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Tolerance is the buzz word ricocheting around politically correct circles over the past few years. What that really means is that all political, philosophical and theologically correct viewpoints must be tolerated, and any other viewpoints must be mercilessly squelched. The bottom line of this whole rhetoric is that the Christian viewpoint is hateful and must be silenced.

 
 

 

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'Please stop!', Pope Francis makes plea for peace

 
‎27 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎01:13:58 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis made an emotional plea for peace on Sunday in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square. As the Argentinian-born pontiff wrapped up his regular address to the faithful, he spoke of the upcoming centenary of the outbreak of World War One and said his thoughts were on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine in particular.
 

Pope: World War I should teach us: No more war

 
‎27 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎12:54:17 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I with an impassioned plea for people to "not repeat the mistakes of the past," urging them to embrace dialogue to overcome conflicts.
 

Pope Francis renews attack on mafia in region scarred by toxic waste

 
‎26 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:12:23 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis leads a mass at the palace of Caserta in southern ItalyBy James Mackenzie ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis called for nature to be protected from criminal abuse on Saturday during a visit in the southern Italian town of Caserta, near Naples, in a region long blighted by illegal toxic waste dumps and the pervasive grip of the Camorra mafia. During a televised open air mass before around 200,000 people, Francis said that the love of God meant respecting life, the environment and nature. "I know that you suffer for these things," he said in an impromptu remarks during his homily in front of the Reggia di Caserta, the former palace of the old Bourbon kings of Naples. "It is particularly important in this beautiful region of yours which requires being protected and conserved, it requires us to have the courage to say no to any form of corruption and illegality," he said to applause from the crowd.
 
 

Pope Francis Dines in the Vatican Cafeteria, Denounces the Mafia in Naples

 
‎26 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎08:44:00 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis Dines in the Vatican Cafeteria, Denounces the Mafia in NaplesPope Francis dropped in on lunch at the Vatican cafeteria on Friday "like a thunderbolt out of the blue," according the restaurant's chef. On Saturday, Pope Francis went on the road to Caserta, described by the AP as "main town in the turf of the Casalesi crime clan of the Naples-area Camorra syndicate." According to the report, the pope had come to speak out against the mob in the wake of the syndicate's illegal poisoning of farmland, which was said to have been done using trafficked waste.  As we noted earlier, Pope Francis has taken an exceptionally aggressive posture against the mafia in Italy.
 
 

India's Modi under fire for silence over religious incidents

 
‎26 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:50:54 PMGo to full article
India's PM Modi comes out of a meeting room to receive his Bhutanese counterpart Tobgay before the start of their bilateral meeting in New DelhiBy Sruthi Gottipati NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing criticism for remaining silent about incidents deemed anti-Muslim in the past week, underscoring fears that his Hindu nationalist followers will upset religious relations in the multi-faith nation. Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party swept to power in May after an election campaign that mainly focused on promises to revive the economy but that also made reference to India's majority Hindu identity. Separately, a BJP politician questioned the national identity of an Indian Muslim tennis star, while an ally of the prime minister said India could become a Hindu nation under Modi. "The prime minister needs to come out strongly against such comments in order to reassure the minorities that their apprehensions about the intent of his regime are misplaced ... Silence on his part will only encourage such elements," The Times of India said in an editorial.
 
 

Pope goes to stronghold of Naples-area mobsters

 
‎26 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:45:11 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis arrives to celebrate a mass in Caserta, Italy, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Pope Francis will remain in Caserta for a few hours, but will be back here for a private visit on Monday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)CASERTA, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis has traveled to a southern Italian stronghold of a clan of mobsters who poisoned local farmlands by dumping illicitly trafficked toxic waste.
 
 

Powerful Philippine Christian church celebrates 100 years

 
‎26 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:47:45 AMGo to full article
The world's largest indoor stadium erected by a politically-influential religious sect Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ), in Bocaue town, north of Manila, July 21, 2014A Philippine Christian church renowned for its discipline, money and political power will mark its 100th anniversary on Sunday with more than one million followers expected to join the celebrations. The Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) members will congregate at a giant complex especially built for the occasion near Manila, in an event that will showcase the religion's stunning success at home and abroad. "The pace of the spread of Iglesia... has exploded," church spokesman Edwil Zabala told AFP during a tour of the "City of Victory" complex, which includes a 55,000-seat indoor stadium, to promote the centenary. The Roman Catholic Church has for centuries been the dominant religious force in the Philippines, a former Spanish colony.
 
 

Hopes grow for Pope Francis visit to US in 2015

 
‎25 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:03:18 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis waves from the window of his study overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican before leading his Sunday Angelus prayer on July 13, 2014Hopes grew Friday that Pope Francis will pay his first-ever papal visit to the United States in 2015 after a senior cleric said he'd be attending a major Catholic event in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, speaking to Native American Catholics in North Dakota, said the 77-year-old pontiff had personally confirmed to him that he would attend the eighth World Meeting of Families. "Pope Francis had told me he is coming" to the gathering that is scheduled for September 22-27 next year, he said, quoted by the Catholic News Service. In Washington, a spokeswoman for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops told AFP: "The Vatican has not confirmed that."
 
 

Vatican sends emergency aid to persecuted Christians in Iraq

 
‎25 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎08:20:38 PMGo to full article
Iraqi Christians leave Saint-Joseph church after a mass on July 20, 2014 in ArbilThe Vatican has given $40,000 (30,000 euros) in emergency aid to Christians in Iraq displaced by a jihadist onslaught, religious news agency imedia said Friday. Most of the money will go to help those from the northern city of Mosul, where Islamic State insurgents last week ordered the hundreds of Christian families to convert to Islam, pay tribute, or leave the city, prompting thousands to flee. Christians and other minorities who failed to comply were threatened with execution, while the property of those who left the city was forfeited to the Islamic State. The Islamic State, which last month declared a "caliphate" comprising large swathes of northern Iraq and Syria, has threatened a Christian presence in the region spanning close to two millennia.
 
 

Vatican defrocks 2 Chilean priests for sex abuse

 
‎25 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:42:40 PMGo to full article
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The Vatican has defrocked two Chilean priests for committing sex abuse against adults and at least one underage minor.
 

Pope Francis Mulls A 2015 US Visit

 
‎25 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎06:21:22 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis Mulls A 2015 US VisitPope Francis might make his way to the United States in 2015, the Catholic News Service reported Friday. According to Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, the pontiff will attend a Catholic gathering in Philadelphia called the World Meeting of Families in September 2015. "Pope Francis has told me that he is coming," Chaput told attendees at a conference in Fargo, N.D. "The pope will be with us the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of that week." There has been no official confirmation by the Vatican or The Holy See of Pope Francis’ attendance at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
 
 

Lunch special: Pope lines up for self-serve meal

 
‎25 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:15:46 PMGo to full article
Pope Francisnhas lunch at the Vatican workers' cafeteria, FridayVATICAN CITY (AP) — Do you make the pope pay for lunch?
 
 

Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence meets Pope

 
‎25 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎08:19:21 AMGo to full article
Pope Francis blesses Sudanese Christian Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her daughter Maya during a private audience at the Vatican, as shown in this Osservatore Romano photo from July 24, 2014A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, met Pope Francis after arriving in Italy en route to the United States. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her family were received by the Argentine pontiff at his home for a 30-minute meeting Thursday in which he thanked her for her "courageous testament of faith" and her "tenacity", the Vatican said in a statement. Ishag and her American husband Daniel Wani in turn thanked Francis for the "great support and comfort" they had taken from "the pope's and many other believers' prayers". The White House in Washington said it was "delighted" Ishaq is now "safe and free and will soon be traveling to the United States".
 
 

US 'delighted' by impending arrival of Sudanese Christian convert

 
‎25 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎03:10:50 AMGo to full article
A handout photo released by the Osservatore Romano and taken on July 24, 2014 shows Pope Francis greeting Sudanese Christian Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag and her daughter Maya during a private audience at the VaticanThe White House said it was "delighted" over the release by Sudan of a Christian woman sentenced to death for renouncing Islam, and welcomes her arrival "soon" in the United States. "The United States is delighted that Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishaq is now safe and free and will soon be traveling to the United States," read a statement released by the President Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice. "Today, she and her family have left Sudan on their journey to freedom. Her departure with her immediate family —including her infant daughter, born in custody — is a testament to her unyielding faith and the support she received from friends and allies, including our Embassy in Khartoum and the broader US government," Rice said.
 
 

Death row Christian woman flies out of Sudan, meets Pope

 
‎25 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎02:34:31 AMGo to full article
Pope Francis blesses Mariam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan and her baby during a private meeting at the VaticanBy Giselda Vagnoni and Khalid Abdel Aziz ROME/KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed, flew into Rome on an Italian government plane on Thursday and hours later met the Pope. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, whose sentence and detention triggered international outrage, walked off the aircraft cradling her baby and was greeted by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi.
 
 

More than 50 UK Catholic priests defrocked for sex abuse

 
‎24 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:25:29 PMGo to full article
More than 50 Roman Catholic priests in England and Wales have been defrocked for sex abuse since 2001, the Church's child protection watchdog revealed on ThursdayMore than 50 Roman Catholic priests in England and Wales have been defrocked for sex abuse since 2001, the Church's child protection watchdog revealed on Thursday. Some 52 priests have been laicised, or stripped of their ministry, the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) said, following the implementation of new procedures to protect children and vulnerable adults. Between 2003 and 2013, 598 abuse allegations against the clergy were reported by dioceses and religious congregations in England and Wales, of which 77 percent were related to sexual abuse, said the NCSC, an independent body that works within the Church framework. "Since 2002, we have automatically referred any allegation that comes forward, historic or current, to the police," NCSC chairman Danny Sullivan told AFP.
 
 

Pope meets Sudanese woman sentenced to death

 
‎24 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎06:17:06 PMGo to full article
Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, disembarks with her children Maya, in her arms, and Martin, accompanied by Italian deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli, after landing from Khartoum, at Ciampino's military airport, on the outskirts of Rome, Thursday, July 24, 2014. The Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith has arrived in Italy along with her family, including an infant born in prison. An Italian diplomat who accompanied the family from Sudan said Italy leveraged its historic ties within the Horn of Africa region to help win her release. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)ROME (AP) — Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just weeks ago in prison.
 
 

Pope meets Christian sentenced to death for faith

 
‎24 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎04:28:11 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis meets Meriam IbrahimROME (AP) — Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant born just weeks ago in prison.
 
 

Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence meets Pope Francis

 
‎24 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎04:06:58 PMGo to full article
A photo released by the Osservatore Romano and taken on July 24, 2014 shows Pope Francis blessing Sudanese Christian Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her daughter Maya during a private audience at the VaticanA Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, met Pope Francis on Thursday after arriving in Italy en route to the United States. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her family were received by the Argentine pontiff at his home for a 30-minute meeting in which he thanked her for her "courageous testament of faith" and her "tenacity", the Vatican said in a statement. Ishag and her American husband Daniel Wani in turn thanked Francis for the "great support and comfort" they had taken from "the pope's and many other believers' prayers." The family flew into a military airport in Rome early Thursday and were greeted by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, as well as Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini.
 
 

Death row Christian woman flies out of Sudan

 
‎24 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎02:50:18 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis blesses Mariam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan and her baby during a private meeting at the VaticanBy Giselda Vagnoni and Khalid Abdel Aziz ROME/KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then barred from leaving Sudan flew into Rome on Thursday in an Italian government plane. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, whose sentence and detention triggered international outrage, walked off the aircraft cradling her baby and was greeted by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi. Ibrahim was accompanied on the plane by Italy's vice minister for foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli. He told journalists at Rome's Ciampino airport Italy had been in "constant dialogue" with Sudan but did not give any more details on Rome's role in securing her exit.
 
 

U.N. rights body criticizes Ireland on abortion, church homes

 
‎24 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎01:37:00 PMGo to full article
A woman holds a candlelit vigil outside University Hospital Galway in GalwayBy Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights panel has told Ireland it should revise its highly restrictive abortion laws and that allegations of abuse of women and children at Catholic-run homes must be better investigated. Following months of polarizing debate in the Roman Catholic country, Ireland's parliament voted to allow limited access to abortion for the first time last year but restricted it to cases when a woman's life is in danger. The U.N. Human Rights Committee remained highly critical of the law, saying Ireland should revise it to provide for additional exceptions in cases of rape, incest, serious risks to the health of the mother, or fatal fetal abnormality. "The Committee reiterates its previous concern regarding the highly restrictive circumstances under which women can lawfully have an abortion in the state," it said following hearings last week when Committee Chairman Nigel Rodley said Irish law treated women who were raped as a "a vessel and nothing more".
 
