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Catholic Church facing shortage of nuns

source:   April 2, 2008 The Catholic Church in India is facing an increasing shortage of aspirants to convent life, with girls preferring more worldly professions, church authorities feel. "Consumer culture seems to have overtaken the young girls who are no longer challenged by the call of ascetic life," says Father Paul Thelekat, Church spokesperson. […]

Many U.S. Catholics, Protestants leave their churches

source: Chicago Tribune, February 26, 2008 By Margaret Ramirez TRIBUNE REPORTER February 26, 2008 Many Roman Catholics and Protestants in America are leaving the churches of their childhood and either embracing other faiths or claiming no religion at all, according to an extensive national survey released Monday.    

Christianity finds a fulcrum in Asia

source:  Asia Times, August 7, 2007 By Spengler Ten thousand Chinese become Christians each day, according to a stunning report by the National Catholic Reporter's veteran correspondent John Allen, and 200 million Chinese may comprise the world's largest concentration of Christians by mid-century, and the largest missionary force in history. [1] If you read a […]

Pentecostals buckle up Africa’s Bible belt

source: Jamaica Gleaner, June 30, 2007 As the miracle-healer descended from the sky in an immaculate white helicopter, his disciples cheered with joy: "Hallelujah! Praise Jesus."  

Estonians desert Church but pay to ‘commune’ with angels

source: Yahoo News, May 12, 2007 by Anneli Reigas Sat May 12, 12:51 PM ET TALLINN (AFP) – While church attendance has sharply declined in Estonia in the last century, belief in things mystic and spiritual has gained ground in the small Baltic state — including paid sessions to talk to one's personal angel.  

Spain: Catholic Church fights legal battle to stop mass exodus

source: The Rationalist International Bulletin, # 164, 24 February 2007 Thousands of Spaniards wish to quit the Roman Catholic Church. But the church does not want to let them go. In Madrid and Valencia, the bishops have gone to court to fight a legal battle against the mass exodus.

Christian church withering

source: The Press, April 20, 2007 Islam and fundamentalist Christianity are growing fast in New Zealand, new census data shows, raising the prospect of social tensions similar to those seen overseas.

Christians seek guidelines for missionary work

source: SignonSanDiego, January 18, 2007 PARIS – Christians are told to make disciples of all nations, but some missionaries have done this so aggressively in recent years that churches now want a code of conduct to spread their faith without antagonising any others. A missionary boom in developing countries, often by United States evangelical and […]

Evangelical Christianity shifting outside West

Evangelical Christianity, born in England and nurtured in the United States, is leaving home.

Christians bracing Hinduism in UP

A large number of Christians, who were Hindus earlier, have been reconverting their religion to brace Hinduism in Uttar Pradesh.  The reconverts said they had left the Hindu fold because of the false promises made by Christian missionaries.

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