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Pope Francis allies accuse Trump White House of 'apocalyptic geopolitics'

Article vetted by the Vatican offers scathing critique of Steve Bannon, who is Catholic, the Trump White House and ‘evangelical fundamentalism’ in the US<p>An explosive article written by two close associates of Pope Francis has accused Steve Bannon, the chief White House strategist, of espousing an …

Christianity

These youth feed 2000 homeless people every night in Uruguay

Montevideo, Uruguay, Jul 13, 2017 / 12:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For many people, a warm meal is a way to come together, celebrate, and spend time with …

Catholicism

Why Trump puts his faith in evangelicals

<b>(CNN) —</b> When President Donald Trump speaks to evangelicals, he often portrays himself as their patron, protecting churches and ministries from secular elitists and big bad bureaucracies.<p>"As long as I'm President, no one is going to stop you from practicing your faith or from preaching what is in …

Donald Trump

Muslim Photographer's Ambitious Project Seeks To Showcase Islam's Diversity

Carlos Khalil Guzman is exploring how Muslims in all 50 states practice Islam.<p>A Muslim photographer is working on an ambitious project that he hopes will tackle stereotypes about American Muslims and showcase the community’s rich diversity.<p>Since the fall of 2015, Carlos Khalil Guzman has been using …

Islam

Why Progressivism and Religion Don’t Go Together

Leftists want government to do the work of God — transform human beings into perfect creatures.<p>Anyone watching the Democratic leaders in the months …

Conservative POV

The Vatican’s Swiss Guards Break Up a Drug-Fueled Gay Orgy in Pope Francis’ Backyard

Nosy neighbors are never a good thing. Especially if you are a monsignor hosting orgies and your neighbors are cardinals.<p>ROME—It all started with the usual complaints from disgruntled neighbors: funny smells, slamming doors, loud music, the sound of squeaky beds and laughter late into the night. In …

Christianity

Trump Can't Reverse the Decline of White Christian America

Two-thirds of those who voted for the president felt his election was the "last chance to stop America's decline." But his victory won't arrest the cultural and demographic trends they opposed.<p>Down the home stretch of the 2016 presidential campaign, one of Donald Trump’s most consistent talking …

Elections

Pope Francis: World hunger is a result of indifference and selfishness

Vatican City, Jul 4, 2017 / 09:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Monday Pope Francis said that while hunger and undernourishment around the world can be an …

Christianity

Pope meets with NFL delegation, urges 'culture of encounter'

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis met with a Pro Football Hall of Fame delegation that included Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Wednesday and urged …

Hall of Fame

People with disabilities at risk in Central African Republic

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Simplice Lenguy told his wife to leave him behind as people fled when fighting broke out in Central African Republic's capital.<p>"I said, 'Take the children. You go to the camp. I am handicapped. I can't flee like the others. If something happens to me, at …

Why did this powerful church group struggle to denounce white supremacy?

The Southern Baptist Convention stumbled during what should have been a simple resolution condemning racism. There is a reason for that<p>Condemning white supremacy and the alt-right movement shouldn’t be hard. But the Southern Baptist Convention – the nation’s largest Protestant denomination– had its …

Religion

Migrant arrests at Arizona aid camp raise worries of more deaths in the desert

PHOENIX — The arrests of four people at a desert-aid camp for migrants Thursday may suggest a more aggressive border control policy taking shape in southern Arizona and could deter some from seeking help as a scorching heat wave approaches.<p>The arrests at a camp in Arivaca, which was established to …

Religious Liberals Sat Out of Politics for 40 Years. Now They Want in the Game.