 

Sudanese Christian convert woman arrives in Italy

 
‎24 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:50:27 AMGo to full article
ROME (Reuters) - A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then barred from leaving Sudan arrived at an airport in Rome on Thursday morning on an Italian government plane. Italian television showed Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, leaving the aircraft at Rome's Ciampino airport accompanied by her family and Italy's vice minister for foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli. (Reporting by Alessandro D'Angelo, writing by Isla Binnie)
 

Sudanese Christian convert woman flying to Italy: government official

 
‎24 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:19:42 AMGo to full article
A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity, and then barred from leaving Sudan, was due to arrive in Italy on Thursday, an Italian government official said. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, was on a plane accompanied by Italy's vice minister of foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli, according to the official who asked not to be named. "Mariam, the young Christian woman held in Khartoum after being condemned to death for apostasy, should be arriving in Italy on a government flight," the official said in a text message, without specifying when the flight had left.
 

AP PHOTOS: Church a haven for Muslims in Gaza

 
‎24 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎03:22:42 AMGo to full article
A Palestinians boy sleeps on a mattress on the floor of the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The Greek Orthodox church had opened its doors to hundreds of displaced Palestinians as tens of thousands have fled their homes in fear of Israeli strikes. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Muslim families driven from their homes by the fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas are observing Ramadan in Gaza City's Greek Orthodox church.
 
 

Islamic scholars condemn expulsion of Iraq's 'Christian brothers'

 
‎23 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:16:14 PMGo to full article
An influential group of Islamic scholars has denounced the forced expulsion of Christians from northern Iraq by Islamist hardliners, saying it paves the way for fighting between the country's ethnic and religious groups. The Christian community of Mosul fled to the Kurdish autonomous region last week, ending a presence stretching back nearly 2,000 years, after Islamic State militants set them a deadline to submit to their rule or leave.
 

Gaza church opens doors to war refugees

 
‎23 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:13:09 PMGo to full article
Displaced Palestinian women walk in the courtyard of a Greek Orthodox church where they are taking shelter in Gaza City, on July 23, 2014For the first time in years, Gaza City's Greek Orthodox church is packed to overflowing, having offered refuge to hundreds of Palestinians who fled their homes under Israeli bombardment. Around 600 people, mostly women and children, are sheltering in the church compound in the old sector of Gaza City, after escaping the inferno of neighbouring areas like Shejaiya. "A big number of women and kids, babies, they don't have homes," Archbishop Alexios told AFP. The eastern district of Gaza City was pummelled by Israeli shelling, in one of the deadliest days of the more than two-week conflict between Israel and Hamas militants who control the coastal strip.
 
 

Obama government looks to satisfy religious groups on Obamacare

 
‎23 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎04:43:25 AMGo to full article
A man sits at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaThe Obama administration is developing a method for religious organizations opposed to contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act to opt out of providing the coverage in their health plans without filling out a form. Under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, known as Obamacare, employers must provide health insurance policies that cover preventive services for women, including contraception and sterilization. As a result, the Obama administration intends to augment its regulations to provide an alternative way for such religious organizations to provide notification while ensuring that enrollees in plans of such organizations receive separate coverage of contraceptive services.
 
 

Maryland church built in 1773 ravaged by fire

 
‎23 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎02:20:56 AMGo to full article
Firefighters from 4 counties and two states battle the fire at St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Hebron, Md., Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The church built in 1773 was on the National Register of Historic Places. (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Todd Dudek) NO SALESHEBRON, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a 241-year-old church on the National Register of Historic Places has been ravaged by fire in Maryland.
 
 

Thieves steal air conditioners from rural Tennessee churches

 
‎22 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:45:51 PMGo to full article
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Thieves have been stealing central air conditioning units from rural Tennessee churches during a scorching summer heat wave, and they'll face hell fire for eternity if they're not caught here on earth, a church official said on Tuesday. He's the almighty," said Bill Casteel, an elder at Union Grove Church of Christ in Cleveland in southeast Tennessee. Three units, worth $9,000, were stolen from Casteel's church, said Bob Gault, spokesman for the Bradley County Sheriff's Office. Other units worth thousands of dollars each were taken from Cedar Springs Baptist Church and Thompson Springs Baptist Church in the same town.
 

Update: ISIS Expels 1600-Year-Old Christian Community from Mosul

 
‎22 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:47:50 PMGo to full article
Update: ISIS Expels 1600-Year-Old Christian Community from MosulWhile details of the recent expulsion of the Christian community in Mosul have been well-documented and verified, the report that ISIS burned down an 1800-year-old church is now being disputed. ISIS, which recently rebranded as the Islamic State, has solidified its control over Iraq's second-largest city by imposing Sharia law and expelling Christians who won't convert to Islam. Friday at noon was the deadline for Christian families to meet ISIS’s demands: Convert to Islam, pay an anachronistic Islamic tax for non-Muslims known as jizya, leave Mosul, or be killed. On the way out of town last week, the final 1500 families of Mosul's Christian population were reportedly robbed at ISIS checkpoints. And following Friday's deadline, ISIS reportedly set fire to a 1800-year-old church.
 
 

Homemade explosive goes off at Santiago church, another defused

 
‎22 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:40:49 PMGo to full article
A homemade incendiary device exploded outside the entrance to a Santiago church early Tuesday morning, but no one was hurt and there was minor damage, government spokesman Alvaro Elizalde said. "As a government we are working with the police to discover who is behind these explosive devices," Interior minister Rodrigo Penailillo said.
 

Greek Orthodox church in Gaza shelters Muslims fleeing war

 
‎22 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:16:34 PMGo to full article
By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - About 1,000 Palestinian Muslims fleeing Israeli shells devastating their Gaza neighborhood have found shelter in a building they otherwise would rarely if ever enter, the city's 12th-century Greek Orthodox Church. Despite its thick walls dating back to the Crusades, the Church of Saint Porphyrius was still not a very safe haven. This is the duty of the church and we are doing all we can to help them," Archbishop Alexios told Reuters as the sounds of small children echoed outside his office at the church. "At the beginning there were 600 people and today they became a thousand - mostly children and women.
 

Sierra Leone religious leaders criticise government handling of Ebola

 
‎21 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:34:26 PMGo to full article
Health workers take blood samples for Ebola virus testing at a screening tent in the local government hospital in KenemaBy Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Religious leaders in Sierra Leone have criticised the government's handling of an Ebola outbreak that has killed 194 people in the West Africa country, saying a lack of information was prompting rural communities to shun medical help. Health authorities in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to contain the worst outbreak of the deadly epidemic which has killed some 603 people since early this year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Bishop John Yambasu, chairman of an interfaith task force, said he was "seriously disappointed" the government had failed to declare a public health emergency and pump more resources into the fight against Ebola, which has infected 400 people in the country. It warned of resistance from remote rural communities to allowing access to doctors amid fears that outsiders were spreading the disease.
 
 

New York mayor talks migration with Vatican No. 2

 
‎21 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎02:42:57 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — New York City's mayor has paid a call on Pope Francis' top aide to discuss migration issues.
 

Iraq Catholic leader says Islamic State worse than Genghis Khan

 
‎20 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎11:16:55 PMGo to full article
Iraqi Christians attend a mass at St. Joseph Chaldean Church in BaghdadBy Dominic Evans and Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The head of Iraq's largest church said on Sunday that Islamic State militants who drove Christians out of Mosul were worse than Mongol leader Genghis Khan and his grandson Hulagu who ransacked medieval Baghdad. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako led a wave of condemnation for the Sunni Islamists who demanded Christians either convert, submit to their radical rule and pay a religious levy or face death by the sword. At the Vatican, Pope Francis decried what he said was the persecution of Christians in the birthplace of their faith, while U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Islamic State's actions could constitute a crime against humanity. Hundreds of Christian families left Mosul ahead of Saturday's ultimatum, many of them stripped of their possessions as they fled for safety.
 
 

False rape claim behind latest religious clashes: Myanmar media

 
‎20 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:17:12 PMGo to full article
Myanmar police stand guard on a street of Mandalay, in central Myanmar on July 4, 2014Myanmar's latest religious clashes began after a Buddhist woman was paid to make false rape claims against two Muslim brothers, state media reported Sunday. Two men -- a Buddhist and a Muslim -- died in riots in the country's second city Mandalay that flared on July 1 following social media reports that the Muslim men had raped a Buddhist employee at their tea shop. More than 20 others were wounded as violence rocked the city for several days, the latest in a series of religious clashes that have bedevilled the former junta-run nation for two years. The report, citing the Ministry of Home Affairs, said a medical examination of the woman -- named as Phyu Phyu Min -- found "no sign of rape or other violence".
 
 

MH17 victims remembered at church services across Australia

 
‎20 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎03:40:19 PMGo to full article
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (C) and his wife Margaret (R) attend a service for victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at St Mary's Catherdral in Sydney on July 20, 2014Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott demanded Sunday that the bodies of those killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed be "treated with respect" and said he feared interference with evidence would continue. Abbott joined a growing chorus of outrage from world leaders demanding Russia's full cooperation with what is becoming a monumentally challenging investigation into the downing of MH17 while bound from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 298 people from a dozen countries on board. Twenty-eight Australian nationals and nine residents were on the flight which is believed to have been shot down over Ukraine on Thursday, and Abbott said recovering the bodies was a priority. He told Australia's Nine Network the crash site was being "absolutely trampled" with "bodies being put into bags and carted off to who knows where", amid reports OSCE observers had found corpses packed into a series of refrigerated train wagons miles from the site.
 
 

Pope expresses concern for Iraqi Christians

 
‎20 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎01:19:39 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has expressed concern for Christians forced to flee Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, where Christians have resided for centuries.
 

Pope speaks out for 'persecuted' Iraqi Christians

 
‎20 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎12:50:45 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis greets the crowd from the window of his apartments during the Sunday's Angelus prayer at St Peter's Square on July 20, 2014 at the VaticanPope Francis on Sunday said Iraqi Christians were being "persecuted" and "stripped of everything" as hundreds of Christian families fled Mosul after a jihadist ultimatum. "Our brothers are being persecuted, chased away, they are forced to leave their homes without being able to take anything with them," Francis said during his weekly Angelus prayer from a balcony overlooking St Peter's Square. The jihadists, who have run the city since a sweeping military offensive that began six weeks ago, have told the thousands of Christians in Mosul they can convert to Islam, pay a special tax or leave. An earlier statement by Mosul's new rulers had said there would be "nothing for them but the sword" if Christians did not abide by those conditions by 0900 GMT on July 19.
 
 

MH17 victims remembered at church services across Australia

 
‎20 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎08:56:58 AMGo to full article
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (C) and his wife Margaret attend a service for victims of Flight MH17 with Peter Cosgrove (L), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, at St. Mary's Catherdral in Sydney on July 20, 2014Australians were Sunday remembering those killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at church services, as stories emerged of parents losing children, and doctors, teachers and a nun among the dead. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who attended a Catholic mass in Sydney, spoke of the nation's anguish, saying there would hardly be any Australians who hadn't been emotionally touched by the tragedy. Bishop Peter Comensoli, who led the mass at Sydney's St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, said the downing of MH17 was not an accident, but "the outcome of a trail of human evil". In Melbourne, a special mass was held for the HIV/AIDS experts and campaigners who had boarded the Malaysia Airlines flight as they made their way to that city for an international AIDS conference.
 
 

Ancient Christian population of Mosul flees Islamic State

 
‎19 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎08:15:15 PMGo to full article
By Ahmed Rasheed and Maggie Fick BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The ancient Christian community of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul had all but fled by Saturday, ending a presence stretching back nearly two millennia after radical Islamists set them a midday deadline to submit to Islamic rule or leave. The ultimatum by the Islamic State drove out the few hundred Christians who had stayed on when the group's hardline Sunni Muslim fighters overran Mosul a month ago, threatening Christians and the diverse city's other religious communities. This week the Islamic State gave any remaining Christians a final choice to make by Saturday noon: convert to Islam, pay a religious tax, or face the sword. A Catholic bishop from Mosul told Reuters that 150 Christian families had left in recent days and church leaders had advised the few families who wanted to negotiate with militants that they should also flee for their own safety.
 

Jihadist ultimatum sparks Christian exodus from Iraq's Mosul

 
‎19 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:09:00 AMGo to full article
Displaced Iraqis who fled violence in Tal Afar lay on makeshifts beds at the Bahrka camp near Arbil, in the autonomous Kurdistan region, on July 12, 2014Thousands of Christians poured into Kurdistan as they fled a Saturday ultimatum by jihadists who overran northwestern Iraq last month and proclaimed a caliphate. As militants attempted to break government defences in strategic areas and edge closer to Baghdad, Christians joined hundreds of thousands of Shiite and other refugees into Kurdistan. Their flight to the safety of the neighbouring autonomous region coincided with the expected homecoming of Iraq's Kurdish president, Jalal Talabani, after 18 months of medical treatment in Germany. The Islamic State (IS) group running Mosul had already demanded that those Christians still in the city convert, pay a special tax or leave but messages blaring on mosques' loudspeakers appeared to spark an exodus.
 
