Religion

Knights of Malta elect new leader as Vatican seeks to bury feud

The Knights of Malta elected a new leader in Rome on Saturday in a bid to end a bitter internal feud that led to Pope Francis’ personal intervention in the ancient Catholic chivalric order.<p>Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto was named lieutenant of the Grand Master, which means he will …

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Methodist Court Ruling a Blow for First Openly Lesbian Bishop

The first openly lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church can stay on the job for now, but she is subject to a disciplinary review that could lead to her removal, the top church court ruled Friday.<p>Bishop Karen Oliveto's civil marriage to another woman violates church law that bars clergy who …

LGBTQ

Stephen Colbert imagined what it would be like if Jesus gave a TED talk, and we’d watch

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better than the Pope hosting a TED Talk, Stephen Colbert proves all of us wrong. <i>The</i> <i>Late Show</i> host imagined …

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Under heavy security, Pope Francis celebrates Mass with thousands in Egypt

CAIRO — As helicopter gunships circled above, Pope Francis celebrated Mass here on Saturday with thousands of Egyptians, before ending a short visit aimed at bolstering the nation’s beleaguered Christian minority and rebuilding ties with Muslim leaders.<p>For many of the worshipers who gathered in a …

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Pope urges North Korea-US mediation to avoid devastating war

Pope Francis said tensions between the two nations has become ‘too hot’ and that widespread war would destroy ‘a good part of humanity’<p>North Korea missile test: regime has ‘disrespected China’, says Donald Trump<p>Pope Francis said on Saturday a third country should try to mediate the dispute between …

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The Holy City of Jerusalem - Separating Fact from Legend

From atop the Mount of Olives I surveyed the Holy city of Jerusalem in all its glory. Directly below me, white marble caskets in the Jewish cemetery …

Israel

Pope Francis' risky Egypt trip

Amnesty International is sounding the alarm bells about the increasing and “terrifying wave of attacks” against Christians in Egypt, just as the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholic Christians, Pope Francis, is headed there in a display of solidarity with these persecuted brethren.<p>He will …

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1945 liberation of Dachau Nazi camp remembered

The anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau Nazi concentration camp in Germany is being marked.<p>It was on April the 29th in 1945 that the horrors at the camp were discovered, just a week before the end of the Second World War.<p>Involved in the liberation of the first camp set up by the Nazis in …

History

UKIP MEP Gerard Batten calls Islam a 'death cult' leading to new Islamophobia accusations

On Monday (24 April) Ukip announced their 'integration agenda' that included a ban on full-face veils.<p>Ukip have again been criticised for their …

Islam

Sermon: How Does the Church of God Differ from Protestantism?

Is the <i>Continuing</i> Church of God Protestant? How does the true Church of God differ from Protestantism? What about the history of the true Church of …

Theology

The damage Brexit will do to the UK will be written in the history books in years to come

Thank you for your Editorial ("A big Tory majority won’t protect Britain from economic failure").<p>You certainly reflect my long held views, and I …

Brexit

Knights of Malta vote for new leader after papal dispute

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Members of the ancient Knights of Malta religious order are voting for a new leader after the old one was effectively ousted by Pope Francis. Setting the stage for drama, the former grand master has defied the pope and traveled to Rome for the election.<p>Knights garbed in black …

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Pope preaches peace, surrounded by reminders of conflict

CAIRO, Egypt – Pope Francis continued his campaign on Saturday to promote tolerance and pluralism in a land, and a region, which is frequently …

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Women given third class status in Islam: Subramanian Swamy

Citing examples of triple talaq and the practice of marrying four wives in Islam, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday …

Islam

Catholic bishops urged to review celibacy rules amid shortage of priests

Call for commission to reconsider celibacy as condition of priesthood as number of priests in England and Wales plummets<p>Catholic bishops in England and Wales are facing a fresh call for a national commission on the ordination of married men amid mounting concern that the church’s celibacy …

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Benny Hinn could be in biiiiiig trouble

Surprised no one’s mentioned this, but one of the most notorious televangelists in the nation might be finally facing his day of reckoning.<p>Benny Hinn …

Faith

Divine drama: “American Gods” answers our prayers for a show worthy of worship

Bryan Fuller and Michael Green combine their talents to bring Neil Gaiman's deity-driven story roaring to life<p>Take a moment to appreciate the spiritual symmetry Starz’s “American Gods” brings to the next eight Sunday nights. Millions will greet each of those mornings with ceremonial worship and …

TV

The Power of a Mother’s Devotion (Christian Men and Their Godly Moms)

Tragic circumstances often bring out the best and worst of our character. They stretch our endurance, build our discipline, and strengthen our …

Evangelical Christianity

Sneed: Cardinal Cupich one of Vatican’s frequent friars

Sneed Exclusive<b>The Papal file . . .</b>So here’s the deal.<b>Cardinal Blase Cupich</b>, who was personally plucked from the small diocese of Spokane, Wash., by</b> …

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Russia wants to jail a man for 3 and a half years for playing Pokemon Go in a church

Moscow (AFP) — Russian prosecutors on Friday called for a three-and-a-half year jail sentence for a blogger who hunted Pokemons in church, in a case that has drawn ire from rights activists.<p>Ruslan Sokolovsky posted a YouTube video in August 2016 showing him playing Pokemon Go on his phone in a …

Pokémon Go

Pope Holds Mass In Cairo

Pope Francis celebrated Roman Catholic Mass on Saturday in a stadium in Cairo, Egypt. His visit is part of an effort to strengthen relations with the Muslim world, and to support Coptic Christians.

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If This Wall Could Talk: A Tremendous Tale

Chapter 1: Bigly and Beautiful<p>It was the summer of 2015 and The Wall was stoked. His life had just flipped over into an exciting new chapter. He was going to be “big and beautiful,” and he would stretch across the southern border of the US–almost 2,000 miles. And Mexico was going to pay for him! He …

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Do members of the clergy have to report abuse? Yes and no

In California, there are many jobs in which a person is required by law to report child abuse or neglect if he or she suspects such a crime has been …

San Diego

The Death Penalty, Religion And Christians Who Are For And Against Capital Punishment

On Monday, April 25, two people convicted for murder were executed by lethal injections in Lincoln County, Arkansas. A few days prior to their …

Judiciary

She deserves credit for coming out so publicly.

<b>Alicia Johnston</b> was the longtime pastor of Foothills Community Church in Chandler, Arizona. It’s a Seventh-Day Adventist church, which made her …

Faith

The Vatican’s quiet reformer

It was an unusual way for a Vatican official to begin a talk at Oxford University’s shiny new school for public policy wonks: By commemorating a dead …

Vatican

Our only 'fanaticism' should be love, Pope tells Egypt's Catholics

Cairo, Egypt, Apr 29, 2017 / 03:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday Pope Francis told Egyptian Catholics that truly living the faith means ridding …

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Pope Francis Urges U.S. and North Korea to Step Away from the Brink

ROME — Pope Francis urged the United States and North Korea on Saturday to defuse their increasingly tense standoff and avert a potentially horrific conflict.<p>“I call on them, and I will call on them, as I have on leaders of different places, to work to resolve their problems through diplomatic …

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Pope repeats refugee 'concentration camps' remarks

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis repeated on Saturday that some migrant holding centers in Europe amount to "concentration camps," even after Jewish groups urged him to stop using the loaded term.<p>A German reporter asked Francis if he had made a linguistic slip when he first made the …

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Omaha woman who helped resettle persecuted Soviet Jews dies at 94

Shirley Goldstein kept red licorice near the door for visitors. She decorated statues outside her home for the holidays, and called each of her …

Obituaries