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Evangelical pastor arrested in Madrid, charged with rape
Evangelical pastor arrested in Madrid, charged with rape

According to the police, the person under arrest is acused of sexually assaulting a 17 year old girl inside the church building. Neither the pastor nor the community are part of the Spanish Federation of Evangelical Entities.

 
 
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Freedoms

 
Italian evangelicals denounce lack of religious freedom
Italian evangelicals denounce lack of religious freedom

Around 200 evangelicals participated in a peaceful demonstration to denounce the closure of the Punto Luce church in Milan and demand “freedom of worship for all”.

 
 
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United Kingdom

 
Around 20,000 people visited the ‘helter skelter’ of the Norwich cathedral
Around 20,000 people visited the ‘helter skelter’ of the Norwich cathedral

The 50ft slide aimed “to give people the chance to experience the Cathedral in a new way and open up conversations about faith”. Some leaders has criticised the initiative.

 
 
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Italy

 
In Rome, evangelical leaders reflected on Catholicism
In Rome, evangelical leaders reflected on Catholicism

Participants from Europe, United States, Australia and Latin America attended the fourth edition of the Rome Scholars and Leaders Network. It  “equips evangelical leaders to understand Roman Catholic theology and practice”.

 
 
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Evangelism

 
“People are more open to talk about faith during holidays”
“People are more open to talk about faith during holidays”

Reach Mallorca organised eight days of public evangelistic events on the beach. Although some people have complaint, “we are grateful to the city and want to contribute”, says director Gernot Elsner.

 
 
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Rome

 
Italian evangelicals discussed their role in a “secularised and disoriented society”
Italian evangelicals discussed their role in a “secularised and disoriented society”

Human identity, the role of media, and the protection of family were some of the issues addressed during the annual general assembly of the Italian Evangelical Alliance.

 
 
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Spain

 
Gospel and human rights in Alicante
Gospel and human rights in Alicante

The First Baptist Church of Alicante, along with local authorities, organised the project “Young People and Human Rights”. “We thank God for the opportunity of giving testimony to the city”.

 
 
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Exhibition

 
Madrid hosts an exhibition of 1,600 Bibles
Madrid hosts an exhibition of 1,600 Bibles

“The Bible, a journey through the languages of the world” shows how “Western civilization is built upon Christianity, and its foundations are the Bible”, collector Pere Roquet says.

 
 
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Evangelism

 
‘Good news and good music’: Tens of thousands attended FestiMadrid
‘Good news and good music’: Tens of thousands attended FestiMadrid

“My desire is that millions of Spaniards go to Heaven just as I will go”, evangelist Luis Palau said in Madrid. Dozens of artists and speakers shared the gospel throughout the weekend.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Hundreds share the gospel in the streets of the Dominican Republic
Hundreds share the gospel in the streets of the Dominican Republic

More than 200 people went to houses, businesses and recreational areas in Santo Domingo, sharing the gospel through banners, messages of hope and prayer.

 
 
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Spain

 
Coffee with refugees
Coffee with refugees

A church in Lugo welcomes families of refugees from Latin America who arrive in the city.  “A space of security where the Christian community can be open and inclusive”.

 
 
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Musical

 
Live TV show told ‘The Passion’ of Christ in the Netherlands
Live TV show told ‘The Passion’ of Christ in the Netherlands

More than 12,000 people on the streets of Dordrecht and 2.3 million television viewers followed a contextualised recount of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection.

 
 
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“Terrible tragedy”

 
Paris assesses damages after huge Notre Dame fire
Paris assesses damages after huge Notre Dame fire

The spire and the roof collapsed, but firefighters said the fire is under control. “The worst has been avoided”, French President Macron says. Evangelicals express their solidarity.

 
 
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Intolerance

 
Evangelical church in France vandalised
Evangelical church  in France vandalised

Unidentified people entered an Assemblies of God church in Angouleme on Friday night. They threw paint on the walls and Bibles, and damaged musical instruments and the sound system.

 
 
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Spain

 
“We care too much about the majority, but respecting minorities is more important”
“We care too much about the majority, but respecting minorities is more important”

The President of the Spanish region of Murcia opened Idea2019, the General Assembly of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance. “If there were many evangelicals, this region would be better”.

 
 
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Italy

 
Plaque of the Martin Luther square in Rome shattered
Plaque of the Martin Luther square in Rome shattered

“We lament this act of vandalism”, says the Italian Evangelical Alliance. The square was named in 2015 and is one of the signs of religious diversity in the Italian capital.