 

Obama Won't Exempt Religious Groups From LGBT Discrimination Protection Order

 
‎19 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎12:25:57 AMGo to full article
Obama Won't Exempt Religious Groups From LGBT Discrimination Protection OrderPresident Obama will finally sign his anticipated executive order banning discrimination against gay employees by federal workers and contractors. Despite requests from his allies in the religious community, the order will not include any religious exemptions, according to The New York Times.  The president first announced his plans to sign the order last month, after Congress failed to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would have prevented private and public employers from discriminating against workers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill passed the Senate in November, but hasn't moved through the Republican-led House. The order will prevent federal contractors from discriminating against their LGBT employees and also protect federal employees from discrimination.
 
 

Minister: Methodist church appeals 'refrocking'

 
‎19 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎12:19:35 AMGo to full article
In this June 24, 2014 photo, United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer speaks during a news conference at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia. Schaefer, who was ousted and then reinstated after performing his son's gay marriage said Friday, July 18, 2014 that a church official is appealing his refrocking. Schaefer is disappointed to learn of the appeal, but not surprised. He is moving to a California diocese this week after his decision to officiate at his son's 2007 same-sex marriage thwarted his church career in Pennsylvania. He has since become a gay rights activist. He said he hoped the church's Judicial Council would decline to take up the appeal. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Methodist minister ousted and then reinstated after performing his son's gay marriage said Friday that a church official is appealing his refrocking.
 
 

Pope calls for justice in 1994 attack on Argentine Jewish center

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎11:07:14 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis waves as he leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the VaticanPope Francis called for justice to be served in his native Argentina on Friday, the twentieth anniversary of the deadly bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish commuity center that local courts blamed on Iran. Investigations into the attack in which an explosives-laden truck exploded outside the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) building, killing 85, have advanced little in two decades. "We tend to archive things in order not to burden ourselves with history, with suffering," the pope said in a video address in Spanish that was screened during an anniversary event organized by the Jewish community in Buenos Aires. May justice be done!" An Argentine Federal court on Thursday struck down a 2013 agreement between the South American country and Iran to investigate together the bombing - a deal that had been delayed anyway by Iranian reluctance to move forward in implementing it.
 
 

Jihadist ultimatum sparks Christian exodus from Iraq's Mosul

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:34:36 PMGo to full article
Iraqi Christians fleeing the violence in the towns of Qaraqush and Bartala pray at the Saint George church on July 1, 2014 in ArbilThousands of Christians abandoned their homes and belongings to flee the Iraqi city of Mosul Friday following an ultimatum by jihadists who overran the region last month and proclaimed a caliphate. As militants attempted to break government defences in strategic areas and edge closer to Baghdad, Christians joined hundreds of thousands of Shiite and other refugees into Kurdistan. Their flight to the safety of the neighbouring autonomous region coincided with the expected homecoming of Iraq's Kurdish president, Jalal Talabani, after 18 months of treatment in Germany. The Islamic State group running Mosul had already demanded that those Christians still in the city convert, pay a special tax or leave but messages blaring on mosques' loudspeakers appeared to spark an exodus.
 
 

Obama to sign orders protecting gay and transgender workers without new religious exemption

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:30:28 PMGo to full article
Obama to sign orders protecting gay and transgender workers without new religious exemption.
 

Pope seeks justice 20 years after attack on Argentine Jews

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:27:53 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis waves from the window of his study overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on July 13, 2014Pope Francis called Friday for justice to be done in the unsolved bombing at a Jewish center in Argentina that killed 85 people and wounded 300 others two decades ago. "Twenty years on from the tragedy at the Argentine Jewish Charities Federation (AMIA), I want to express my closeness with the Argentine Jewish community and all the victims' families, whether Jewish or Christian," the pope said in a recorded message played at commemorations of the anniversary. "I've said before that Buenos Aires is a city that needs to weep, that still hasn't cried enough," said Francis, who served as archbishop of Buenos Aires before becoming pope and was auxiliary bishop of the city when the bomb exploded at the AMIA on July 18, 1994. Since 2006, Argentine courts have demanded the extradition of eight Iranians, including former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former defense minister Ahmad Vahidi and Mohsen Rabbani, Iran's former cultural attache in Buenos Aires.
 
 

Bible museum planned for US capital

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:51:37 PMGo to full article
Hobby Lobby co-founders David Green (L) and Barbara Green (C) leave the U.S. Supreme Court on March 25, 2014 in Washington, DCThe devout Christian family that upended a part of President Barack Obama's health care law aims to open a Bible museum in Washington in 2017, a spokesperson for the project said Friday. The Green family, owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores, is contributing its vast private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts to the museum planned a few blocks from the Capitol and the National Mall. The ruling was seen by some as a victory for religious freedoms in the United States -- as well as a blow to a controversial section of Obama's health care reforms.
 
 

German church exits spike amid bling bishop furor

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:32:47 PMGo to full article
BERLIN (AP) — The German Bishops' Conference says the number of Germans leaving the Roman Catholic church jumped sharply last year, an apparent result of an uproar over a bishop's lavish new residence.
 

Exclusive: Vatican dispute sheds light on HP case in troubled Autonomy deal

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:48:23 PMGo to full article
A Hewlett-Packard logo is seen at the company's Executive Briefing Center in Palo AltoThe Vatican has become enmeshed in a struggle between Hewlett-Packard Co and Michael Lynch, the former CEO of the UK software company Autonomy Corp bought by HP in 2011 in a deal that led to a big loss for the U.S. technology giant. An argument over the proposed use of Autonomy’s software to help digitize the Vatican’s library potentially lends support to HP’s accusation that Autonomy booked sales even when the intended end user had not decided to buy the software. In the end, the Vatican says it did not purchase the software for the library project from Autonomy or from a reseller of Autonomy’s products, MicroTechnologies LLC. Nevertheless, Autonomy booked $11.55 million in revenue based on the sale to MicroTech of software that was earmarked for the proposed Vatican deal, according to sources familiar with HP’s investigation.
 
 

Pope Francis phones Peres, Abbas to call for Gaza ceasefire

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎04:01:52 PMGo to full article
Israeli President Shimon Peres (left) shakes hands with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas as Pope Francis looks on following a peace summit at the Vatican, on June 8, 2014Pope Francis on Friday phoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza conflict, the Vatican said. Francis "reminded the presidents" about the need "to bring an end to hostilities, making efforts to promote a truce, peace and reconciliation in the hearts of those involved", read a statement from the Vatican. "The Holy Father Francis personally telephoned President Shimon Peres and President Mahmoud Abbas to share his very serious concerns regarding the current situation," it said.
 
 

Pope Francis calls Israeli, Palestinian presidents to urge peace

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎02:04:50 PMGo to full article
ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis telephoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday to express his "very grave concerns" over the conflict in Gaza, the Vatican said. [ID:nL6N0PT00D] The pontiff, who hosted a prayer meeting with the two leaders in the Vatican last month, called on all sides to work for an end to hostilities and for peace and reconciliation. (Reporting by James Mackenzie; Editing by Louise Ireland)
 

Family of Sudanese Christian convert sues to annul daughter's marriage

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎12:46:00 PMGo to full article
The family of a Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for marrying a Christian South-Sudanese American has filed a lawsuit to have her marriage annulled in a new attempt to stop her leaving the country. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, says she was born and raised as a Christian by an Ethiopian family in Sudan and later abducted by the Sudanese Muslim family. Under Sudan's Islamic religious law, Muslim women are not permitted to marry Christian men. Although an appeals court quashed Ibrahim's death sentence last month, the government still refuses to accept her identity as a South-Sudanese Christian and accuses her of using falsified travel papers to try to leave with her husband and two children.
 

Pope demands justice for Argentina terror attack

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎04:08:01 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this August 28, 2013, file photo, Pope Francis has his picture taken inside St. Peter's Basilica with youths from the Italian Diocese of Piacenza and Bobbio who came to Rome for a pilgrimage, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. Pope Francis is demanding justice for the victims of Argentina's worst terrorist attack, using a video recorded on an amateur smartphone. The video will be aired on Friday July 18, 2014. It's the second time Francis has provided a homemade smartphone message to issue a directed message, and confirms that the 77-year-old pope, is perfectly comfortable using new media and technology to communicate. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, File)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Pope Francis is demanding justice for the victims of Argentina's worst terrorist attack, using what is increasingly becoming his signature way of communicating: an amateur smartphone video message, recorded on the fly by a visiting friend in the comfort of Francis' Vatican hotel room.
 
 

Arizona authorities probe church fires as possible hate crimes

 
‎17 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:27:52 PMGo to full article
By David Schwartz MESA Ariz. (Reuters) - Arizona authorities are probing a series of arson fires at suburban Phoenix churches as possible hate crimes after an apparent arsonist set Bibles alight on church doorsteps, police said on Thursday.     Authorities said up to six small fires were touched off at four churches in Mesa, Arizona, since mid-May by burning the books, said police spokeswoman Sergeant Diana Williams. Police have declined to confirm the details of that incident.     Mesa police said the first arson fire was reported on May 11 at the Mesa Baptist Church, followed by another at the church on May 17. Those blazes were ignited near a back door to the gymnasium on the sprawling four-acre grounds of the Mesa Baptist church, Senior Pastor Mark Rice said.
 

Gay, married church worker sues Missouri Catholic diocese for firing

 
‎17 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:45:55 PMGo to full article
Colleen Simon smiles as her wife looks at her at their home in Kansas City, MissouriBy Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - A Missouri church worker sued the Catholic diocese in Kansas City on Thursday claiming she was wrongfully fired from her salaried position as a pastoral associate after her marriage to another woman was mentioned in a local newspaper. The lawsuit, filed in Jackson County Circuit Court in Independence, Missouri, against the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph and embattled church leader Bishop Robert Finn, claims fraud and violation of Missouri law. It states that Colleen Simon's same-sex marital status was known and accepted when she was hired to run a food pantry and oversee other social outreach efforts, but was used as a reason to fire her after it was publicized.
 
 

Pope schedules back-to-back trips to Naples area

 
‎17 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:35:34 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is planning rare back-to-back trips to the city of Caserta near Naples, one official and one private.
 

Italian director to shoot first film about Pope Francis

 
‎17 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:24:55 PMGo to full article
'Motorcycle Diaries' star Rodrigo De La Serna (pictured) may play Pope Francis in the first film about the pontiffAn Italian director best known for telling complex on-screen love stories will begin shooting the first film about Pope Francis in Argentina later this year, Italian radio reported on Thursday. Daniele Luchetti said he would start filming the biopic in October, after he had become fascinated by the pontiff's openness on various issues. "I want to tell the story of (Francis) before he became pope," Luchetti told Italy's RAI2 public radio. Asked which actor could play the pope, Luchetti mentioned Argentine star Rodrigo de la Serna, who played Che Guevara's friend in the biopic "The Motorcycle Diaries".
 
 

Pope schedules back-to-back trips to Caserta

 
‎17 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:20:14 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is planning rare back-to-back trips to the city of Caserta near Naples, one official and one private.
 

Sudanese family lawyer drops lawsuit against Christian woman

 
‎16 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎11:02:22 PMGo to full article
The case of Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, raised an international furore when a Sudanese court sentenced her to death in May on charges of converting from Islam to Christianity and marrying a Christian South Sudanese-American. Ibrahim says she was born and raised as a Christian by an Ethiopian family in Sudan and was later abducted by the Sudanese Muslim family. The Muslim family denies that and insists she belongs to them. An appeals court quashed the death sentence late last month, but the government accused her of trying to leave Sudan with falsified South Sudanese travel papers, preventing her departure for America with her husband and two children.
 

Pope's hints on married priests trouble Vatican

 
‎16 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:46:17 AMGo to full article
Pope Francis waves during his Sunday Angelus from the window of his study overlooking St.Peter's Square at the Vatican on July 6, 2014Pope Francis's hints about a possible opening on the issue of married priests are sowing confusion in the Vatican and among Catholic reformists and conservatives alike. Twice in three months, Francis has talked about changes to the tradition of celibate priests -- although he has never been precise about how exactly this could be reformed. On a flight back from his trip to the Middle East, Francis pointed out that there were already married priests in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic and Coptic Catholic churches. The European Federation of Married Catholic Priests estimated more than 100,000 former Catholic priests have got married over the years -- a figure which would make up around a quarter of the number of current priests.
 
 

Women bishops? How American Episcopalians view Church of England vote

 
‎15 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎11:11:00 PMGo to full article
Indeed, the Church of England, the mostly-symbolic mother church for an 80-million-member global Anglican community that includes 2.1 million American Episcopalians, is one of the oldest and most conservative of Christian traditions to officially break in full from the long-held requirement of an all-male clergy. “I don't think you can overstate the fact that the Church of England allowing women to take up the role of bishop is going to change the church,” said the Very Reverend June Osborne, dean of the Salisbury Cathedral in southern England, after the vote. Like their liturgical cousins in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions – which together make up approximately 1.5 billion of the world’s 2.2 billion Christians – Anglicans generally adhere to Christian rites and rituals that go back at least 1,500 years, if not longer, scholars say. For Catholics and Orthodox, the ordination of women remains strictly forbidden for this reason.
 

