American Idol star talks abstinence; Indian man attacked for evangelism; Nepal has growing Christian community

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Newly married musician, wife, talk about saving sex for marriage

Sex is always a hot-button issue – even more so, unfortunately, when a couple announces they are saving themselves for marriage. So, when American Idol contestant-turned-Christian singer Colton Dixon and his wife Annie told others they had waited until their wedding night, many had – and shared – opinions.

Dixon was very open in the short piece, telling People Magazine:

“I believe sex was designed for marriage.”

He added that waiting for his wedding night was more meaningful.

Christian persecution in the Middle East sets the table for mending church rifts

Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, will meet in Cuba next week and discuss the mass persecution of both Catholic and Orthodox Christians across the Middle East and Africa.

The churches split in 1054 but the two leaders will come together Feb. 12 at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana.

Nepal is home to growing Christian population

According to the World Christian Database, the Hindu-stronghold country of Nepal has a large – and quickly growing – Christian population, and it’s grabbed the attention of media worldwide.

The people of Nepal have slowly moved towards Christianity in the last 64 years, from having zero recorded Christians to over 375,000 in 2011, a growth of some 38 percent.

Canadian Christian music group wins fight to perform in Toronto public area

A 4-month disagreement between Voices of Nation and a Toronto city-sponsored group has ended in religious victory for the Christian music group and its outdoor festival. The group was originally denied a permit in October to hold its Christian festival for the 10th consecutive year because of proselytizing, said the manager of Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square.

After a lawyer for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, a Calgary legal defense group, started taking legal action, the two groups met for negotiations and announced reversal of the decision Friday, Feb. 5.

Christian man in Indian publicly shamed for suspicion of converting Hindus

In India, an extremist mob paraded a man, suspected of converting Hindus, around in public, shaving his head and forcing him to ride a donkey while being mocked.

Bajrang Dal is a Hindu extremist group accused of kidnapping the 35-year-old man in Uttar Pradesh’s Jalaun District. Police were able to save the man before worse happened.

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