a dinner at the US State Department launching the alliance that will involve senior representatives of each government. The alliance’s first meeting fell on the eve of the National Prayer Breakfast, which…

Martyrdoms drop in Nigeria but soar in Burkina Faso, while China brings 16 million more Christians onto Open Doors’s 2020 World Watch List of Christian persecution. Every day, 8 Christians worldwide are killed because of their faith. Every week, 182 churches or Christian buildings are attacked. And every month, 309 Christians are imprisoned unjustly. So reports the 2020 World Watch List (WWL), the latest annual accounting from Open Doors of the top 50 countries where Christians are the most persecuted for their faith. “We cannot let this stand,” said David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, during the…

A vote in Iraq’s Parliament and a general’s draft letter suggest U.S. forces could soon leave. Neither party would benefit, say analysts, just Iran.

Despite age gaps, Pew Research uncovers a few places where the next generation is actually more devout than their parents and grandparents. Despite concerns about secularization, the world’s population may not be losing its religion quite so fast. Like in the US, young adults around the globe are generally less devout than their elders, especially in Western Europe and Latin America; however, in other regions, many countries have resisted that trend, welcoming new generations of just-as-eager Christians and Muslim believers, according to a Pew Research Center report released today. Of the 106 countries in the report, more than half (58…