WorldWatch: Updates on the Global Church

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Bush Speaks Out on China Protests

China's harsh crackdown on protesters in Tibet prompted U.S. President Bush to speak out.

Religious rights groups had been asking the president to speak on behalf of China's Christians.

They called on him to visit a house church during his planned visit to China during the Olympics.

China's house church Christians are illegal because they won't register with the government.

Saudi Arabia King Calls for Religious Meeting

Saudia Arabia's king issued a call for dialogue among religions that worship one God, including Judaism.

King Abdullah's announcement was the first from a country where it's against the law for non-Muslims to practice their faith.

Abdullah said his kingdom's top religious leaders have approved the idea.

Some Christians and Jews have also responded positively to the proposal.

Gospel Festival Draws Thousands to Christ

Nearly one million people heard the message of Christ in Buenos Aires this month.

The city holds the world's broadest street, and that's where crowds gathered for a gospel festival with Argentina-born evangelist, Luis Palau.

The favorite son met with Argentina's presdient before preaching to massive crowds on two nights: 300,000 on Friday and 500,000 on Saturday.

"I believe these festivals are demonstrating that Christians are normal people that like music, sports, good food, love (and) even sex, but in it's place, which is marriage," he said. "It's the life of the spirit that is most important."

The Palau Organization said more than 16,000 people gave their lives to Christ at the festival.

Spirituality Linked to Child Happiness

New research shows spirituality is a major factor in children's overall happiness.

Spirituality accounts for about 5 percent of the happiness in adults, but researchers were surprised to find that, for children, spirituality accounted for up to 16.5 percent of their happiness.

The study's authors hope to research children in a country where Christianity is not the main religion to compare the results.

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