An Australian church has been forced to remove the word "Jesus" from its Easter signs because it has been causing offence. Elim Church in New South Wales paid for digital signs to be displayed at Erina Fair shopping centre before a complaint about the wording was made. Pastor Martin Duffy told 2GB radio that shopping centre manager Lendlease objected to the signs and forced them to be changed to read "Risen Christ" instead of "Jesus". "The phrase 'Jesus is alive' the core message of the Christian faith and what Easter's really all about," he said. "It's a good message. I think there's a minority group out there that are constantly distorting the message of Jesus Christ. It's just going on and on." The sign was placed as an advertisement for an upcoming free community event.

Church of England schools will promote biblical marriage within Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) lessons, its Chief Education Officer has said. Revd Nigel Genders’ comments came in a blog post explaining the CofE’s response to the Government’s recent RSE consultation. The consultation, which closed last month, asked for views on how RSE lessons could be improved. Genders said: “Healthy relationships and sex are good gifts from God and should bring joy”, before explaining that “the Christian understanding of marriage” is the context for sexual relationships. He said that in Church of England schools, RSE “will be rooted in the teachings of the Church”. He added that abstinence and celibacy should also be taught as “positive life choices”. The Church’s consultation response also says that while biblical marriage is “the perfect context” for a sexual relationship, pupils should also be taught about different kinds of sexual relationships, and that different views on sex must be respected.

A Chinese religious freedom activist has said persecution in the country has never been worse, but instead of supressing the sharing of the Gospel, it's actually helped it. The founder of the Christian human rights charity China Aid, Bob Fu, told Premier over 223,000 Christians were persecuted last year, which is four times more than the previous year. China Aid's documented Christian human rights violations also doubled last year and the number of people detained reached 3,700.

The Government has dropped plans to require public office holders to swear an oath to equality. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid MP ignored calls from former Government Integration Tsar Dame Louise Casey for all public office holders to swear an oath of allegiance to poorly defined ‘British values’. Casey made the recommendation in her integration review in late 2016, but the Government’s response in the Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper includes no such plans.

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot held a situational assessment Saturday morning with senior military officials at the scene of a car-ramming attack in the northern West Bank that left two soldiers dead and injured two others. Hours after the Friday afternoon attack, security forces raided the village of Barta’a near Jenin where the 26-year-old attacker Ala Qabha was from, arresting his brother, uncle along with several other Palestinians suspected of involvement in the car-ramming.


A sexist and misogynist culture in the Anglican Church may have contributed to failings in tackling child sex abuse, the former Archbishop of Canterbury told an inquiry. Lord Rowan Williams, who held the post from 2002 to 2012, said the Church still has a "mindset", but not a "dominant ethos", of being a "close-knit male body of clergy protective of their dignity and authority". He made the comments while giving evidence in London on Wednesday afternoon to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.