In Nashville, a crowd of ministers carrying palm fronds occupied the governor’s office during Holy Week, demanding the expansion of Medicaid to cover more of the uninsured. In California and 16 other states, an interfaith network has organized thousands of volunteers to swoop into action when …

Ethiopia warns emergency drought aid to run out next month

WARDER, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's government is warning it will run out of emergency food aid starting next month as the number of drought victims in the East African country has reached 7.8 million.<p>An international delegation visited one of the worst-affected areas Friday near the border with …

In Iraq, necessity makes priests become engineers

Rome, Italy, May 27, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Priests in Iraq are helping reconstruct around 13,000 homes in the Plain of Nineveh which have …

Ultranationalist Monks in Myanmar, Facing Crackdown, Say They’re Unrepentant

HONG KONG — In the wake of vigilante attacks and brawls that have shaken Yangon, Myanmar’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, the country’s religious authorities are ramping up a crackdown on hard-line Buddhist monks who have played increasingly public roles as sectarian provocateurs.<p>On Tuesday, …

Asia

Slum pope/billionaire: Francis to meet with President Trump

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Oh, to be a fly on the wall.<p>When Pope Francis meets with President Donald Trump at the Vatican at the end of this month, the world will be watching how the Argentine "slum pope" interacts with the brash, New York billionaire-turned-president.<p>On many issues and priorities, the …

6 religious freedom controversies from this week

Every day this week, we saw religious debates in the hot seat:<p><b>Monday:</b> The United Methodist Church ruled that the consecration of an openly gay bishop …

The Pope inspired a venture capitalist to launch a startup accelerator at the Vatican

The great contradiction at the heart of the Silicon Valley’s self-image is that it helps the world while becoming fabulously rich. The record, to say the least, is mixed.<p>Facebook, Google, and Apple undoubtedly benefit millions of peoples’ lives while generating enormous, unprecedented wealth (for …

AP Explains: Who are Egypt's Coptic Christians?

CAIRO – Pope Francis meets Friday with the leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, part of a two-day trip to the Arab world's most populous country that comes as Islamic State group militants have been increasingly targeting its Christian minority.<p>The meeting with Pope Tawadros II, the head of …

'It's a war on Christians': Egypt's beleaguered Copts in sombre mood before papal visit

Pope Francis heads to Cairo for peace mission after spate of church bombings, as Isis proclaims Christians its ‘favourite prey’<p>Rami Yasser Labib was at home when he heard gunshots in the street. His friend Wael Youssef, the owner of the downstairs grocery store, had been targeted by Islamic State …

Egypt

World Food Program 'horrified' as South Sudan workers killed

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The World Food Program said Friday it is "horrified" to learn that three of its South Sudan workers were killed this week in violence in the western town of Wau, as the country's civil war continues under warnings of possible genocide.<p>A statement from the U.N. agency said …

British official: South Sudan violence is tribal 'genocide'

ENTEBBE, Uganda (AP) — South Sudan's civil war is now genocide, with violence perpetrated along tribal lines, a senior British official said, urging African leaders to do more to end the conflict in which tens of thousands of people have been killed.<p>Priti Patel, the U.K. secretary of state for …

Africa
Christianity

Christian nurse sacked for offering to pray with patients was just showing 'compassion', tribunal hears

A Christian nurse who was fired for offering to pray with patients before surgery was simply showing "compassion", a tribunal heard.<p>Sarah Kuteh lost her job last year after patients complained that she talked more about religion than their procedures and told them that if they prayed to God they …

Compassion

Somalia's drought once again has thousands on the move

GARASBALEY, Somalia (AP) — Tears fill Sahra Muse's eyes as she stares at her severely malnourished son, his thin arms crossed over his bloated stomach.<p>Before he succumbed to hunger, 7-year-old Ibrahim Ali had helped his mother herd the family's 30 cows on their farm in Toratorow, a village in Lower …

Can Religious Charities Take the Place of the Welfare State?

Supporters of Trump’s budget are eager to restore the central role of faith-based organizations in serving the poor—but it’s not clear they can be an adequate substitute for government.<p>President Trump’s initial budget proposal would end aid for poor families to pay their heating bills, defund …

UN: Six aid workers killed in an ambush in South Sudan

It is highest number of humanitarian workers killed in one incident since South Sudan descended into conflict in 2013.<p>Six aid workers have been killed in an ambush in famine-hit South Sudan, the United Nations said on Sunday, without specifying what organisation they worked for.<p>The victims were …

Pope Francis Tells Priests to Have Exorcists on Call

Devil make you do it? Pope Francis says call an Exorcist.<p>ROME—Sometimes it’s hard to know just where the Catholic Church stands when it comes to the devil. Obviously the Church is against evil and sin, but it has been decades since a pope has been as candid about Satan himself as Pope Francis …

Christianity