Church Sunday schools could face inspection by Ofsted under proposed rules designed to eradicate the kind of extremist religious teaching exposed by the 2014 Birmingham Trojan Horse affair, according to the head of Ofsted, writes Paul Wilkinson.

Last year was the worst year for Indian Christians since India gained independence from Britain in 1947, a report released by the Catholic Secular Forum has found. Statistics found that last year there was roughly one attack per day on Christians, their institutions or leaders

Isis has destroyed the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq, newly released satellite images have found. St. Elijah’s, which was believed to have been built more than 1,400 years ago, stood on a hill on the outskirts of Mosul, in the north of the country

The Archbishop of Canterbury has indicated that the Christian denominations are in agreement over the need to sync calendars over the timing of Easter, though the Vatican said there is still a way to go before it is achieved

The Archdiocese of Chicago has forwarded to the Vatican a possible miracle attributed to the intercession of John Henry Cardinal Newman. If it is sustained by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, it would be the second miracle necessary for his canonisation

New Jersey has allowed a proposed bill to legalise assisted suicide to run out of time after lawmakers admitted that they heard "many more voices opposed to the bill" than in favour. The Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act passed the state assembly in November 2014, and supporters of the practice had been lobbying state senators to pass the bill ever since.

Around a million people are expected to attend a rally in Rome, with rthe support of the Italian bishops' conference, to defend the traditional family at the same time as the Italian legislature prepares to vote on a bill legalising civil gay unions

Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony and Vodaphone as well as Daimler and Volkswagen are among household brands failing to do basic checks to ensure that cobalt mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where child labour is rife has not been used in their products, an Amnesty report claims

The Vatican will commit to ensuring its supply chains are 'slavery-proof' following the announcement that the world’s biggest consumer goods firms and supermarket chains have decided to do the same to eliminate forced labour in their business partners

Two Catholic MPs and one Anglican will visit Calais’ 6,000-strong migrant camp on Thursday to experience the conditions of ‘the Jungle’ and work towards a political resolution to the refugee crisis

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