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Hong Kong Human Trafficking

More than 45 Million People Trapped in Modern Slavery, New Study Finds

World

Over 45 million people are living in some form of modern slavery, according to a new report. READ MORE

Gender Gap in Church Attendance Narrowing in U.S. With Less Women Attending Church, According to Pew Study

US

The gender gap in attendance at religious services has been narrowing as the rate of the number of women attending church declines faster than the number of men, according to a new study. READ MORE

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

South Carolina Gov. Signs Bill Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks

US

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill into law on Wednesday that makes abortions illegal at 20 weeks beyond fertilization. READ MORE

John Bel Edwards

Louisiana Gov. Signs Bill Requiring 72-Hour Wait Period Before Abortion

US

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill into law on Thursday that would require women to wait 72 hours before they can get an abortion. READ MORE

First special envoy of religious freedom in the European Union, Ján Figel'

EU Appoints First Special Envoy For Religious Freedom

World

Former First Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia Jan Figel’ was appointed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as the first Special Envoy “for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the European Union” as of May 6, according to a press release. READ MORE

Gene Yang

Authentic Christ is Found in the Tension Between Cultures, Says Graphic Novelist Gene Yang

Ministries

On Saturday, May 21, the Asian American Initiative at Fuller Theological Seminary hosted a conference exploring “the intersections between gospel, pop culture, and Asian American identity” where graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang shared his own experiences of exploring his Asian-American identity in light of the gospel.READ MORE

United Methodist Church

United Methodist Church Postpones Decision on Sexuality Issues

US

The United Methodist Church voted on Wednesday to allow the Council of Bishops to appoint a commission to study the issue of whether to allow ordination of LGBT clergy or same-sex marriage. READ MORE

Michelle Obama Holds Up Sign For Chibok Girls

Chibok Schoolgirl Found in Nigeria After Two Years of Captivity

World

One of the missing Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria were found, the first of over 200 who were captured by the Boko Haram extremist group two years ago. READ MORE

Sudan Releases One of Two Pastors Arrested and Imprisoned in December

World

On May 10, Sudan released one of two church leaders who had been arrested and jailed in December. READ MORE

Little Sisters of the Poor

Supreme Court Sends Little Sisters of the Poor Case Back to Lower Courts

US

The Supreme Court sent the Little Sisters of the Poor case regarding to what extent religiously affiliated employers must be involved in providing contraceptive coverage back to the federal appeals courts. READ MORE

U.S. Suicide Rate on the Rise, According to CDC Study

US

The number of suicides in the US is at an all-time high in nearly three decades, according to a new report released on Friday by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). READ MORE

Smiling people

Highly Religious Americans Are Happier, New Pew Research Study Finds

US

A new Pew Research Center study finds that people who are highly religious are more happier with their lives. READ MORE

Phil Bryant

Mississippi Faces Backlash from Other States, Businesses for Religious Freedom Bill

US

Several states and cities have prohibited state-funded, nonessential travel to Mississippi in response to the state’s passage of a law that offers legal protection to individuals and institutions to decline services to LGBT people based on religious conviction. READ MORE

Federal Judge Strikes Down Mississippi Same-Sex Adoption Ban

US

A federal judge in Mississippi struck down a law that banned adoption by same-sex couples, issuing a preliminary injunction on Thursday according to a court order. READ MORE

Supreme Court

Supreme Court Issues Order for Briefs in Contraceptive Mandate Case

US

The Supreme Court is looking for ways to allow religious non-profit organizations to avoid involvement in offering insurance coverage for contraceptives while seeing to it that employers get the coverage. READ MORE

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