Orthodox Church leader jets into Zambia

Pope Beatitude Theodoros II of the Orthodox Church has commended President Rupiah Banda and his administration for putting in place prudent economic measures aimed at addressing the problems the country was faced with. Pope Beatitude Theodoros II expressed satisfaction with the leadership of President Banda and pledged that the Orthodox community will closely work with the Zambian government in ensuring that economic development was attained in the country.

More than 160,000 People Hear the Gospel During Historic Festival in Honduras

A 6 day, region-wide evangelistic campaign that included more than 300 participating churches, and involved food and clothing distribution, spiritual leadership training, business conferences, and much more. It came to a joyous end as more than 110,000 people came together on the grounds of Esadio Olipico for Fiesta Catracha with Mike Silva. The two-day attendance for the festival was more than 160,000.

Restriction of religious teaching in public schools in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

An independent United Nations human rights expert expressed disbelief today at the backlash targeted against a recent court decision to restrict religious teaching in public schools in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Wrapping up a five-day visit to the country, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Asma Jahangir, issued a statement noting that the Constitution "provides that religious communities and groups are separate from the State and equal before the law.

Meeting of the Israel-Vatican Bilateral Commission held in Jerusalem

The Bilateral Permanent Working Commission between the State of Israel and the Holy See has held a Plenary meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel today, Thursday, 30 April 2009, for the purpose of advancing the negotiations pursuant to Article 10 §2 of the Fundamental Agreement between the Holy See and the State of Israel (30 Dec.1993).

The Delegation of the State of Israel was led by Mr. Daniel Ayalon, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and was composed, in addition, of the following Members:

UN conference in Geneva recognized the problem of Christianophobia

Participants in the Geneva UN conference against racism and xenophobia condemned discrimination of Christians. The Forum's final document voiced concerns with "incidents of racial or religious intolerance and violence, including Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, Christianophobia and anti-Arabism," the Moscow Patriarchate official web site has reported. The Russian Church has recently urged the participants in the conference to introduce an idea of Christianophobia into international laws.

Dialogue of Civilizations Forum to discuss problems of Europe in Prague monastery

The International Conference Dialogue in Prague: Europe in the 21st Century is to be held on May 13-15 in the Břevnov cloister, Prague. The participants in the conference will focus on such subjects as the world economic crisis and potential influence of the state on contemporary development, international cooperation and interreligious dialogue in the changing model of social development in Europe, the World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations, which convenes the conference, told Interfax.