- Pope Francis warned against religious fanaticism on Saturday, wrapping up a brief trip to Cairo where he urged Muslim leaders to unite against violence by Islamic militants threatening to rid the Middle East of its ancient Christian communities.
- The consecration of a gay bishop violated church law, according to a decision by the top court of The United Methodist Church.
- (BBC News) -- There's a glint of pride in Abu Jaafar's eyes as he explains what he does for a living. He used to work as a security guard in a pub but then he met a group which trades in organs. His job is to find people desperate enough to give up parts of their body for money, and the influx of refugees from Syria to Lebanon has created many opportunities. "I...
- President Donald Trump complained that US ally Saudi Arabia was not treating the United States fairly and Washington was losing a 'tremendous amount of money' defending the kingdom.
- Britain must understand that it won't have advantages over its 27 peers in the European Union once negotiations over its exit from the bloc are concluded.
- Two US special operations forces soldiers killed in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday may have been struck by friendly fire.
- Arkansas, which had not held an execution in 12 years, concluded its executions series by putting to death Kenneth Williams on Thursday night.
- North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday shortly after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes could lead to 'catastrophic consequences'.
- Call for commission to reconsider celibacy as condition of priesthood as number of priests in England and Wales plummetsCatholic bishops in England and Wales are facing a fresh call for a national commission on the ordination of married men amid mounting concern that the church’s celibacy requirement is contributing to a shortage of priests.The call for a review of celibacy as a condition of priesthood comes after Pope Francis signalled last month he was open to the possibility of ordainin
- PASADENA, Calif. -- A new video released this week by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) captures a Planned Parenthood abortionist, known for her "I want a Lamborghini" jesting in a previous recording discussing payment for baby body parts, now telling a prospective buyer that "$50 is on the low end." The footage features Mary Gatter, the president of Planned...
- Francis's trip, aimed at improving Christian-Muslim ties, comes just three weeks after Islamic State suicide bombers killed at least 45 people in two Egyptian churches.
Assistant Principal Put on Leave After Attack on Free Speech of Teens With Abortion Abolition MessageDOWNINGTOWN, Pa. (NBC 10) -- An assistant principal at Downingtown STEM Academy in Chester County has been placed on administrative leave after a video surfaced of him yelling at pro-life teenagers last Friday. The video, posted on YouTube by one of the teens, showed a heated verbal exchange between Dr. Zach Ruffs and a 16-year-old protesting the “holocaust of...
- MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- An Alabama Supreme Court justice who denounced the suspension of Chief Justice Roy Moore has announced his candidacy for Moore's previous seat on the bench. “For twelve years I’ve been honored to serve as a strong, conservative voice on the Alabama Supreme Court. Today, I’m announcing my campaign for chief justice of Alabama in the 2018...
- A pastor in Tajikistan has been arrested on charges of 'extremism' for having a book by a well-known US Christian author.
- The Patriarch was speaking at the Al-Azhar International Peace Conference in Cairo, the same conference that will be addressed by Pope Francis on his two-day visit to Egypt.
- An aspiring Scots athlete whose career was ruined after she was taken advantage of by her coach has called for the abuse of trust law to be widened.
Keep on reading: Former athlete warns: 'Abuse of trust law must change'
- Donald Trump is approaching the 100 day marker which has been used to judge presidents' effectiveness for generations.
- Pope Francis arrived in Cairo on Friday hoping to mend ties with Muslim leaders just as Egypt's ancient Christian community faces unprecedented pressure from Islamic State militants who have threatened to wipe it out.
- Franklin Graham has hit back at a legislative bill that pledges to ban 'conversion therapy', the controversial practice whereby one can change their sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual.
- Gender identity can change on a daily basis and people who disagree are committing “violence” against trans people, an LGBT university group has said.
Keep on reading: Harvard-sponsored group claims gender can change on a daily basis
- Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church has made frequent appearance in the news of late, but who are Coptic Christians?
- Hundreds of Christians and victims of persecution from around the world will meet next month in Washington for a World Summit in defence of persecuted Christians being organised by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
- A Russian state prosecutor asked a court to jail a blogger who played Pokemon Go inside a church for three-and-a-half years on Friday, saying he was guilty of inciting religious hatred.
- At the World Conference on Peace he is attending at al-Azhar univerisity in Cairo, the Pope will be among friends. And as someone who has shown himself unafraid to speak out on difficult issues close to his heart, he will certainly raise the issue of escalating religious persecution of Christians.
- (Christian Institute) -- A 117-year-old Jamaican woman recently named the oldest person in the world has given God the glory for her long life. Violet Mosse-Brown inherited the title after Italian woman Emma Morano died at 117 years and 137 days on 15 April. The great, great grandmother, who is affectionately known as ‘Aunt V’, was baptised over a century...
