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“In 20 or 30 years’ time, mainstream churches will be smaller, but the few people left will be highly committed”, says British social of religion professor Stephen Bullivant.
Elias (Elijah) and Maria are number one in Germany. Noah and Lukas (Luke) are the most popular in Switzerland and Austria.
Kurz, 31, led the conservative People's Party (ÖVP) to get 31,6% of the vote, and he is expected to form a government with the far-right FPÖ.
The vote will show the real power of pro-European forces and far-right populists. “Pray for our politicians to speak truth, to act honestly”.
Only 17% of the 160,000 people that the EU pledged to take in have been relocated. Intermon Oxfam has denounced Spain for not fulfilling its quota.
The canton of Zurich calls its cities to prohibit the Salafist campaign “Read!” because it makes an apology of radical Islamism.
The Turkish President continues inflammatory rhetoric against EU leaders. April referendum could expand his powers.
The government faces pressure from far-right populists. In a country with 7% of Muslims, evangelical churches differ on what the role of Islam should be.
“Unique” was the theme of this year’s Week of Prayer in Europe. A summary of the highlights in Italy, Austria, Spain, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.
The Freedom Party’s candidate, Norbert Hofer, lost for more than 300,000 votes.
“Too often we hide behind our Christian heritage which is somehow only a kind of folk and nominal version of real Christianity”, says Frank Hinkelmann. Evangelicals should not let fear towards foreigners stop their mission.
At least 10,000 Christians celebrated faith in Jesus. Believers marched thourgh central streets of Vienna.
In France, some football players not only fight to lift the tournament trophy for their national teams but also bear testimony of their faith in Jesus.
An article by The Guardian documents new conversions. “Jesus Christ said ‘those who use the sword will die by the sword’. This really changed my mind”, a refugee tells the British newspaper.
Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer has conceded defeat in the Austria's presidential election. He had led over former Green Alexander van der Bellen by a wider margin, before the counting of absentee ballots.
Rising anti-migrant sentiment helps the far-right candidate win the first round of Presidential election, and eliminates both Social Democrats and Conservatives. In Serbia, pro-EU Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic repeats victory.
First integration law in German history will facilitate refugees to live and work in the country, if they learn about language and culture.
Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said the fence will be meant to ensure controlled, orderly entry into Austria, not to keep migrants out altogether.
France will double the funds for Islamic studies in their Universities. UK invests money in areas with big Muslim communities.
Parliament approved initiative to stop radicalisation of Muslim leaders in the country. Imams will also be asked to speak German.
A controversial Saudi-financed centre for interfaith dialogue is being threatened with closure because of Saudi Arabia’s dismal human rights record.