Church lawyer details cover-up claims on sex abuse

 
‎15 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:11:20 PMGo to full article
Jennifer Haselberger shares her story during an interview in St. Paul, Minn.A canon lawyer alleging a widespread cover-up of clergy sex misconduct in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has made her most detailed claims yet, accusing archbishops and their top staff of lying to the public and of ignoring the U.S. bishops' pledge to have no tolerance of priests who abuse.
 
 

Puerto Rico church abuse case ruling causes outcry

 
‎15 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:10:46 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, a man gives money to a beggar sitting on the steps of the San Felipe Cathedral, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The Supreme Court of Puerto Rico ruled Tuesday, July 15, 2014, the Roman Catholic diocese in Arecibo does not need to share information about alleged sexual abuse by its priests if the victims are adults who wish to maintain their privacy. (AP Photo/Danica Coto, File)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's justice secretary criticized a Supreme Court decision allowing a Roman Catholic diocese to withhold the names of sex abuse victims who wish to remain private, saying Tuesday it would help the church protect pedophile priests.
 
 

Pope seeks protection of young US-bound migrants

 
‎15 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:03:02 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday called for "urgent intervention" to protect minors traveling on their own in increasing numbers from Central and South America to the United States.
 

Puerto Rico issues ruling in church abuse case

 
‎15 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:46:35 PMGo to full article
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Supreme Court of Puerto Rico has found that a Roman Catholic diocese does not need to share information about alleged sexual abuse by its priests if the victims are adults who wish to maintain their privacy.
 

British women on the march? Cabinet, Anglican Church boost gender equality.

 
‎15 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:04:44 PMGo to full article
He’s being replaced by a man, Philip Hammond. The Daily Telegraph called it a "cull of the middle-aged white men.” It was the Financial Times who headlined: “David Cameron discards the ‘male, pale, and stale’ in reshuffle.” The news follows the Church of England's historic decision yesterday to allow women to become bishops, ending a two-decade dispute – and centuries of history.
 

Australia priest abuse rate double pope's estimate: church group

 
‎15 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:48:10 AMGo to full article
Pope Francis arrives at the Colosseum on March 29, 2013 in RomeAn Australian Catholic Church body dealing with the legacy of child sex abuse by clergy said Tuesday it believed the number of paedophile priests was historically twice the pope's reported estimate. In an report published on Sunday, Pope Francis condemned child sex abuse as a "leprosy" in the church and cited his aides as saying that "the level of paedophilia in the church is at two percent". "That two percent includes priests and even bishops and cardinals," the pope was quoted as telling Italy's La Repubblica daily, in comments later questioned by a Vatican spokesman. Francis Sullivan, the chief executive of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, said he believed the figure was historically higher in Australia, where clergy were deeply involved in schools and orphanages.
 
 

N. Korean Catholics asked to attend Pope's mass

 
‎15 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:16:36 AMGo to full article
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean Catholic officials have renewed a request for North Korea to send about 10 Catholics to a mass to be celebrated by Pope Francis during his August visit to Seoul, a Catholic official said Tuesday.
 

Church of England says yes to women bishops

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎11:26:21 PMGo to full article
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, second right, and unidentified members of the clergy, arrive for the General Synod meeting, at The University of York, in York England, Monday July 14, 2014. The Church of England is set to vote on whether women should be allowed to enter its top ranks as bishops. The Church's national assembly, known as the General Synod, is meeting in York, northern England, where it will debate the issue ahead of a vote Monday. (AP Photo/PA, Lynne Cameron) UNITED KINGDOM OUTLONDON (AP) — The Church of England ended one of its longest and most divisive disputes Monday with an overwhelming vote in favor of allowing women to become bishops.
 
 

Ex-pope Benedict XVI pleased about World Cup: secretary

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:20:19 PMGo to full article
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI waves as he arrives at the Vatican on April 27, 2014Pope emeritus Benedict XVI was particularly pleased with the World Cup final because there were players from his native Bavaria in the winning team but said he hoped Argentina would recover quickly, his secretary said on Monday. Archbishop Georg Gaenswein said he watched the match along with Benedict XVI's entire staff but the 87-year-old pope -- who prefers theology and piano music to sports -- did not. "He preferred to sleep," Gaenswein, a German cleric with a dual loyalties as he also heads up the pontifical household for Argentine Pope Francis, told Vatican Radio. Asked whether Benedict XVI was pleased when told the result on Monday, Gaenswein said: "Yes and no because the team has some Bavarians and that warms the heart even more.
 
 

Pope Francis skipped World Cup final to stay 'neutral'

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:15:54 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis (C) waves to faithfuls during a mass in St Peter's basilica, June 3, 2013 at the VaticanPope Francis did not watch his native Argentina play Germany in the World Cup final as "a matter of neutrality," the Vatican's chief of ceremonies Guillermo Karcher said Monday. Francis is known as a lifelong football fan and card-carrying member of Argentine club San Lorenzo, but Karcher said he did not even tune in to see the nail-biting final in Brazil, which Germany won 1-0 in extra time. "The pope was updated on the World Cup but said he wasn't going to watch it as a matter of neutrality," Karcher, one of Francis's closest associates, told Argentine broadcaster Radio del Plata.
 
 

Church of England votes in favor of women bishops

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:30:01 PMGo to full article
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, second right, and unidentified members of the clergy, arrive for the General Synod meeting, at The University of York, in York England, Monday July 14, 2014. The Church of England is set to vote on whether women should be allowed to enter its top ranks as bishops. The Church's national assembly, known as the General Synod, is meeting in York, northern England, where it will debate the issue ahead of a vote Monday. (AP Photo/PA, Lynne Cameron) UNITED KINGDOM OUTLONDON (AP) — The Church of England voted Monday to allow women to enter its top ranks as bishops after years of bitter debates which at times threatened the stature of the state church in British society.
 
 

Church of England women toast right to be bishops with champagne

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎08:39:57 PMGo to full article
Members of the clergy take a selfie as they celebrate after members voted to approve the creation of female bishops at the Church of England General Synod in York, northern England, on July 14, 2014Popping champagne corks, hugging and crying, women priests toasted victory on Monday after the Church of England voted in favour of allowing female bishops for the first time in its nearly 500-year history. The celebrations started in the hall at the General Synod in York, northern England, which erupted into cheers as soon as the result was announced. The church's de facto number two, Archbishop of York John Sentamu, led then delegates in singing the South African hymn "We Are Marching In The Light Of God" as some clapped and swayed along. "There is just this wonderful sense of relief," said Miranda Threlfall-Holmes, a vicar in northeast England and vice-chair of campaign group Women In The Church (WATCH).
 
 

Church of England votes 'yes' to women bishops

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎06:43:29 PMGo to full article
Members of the Church of England's Synod attend the session during which they will discuss and vote on the consecration of women bishops, in YorkBy Tess Little LONDON (Reuters) - The Church of England voted on Monday to allow women to become bishops, a historic decision which overturns centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply divided over the issue. Two years ago, a similar proposal failed narrowly due to opposition from traditionalist lay members, to the dismay of modernisers, the Church hierarchy and politicians. "Today is the completion of what was begun over 20 years ago with the ordination of women as priests. I am delighted with today's result," said Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, spiritual leader of the world's 80 million Anglicans.
 
 

Church of England to Allow Appointing of Female Bishops

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎06:10:47 PMGo to full article
Church of England to Allow Appointing of Female BishopsThe Church of England has voted to allow women to become bishops at its national assembly meeting Monday. The legislation, voted on by the Church's governing body or the General Synod, comes two years after a controversial November 2012 decision to forbid female bishops. In an address to the Church, the bishop of Rochester, the Right Rev James Langstaff, outlined the importance of the decision: The Church of England has spoken very clearly through the voting of the diocesan synods and we today have, I believe, a responsibility to show that we have listened.
 
 

Church of England approves women bishops

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:46:06 PMGo to full article
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (C) poses for pictures with women priests on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral in London, on May 3, 2014, to mark the twentieth anniversary of women becoming ordained priests in the Church of EnglandYork (United Kingdom) (AFP) - The Church of England on Monday voted to allow its first ever female bishops, ending half a century of divisive wrangling over the role of women.
 
 

Church of England votes in favor of allowing women bishops

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:37:38 PMGo to full article
LONDON (Reuters) - The Church of England's governing body voted in favor of allowing women bishops on Monday, overturning centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply divided over the issue. After almost five hours of debate, the General Synod, the governing body of the Church of England, approved the proposal to allow women to take up senior roles in the Church. (Reporting by Michael Holden and Tess Little; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)
 

Church of England votes yes to allowing female bishops after years of controversy

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:37:06 PMGo to full article
Church of England votes yes to allowing female bishops after years of controversy.

 

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Pope Francis renews attack on mafia in region scarred by toxic waste

 
‎26 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:12:23 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis leads a mass at the palace of Caserta in southern ItalyBy James Mackenzie ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis called for nature to be protected from criminal abuse on Saturday during a visit in the southern Italian town of Caserta, near Naples, in a region long blighted by illegal toxic waste dumps and the pervasive grip of the Camorra mafia. During a televised open air mass before around 200,000 people, Francis said that the love of God meant respecting life, the environment and nature. "I know that you suffer for these things," he said in an impromptu remarks during his homily in front of the Reggia di Caserta, the former palace of the old Bourbon kings of Naples. "It is particularly important in this beautiful region of yours which requires being protected and conserved, it requires us to have the courage to say no to any form of corruption and illegality," he said to applause from the crowd.
 
 

Pope Francis Dines in the Vatican Cafeteria, Denounces the Mafia in Naples

 
‎26 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎08:44:00 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis Dines in the Vatican Cafeteria, Denounces the Mafia in NaplesPope Francis dropped in on lunch at the Vatican cafeteria on Friday "like a thunderbolt out of the blue," according the restaurant's chef. On Saturday, Pope Francis went on the road to Caserta, described by the AP as "main town in the turf of the Casalesi crime clan of the Naples-area Camorra syndicate." According to the report, the pope had come to speak out against the mob in the wake of the syndicate's illegal poisoning of farmland, which was said to have been done using trafficked waste.  As we noted earlier, Pope Francis has taken an exceptionally aggressive posture against the mafia in Italy.
 
 

India's Modi under fire for silence over religious incidents

 
‎26 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:50:54 PMGo to full article
India's PM Modi comes out of a meeting room to receive his Bhutanese counterpart Tobgay before the start of their bilateral meeting in New DelhiBy Sruthi Gottipati NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing criticism for remaining silent about incidents deemed anti-Muslim in the past week, underscoring fears that his Hindu nationalist followers will upset religious relations in the multi-faith nation. Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party swept to power in May after an election campaign that mainly focused on promises to revive the economy but that also made reference to India's majority Hindu identity. Separately, a BJP politician questioned the national identity of an Indian Muslim tennis star, while an ally of the prime minister said India could become a Hindu nation under Modi. "The prime minister needs to come out strongly against such comments in order to reassure the minorities that their apprehensions about the intent of his regime are misplaced ... Silence on his part will only encourage such elements," The Times of India said in an editorial.
 
 

Pope goes to stronghold of Naples-area mobsters

 
‎26 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:45:11 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis arrives to celebrate a mass in Caserta, Italy, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Pope Francis will remain in Caserta for a few hours, but will be back here for a private visit on Monday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)CASERTA, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis has traveled to a southern Italian stronghold of a clan of mobsters who poisoned local farmlands by dumping illicitly trafficked toxic waste.
 
 

Powerful Philippine Christian church celebrates 100 years

 
‎26 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:47:45 AMGo to full article
The world's largest indoor stadium erected by a politically-influential religious sect Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ), in Bocaue town, north of Manila, July 21, 2014A Philippine Christian church renowned for its discipline, money and political power will mark its 100th anniversary on Sunday with more than one million followers expected to join the celebrations. The Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) members will congregate at a giant complex especially built for the occasion near Manila, in an event that will showcase the religion's stunning success at home and abroad. "The pace of the spread of Iglesia... has exploded," church spokesman Edwil Zabala told AFP during a tour of the "City of Victory" complex, which includes a 55,000-seat indoor stadium, to promote the centenary. The Roman Catholic Church has for centuries been the dominant religious force in the Philippines, a former Spanish colony.
 
 

Hopes grow for Pope Francis visit to US in 2015

 
‎25 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:03:18 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis waves from the window of his study overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican before leading his Sunday Angelus prayer on July 13, 2014Hopes grew Friday that Pope Francis will pay his first-ever papal visit to the United States in 2015 after a senior cleric said he'd be attending a major Catholic event in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, speaking to Native American Catholics in North Dakota, said the 77-year-old pontiff had personally confirmed to him that he would attend the eighth World Meeting of Families. "Pope Francis had told me he is coming" to the gathering that is scheduled for September 22-27 next year, he said, quoted by the Catholic News Service. In Washington, a spokeswoman for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops told AFP: "The Vatican has not confirmed that."
 
