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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 …

Africa

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 …

Immigration

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 …

Religion

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 …

Africa

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 …

Christianity

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 …

United Methodist

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 …

Startups

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 …

Egypt

'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 …

Africa

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

Pope urges prisoners to serve 1 another in foot-wash rite

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen inmates at a maximum security prison on Holy Thursday in a pre-Easter ritual meant to show his willingness to serve society's most marginal and give them hope. Francis urged the prisoners to help one another out and similarly "be the …

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 …

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 …

Africa

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 …

Poverty

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 …

Africa

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

Queen donation to help starving children in East Africa

<b>The Queen is making a personal donation to a UK charity appeal for families facing starvation in East Africa.</b><p>The Buckingham Palace announcement came as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited Somalia for talks about security and the drought in the region.<p>The government said it will match the first …

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Has A New Adversary — The Church

It's 5 o'clock on a Sunday morning. The sun's not yet up, but the early mass at Santo Nino de Tondo Church is bursting with people, every pew packed, with hundreds more standing in the aisles as Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo delivers his sermon.<p>The church is in Tondo, one of Manila's most …

Philippines

Pope warns of 'very grave sin' when jobs are cut unjustly

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Wednesday that employers who fire workers for unclear economic reasons are committing a "very grave sin" and should ensure dignified work for all their employees.<p>Francis made the comments at his Wednesday general audience after appealing for a resolution to a …

Christianity

Pope sends 100,000 euros to poor of Aleppo

Pope Francis has sent 100,000 euros ($106,090) to the poor in the ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo, a Vatican spokeswoman said in a statement on Friday.<p>The Vatican administration, known as the Curia, contributed to the donation, which will be made through the papal charity office and the Franciscan …

World News

White Evangelicals Believe They Face More Discrimination Than Muslims

A new study suggests different groups of Americans see their country in radically divergent ways.<p>In February, pollsters at the Public Religion Research Institute asked Americans about their impressions of discrimination in the United States. Two religious groups were included on the list of those …

Sociology

Famine in East Africa: Multiple Crises Strain Efforts to Respond

Without enough food to go around, someone in the family must go hungry.<p>Mohamad and Abdille often give their rations to their seven young children.<p>But now there is not enough food for even them. Abdille watched as her 9-year-old son gave his younger siblings his portion with mixed feelings of …

Africa

The Greatest Myths About Lent

From its actual length to its less than obvious origins, everything you wanted to know about this sacred Christian period of penance and reflection.<p>Lent officially begins this Wednesday, March 1. To outsiders, this period of penance and reflection can seem like one of the most austere and …

Faith
Immigration