 
 
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Spain

 
Aglow conference: The mission of bringing “His kingdom”
Aglow conference: The mission of bringing “His kingdom”

Around 750 women gathered in Spain under the motto “Our Mission: Bringing His Kingdom” .

 
 
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Justice

 
A ruling will favour the opening of evangelical churches in Madrid
A ruling will favour the opening of evangelical churches in Madrid

The regional High Court rules that it is not lawful for the Madrid City Council to ask an evangelical church to meet the requirements of recreational activities. The ruling could create a legal precedent.

 
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Germany

 
More than 8,000 march for life in Berlin
More than 8,000 march for life in Berlin

Catholics, evangelicals and members of other faiths attended the march. “Christians should stand up for those who are weakest and have no voice”. Police had to protect the event from a violent counter-demonstration.

 
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Media

 
German public television reports about the “booming” of free churches
German public television reports about the “booming” of free churches

A journalistic report of ARD-SWR concludes that evangelical churches grow because they offer “an old message” in “a new packaging”.

 
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Switzerland
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Reformation Wall in Geneva vandalised
Reformation Wall in Geneva vandalised

The monument depicting Calvin, Farel, Bèze and Knox appeared covered in paint with the rainbow colours. The city files a complaint.

 
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Business As Mission

 
Bucharest will host first European BAM Conference
Bucharest will host first European BAM Conference

“The marketplace is the perfect place to build community and to show people who Jesus is, as well as having a positive social and economic impact”, says Mark Plummer.

 
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Cinema

 
A cry for truth from Hippo
A cry for truth from Hippo

A film about the life and conversion of Agustine of Hippo was screened at the Athenaeum of Barcelona. A fully North African team and cast worked on the project for six years.

 
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Social action

 
Evangelicals in Spain open a pioneer centre for child victims of sex trafficking
Evangelicals in Spain open a pioneer centre for child victims of sex trafficking

The government supports the initiative of the Christian centre ‘Nueva Vida’ in Santander. “There is a very huge need and we have only been able to see the tip of the iceberg”.

 
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Media

 
Grace and salt, vision and teamwork: 15 years of ‘Protestante Digital’
Grace and salt, vision and teamwork: 15 years of ‘Protestante Digital’

A bookshop in Barcelona hosted the event to celebrate the trajectory of the Spanish online magazine. It was a time of reunions, emotion and fresh commitment to the vision of building bridges between evangelical churches and society.

 
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Jo Appleton

 
Creating community through the ‘World Cafe’
Creating community through the ‘World Cafe’

Twice-monthly social events are held for between 80-150  people, sometimes even more. The asylum seekers and refugees cook meals from their own countries, with occasional British cuisine.

 
 

 
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AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Testimony: Wildfires near Athens Testimony: Wildfires near Athens

Nico Spies, a Christian worker in Athens, gives details about the wildfires in Greece.

 
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Min19: Childhood, family and the church Min19: Childhood, family and the church

The first evangelical congress on childhood and family was held in Madrid. Pictures of the event, November 1-2.

 
IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’ IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’

Students, graduates and staff of the global evangelical student movement reflected together on how the books of Luke and Acts apply to today's universities.

 
Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission

Photos of the Lausanne Movement Global Workplace Forum, celebrated in Manila.

 
European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference

Images of the fifth EFN gathering. Experts, activists, counsellors and church leaders met in Pescara, Italy.

 
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How can we encourage believers to serve Jesus with us? How can we encourage believers to serve Jesus with us?

“It is not just pastors who do ministry. When the saints are doing the ministry too, the Body of Christ is build up and grows towards maturity in the faith”, says Greg Ogden, Chairman Global Discipleship Initiative.

 
Algerian Christians worship God as police arrives to close church Algerian Christians worship God as police arrives to close church

Video of the moment police officers enter a Protestant evangelical church near Tizi-Ouzou to close it. Church members do not stop singing, and peacefully resist later.

 
Porn exploits victims of human trafficking Porn exploits victims of human trafficking

The European Freedom Network launches a new anti-trafficking campaign: “You have no way of knowing if the porn you are looking at is from someone who chose to be there or not”.

 

 

 
A tent of hope for Venezuelan refugees A tent of hope for Venezuelan refugees

Thousands still cross the border to Colombia every week, and many continue on foot into the interior. Christian young people have set up an aid station along the road.

 
 
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