 

Vatican sends emergency aid to persecuted Christians in Iraq

 
‎25 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎08:20:38 PMGo to full article
Iraqi Christians leave Saint-Joseph church after a mass on July 20, 2014 in ArbilThe Vatican has given $40,000 (30,000 euros) in emergency aid to Christians in Iraq displaced by a jihadist onslaught, religious news agency imedia said Friday. Most of the money will go to help those from the northern city of Mosul, where Islamic State insurgents last week ordered the hundreds of Christian families to convert to Islam, pay tribute, or leave the city, prompting thousands to flee. Christians and other minorities who failed to comply were threatened with execution, while the property of those who left the city was forfeited to the Islamic State. The Islamic State, which last month declared a "caliphate" comprising large swathes of northern Iraq and Syria, has threatened a Christian presence in the region spanning close to two millennia.
 
 

Vatican defrocks 2 Chilean priests for sex abuse

 
‎25 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:42:40 PMGo to full article
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The Vatican has defrocked two Chilean priests for committing sex abuse against adults and at least one underage minor.
 

Pope Francis Mulls A 2015 US Visit

 
‎25 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎06:21:22 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis Mulls A 2015 US VisitPope Francis might make his way to the United States in 2015, the Catholic News Service reported Friday. According to Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, the pontiff will attend a Catholic gathering in Philadelphia called the World Meeting of Families in September 2015. "Pope Francis has told me that he is coming," Chaput told attendees at a conference in Fargo, N.D. "The pope will be with us the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of that week." There has been no official confirmation by the Vatican or The Holy See of Pope Francis’ attendance at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
 
 

Lunch special: Pope lines up for self-serve meal

 
‎25 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:15:46 PMGo to full article
Pope Francisnhas lunch at the Vatican workers' cafeteria, FridayVATICAN CITY (AP) — Do you make the pope pay for lunch?
 
 

Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence meets Pope

 
‎25 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎08:19:21 AMGo to full article
Pope Francis blesses Sudanese Christian Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her daughter Maya during a private audience at the Vatican, as shown in this Osservatore Romano photo from July 24, 2014A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, met Pope Francis after arriving in Italy en route to the United States. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her family were received by the Argentine pontiff at his home for a 30-minute meeting Thursday in which he thanked her for her "courageous testament of faith" and her "tenacity", the Vatican said in a statement. Ishag and her American husband Daniel Wani in turn thanked Francis for the "great support and comfort" they had taken from "the pope's and many other believers' prayers". The White House in Washington said it was "delighted" Ishaq is now "safe and free and will soon be traveling to the United States".
 
 

US 'delighted' by impending arrival of Sudanese Christian convert

 
‎25 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎03:10:50 AMGo to full article
A handout photo released by the Osservatore Romano and taken on July 24, 2014 shows Pope Francis greeting Sudanese Christian Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag and her daughter Maya during a private audience at the VaticanThe White House said it was "delighted" over the release by Sudan of a Christian woman sentenced to death for renouncing Islam, and welcomes her arrival "soon" in the United States. "The United States is delighted that Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishaq is now safe and free and will soon be traveling to the United States," read a statement released by the President Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice. "Today, she and her family have left Sudan on their journey to freedom. Her departure with her immediate family —including her infant daughter, born in custody — is a testament to her unyielding faith and the support she received from friends and allies, including our Embassy in Khartoum and the broader US government," Rice said.
 
 

Death row Christian woman flies out of Sudan, meets Pope

 
‎25 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎02:34:31 AMGo to full article
Pope Francis blesses Mariam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan and her baby during a private meeting at the VaticanBy Giselda Vagnoni and Khalid Abdel Aziz ROME/KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed, flew into Rome on an Italian government plane on Thursday and hours later met the Pope. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, whose sentence and detention triggered international outrage, walked off the aircraft cradling her baby and was greeted by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi.
 
 

More than 50 UK Catholic priests defrocked for sex abuse

 
‎24 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:25:29 PMGo to full article
More than 50 Roman Catholic priests in England and Wales have been defrocked for sex abuse since 2001, the Church's child protection watchdog revealed on ThursdayMore than 50 Roman Catholic priests in England and Wales have been defrocked for sex abuse since 2001, the Church's child protection watchdog revealed on Thursday. Some 52 priests have been laicised, or stripped of their ministry, the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) said, following the implementation of new procedures to protect children and vulnerable adults. Between 2003 and 2013, 598 abuse allegations against the clergy were reported by dioceses and religious congregations in England and Wales, of which 77 percent were related to sexual abuse, said the NCSC, an independent body that works within the Church framework. "Since 2002, we have automatically referred any allegation that comes forward, historic or current, to the police," NCSC chairman Danny Sullivan told AFP.
 
 

Pope meets Sudanese woman sentenced to death

 
‎24 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎06:17:06 PMGo to full article
Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, disembarks with her children Maya, in her arms, and Martin, accompanied by Italian deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli, after landing from Khartoum, at Ciampino's military airport, on the outskirts of Rome, Thursday, July 24, 2014. The Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith has arrived in Italy along with her family, including an infant born in prison. An Italian diplomat who accompanied the family from Sudan said Italy leveraged its historic ties within the Horn of Africa region to help win her release. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)ROME (AP) — Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just weeks ago in prison.
 
 

Pope meets Christian sentenced to death for faith

 
‎24 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎04:28:11 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis meets Meriam IbrahimROME (AP) — Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant born just weeks ago in prison.
 
 

Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence meets Pope Francis

 
‎24 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎04:06:58 PMGo to full article
A photo released by the Osservatore Romano and taken on July 24, 2014 shows Pope Francis blessing Sudanese Christian Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her daughter Maya during a private audience at the VaticanA Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, met Pope Francis on Thursday after arriving in Italy en route to the United States. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her family were received by the Argentine pontiff at his home for a 30-minute meeting in which he thanked her for her "courageous testament of faith" and her "tenacity", the Vatican said in a statement. Ishag and her American husband Daniel Wani in turn thanked Francis for the "great support and comfort" they had taken from "the pope's and many other believers' prayers." The family flew into a military airport in Rome early Thursday and were greeted by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, as well as Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini.
 
 

Death row Christian woman flies out of Sudan

 
‎24 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎02:50:18 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis blesses Mariam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan and her baby during a private meeting at the VaticanBy Giselda Vagnoni and Khalid Abdel Aziz ROME/KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then barred from leaving Sudan flew into Rome on Thursday in an Italian government plane. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, whose sentence and detention triggered international outrage, walked off the aircraft cradling her baby and was greeted by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi. Ibrahim was accompanied on the plane by Italy's vice minister for foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli. He told journalists at Rome's Ciampino airport Italy had been in "constant dialogue" with Sudan but did not give any more details on Rome's role in securing her exit.
 
 

U.N. rights body criticizes Ireland on abortion, church homes

 
‎24 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎01:37:00 PMGo to full article
A woman holds a candlelit vigil outside University Hospital Galway in GalwayBy Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights panel has told Ireland it should revise its highly restrictive abortion laws and that allegations of abuse of women and children at Catholic-run homes must be better investigated. Following months of polarizing debate in the Roman Catholic country, Ireland's parliament voted to allow limited access to abortion for the first time last year but restricted it to cases when a woman's life is in danger. The U.N. Human Rights Committee remained highly critical of the law, saying Ireland should revise it to provide for additional exceptions in cases of rape, incest, serious risks to the health of the mother, or fatal fetal abnormality. "The Committee reiterates its previous concern regarding the highly restrictive circumstances under which women can lawfully have an abortion in the state," it said following hearings last week when Committee Chairman Nigel Rodley said Irish law treated women who were raped as a "a vessel and nothing more".
 
 

Sudanese Christian convert woman arrives in Italy

 
‎24 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:50:27 AMGo to full article
ROME (Reuters) - A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then barred from leaving Sudan arrived at an airport in Rome on Thursday morning on an Italian government plane. Italian television showed Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, leaving the aircraft at Rome's Ciampino airport accompanied by her family and Italy's vice minister for foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli. (Reporting by Alessandro D'Angelo, writing by Isla Binnie)
 

Sudanese Christian convert woman flying to Italy: government official

 
‎24 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:19:42 AMGo to full article
A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity, and then barred from leaving Sudan, was due to arrive in Italy on Thursday, an Italian government official said. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, was on a plane accompanied by Italy's vice minister of foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli, according to the official who asked not to be named. "Mariam, the young Christian woman held in Khartoum after being condemned to death for apostasy, should be arriving in Italy on a government flight," the official said in a text message, without specifying when the flight had left.
 

AP PHOTOS: Church a haven for Muslims in Gaza

 
‎24 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎03:22:42 AMGo to full article
A Palestinians boy sleeps on a mattress on the floor of the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The Greek Orthodox church had opened its doors to hundreds of displaced Palestinians as tens of thousands have fled their homes in fear of Israeli strikes. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Muslim families driven from their homes by the fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas are observing Ramadan in Gaza City's Greek Orthodox church.
 
 

Islamic scholars condemn expulsion of Iraq's 'Christian brothers'

 
‎23 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:16:14 PMGo to full article
An influential group of Islamic scholars has denounced the forced expulsion of Christians from northern Iraq by Islamist hardliners, saying it paves the way for fighting between the country's ethnic and religious groups. The Christian community of Mosul fled to the Kurdish autonomous region last week, ending a presence stretching back nearly 2,000 years, after Islamic State militants set them a deadline to submit to their rule or leave.
 

Gaza church opens doors to war refugees

 
‎23 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:13:09 PMGo to full article
Displaced Palestinian women walk in the courtyard of a Greek Orthodox church where they are taking shelter in Gaza City, on July 23, 2014For the first time in years, Gaza City's Greek Orthodox church is packed to overflowing, having offered refuge to hundreds of Palestinians who fled their homes under Israeli bombardment. Around 600 people, mostly women and children, are sheltering in the church compound in the old sector of Gaza City, after escaping the inferno of neighbouring areas like Shejaiya. "A big number of women and kids, babies, they don't have homes," Archbishop Alexios told AFP. The eastern district of Gaza City was pummelled by Israeli shelling, in one of the deadliest days of the more than two-week conflict between Israel and Hamas militants who control the coastal strip.
 
 

Obama government looks to satisfy religious groups on Obamacare

 
‎23 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎04:43:25 AMGo to full article
A man sits at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaThe Obama administration is developing a method for religious organizations opposed to contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act to opt out of providing the coverage in their health plans without filling out a form. Under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, known as Obamacare, employers must provide health insurance policies that cover preventive services for women, including contraception and sterilization. As a result, the Obama administration intends to augment its regulations to provide an alternative way for such religious organizations to provide notification while ensuring that enrollees in plans of such organizations receive separate coverage of contraceptive services.
 
 

Maryland church built in 1773 ravaged by fire

 
‎23 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎02:20:56 AMGo to full article
Firefighters from 4 counties and two states battle the fire at St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Hebron, Md., Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The church built in 1773 was on the National Register of Historic Places. (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Todd Dudek) NO SALESHEBRON, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a 241-year-old church on the National Register of Historic Places has been ravaged by fire in Maryland.
 
 

Thieves steal air conditioners from rural Tennessee churches

 
‎22 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:45:51 PMGo to full article
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Thieves have been stealing central air conditioning units from rural Tennessee churches during a scorching summer heat wave, and they'll face hell fire for eternity if they're not caught here on earth, a church official said on Tuesday. He's the almighty," said Bill Casteel, an elder at Union Grove Church of Christ in Cleveland in southeast Tennessee. Three units, worth $9,000, were stolen from Casteel's church, said Bob Gault, spokesman for the Bradley County Sheriff's Office. Other units worth thousands of dollars each were taken from Cedar Springs Baptist Church and Thompson Springs Baptist Church in the same town.
 

Update: ISIS Expels 1600-Year-Old Christian Community from Mosul

 
‎22 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:47:50 PMGo to full article
Update: ISIS Expels 1600-Year-Old Christian Community from MosulWhile details of the recent expulsion of the Christian community in Mosul have been well-documented and verified, the report that ISIS burned down an 1800-year-old church is now being disputed. ISIS, which recently rebranded as the Islamic State, has solidified its control over Iraq's second-largest city by imposing Sharia law and expelling Christians who won't convert to Islam. Friday at noon was the deadline for Christian families to meet ISIS’s demands: Convert to Islam, pay an anachronistic Islamic tax for non-Muslims known as jizya, leave Mosul, or be killed. On the way out of town last week, the final 1500 families of Mosul's Christian population were reportedly robbed at ISIS checkpoints. And following Friday's deadline, ISIS reportedly set fire to a 1800-year-old church.
 
 

Homemade explosive goes off at Santiago church, another defused

 
‎22 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:40:49 PMGo to full article
A homemade incendiary device exploded outside the entrance to a Santiago church early Tuesday morning, but no one was hurt and there was minor damage, government spokesman Alvaro Elizalde said. "As a government we are working with the police to discover who is behind these explosive devices," Interior minister Rodrigo Penailillo said.
 

