Christian bakers in Belfast who were fined for refusing to decorate a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan would have been forced to express a political opinion in conflict with their faith, according to Northern Ireland’s Attorney General. Ashers bakery, which is run by the McArthur family – Amy and Daniel McArthur are pictured above – was ordered to pay £500 last year when it was found to have discriminated against a customer on the grounds of his sexual orientation.

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Bishop Giorgio Bertin (above), the apostolic administrator of Mogadishu and the larger Somalia, said he fears a worsening security situation in the country, following reports that Islamic State (IS) has gained ground there. Last month, a pro-IS group calling itself Jahba East Africa claimed an attack in the capital Mogadishu.

Pope Francis has said he will establish a Vatican commission to look at whether women can be ordained as deacons. Speaking today to a group of female religious, the Pope said a commission would be useful in order to clarify the role of women deacons in the early Church...

Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith leaders sent a letter to the Prime Minister this week highlighting their “moral outrage” about illicit business practices in developing countries ahead of London’s anti-corruption summit on Thursday...

The director of Last Days in the Desert - the new film about Jesus' life - shares his thoughts on depicting evil...

The world's third most Catholic country has made history this week by electing its first transgender politician to the House of Representatives...

The McArthur family were in court again today to defend their rights to freedom of expression seeking to overturn the judgment that they discriminated against a customer for refusing to make a cake bearing a pro-same-sex marriage slogan...

An advertising campaign by the Muslim development agency Islamic Relief featuring the Arabic phrase 'Subhan Allah' (‘Glory be to God’) will appear on buses across the UK...

The Chinese bishop who spent six years in labour camps on account of his faith and worked for over 20 years without government recognition to avoid having to join a state-approved organisation, has died aged 90...


The Catholic Church in the Philippines has reiterated the importance of being involved in politics as Rodrigo Duterte is set to win the election...


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