‘Church ministers must marry same-sex couples’, says Swedish PM

Ministers in Sweden’s state church cannot “refuse to marry same-sex couples”, the country’s Prime Minister has said. Stefan Löfven announced that church leaders should be required to marry same-sex couples – even if they disagree with homosexual marriage. The Church of Sweden currently allows its ministers to opt out of weddings, baptisms, and funerals for […]

Trainee Catholic priests are ‘hooking up using gay dating app Grindr at Ireland’s top seminary’

Trainee Catholic priests have been meeting up using the gay dating app Grindr at Ireland’s top seminary, it has been claimed. Dublin’s archbishop Dr Diarmuid Martin said he was ‘somewhat unhappy’ about rumours that students at St Patrick’s College in Maynooth were using the app, which he claimed ‘fostered promiscuous sexuality’. The church leader will boycott […]

Sarah Mbuyi

Council of Europe: Discrimination against Christians ‘ignored’ across continent

Discrimination against Christians is being “ignored” by governments and courts, MPs from across Europe have warned in the wake of a string of cases involving the rights of British workers to wear crosses or discuss their beliefs. The parliamentary arm of the Council of Europe has issued a formal declaration urging states to recognise the […]

Not just Jews: Christians under increasing attack in Europe

Not just Jews: Christians under increasing attack in Europe

Christian churches are under increasing assault all over Europe, reports the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians, a Vienna-based group charged with monitoring such attacks. They report that Christian churches have been increasingly vandalized in Switzerland, Christian graves desecrated in France, and churches graffitied in Italy. Much of the vandalism comes at the hands of those opposing […]

Rt Rev John Chalmers

Moderator urges all faiths to learn lessons of Bosnian massacre at Srebrenica

Today the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev John Chalmers will address the first Memorial Event held in Scotland for the 8,000 men and boys killed in the Srebrenica genocide of 1995. The event at Bute House, Edinburgh, hosted by External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf MSP will also include addresses by two […]

Fr Tom Kilbride

Glasgow priest named rector of re-opened Scots College in Salamanca, Spain

In a dual announcement the Bishops of Scotland have nominated a new Rector for the Royal Scots College, Salamanca, and have asked him to do the preparatory work for the re-opening of the College as a Seminary. As a Royal foundation it is the King of Spain who will appoint the new Rector, with the […]

David Fieldsend

EU representation expert to join new Bishop’s team

David Fieldsend is to join the Anglican Diocese of Europe’s office in Brussels as part of the brief to strengthen links with the European institutions. He will have responsibility for tracking and influencing EU legislation on the Church’s behalf. David brings some twenty years’ experience of representing British organisations to the EU, starting with Cornwall […]

Pastor Jorge Ruiz

Psalm-singing Spanish pastor’s visit to Scotland

Pastor Jorge Ruiz, from Spain, is a minister of the Christian Presbyterian Church, writes Rev William B Scott. His congregation is in two parts, one part in Bilbao on the North Coast, and one part in Miranda de Ebro, some two hours drive inland. He is on a Trinitarian Bible Society committee with other language […]

Lesley and Doug McRoberts

Migration from Africa to Malta: focus should be on people caught in the middle, says Scots Church minister

A Church of Scotland minister based in Malta has insisted that the focus for churches in the current migration controversy should not be on politics, but the people caught in the middle. Reverend Doug McRoberts, minister at St. Andrew’s Scots Church in Malta, leads the “Out of Africa…into Malta” mission project which helps African refugees […]

Cameron MacIver

Help wanted for Slovak Bible camp

Last a year a small team from Govanhill Free Church in Glasgow partnered with a church in Slovakia to run a holiday Bible camp for kids aged 6-11 years old. The town of Spisska Nova Ves is in Eastern Slovakia and lies below the spectacular High Tatras mountains. The Spisska church are planning another camp […]

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