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'Black Jesus' procession draws 380,000 in Manila

Endless throngs of devotees, many barefooted, joined a chaotic procession for a black Jesus Christ statue in the Philippine capital on Tuesday (Jan. 9).<p>From dawn, the crowds gathered in downtown Manila to follow a carriage bearing a centuries-old statue called the Black Nazarene, believed to have …

Nigel Farage

Celebrating the Epiphany in Pictures

Baltic States

After performing 6,000 exorcisms, this priest says the devil fears him

Mexico City, Mexico, Jan 19, 2017 / 04:22 pm (CNA).- Fr. Francisco Lopez Sedano is an 80-year-old Mexican exorcist. In the past 40 years of service, …

Catholicism

Christmas Eve Mass: Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity hosts pilgrims

Christian pilgrims from around the world have attended mass at the Church of the Nativity in the town of Bethlehem, located at the biblical birthplace of the baby Jesus.<p>During the ceremony, attended by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of …

Christianity

Hundreds Storm Coptic Church in Egypt

CAIRO—An Egyptian Coptic Christian diocese said Saturday that hundreds of Muslim demonstrators had assaulted one of its churches.<p>The diocese in Atfih said the incident in Giza just outside Cairo took place after Friday prayers when demonstrators gathered outside the building and stormed it.<p>The …

Egypt

The religious right isn’t doing much for religion

Secularization of America, as in all Western democracies, has been a long, gradual process. That said, to a degree not seen in Europe, the United States has retained a robust, primarily Christian, faith tradition with high numbers of Americans who confirm to pollsters their belief in God, practice …

Religion

President Trump Lost a Fight to Allow Churches to Get More Involved in Politics

Days after President Trump personally pushed allies to pressure Congress to repeal a tax law prohibiting churches and tax-exempt institutions from …

Religion

In Alabama, evangelicals weigh good, evil and Roy Moore

MONTGOMERY, Ala.— The race for a U.S. Senate seat here has become a battle between good and evil.<p>For many across the country and some in this Deep South state, Republican Roy Moore is the bad guy.<p>Before accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls surfaced, he had twice lost his seat on the …

Vatican prosecutors urged to go after money laundering

VATICAN CITY (AP) — European evaluators have praised the Vatican's financial watchdogs for efficiently flagging suspicious transactions but have once again faulted Vatican prosecutors for failing to bring any money laundering cases to trial.<p>The Council of Europe's Moneyval evaluators issued a …

Pope Francis calls for Lord's Prayer to be altered as current wording suggests God is capable of leading people 'into temptation'

Pope Francis has called on the Roman Catholic Church to alter the Lord’s Prayer because he believes the current translation suggests God is capable of leading us “into temptation”.<p>Instead, “Our father”, which is the best known prayer in Christianity, should be said using the phrasing adopted by …

God’s Plan for Mike Pence

Will the vice president—and the religious right—be rewarded for their embrace of Donald Trump?<p>No man can serve two masters, the Bible teaches, but Mike Pence is giving it his all. It’s a sweltering September afternoon in Anderson, Indiana, and the vice president has returned to his home state to …

Donald Trump

The Christian Right Has A New Strategy On Gay Marriage

The wedding cake case before the Supreme Court signals a shift in status for evangelicals.<p>The next broadside in the culture wars arrives on the …

Equality

How Ireland Moved to the Left: ‘The Demise of the Church’

DUBLIN — When Ailbhe Smyth was 37, voters in Ireland approved a constitutional amendment that banned abortion in nearly all cases and committed the nation to the principle that a pregnant woman and her fetus have an “equal right to life.”<p>Next year, when Ms. Smyth, a former professor and chairwoman …

Religion

Christians! Vote!

Headline: Democrats lead by 15 points going into the 2018 midterm election.<p>To be blunt, at this point, your opinion about this present administration …

In Tax Debate, Gift to Religious Right Could Be Bargaining Chip

WASHINGTON — For years, a coalition of well-funded groups on the religious right have waged an uphill battle to repeal a 1954 law that bans churches and other nonprofit groups from engaging in political activity.<p>Now, those groups are edging toward a once-improbable victory as Republican lawmakers, …

Government

Helping the poor is a 'Passport to Paradise,' Pope says

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis welcomed the poor, homeless and unemployed as guests of honor for a Mass and gourmet meal in the Vatican on Sunday, saying that helping the needy was one way of obtaining a "passport to paradise".<p>Francis celebrated a Mass marking the Roman Catholic Church's …

Christianity

30 Forgoten Buddha Quotes on Life

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha<p>“No one saves us but ourselves.” – …

Why Democrats Must Regain the Trust of Religious Voters

If the party wants to win back votes in the Trump era, it will need to stop ignoring people of faith.<p>Democrats ignored broad swaths of religious America in the 2016 election campaign and the nation has suffered because of it. Yet calls for a recommitment to faith outreach—particularly to white and …

Democratic Party

Spiritual Death By Conservative Politics

I’ve been writing here lately about how the Evangelical churches are destroying themselves by selling out to conservative politics in general and to …

'End Of History' Is Near, Warns Leader of Russian Orthodox Church

The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church said Monday the world is on the brink of slipping into “the abyss of the end of history,” according to a …

How Southern Baptists Trained More Disaster Relief Volunteers than the Red Cross

The Southern Baptist North American Mission Board (NAMB) almost missed them. And it would’ve been a big miss.<p>Mike McDaniel is an electrician and …

Watch This Former Evangelical Go Bananas Over Christian Support of Roy Moore

<b>Frank Schaeffer</b>, a former evangelical Christian who, with his father, really helped create the Religious Right, is now one of its most vocal …

Cal Thomas: The final stage in the corruption of American evangelicalism

When Jim Zeigler, the state auditor of Alabama, invoked the Bible to defend Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore against allegations that he had inappropriate contact with underage girls while single and in his 30s (which Moore has sort of denied), it signaled perhaps the final stage in the …

Pope warns nuclear deterrence only a false sense of security

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis warned Friday that international relations can no longer be "held captive" by policies of fear and nuclear deterrence, and urged government leaders to instead pursue an admittedly utopian future of a world free of atomic weapons.<p>Francis welcomed Nobel peace …

Pope Francis: 'Salvation is not for sale'

(Vatican Radio) <b>Pope Francis</b> has urged Christians not to lose the capacity to feel loved.<p>Speaking during the homily on Tuesday morning at the <b>Casa</b> …

Christianity

Meet The Riders Of The Sikh Motorcycle Club Of The Northeast

Riding their bikes together offers this group of Sikhs an all-American way to celebrate their faith, in a country where it often makes them targets.<p><b>The tenet that looms</b> largest in most motorcycle clubs is a fanged, unshakeable loyalty. In Skip Hollandsworth’s 2007 story about the notorious Texan …

Religion

There Are More Black Catholics in the U.S. Than Members of the A.M.E. Church

How black Americans defy religious stereotypes—and navigate race relations in historically white, European spaces.<p>In the wake of this summer’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops decided to create a new, ad hoc committee against …

Racism

Reports: Multiple people shot at Texas church

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — A lone gunman stormed a small community church here on Sunday and fatally shot more than two dozen people before a local resident engaged him in a gun battle as the shooter exited the church. He fled at high speed with the civilian in pursuit before running off the …

Crime

In Brazil, religious gang leaders say they're waging a holy war

The expression “evangelical drug trafficker” may sound incongruous, but in Rio de Janeiro, it’s an increasingly familiar phenomenon.<p>Charismatic …