Christianity - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Christianity Justice tells seminary grads religious liberty under threat WYNNEWOOD, Pa. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has told graduates at a historic Roman Catholic seminary near Philadelphia freedom of religion and freedom of speech are essential to a democracy and are under threat in the United States. Alito made the remarks during Wednesday's ceremony at the Saint Charles Borromeo (bor-oh-MAY'-oh) Seminary near... Wed, 17 May 2017 18:29:00 GMT 2017-05-17T18:29:00Z Christian sect attacks Congo prison, frees leader, 50 others KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Christian sect members stormed a prison in Congo's capital Wednesday, freeing the leader of their movement and 50 others, Congo's justice minister said. Bundu dia Kongo movement leader Ne Mwanda Nsemi is now on the run after the 4 a.m. attack on Makala prison in Kinshasa, Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba told local radio station Top Congo FM. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:27:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:27:00Z Lutherans mark 500th anniversary of Reformation in Namibia JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thousands of members of the Lutheran church have gathered at a stadium in Namibia to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The commemoration occurred Sunday during an assembly of the Lutheran World Federation, which represents tens of millions of people around the world. The stadium where the commemoration h... Sun, 14 May 2017 15:46:00 GMT 2017-05-14T15:46:00Z Trump to Liberty U grads: Relish being an 'outsider' LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump, the real estate mogul-turned-president, offered simple words of advice to university graduates Saturday as he urged them to follow their convictions, prepare to face criticism and relish the opportunity to be an "outsider." "It's the outsiders who change the world," Trump declared in his first commencement address to mo... Sun, 14 May 2017 02:34:00 GMT 2017-05-14T02:34:00Z Nigerian archbishop Filibus elected head of Lutheran church JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A Nigerian archbishop has become president of the Lutheran church. Archbishop Musa Panti Filibus was elected as head of the Lutheran World Federation on Saturday at an assembly held in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Filibus, 57, is the second church leader from Africa to lead the Lutheran federation since it was f... Sat, 13 May 2017 22:00:00 GMT 2017-05-13T22:00:00Z 10 Things to Know for Today Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. SHIFTING WHITE HOUSE EXPLANATIONS FOR FBI DIRECTOR'S FIRING President Donald Trump is now declaring he had planned to fire that "showboat" all along. 2. A HIGH-STAKES INTERNATIONAL GATHERING FOR CHINA'S PRESIDE... Fri, 12 May 2017 10:01:00 GMT 2017-05-12T10:01:00Z Mormon church severs some of its ties to the Boy Scouts. SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church, the biggest sponsor of Boy Scout troops in the United States, announced Thursday it is pulling as many as 185,000 older youths from the organization as part of an effort to start its own scouting-like program. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said the move wasn't triggered by the Boy Scouts' decision... Fri, 12 May 2017 04:19:00 GMT 2017-05-12T04:19:00Z Latest fighting kills 37 people in Central African Republic BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Days of clashes in Central African Republic between sectarian rebel groups has left at least 37 people dead and many displaced in the central region, the local Red Cross said Thursday. Violence flared in Alindao, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Bambari on Saturday and Sunday as a faction of the mostly Muslim ... Thu, 11 May 2017 19:24:00 GMT 2017-05-11T19:24:00Z Pence: IS Guilty Of Genocide Against Christians Vice President Mike Pence says the Islamic State is guilty of 'nothing short of genocide against people of the Christian faith'. Thu, 11 May 2017 16:09:00 GMT 2017-05-11T16:09:00Z NBC to air 'Jesus Christ Superstar' live next Easter Sunday NBC is adding another live musical to its slate. The network said Wednesday that it will air the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" on Easter Sunday 2018. The musical's creators, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, are among the executive producers of "Jesus Christ Superstar Live!" NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Gre... Wed, 10 May 2017 19:55:00 GMT 2017-05-10T19:55:00Z Texas House OKs giving adoption agencies 'religious refusal' AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A bill headed to the Texas Senate would allow publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections. The state House gave final approval 93-49 on Wednesday, after lengthy debate the previous night. The state Senate is even ... Wed, 10 May 2017 19:48:00 GMT 2017-05-10T19:48:00Z Texas House OKs letting adoption groups deny non-Christians AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Many state-funded Texas adoption and foster care agencies routinely deny non-Christian, gay, and unmarried applicants on religious grounds — and legislation that got initial approval in the state House on Tuesday is designed to protect them from potential lawsuits from doing so. The private organizations, which are paid by the state t... Wed, 10 May 2017 04:11:00 GMT 2017-05-10T04:11:00Z The Latest: Texas House OKs rejecting non-Christian parents AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a Texas bill allowing adoption agencies to raise "religious objections" to would-be adoptive parents (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Publicly funded adoption agencies that ban non-Christian, unmarried, or gay prospective parents could soon be shielded by the state of Texas. The House v... Wed, 10 May 2017 03:48:00 GMT 2017-05-10T03:48:00Z 4 UN peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A Christian rebel group in the Central African Republic ambushed a U.N. convoy, sparking a firefight and kidnappings that left four peacekeepers dead, eight injured and one missing, the United Nations said Tuesday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said eight fighters from the anti-Balaka rebel group were also killed in the battle Mon... Wed, 10 May 2017 02:39:00 GMT 2017-05-10T02:39:00Z Deacon candidate accuses Minnesota bishop of blackmail MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man alleged Tuesday that his Catholic bishop blackmailed him, threatening to block his path to becoming a deacon and harm his son's priesthood career if he told anyone about being abused by a beloved priest decades earlier. Ronald Vasek filed a lawsuit Monday against Bishop Michael Hoeppner and the Diocese of Crookston in no... Tue, 09 May 2017 23:34:00 GMT 2017-05-09T23:34:00Z MN Deacon Candidate Accuses Bishop of