Greek Orthodox church in Gaza shelters Muslims fleeing war

 
‎22 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:16:34 PMGo to full article
By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - About 1,000 Palestinian Muslims fleeing Israeli shells devastating their Gaza neighborhood have found shelter in a building they otherwise would rarely if ever enter, the city's 12th-century Greek Orthodox Church. Despite its thick walls dating back to the Crusades, the Church of Saint Porphyrius was still not a very safe haven. This is the duty of the church and we are doing all we can to help them," Archbishop Alexios told Reuters as the sounds of small children echoed outside his office at the church. "At the beginning there were 600 people and today they became a thousand - mostly children and women.
 

Sierra Leone religious leaders criticise government handling of Ebola

 
‎21 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:34:26 PMGo to full article
Health workers take blood samples for Ebola virus testing at a screening tent in the local government hospital in KenemaBy Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Religious leaders in Sierra Leone have criticised the government's handling of an Ebola outbreak that has killed 194 people in the West Africa country, saying a lack of information was prompting rural communities to shun medical help. Health authorities in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to contain the worst outbreak of the deadly epidemic which has killed some 603 people since early this year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Bishop John Yambasu, chairman of an interfaith task force, said he was "seriously disappointed" the government had failed to declare a public health emergency and pump more resources into the fight against Ebola, which has infected 400 people in the country. It warned of resistance from remote rural communities to allowing access to doctors amid fears that outsiders were spreading the disease.
 
 

New York mayor talks migration with Vatican No. 2

 
‎21 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎02:42:57 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — New York City's mayor has paid a call on Pope Francis' top aide to discuss migration issues.
 

Iraq Catholic leader says Islamic State worse than Genghis Khan

 
‎20 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎11:16:55 PMGo to full article
Iraqi Christians attend a mass at St. Joseph Chaldean Church in BaghdadBy Dominic Evans and Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The head of Iraq's largest church said on Sunday that Islamic State militants who drove Christians out of Mosul were worse than Mongol leader Genghis Khan and his grandson Hulagu who ransacked medieval Baghdad. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako led a wave of condemnation for the Sunni Islamists who demanded Christians either convert, submit to their radical rule and pay a religious levy or face death by the sword. At the Vatican, Pope Francis decried what he said was the persecution of Christians in the birthplace of their faith, while U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Islamic State's actions could constitute a crime against humanity. Hundreds of Christian families left Mosul ahead of Saturday's ultimatum, many of them stripped of their possessions as they fled for safety.
 
 

False rape claim behind latest religious clashes: Myanmar media

 
‎20 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:17:12 PMGo to full article
Myanmar police stand guard on a street of Mandalay, in central Myanmar on July 4, 2014Myanmar's latest religious clashes began after a Buddhist woman was paid to make false rape claims against two Muslim brothers, state media reported Sunday. Two men -- a Buddhist and a Muslim -- died in riots in the country's second city Mandalay that flared on July 1 following social media reports that the Muslim men had raped a Buddhist employee at their tea shop. More than 20 others were wounded as violence rocked the city for several days, the latest in a series of religious clashes that have bedevilled the former junta-run nation for two years. The report, citing the Ministry of Home Affairs, said a medical examination of the woman -- named as Phyu Phyu Min -- found "no sign of rape or other violence".
 
 

MH17 victims remembered at church services across Australia

 
‎20 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎03:40:19 PMGo to full article
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (C) and his wife Margaret (R) attend a service for victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at St Mary's Catherdral in Sydney on July 20, 2014Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott demanded Sunday that the bodies of those killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed be "treated with respect" and said he feared interference with evidence would continue. Abbott joined a growing chorus of outrage from world leaders demanding Russia's full cooperation with what is becoming a monumentally challenging investigation into the downing of MH17 while bound from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 298 people from a dozen countries on board. Twenty-eight Australian nationals and nine residents were on the flight which is believed to have been shot down over Ukraine on Thursday, and Abbott said recovering the bodies was a priority. He told Australia's Nine Network the crash site was being "absolutely trampled" with "bodies being put into bags and carted off to who knows where", amid reports OSCE observers had found corpses packed into a series of refrigerated train wagons miles from the site.
 
 

Pope expresses concern for Iraqi Christians

 
‎20 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎01:19:39 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has expressed concern for Christians forced to flee Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, where Christians have resided for centuries.
 

Pope speaks out for 'persecuted' Iraqi Christians

 
‎20 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎12:50:45 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis greets the crowd from the window of his apartments during the Sunday's Angelus prayer at St Peter's Square on July 20, 2014 at the VaticanPope Francis on Sunday said Iraqi Christians were being "persecuted" and "stripped of everything" as hundreds of Christian families fled Mosul after a jihadist ultimatum. "Our brothers are being persecuted, chased away, they are forced to leave their homes without being able to take anything with them," Francis said during his weekly Angelus prayer from a balcony overlooking St Peter's Square. The jihadists, who have run the city since a sweeping military offensive that began six weeks ago, have told the thousands of Christians in Mosul they can convert to Islam, pay a special tax or leave. An earlier statement by Mosul's new rulers had said there would be "nothing for them but the sword" if Christians did not abide by those conditions by 0900 GMT on July 19.
 
 

MH17 victims remembered at church services across Australia

 
‎20 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎08:56:58 AMGo to full article
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (C) and his wife Margaret attend a service for victims of Flight MH17 with Peter Cosgrove (L), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, at St. Mary's Catherdral in Sydney on July 20, 2014Australians were Sunday remembering those killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at church services, as stories emerged of parents losing children, and doctors, teachers and a nun among the dead. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who attended a Catholic mass in Sydney, spoke of the nation's anguish, saying there would hardly be any Australians who hadn't been emotionally touched by the tragedy. Bishop Peter Comensoli, who led the mass at Sydney's St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, said the downing of MH17 was not an accident, but "the outcome of a trail of human evil". In Melbourne, a special mass was held for the HIV/AIDS experts and campaigners who had boarded the Malaysia Airlines flight as they made their way to that city for an international AIDS conference.
 
 

Ancient Christian population of Mosul flees Islamic State

 
‎19 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎08:15:15 PMGo to full article
By Ahmed Rasheed and Maggie Fick BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The ancient Christian community of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul had all but fled by Saturday, ending a presence stretching back nearly two millennia after radical Islamists set them a midday deadline to submit to Islamic rule or leave. The ultimatum by the Islamic State drove out the few hundred Christians who had stayed on when the group's hardline Sunni Muslim fighters overran Mosul a month ago, threatening Christians and the diverse city's other religious communities. This week the Islamic State gave any remaining Christians a final choice to make by Saturday noon: convert to Islam, pay a religious tax, or face the sword. A Catholic bishop from Mosul told Reuters that 150 Christian families had left in recent days and church leaders had advised the few families who wanted to negotiate with militants that they should also flee for their own safety.
 

Jihadist ultimatum sparks Christian exodus from Iraq's Mosul

 
‎19 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:09:00 AMGo to full article
Displaced Iraqis who fled violence in Tal Afar lay on makeshifts beds at the Bahrka camp near Arbil, in the autonomous Kurdistan region, on July 12, 2014Thousands of Christians poured into Kurdistan as they fled a Saturday ultimatum by jihadists who overran northwestern Iraq last month and proclaimed a caliphate. As militants attempted to break government defences in strategic areas and edge closer to Baghdad, Christians joined hundreds of thousands of Shiite and other refugees into Kurdistan. Their flight to the safety of the neighbouring autonomous region coincided with the expected homecoming of Iraq's Kurdish president, Jalal Talabani, after 18 months of medical treatment in Germany. The Islamic State (IS) group running Mosul had already demanded that those Christians still in the city convert, pay a special tax or leave but messages blaring on mosques' loudspeakers appeared to spark an exodus.
 
 

Obama Won't Exempt Religious Groups From LGBT Discrimination Protection Order

 
‎19 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎12:25:57 AMGo to full article
Obama Won't Exempt Religious Groups From LGBT Discrimination Protection OrderPresident Obama will finally sign his anticipated executive order banning discrimination against gay employees by federal workers and contractors. Despite requests from his allies in the religious community, the order will not include any religious exemptions, according to The New York Times.  The president first announced his plans to sign the order last month, after Congress failed to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would have prevented private and public employers from discriminating against workers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill passed the Senate in November, but hasn't moved through the Republican-led House. The order will prevent federal contractors from discriminating against their LGBT employees and also protect federal employees from discrimination.
 
 

Minister: Methodist church appeals 'refrocking'

 
‎19 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎12:19:35 AMGo to full article
In this June 24, 2014 photo, United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer speaks during a news conference at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia. Schaefer, who was ousted and then reinstated after performing his son's gay marriage said Friday, July 18, 2014 that a church official is appealing his refrocking. Schaefer is disappointed to learn of the appeal, but not surprised. He is moving to a California diocese this week after his decision to officiate at his son's 2007 same-sex marriage thwarted his church career in Pennsylvania. He has since become a gay rights activist. He said he hoped the church's Judicial Council would decline to take up the appeal. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Methodist minister ousted and then reinstated after performing his son's gay marriage said Friday that a church official is appealing his refrocking.
 
 

Pope calls for justice in 1994 attack on Argentine Jewish center

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎11:07:14 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis waves as he leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the VaticanPope Francis called for justice to be served in his native Argentina on Friday, the twentieth anniversary of the deadly bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish commuity center that local courts blamed on Iran. Investigations into the attack in which an explosives-laden truck exploded outside the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) building, killing 85, have advanced little in two decades. "We tend to archive things in order not to burden ourselves with history, with suffering," the pope said in a video address in Spanish that was screened during an anniversary event organized by the Jewish community in Buenos Aires. May justice be done!" An Argentine Federal court on Thursday struck down a 2013 agreement between the South American country and Iran to investigate together the bombing - a deal that had been delayed anyway by Iranian reluctance to move forward in implementing it.
 
 

Jihadist ultimatum sparks Christian exodus from Iraq's Mosul

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:34:36 PMGo to full article
Iraqi Christians fleeing the violence in the towns of Qaraqush and Bartala pray at the Saint George church on July 1, 2014 in ArbilThousands of Christians abandoned their homes and belongings to flee the Iraqi city of Mosul Friday following an ultimatum by jihadists who overran the region last month and proclaimed a caliphate. As militants attempted to break government defences in strategic areas and edge closer to Baghdad, Christians joined hundreds of thousands of Shiite and other refugees into Kurdistan. Their flight to the safety of the neighbouring autonomous region coincided with the expected homecoming of Iraq's Kurdish president, Jalal Talabani, after 18 months of treatment in Germany. The Islamic State group running Mosul had already demanded that those Christians still in the city convert, pay a special tax or leave but messages blaring on mosques' loudspeakers appeared to spark an exodus.
 
 

Obama to sign orders protecting gay and transgender workers without new religious exemption

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:30:28 PMGo to full article
Obama to sign orders protecting gay and transgender workers without new religious exemption.
 

Pope seeks justice 20 years after attack on Argentine Jews

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:27:53 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis waves from the window of his study overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on July 13, 2014Pope Francis called Friday for justice to be done in the unsolved bombing at a Jewish center in Argentina that killed 85 people and wounded 300 others two decades ago. "Twenty years on from the tragedy at the Argentine Jewish Charities Federation (AMIA), I want to express my closeness with the Argentine Jewish community and all the victims' families, whether Jewish or Christian," the pope said in a recorded message played at commemorations of the anniversary. "I've said before that Buenos Aires is a city that needs to weep, that still hasn't cried enough," said Francis, who served as archbishop of Buenos Aires before becoming pope and was auxiliary bishop of the city when the bomb exploded at the AMIA on July 18, 1994. Since 2006, Argentine courts have demanded the extradition of eight Iranians, including former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former defense minister Ahmad Vahidi and Mohsen Rabbani, Iran's former cultural attache in Buenos Aires.
 
 

Bible museum planned for US capital

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:51:37 PMGo to full article
Hobby Lobby co-founders David Green (L) and Barbara Green (C) leave the U.S. Supreme Court on March 25, 2014 in Washington, DCThe devout Christian family that upended a part of President Barack Obama's health care law aims to open a Bible museum in Washington in 2017, a spokesperson for the project said Friday. The Green family, owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores, is contributing its vast private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts to the museum planned a few blocks from the Capitol and the National Mall. The ruling was seen by some as a victory for religious freedoms in the United States -- as well as a blow to a controversial section of Obama's health care reforms.
 
 

German church exits spike amid bling bishop furor

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:32:47 PMGo to full article
BERLIN (AP) — The German Bishops' Conference says the number of Germans leaving the Roman Catholic church jumped sharply last year, an apparent result of an uproar over a bishop's lavish new residence.
 

Exclusive: Vatican dispute sheds light on HP case in troubled Autonomy deal

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:48:23 PMGo to full article
A Hewlett-Packard logo is seen at the company's Executive Briefing Center in Palo AltoThe Vatican has become enmeshed in a struggle between Hewlett-Packard Co and Michael Lynch, the former CEO of the UK software company Autonomy Corp bought by HP in 2011 in a deal that led to a big loss for the U.S. technology giant. An argument over the proposed use of Autonomy’s software to help digitize the Vatican’s library potentially lends support to HP’s accusation that Autonomy booked sales even when the intended end user had not decided to buy the software. In the end, the Vatican says it did not purchase the software for the library project from Autonomy or from a reseller of Autonomy’s products, MicroTechnologies LLC. Nevertheless, Autonomy booked $11.55 million in revenue based on the sale to MicroTech of software that was earmarked for the proposed Vatican deal, according to sources familiar with HP’s investigation.
 
