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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 …

Evangelical Christianity

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 …

Religion

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 …

Religion

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 …

North Korea

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 …

Religion

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 …

Religion

Pope admits to snoozing while praying

Pope Francis has confessed he sometimes nods off while praying and claims saints too have been known to grab some Holy shut-eye.

Christianity

How America Became Conversion Nation

For most evangelicals in America, conversion is a central part of one’s religious experience. They are accustomed to hearing testimonies at church, …

Evangelical Christianity

The truth about the 'celibate' priests who father children - and then abandon them

At the age of 12, Sarah Thomas found out that the father she had never known was a Roman Catholic priest.<p>"I’d been told he was a lecturer, but being quite inquisitive I’d always suspected there was information I hadn’t been given," she says. "My mother had been too fearful to tell me the truth."<p>Her …

Christianity

After 'Choosing Donald Trump,' Is The Evangelical Church In Crisis?

When Donald Trump announced he would be running for president, he didn't seem like the obvious candidate for evangelical voters, given his multiple divorces, use of crass language and one-time admission that he had never asked God for forgiveness.<p>Nonetheless, he did manage to coalesce 81 percent of …

Donald Trump

'As bad as it gets': Children starving in DR Congo

UN appeals for emergency food aid for Kasai region, where hundreds of thousands of children are starving to death.<p>Hundreds of thousands of children in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will starve to death in the next few months without emergency food aid, a UN official has …

Africa

White evangelicals used to dominate Christian Zionism, but not anymore

'The Atlantic' explores how the Christian Zionist movement is undergoing a transformation, both theologically and geographically.<p>JERUSALEM—The scene …

Israel

‘Drug traffickers of Jesus’ drive Brazil slum violence

and in Rio de Janeiro<p>On the periphery of Rio de Janeiro, in a community hall filled with religious idols, seashells and traditional earthen pots, a …

Brazil

Georgetown pro-marriage group faces sanctions after students complain

Washington D.C., Oct 20, 2017 / 09:53 am (CNA).- A pro-marriage student group at Georgetown University is in danger of being defunded and barred from …

Catholicism

More than 300,000 Rohingya refugee children 'outcast and desperate', Unicef says

One in five children under the age of five is estimated to be acutely malnourished, requiring medical attention<p>Nearly 340,000 Rohingya children are living in squalid conditions in Bangladesh camps where they lack enough food, clean water and health care, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) …

Refugees

Pope Francis announces special 2019 synod for the Pan-Amazonian region

In a surprise, important announcement today, Pope Francis said he has decided to convene a Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the …

Christianity

Reverend Guest on MSNBC Attacks Roy Moore and Says His Beliefs Are 'Not Christian'

Rev. William Barber appeared on MSNBC's “AM Joy” on Saturday and responded to Roy Moore being a “darling of the Christian right” by stating that …

Religion

Pope Francis call for 'change in lifestyle' in speech to mark World Food Day

Pope Francis demanded on Monday that world governments collectively commit to end rising world hunger by resolving the conflicts and climate …

Christianity

Pope Francis denounced the 'negligence' and 'greed' of leaving the Paris Agreement

Pope Francis leveled an oblique criticism at President Trump while speaking Monday at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization offices in …

Climate

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North Yorkshire

Callista Gingrich confirmed as US Ambassador to the Vatican

Washington D.C., Oct 16, 2017 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Monday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt …

Christianity

UN: Number of starving has increased

Hunger levels are surging globally, with crises escalating in Yemen and South Sudan. As we mark World Food Day, DW learns how failing to tackle …

Poverty

Our Lady of Fatima: The Virgin Mary promised three kids a miracle that 70,000 gathered to see

The children were tending a flock of sheep outside the tiny village of Fatima, Portugal, when they first saw the angel. He was transparent, they said, and shining like a crystal.<p>Lucia Abobora, 9, and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, 6 and 7, were stunned.<p>“He said, “Do not be afraid. I am …

Christianity

Air Force airmen accused of vandalizing historic SC church with satanic graffiti

Four airmen from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina have been accused of vandalizing a historic, rural church with satanic graffiti.<p>A member of Salem Black River Presbyterian Church discovered satanic symbols and phrases painted on the white columns, sidewalks and doors of the church near …

Crime

Christian faith communities are often on the front lines of mental health care

Churches have a huge responsibility to people living with mental health issues. Are they living up to it?<p>Growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, Steve Austin had no idea how to explain what was going on inside his brain. In his evangelical church, he said, everything was “black and white.” If he …

Mental Health

Sessions outlines broad exemptions for religious freedom

New legal guidance could affect health care, gay rights, political action by churches<p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued government-wide legal guidance Friday that urges sweeping protection for religious freedom and could impact a series of pending policy decisions involving health care, LGBT …

Equality