Blackmail A Minnesota man who hopes to become a deacon in the Catholic Church is accusing his bishop of blackmailing him into keeping quiet about being abused by... Tue, 09 May 2017 23:00:00 GMT 2017-05-09T23:00:00Z IS leader in Egypt vows to step up attacks on Christians CAIRO (AP) — The leader of an Islamic State affiliate in Egypt vowed to escalate attacks against Christians, urging Muslims to steer clear of Christian gatherings and western embassies as they are targets of their group's militants. "Targeting the churches is part of our war on infidels," the unidentified leader said in a lengthy interview published by th... Fri, 05 May 2017 17:52:00 GMT 2017-05-05T17:52:00Z Trump to visit Israel, Saudi Arabia, Vatican, meet with pope WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday his first foreign trip as president will feature stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, where he will meet with Pope Francis, an ambitious foray onto the world stage that will include meetings with NATO and a summit in Italy. Senior administration officials said Trump chose Saudi Arabia as his... Fri, 05 May 2017 00:23:00 GMT 2017-05-05T00:23:00Z Trump limits IRS action over church political activity WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring he was giving churches their "voices back," President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday aimed at easing an IRS rule limiting political activity for religious organizations — a move that fell far short of a more sweeping order some supporters had expected. As he marked the National Day of Prayer at the White House ... Thu, 04 May 2017 21:48:00 GMT 2017-05-04T21:48:00Z Trump to sign order on political limits for churches WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Thursday targeting a rarely enforced IRS rule that says religious organizations and other non-profits that endorse political candidates risk losing their tax-exempt status. The order also promises "regulatory relief" for groups with religious objections to the preventive services re... Thu, 04 May 2017 04:56:00 GMT 2017-05-04T04:56:00Z Immigrant living in Denver sanctuary ventures to court GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — An immigrant who has been living in a Quaker meeting house to avoid deportation held back her fear of being arrested and ventured out to court Wednesday to fight for a chance to remain in the country. After praying with supporters in a hallway, Ingrid Encalada Latorre testified in a bid to withdraw her guilty plea in a 2010 identity t... Thu, 04 May 2017 00:51:00 GMT 2017-05-04T00:51:00Z Men file sex abuse lawsuit against Boy Scouts, Mormon church BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Five men who say they were sexually abused as kids while in the Boy Scouts of America are suing the organization and the Mormon church because they say both groups fraudulently presented the Boy Scouts as a safe, wholesome activity for boys. The men filed the lawsuit Monday in Boise's U.S. District Court. They contend that the Boy Scou... Mon, 01 May 2017 21:38:00 GMT 2017-05-01T21:38:00Z The Latest: Pope urges Egypt's clergy to remain positive CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Egypt (all times local): 5 p.m. Pope Francis has left Egypt at the end of a historic, two-day visit defined by calls for Christian-Muslim unity against religious militancy. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi saw the Catholic pontiff off at Cairo Airport on Saturday. The v... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:10:00 GMT 2017-04-29T15:10:00Z Security tight as pope celebrates open-air Mass in Cairo CAIRO (AP) — Military helicopters flew overhead and police fanned out in force Saturday as Pope Francis celebrated an open-air Mass for Egypt's tiny Catholic community on the final day of a visit aimed at comforting Christians following a series of attacks by Islamic militants. Despite the security concerns, Francis zoomed around the Cairo sports stadium ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:11:00 GMT 2017-04-29T13:11:00Z Methodist court ruling a blow for openly lesbian bishop NEW YORK (AP) — 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. Bishop Karen Oliveto's civil marriage to another woman violates church law that bars clergy who are "self-avowed practicing homosexuals," ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 04:16:00 GMT 2017-04-29T04:16:00Z Methodist court takes up challenge to election of gay bishop NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The highest court in the United Methodist Church considered Tuesday whether to invalidate the election of the denomination's first openly gay bishop, amid a struggle to avoid schism over the Bible and same-sex relationships. The challenge was filed last year to the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto, who is married to another woman. Chur... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:18:00 GMT 2017-04-25T19:18:00Z Beloved 600-year-old white oak tree takes final bow BERNARDS, N.J. (AP) — A white oak tree that has watched over a New Jersey community and a church for hundreds of years began its final bow Monday as crews began its removal and residents fondly remembered the go-to spot for formal photos, landmark for driving directions and the remarkable piece of natural history. Crews at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian C... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:15:00 GMT 2017-04-24T23:15:00Z The Latest: US, Indonesia companies sign investment deals JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Asia (all times local): 11:15 a.m. Friday U.S. and Indonesian companies are signing 11 commercial and investment agreements during U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Jakarta that the two governments say are worth a combined $10 billion over time. ... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:23:00 GMT 2017-04-21T04:23:00Z Early results show defeat for Jakarta's Christian governor JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Unofficial results showed the minority Christian governor of the Indonesian capital was resoundingly defeated Wednesday by his Muslim challenger who swept up votes by appealing to a growing conservatism in the world's most populous Muslim nation. So called "quick counts" by 10 research companies show former Cabinet minister Anies... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:10:00 GMT 2017-04-19T11:10:00Z Georgetown University renames buildings for enslaved people WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown University and the group of Catholic priests that founded the Washington, D.C. school have apologized for selling slaves in 1838 in order to raise money to pay off the college's debts. The school has renamed two buildings in honor of two of the 272 people sold. Their descendants gathered on the Georgetown campus for a dedicati... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:11:00 GMT 2017-04-19T10:11:00Z