 

Pope Francis phones Peres, Abbas to call for Gaza ceasefire

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎04:01:52 PMGo to full article
Israeli President Shimon Peres (left) shakes hands with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas as Pope Francis looks on following a peace summit at the Vatican, on June 8, 2014Pope Francis on Friday phoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza conflict, the Vatican said. Francis "reminded the presidents" about the need "to bring an end to hostilities, making efforts to promote a truce, peace and reconciliation in the hearts of those involved", read a statement from the Vatican. "The Holy Father Francis personally telephoned President Shimon Peres and President Mahmoud Abbas to share his very serious concerns regarding the current situation," it said.
 
 

Pope Francis calls Israeli, Palestinian presidents to urge peace

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎02:04:50 PMGo to full article
ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis telephoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday to express his "very grave concerns" over the conflict in Gaza, the Vatican said. [ID:nL6N0PT00D] The pontiff, who hosted a prayer meeting with the two leaders in the Vatican last month, called on all sides to work for an end to hostilities and for peace and reconciliation. (Reporting by James Mackenzie; Editing by Louise Ireland)
 

Family of Sudanese Christian convert sues to annul daughter's marriage

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎12:46:00 PMGo to full article
The family of a Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for marrying a Christian South-Sudanese American has filed a lawsuit to have her marriage annulled in a new attempt to stop her leaving the country. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, says she was born and raised as a Christian by an Ethiopian family in Sudan and later abducted by the Sudanese Muslim family. Under Sudan's Islamic religious law, Muslim women are not permitted to marry Christian men. Although an appeals court quashed Ibrahim's death sentence last month, the government still refuses to accept her identity as a South-Sudanese Christian and accuses her of using falsified travel papers to try to leave with her husband and two children.
 

Pope demands justice for Argentina terror attack

 
‎18 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎04:08:01 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this August 28, 2013, file photo, Pope Francis has his picture taken inside St. Peter's Basilica with youths from the Italian Diocese of Piacenza and Bobbio who came to Rome for a pilgrimage, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. Pope Francis is demanding justice for the victims of Argentina's worst terrorist attack, using a video recorded on an amateur smartphone. The video will be aired on Friday July 18, 2014. It's the second time Francis has provided a homemade smartphone message to issue a directed message, and confirms that the 77-year-old pope, is perfectly comfortable using new media and technology to communicate. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, File)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Pope Francis is demanding justice for the victims of Argentina's worst terrorist attack, using what is increasingly becoming his signature way of communicating: an amateur smartphone video message, recorded on the fly by a visiting friend in the comfort of Francis' Vatican hotel room.
 
 

Arizona authorities probe church fires as possible hate crimes

 
‎17 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:27:52 PMGo to full article
By David Schwartz MESA Ariz. (Reuters) - Arizona authorities are probing a series of arson fires at suburban Phoenix churches as possible hate crimes after an apparent arsonist set Bibles alight on church doorsteps, police said on Thursday.     Authorities said up to six small fires were touched off at four churches in Mesa, Arizona, since mid-May by burning the books, said police spokeswoman Sergeant Diana Williams. Police have declined to confirm the details of that incident.     Mesa police said the first arson fire was reported on May 11 at the Mesa Baptist Church, followed by another at the church on May 17. Those blazes were ignited near a back door to the gymnasium on the sprawling four-acre grounds of the Mesa Baptist church, Senior Pastor Mark Rice said.
 

Gay, married church worker sues Missouri Catholic diocese for firing

 
‎17 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:45:55 PMGo to full article
Colleen Simon smiles as her wife looks at her at their home in Kansas City, MissouriBy Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - A Missouri church worker sued the Catholic diocese in Kansas City on Thursday claiming she was wrongfully fired from her salaried position as a pastoral associate after her marriage to another woman was mentioned in a local newspaper. The lawsuit, filed in Jackson County Circuit Court in Independence, Missouri, against the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph and embattled church leader Bishop Robert Finn, claims fraud and violation of Missouri law. It states that Colleen Simon's same-sex marital status was known and accepted when she was hired to run a food pantry and oversee other social outreach efforts, but was used as a reason to fire her after it was publicized.
 
 

Pope schedules back-to-back trips to Naples area

 
‎17 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:35:34 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is planning rare back-to-back trips to the city of Caserta near Naples, one official and one private.
 

Italian director to shoot first film about Pope Francis

 
‎17 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:24:55 PMGo to full article
'Motorcycle Diaries' star Rodrigo De La Serna (pictured) may play Pope Francis in the first film about the pontiffAn Italian director best known for telling complex on-screen love stories will begin shooting the first film about Pope Francis in Argentina later this year, Italian radio reported on Thursday. Daniele Luchetti said he would start filming the biopic in October, after he had become fascinated by the pontiff's openness on various issues. "I want to tell the story of (Francis) before he became pope," Luchetti told Italy's RAI2 public radio. Asked which actor could play the pope, Luchetti mentioned Argentine star Rodrigo de la Serna, who played Che Guevara's friend in the biopic "The Motorcycle Diaries".
 
 

Pope schedules back-to-back trips to Caserta

 
‎17 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:20:14 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is planning rare back-to-back trips to the city of Caserta near Naples, one official and one private.
 

Sudanese family lawyer drops lawsuit against Christian woman

 
‎16 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎11:02:22 PMGo to full article
The case of Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, raised an international furore when a Sudanese court sentenced her to death in May on charges of converting from Islam to Christianity and marrying a Christian South Sudanese-American. Ibrahim says she was born and raised as a Christian by an Ethiopian family in Sudan and was later abducted by the Sudanese Muslim family. The Muslim family denies that and insists she belongs to them. An appeals court quashed the death sentence late last month, but the government accused her of trying to leave Sudan with falsified South Sudanese travel papers, preventing her departure for America with her husband and two children.
 

Pope's hints on married priests trouble Vatican

 
‎16 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:46:17 AMGo to full article
Pope Francis waves during his Sunday Angelus from the window of his study overlooking St.Peter's Square at the Vatican on July 6, 2014Pope Francis's hints about a possible opening on the issue of married priests are sowing confusion in the Vatican and among Catholic reformists and conservatives alike. Twice in three months, Francis has talked about changes to the tradition of celibate priests -- although he has never been precise about how exactly this could be reformed. On a flight back from his trip to the Middle East, Francis pointed out that there were already married priests in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic and Coptic Catholic churches. The European Federation of Married Catholic Priests estimated more than 100,000 former Catholic priests have got married over the years -- a figure which would make up around a quarter of the number of current priests.
 
 

Women bishops? How American Episcopalians view Church of England vote

 
‎15 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎11:11:00 PMGo to full article
Indeed, the Church of England, the mostly-symbolic mother church for an 80-million-member global Anglican community that includes 2.1 million American Episcopalians, is one of the oldest and most conservative of Christian traditions to officially break in full from the long-held requirement of an all-male clergy. “I don't think you can overstate the fact that the Church of England allowing women to take up the role of bishop is going to change the church,” said the Very Reverend June Osborne, dean of the Salisbury Cathedral in southern England, after the vote. Like their liturgical cousins in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions – which together make up approximately 1.5 billion of the world’s 2.2 billion Christians – Anglicans generally adhere to Christian rites and rituals that go back at least 1,500 years, if not longer, scholars say. For Catholics and Orthodox, the ordination of women remains strictly forbidden for this reason.
 

Church lawyer details cover-up claims on sex abuse

 
‎15 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:11:20 PMGo to full article
Jennifer Haselberger shares her story during an interview in St. Paul, Minn.A canon lawyer alleging a widespread cover-up of clergy sex misconduct in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has made her most detailed claims yet, accusing archbishops and their top staff of lying to the public and of ignoring the U.S. bishops' pledge to have no tolerance of priests who abuse.
 
 

Puerto Rico church abuse case ruling causes outcry

 
‎15 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:10:46 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, a man gives money to a beggar sitting on the steps of the San Felipe Cathedral, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The Supreme Court of Puerto Rico ruled Tuesday, July 15, 2014, the Roman Catholic diocese in Arecibo does not need to share information about alleged sexual abuse by its priests if the victims are adults who wish to maintain their privacy. (AP Photo/Danica Coto, File)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's justice secretary criticized a Supreme Court decision allowing a Roman Catholic diocese to withhold the names of sex abuse victims who wish to remain private, saying Tuesday it would help the church protect pedophile priests.
 
 

Pope seeks protection of young US-bound migrants

 
‎15 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:03:02 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday called for "urgent intervention" to protect minors traveling on their own in increasing numbers from Central and South America to the United States.
 

Puerto Rico issues ruling in church abuse case

 
‎15 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:46:35 PMGo to full article
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Supreme Court of Puerto Rico has found that a Roman Catholic diocese does not need to share information about alleged sexual abuse by its priests if the victims are adults who wish to maintain their privacy.
 

British women on the march? Cabinet, Anglican Church boost gender equality.

 
‎15 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:04:44 PMGo to full article
He’s being replaced by a man, Philip Hammond. The Daily Telegraph called it a "cull of the middle-aged white men.” It was the Financial Times who headlined: “David Cameron discards the ‘male, pale, and stale’ in reshuffle.” The news follows the Church of England's historic decision yesterday to allow women to become bishops, ending a two-decade dispute – and centuries of history.
 

Australia priest abuse rate double pope's estimate: church group

 
‎15 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:48:10 AMGo to full article
Pope Francis arrives at the Colosseum on March 29, 2013 in RomeAn Australian Catholic Church body dealing with the legacy of child sex abuse by clergy said Tuesday it believed the number of paedophile priests was historically twice the pope's reported estimate. In an report published on Sunday, Pope Francis condemned child sex abuse as a "leprosy" in the church and cited his aides as saying that "the level of paedophilia in the church is at two percent". "That two percent includes priests and even bishops and cardinals," the pope was quoted as telling Italy's La Repubblica daily, in comments later questioned by a Vatican spokesman. Francis Sullivan, the chief executive of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, said he believed the figure was historically higher in Australia, where clergy were deeply involved in schools and orphanages.
 
 

N. Korean Catholics asked to attend Pope's mass

 
‎15 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎07:16:36 AMGo to full article
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean Catholic officials have renewed a request for North Korea to send about 10 Catholics to a mass to be celebrated by Pope Francis during his August visit to Seoul, a Catholic official said Tuesday.
 

Church of England says yes to women bishops

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎11:26:21 PMGo to full article
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, second right, and unidentified members of the clergy, arrive for the General Synod meeting, at The University of York, in York England, Monday July 14, 2014. The Church of England is set to vote on whether women should be allowed to enter its top ranks as bishops. The Church's national assembly, known as the General Synod, is meeting in York, northern England, where it will debate the issue ahead of a vote Monday. (AP Photo/PA, Lynne Cameron) UNITED KINGDOM OUTLONDON (AP) — The Church of England ended one of its longest and most divisive disputes Monday with an overwhelming vote in favor of allowing women to become bishops.
 
 

Ex-pope Benedict XVI pleased about World Cup: secretary

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:20:19 PMGo to full article
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI waves as he arrives at the Vatican on April 27, 2014Pope emeritus Benedict XVI was particularly pleased with the World Cup final because there were players from his native Bavaria in the winning team but said he hoped Argentina would recover quickly, his secretary said on Monday. Archbishop Georg Gaenswein said he watched the match along with Benedict XVI's entire staff but the 87-year-old pope -- who prefers theology and piano music to sports -- did not. "He preferred to sleep," Gaenswein, a German cleric with a dual loyalties as he also heads up the pontifical household for Argentine Pope Francis, told Vatican Radio. Asked whether Benedict XVI was pleased when told the result on Monday, Gaenswein said: "Yes and no because the team has some Bavarians and that warms the heart even more.
 
 

Pope Francis skipped World Cup final to stay 'neutral'

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:15:54 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis (C) waves to faithfuls during a mass in St Peter's basilica, June 3, 2013 at the VaticanPope Francis did not watch his native Argentina play Germany in the World Cup final as "a matter of neutrality," the Vatican's chief of ceremonies Guillermo Karcher said Monday. Francis is known as a lifelong football fan and card-carrying member of Argentine club San Lorenzo, but Karcher said he did not even tune in to see the nail-biting final in Brazil, which Germany won 1-0 in extra time. "The pope was updated on the World Cup but said he wasn't going to watch it as a matter of neutrality," Karcher, one of Francis's closest associates, told Argentine broadcaster Radio del Plata.
 
 

Church of England votes in favor of women bishops

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:30:01 PMGo to full article
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, second right, and unidentified members of the clergy, arrive for the General Synod meeting, at The University of York, in York England, Monday July 14, 2014. The Church of England is set to vote on whether women should be allowed to enter its top ranks as bishops. The Church's national assembly, known as the General Synod, is meeting in York, northern England, where it will debate the issue ahead of a vote Monday. (AP Photo/PA, Lynne Cameron) UNITED KINGDOM OUTLONDON (AP) — The Church of England voted Monday to allow women to enter its top ranks as bishops after years of bitter debates which at times threatened the stature of the state church in British society.
 
