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Census: Christians a minority in England; non-religious grow

LONDON (AP) – Fewer than half the people in England and Wales consider themselves Christian, according to the most recent census – the first time a minority of the population has followed the country's official religion.

Ukraine enters winter at war: Russia’s ‘trying to freeze people’ to death

LVIV, Ukraine (BP) – Russian missiles that have fallen closest to Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary (UBTS) President Yaroslav “Slavik” Pyzh’s home destroyed an electrical substation in Lviv as Russia revamps its war on Ukraine.

Report: Russia has attacked at least 270 religious sites in Ukraine

NASHVILLE (BP) – Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has included increased violence against religious leaders and widespread attacks on religious sites, according to a recently issued report.

Ukrainian Baptist leader sees God-ordained role during Russian invasion

NASHVILLE (BP) – Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary (UBTS) President Yaroslav “Slavik” Pyzh and his wife Nadia don’t stay in airport hotels when traveling outside the war-torn country. Jets signal danger.

South Korea tragedy can lead to soul-searching among younger generation, missionary says

SEOUL, South Korea (BP) — The night of Oct. 30 was supposed to be one of revelry for an estimated 100,000 people descending on the trendy nightspot area of Itaewon to celebrate Halloween. It instead became a night of tragedy when a crowd surge trapped many in a small, sloping alleyway, leading to 156 deaths.

Netanyahu set to return to office in Israel after PM concedes

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday appeared set to return to the office after winning this week's national election, with the current caretaker prime minister conceding defeat.

NEWS DIGEST: Open Doors founder dies; Marilynn Blackaby dies

Open Doors founder and famed Bible smuggler ‘Brother Andrew’ dies at age 94; Marilynn Blackaby, wife of ‘Experiencing God’ author Henry Blackaby, dies at 83.

Joni and Friends helps evacuate families with special needs out of war zone

NASHVILLE (BP) – With the war in Ukraine continuing to make worldwide headlines, Joni and Friends, the ministry organization of evangelist Joni Eareckson Tada, is expanding its usual outreach to disabled persons by assisting them in evacuating the country.

HBCU leaders take vision trip to São Paulo

A group of International Mission Board missionaries and leaders from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) walked into a community in São Paulo, Brazil, that IMB missionary Aaron Stormer described as the worst neighborhood he’s ever seen. Open sewage ran under the thin flooring in each house, Aaron said, using the term “house” loosely.

England’s monarchy: Ordained ‘sovereign, defender of the faith’?

LONDON (BP) – She was called “the sovereign,” defender of the “one true Protestant religion.” She was crowned in 1953 with nearly 5 pounds of solid gold encrusted with 444 jewels, and was anointed with oils of orange, rose, cinnamon, musk and ambergris.