Week commencing 4th October 2021

Many UK sources reported on the death of Swedish artist Lars Vilks on Monday morning. Vilks famously published a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in 2007 reigniting the conflict that arose from 2006’s publication of the Prophet in Danish media. Here is the BBC’s story.

The BBC also report on the founder of a mega church in the Australia who is facing allegations of concealing child abuse. Brian Houston has been charged by police after a two year investigation.

The Guardian comment on reports that Christians in India are facing violence amid allegations of forced conversions to Christianity. These allegations are linked to political rivalry.

The BBC report on the Pope’s consultation programme on proposed changes within the Catholic Church. A two-year process to consult every Catholic parish around the world on the future direction of the Church began at the Vatican this weekend. Some Catholics hope it will lead to change on issues such as women’s ordination, married priests and same-sex relationships.

Religionnews.com reports on a US doll manufacturer that has released a set of dolls clothes for religious festivals Eid al-Fitr, Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.