- Here are three reasons we should be fighting to keep cathedrals open and thriving.
- Speculation has spread on social media that Marvel's next Avengers movie is being secretly filmed at England's historic Durham Cathedral.
- In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the villain is a million-year-old deity who created himself and the world around him. Martin Saunders gives it four stars ****
- In John's account of his long address to his disciples before his betrayal and crucifixion, Jesus describes himself as the 'true vine'.
- After losing her faith, a former evangelical Christian felt adrift in the world. She then found solace in a radical technological philosophy – but its promises of immortality and spiritual transcendence soon seemed unsettlingly familiar • Read the text version here Continue reading...
- After the huge success of the Pope's TED talk, here are five more to inspire you.
- The president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has issued a lengthy apology after a photograph of senior staff dubbed 'racist' by critics was posted online.
- Officials at Guildford Cathedral are insisting the beleagured building will remain open in spite of crippling financial difficulties.
- Pope Francis' TED Talk has some important lessons for politicians on the dangers of power
- Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex has officially opened a new headquarters for Scripture Union, a Christian children's charity seeking new ways to reach out to the young and unchurched.
- The forgiveness shown by a Coptic Christian woman to her husband's killers has rendered an Egyptian TV host speechless.
- US President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programmes, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute.
- FORT WORTH, Texas -- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) has issued a public apology over a photo featuring five seminary staffers posing as gangster rappers after the image stirred controversy on social media. The men in the photo, all being from the seminary's School of Preaching, had posed as a parting gift for Assistant Professor Vern...
- The British public backs the right of politicians to say that “gay sex is a sin”, a new survey has found.
Keep on reading: Brits back the right of MPs to say 'gay sex is a sin'
- Dr Peter Boylan condemns plan to transfer ownership to Sisters of Charity, which ran some of Ireland’s notorious ‘Magdalene laundries’ One of Ireland’s most respected obstetricians has resigned from the board of a maternity hospital over plans to transfer its ownership to a religious order that ran institutions where women were enslaved and children abused for decades.
Secular campaigners have been leading the opposition to the government’s plan – which emerge
- Dr Peter Boylan condemns plan to transfer ownership to Sisters of Charity, which ran notorious ‘Magdalene laundries’ One of Ireland’s most respected obstetricians has resigned from the board of a maternity hospital over plans to transfer its ownership to a religious order that ran institutions where women were enslaved and children abused for decades.
Secular campaigners have been leading the opposition to the government’s plan – which emerged earlier this month &nd
- Christians often implore each other to 'pray for our leaders', but what is good leadership? The Bible doesn't feature democracies or political elections, but it has plenty of leaders: pharoahs, kings and emperors to name a few. Scripture has much wisdom and warning for such figures. Here are 11 Bible verses about leadership.
- Christians around the world respond to persecution with largely non-violent 'survival strategies' that require a lot of 'creativity, determination and courage,' according to a new report.
- A 117-year-old Jamaican woman recently named the oldest person in the world has given God the glory for her long life.
Keep on reading: World’s oldest woman: 'God has given me the gift of long life'
- Despite the vast numbers of people teetering on the brink of starvation, Yemen has barely made an impression on electoral politics in the UK or US. British Aid agencies are fighting to get attention for the crisis, though. Christian NGO Tearfund has described Yemen as the 'world's worst humanitarian crisis'.
- GRAPEVINE, Texas -- Federal investigators raided the Texas office of prosperity preacher Benny Hinn after obtaining a warrant on Wednesday. U.S. Postal Service inspectors and IRS criminal investigators were seen carrying boxes out of the Grapevine facility throughout the day. "It looked like a big raid: people everywhere, police people everywhere out there, and...
- A lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church asserted her calling to the ministry after a council hearing to determined whether her election last summer was valid.
US megachurch restores Southern Baptist commitment after it suspended financial support following Russell Moore's Trump attacksA US megachurch which said it would cease its $1m contributions to the Southern Baptist Convention after criticism of Donald Trump by Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore, has said it will now restore its financial support.
- Foreign-owned, unoccupied apartments are turning my part of London into a ghost town. And our politicians seem powerless to actFew words get more bandied about at election time than the word “community”. It used to refer to the social togetherness contained within a particular geographical area. Its key stations were the pub, the church, and the shops. In the general hubbub of such places, a magical chemistry of mutual attachment would soften the hard shells of our defensive individu
Community is an empty word if my parishioners increasingly live in China | Giles Fraser: Loose canonForeign-owned, unoccupied apartments are turning my part of London into a ghost town. And our politicians seem powerless to actFew words get more bandied about at election time than the word “community”. It used to refer to the social togetherness contained within a particular geographical area. Its key stations were the pub, the church, and the shops. In the general hubbub of such places, a magical chemistry of mutual attachment would soften the hard shells of our defensive individu
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