Pope Asks Journalists to Help People Understand Sweden Visit

“This journey is important because it is an ecclesial journey, it’s very ecclesial in the field of ecumenism. Zenit From Vatican Radio: Greeting media professionals travelling on board the papal plane to Malmo on Monday morning, Pope Francis said: “This journey is important because it is an ecclesial journey, it’s very ecclesial in the field of ecumenism. Your work will be a big contribution in making sure … Continue reading Pope Asks Journalists to Help People Understand Sweden Visit

Pope Francis says there are limits to freedom of expression

Vatican Radio Speaking about the Paris terror attacks, Pope Francis said on Thursday that there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith. His comments came during a wide-ranging press conference with journalists accompanying him on his flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines to start the second and final leg of his journey to Asia. During the press … Continue reading Pope Francis says there are limits to freedom of expression

Seventh-day Adventists versus Federal Law Title IX. Will SDAs Bow or Stand?

Hilary Enriques – Saved to Serve International The controversy surrounding the transgender community and the demands for their rights and equality is not only a hot-button issue in the world, but it is also confronting the churches as well, excepting none. Like other Christian denominations, Seventh-day Adventist institutions are caught in the middle of trying to navigate through their biblical understanding and doctrines while addressing … Continue reading Seventh-day Adventists versus Federal Law Title IX. Will SDAs Bow or Stand?

When terrorism destroys religious cooperation: the Holy See’s message to the UN

.- Terrorism in the name of religion is a lie, the head of the Holy See’s mission to the United Nations said last week.

“In the Middle East, in particular, terrorists must never be allowed to destroy centuries of peaceful co-existence of Muslims and Christians in the region,” Archbishop Bernardito Auza said at the United Nations April 14.

The archbishop, who is the apostolic nuncio leading the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, spoke in the U.N. Security Council’s open debate on threats to international peace and security. Continue reading “When terrorism destroys religious cooperation: the Holy See’s message to the UN”

Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them ‘state property’

TURKEY’S Islamist government has stepped up its war on Christianity by seizing all the churches in one city and declaring them state property. UK Express President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken control of six churches in the war-torn southeastern city of Diyarbakir in his latest move to squash freedom of speech and religious movement. The state-sanctioned seizure is just the latest in a number of … Continue reading Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them ‘state property’

Pope Francis Reinforces Sexual Taboos

Pope Francis won wide praise for lightening up on Catholic condemnation of divorce but a closer reading of his text shows him reinforcing the Church’s repressive positions on human sexual behavior, writes Daniel C. Maguire.

By Daniel C. Maguire

It embarrasses me to remember it. In 1960, as a young priest in my very first year in a parish, I took it upon myself to give a two-day retreat to the married people in the parish, to tell them how to live their married lives.

The event should be filed under A, for arrogance or I for ignorance. I am glad the talks were not preserved on YouTube, for much that I said was awful. In condemning contraception I trotted out what was a staple of the time, “A Letter From An Unborn Son.” Continue reading “Pope Francis Reinforces Sexual Taboos”

Georgia governor vetoes religious freedom bill criticized as anti-gay

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) on Monday vetoed a controversial religious liberties bill that had provoked outrage from Hollywood, sports leagues and corporations for what critics said was its discrimination against gay and transgender people. “I do not think we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia, which I and my family have been a part of for generations,” Deal … Continue reading Georgia governor vetoes religious freedom bill criticized as anti-gay

Is religion dying out? Fewer people believe in God than 30 years ago – but millennials are more likely to have faith in an afterlife

People believe more in the afterlife than ever as a ‘rise in the something-for-nothing mentality’, an academic has argued.

Despite belief in God falling to lower levels than at any time in history in US society, there is an increasing belief in the afterlife among US citizens, a survey found.

Increasing feelings of ‘entitlement’ may be fuelling a rise in believing in life after death, despite not accepting religion or God, academics suggested. Continue reading “Is religion dying out? Fewer people believe in God than 30 years ago – but millennials are more likely to have faith in an afterlife”

Texas baker refuses to make wedding cake for gay couple because she claims their marriage goes against her Christian beliefs

Source – The Daily Mail A Texas baker has refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple because she claimed it went against her Christian beliefs. Ben Valencia and his fiance Luis Marmolejo had visited Kern’s Bakery in Longview, last week to get a quote for a cake for their special day. But the couple were shocked when co-owner of the store, Edie Delorme, refused to … Continue reading Texas baker refuses to make wedding cake for gay couple because she claims their marriage goes against her Christian beliefs

Christian Persecution Demands Historical Meeting Between Major Church Leaders

The patriarch of Russia‘s Orthodox Church will take part in a historic first meeting with the Roman Catholic pontiff on Feb. 12 because of the need for a joint response to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, the Orthodox Church said.

Senior Orthodox cleric Metropolitan Hilarion said that long-standing differences between the two churches remain, most notably a row over the status of the Uniate Church, in UkraineContinue reading “Christian Persecution Demands Historical Meeting Between Major Church Leaders”