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‘For the sake of the gospel’

International | Hundreds of Chinese Christian leaders take a stand against government crackdown
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/14/18, 05:20 pm

CHINA: At least 279 Christian leaders across China have issued a statement decrying the government’s crackdown on Christians, calling it “an abuse of government power” that has led to conflict. “For the sake of the gospel, we are prepared to bear all losses—even the loss of our freedom and our lives,” they said. Read it all here.

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Pope accepts bishop’s resignation, meets with U.S. delegation

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 9/13/18, 12:04 pm

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of West Virginia Bishop Michael Bransfield amid accusations the bishop sexually harassed adults, Vatican officials said Thursday morning. Francis also authorized the diocese’s new temporary administrator, Baltimore Bishop William Lori, to conduct an investigation into the accusations. Lori set up a hotline for potential victims to call and said he would conduct a thorough investigation. Bransfield has denied the accusations.

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Private donations outpace government flood relief in India

International | Indian government refuses foreign assistance, including ministry efforts
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/29/18, 01:44 pm

INDIA: Private donors are stepping up more than the state to provide relief from the worst flooding in a century in Kerala state. Thus far, local and expat Indians—using online and GoFundMe campaigns—have donated $103 million versus the central government’s $85 million (with an estimated $3 billion in damage).

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