 

Church of England women toast right to be bishops with champagne

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎08:39:57 PMGo to full article
Members of the clergy take a selfie as they celebrate after members voted to approve the creation of female bishops at the Church of England General Synod in York, northern England, on July 14, 2014Popping champagne corks, hugging and crying, women priests toasted victory on Monday after the Church of England voted in favour of allowing female bishops for the first time in its nearly 500-year history. The celebrations started in the hall at the General Synod in York, northern England, which erupted into cheers as soon as the result was announced. The church's de facto number two, Archbishop of York John Sentamu, led then delegates in singing the South African hymn "We Are Marching In The Light Of God" as some clapped and swayed along. "There is just this wonderful sense of relief," said Miranda Threlfall-Holmes, a vicar in northeast England and vice-chair of campaign group Women In The Church (WATCH).
 
 

Church of England votes 'yes' to women bishops

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎06:43:29 PMGo to full article
Members of the Church of England's Synod attend the session during which they will discuss and vote on the consecration of women bishops, in YorkBy Tess Little LONDON (Reuters) - The Church of England voted on Monday to allow women to become bishops, a historic decision which overturns centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply divided over the issue. Two years ago, a similar proposal failed narrowly due to opposition from traditionalist lay members, to the dismay of modernisers, the Church hierarchy and politicians. "Today is the completion of what was begun over 20 years ago with the ordination of women as priests. I am delighted with today's result," said Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, spiritual leader of the world's 80 million Anglicans.
 
 

Church of England to Allow Appointing of Female Bishops

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎06:10:47 PMGo to full article
Church of England to Allow Appointing of Female BishopsThe Church of England has voted to allow women to become bishops at its national assembly meeting Monday. The legislation, voted on by the Church's governing body or the General Synod, comes two years after a controversial November 2012 decision to forbid female bishops. In an address to the Church, the bishop of Rochester, the Right Rev James Langstaff, outlined the importance of the decision: The Church of England has spoken very clearly through the voting of the diocesan synods and we today have, I believe, a responsibility to show that we have listened.
 
 

Church of England approves women bishops

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:46:06 PMGo to full article
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (C) poses for pictures with women priests on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral in London, on May 3, 2014, to mark the twentieth anniversary of women becoming ordained priests in the Church of EnglandYork (United Kingdom) (AFP) - The Church of England on Monday voted to allow its first ever female bishops, ending half a century of divisive wrangling over the role of women.
 
 

Church of England votes in favor of allowing women bishops

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:37:38 PMGo to full article
LONDON (Reuters) - The Church of England's governing body voted in favor of allowing women bishops on Monday, overturning centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply divided over the issue. After almost five hours of debate, the General Synod, the governing body of the Church of England, approved the proposal to allow women to take up senior roles in the Church. (Reporting by Michael Holden and Tess Little; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)
 

Church of England votes yes to allowing female bishops after years of controversy

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:37:06 PMGo to full article
Church of England votes yes to allowing female bishops after years of controversy.
 

Church of England set to vote on women bishops

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎12:38:28 PMGo to full article
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, second right, and unidentified members of the clergy, arrive for the General Synod meeting, at The University of York, in York England, Monday July 14, 2014. The Church of England is set to vote on whether women should be allowed to enter its top ranks as bishops. The Church's national assembly, known as the General Synod, is meeting in York, northern England, where it will debate the issue ahead of a vote Monday. (AP Photo/PA, Lynne Cameron) UNITED KINGDOM OUTLONDON (AP) — The Church of England is set to vote on whether women should be allowed to enter its top ranks as bishops.
 
 

Ukraine crisis poisons Catholic-Orthodox relations

 
‎14 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎01:06:32 AMGo to full article
Pope Francis (2nd L) speaks with Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk (2nd R) during a private audience at the Vatican on November 12, 2013 in this photo released by Osservatore RomanoThe crisis in Ukraine is undermining reconciliation efforts between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church and has shown up Pope Francis's inability to make his peace message heard in the conflict-torn country, analysts said. Francis has called for dialogue in Ukraine -- as he does for conflicts around the world -- but the Vatican has kept a distance and did not take a position on Russia's annexation of Crimea in March or subsequent hostilities in the east of the country. The pope was faced with an impossible task, with the Russian Orthodox Church regularly accusing Ukrainian Greek Catholics allied with the Vatican of supporting far-right nationalists and sabotaging Rome-Moscow relations. Metropolitan Hilarion, who acts as the Russian Orthodox Church's foreign minister, accused the Greek Catholic hierarchy in June of playing a "very destructive role".
 

 

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"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." - John 3:16

Because of its emphasis on "the Love of God" and Jesus' being the incarnation of that Love, many believe this gospel is the most important for new and old Christians alike to take to heart. Written by the "disciple whom Jesus loved", the book of John is organized around seven miracles, seven discourses and seven "I AM" statements. This study is so deep "an elephant can bathe in it, and yet an infant can wade in it."

This study contains 20 hours of verse by verse teachings


Available in the following formats:

DVD:

10 DVD Set
1 CD-Rom with 20 MP3 files and 1 PDF Notes file
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Biblical Archaeological Society

 

Weathering the Coming Storm

 

 

 

Price R399.00

 

Description

Dr. Chuck Missler, an internationally known business executive, outlines our current economic predicament and defensive steps you can take to lessen the impact of the impending economic crisis. As a Bible teacher for over 30 years with a ministry reaching over 40 countries, Chuck shares some key strategies to prepare yourself spiritually and practically.

Is the World facing another major economic upheaval?

What is the best strategy to protect your family in times of economic uncertainty?

The Church has enjoyed a relatively peaceful existence in the West for a few centuries but the with the coming persecution, how do we go about organizing home study and home-church?

Soul Survival – Keeping your “lamp full” during the hard times ahead.

Join Dr. Chuck Missler and Ron Matsen in the Executive Brie fing Room of
The River Lodge, New Zealand, in an intensive summary outlining what lies
ahead and how we can prepare for the coming storm.

Runtime: Approx. 5 hours

© 2012 Koinonia House Inc.

Available in the following formats:

DVD:

•3 Disks
•5 M4A Files
•1 PDF Notes File
•Color, 16:9, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, Region encoding (This DVD will be viewable in other countries WITH the proper DVD player and television set.)
 

 

2012

Strategic Trends

by Chuck Missler

 

 

DVD

PRICE R 299.00

 

END TIMES SCENARIO

DVD

 

 

3 set DVD

 

 

End Times

Scenario

 

Chuck Missler

 

Session Listing

Session 1

Introduction. Eschatological Hermeneutics. Preview of the Sessions. Daniel’s 70 Weeks.

Session 2

The Harpazo (“The Rapture”). Its Biblical Basis. Alternative Views. Old Testament Allusions.

Session 3

Pre-Rapture Events. The 70th Week of Daniel 9: Definition; the Abomina­tion of Desolation; the AntiChrist; the First Beast and the False Prophet; the Mark of the Beast.

Session 4

Babylon. Kings of the East. Armageddon (The Refuge in Edom; The Sequence). The Second Coming. The Kingdom.

Session 5

The Millennium: Satan bound. Amillennialism. The Final Rebellion (Magog #2). The Great White Throne. The Millennial Temple. The New Jerusalem. Recap and Overview.

Session 6

Post-Rapture Events (for the Redeemed). The Bema Seat. The Wedding of the Bride. The Kingdom (from) Heaven. The Overcomers: the Metachoi.

Letters to 7 Churches.

 

 

African Missionary’s Notice

 

I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have Holy Spirit power.

           The die has been cast.

                             I have stepped over the line.

                                            The decision has been made.

                                                            I’m a disciple of His.

                             I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.

 

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense,

                 my future is secure. 

                                I’m finished with low living,

                                             sight walking, small planning,

                                                            smooth knees, colourless dreams,

                     tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need pre-eminence,

                prosperity, position, promotions,     

                              plaudits, or popularity.

 I don’t have to be right,

                        first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded.

            I now live by faith,

                    lean on His presence,

                                 walk by patience, lift by prayer,

                                                and labour by power.

             My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven,

                              my road is narrow, my way rough,

                                        my companions few,

 my guide reliable, my mission clear.

              I cannot be bought,

                           compromised, detoured, lured away,

                                            turned back, deluded or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice,

                        hesitate in the presence of the adversary,

   negotiate at the table of the enemy,

                                                 ponder at the pool of popularity,

                                                            or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, or let up,

                        until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up,

                                    paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ.

 I am a disciple of Jesus.

I must go till He comes, give till I drop,

                 preach till all know, and work till He stops me.

 And when He comes for His own,      

                              He will have no problems recognizing me

                                       —my banner will be clear!

— by an Anonymous African Pastor —nailed to his wall prior to his execution

 

 

Price 

R399.00

 

This DVD includes notes in PDF format and M4A files.

3 Disc
6  M4A Files
Color, Fullscreen 16:9, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, Region  This DVD will be viewable in other countries WITH the proper DVD player and television set.)

+ 6 Hours

 

 

Many people are becoming increasingly conscious that we are entering a unique phase of human history. Some are terrified. Some are predicting cosmic doom on the near horizon. Others are making astonishing predictions. What does the Bible really say?

Eschatology (the Study of “Last Things”) is among the most challenging avenues of study, even for the most sophisticated.

  • What are the “real” End Time events?
  • What is the most preposterous doctrine in Christianity?
  • Does the Church go through the Great Tribulation?
  • Which Kingdom do we pray for in the Lord’s Prayer?
  • Is there really a “Battle of Armageddon”? Why?
  • What Scripture did Jesus deliberately leave out in Nazareth?
  • Who is the “AntiChrist”? Is he alive today?
  • Should we expect a literal Babylon on the horizon?

Join Dr. Chuck Missler in the Executive Briefing Room of The River Lodge, in New Zealand, for an intensive summary of the entire fabric of controversies and insights in this most provocative area.

© 2012 Koinonia House Inc.

This briefing pack collection contains 6 hours of teaching

Available in the following formats


DVD:
  • 3 Disks
  • 6 M4A Files
  • Color, 16:9, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, All Region This DVD will be viewable in other countries WITH the proper DVD player and television set.)

 

  • 6 M4A Files
  • PDF Notes File
  • Files play in iTunes and any iOS player (iPhone, iPad, iPod, iPod Touch)
  • Audio will play on most digital audio players and many MP3 players
  • Includes embedded slideshow

 

 

Death of Discernment

 

by Ron Matsen

 

 

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Death of Discernment Intro - Ron Matsen

In this segment, Ron Matsen discusses signs of the end times. This segment comes from the "Death of Deiscernment" briefing pack published by Koinon...

Of all the end-time themes discussed in the Bible—such as global disasters (Mt 24), the rise of the global super-state, the identity of the Antichrist, the mark of the beast, and the Magog invasion (Ezek 38-39)—“deception and apostasy in the church” is listed more times than any other end-time “sign of the times.”

Are we currently living in the Age of Apostasy? Ron Matsen explores the evidence and causes of apostasy and provides an antidote for apostasy in this timely study
 

DVD PRICE R 159.00

 

DVD:
  • 1 Disc
  • 2 M4A Files
  • Color, Fullscreen 16:9, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, Region 0 encoding (NTSC only. This DVD will be viewable in other countries WITH the proper DVD player and television set.)

M4A Audio  With Embedded Slideshow:

  • 2 M4A Files
  • 2 MP3 Files
  • PDF Notes File
  • Files play in itunes and any IOS player (iPod, iPhone, iPod Touch)
  • Audio will play on most digital audio players and many MP3 players
  • Includes embedded slideshow

 

 

 

Price R 159.00

 

Has God abandoned Israel?

Has the Church “replaced” Israel?

What does the Bible say?

 

As we watch the world events, it is clear that Israel is following her prophetic scenario, and a new chapter is about to be written—and there may be a big surprise on our near horizon!

 

 

 

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All Your Queeries from Wikipedia

 

 

 

Timothy/Titus/Philemon - DVD
Chuck Missler

Price: R 399.00
Media Type: DVD

Chuck Missler examines the 'pastoral epistles' of I & II Timothy, Titus and Philemon messages not just to pastors, but to all believers.

 

 

 

 1 & 2 Peter
 
With
New
CD Rom/MP3
which includes
Multi media Slide Show & PDF Notes
 

Price: R 399.00



Media Type: DVD

 

 

 

 

 

REVELATION

 

 

 

 
DVD Series - R 799.00
 
( 8 Discs)
 
 
 

 

Woking's Ice Rink in a Church - ITV News

Video

 

ITV London Tonight's report from  on the synthetic ice rink installed in Woking United Reformed Church's sanctuary to raise money for The Children With Special Needs Foundation and Woking Hospice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 DVD Series - R 799.00
 
8 X DVD Discs
 

 

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