Baptist News Global: Author, theologian and activist Brian McLaren talks about his work and the ways he sees that the church must be transformed.
The New York Times: The Chinese police have detained one of the country's most prominent Protestant pastors and more than 100 members of his congregation, the latest sign of a growing crackdown against what the government perceives as illegal or foreign-influenced religious activity.
The (London) Guardian: Italian priests have declared their willingness to "open the church doors of every single parish" to people expelled from reception centers as an anti-immigration law from Italy's rightwing government threatens to make thousands homeless.
America: On Christmas Eve 1818, in the church of St. Nicholas in Oberndorf near Salzburg, "Stille Nacht" ("Silent Night") was sung for the first time.
The New York Times: When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn't really matter to Christians, says Margaret Renkl.