Sunni militants stormed a church in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Sunday and kidnapped two priests and a nun, witnesses said. Militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group have in recent weeks seized large parts of northern and western Iraq, including Mosul, as well as a string of towns stretching south towards Baghdad.
Swiss Ambassador in Russia, Pierre Helg, has thanked the Russian Orthodox Church for assistance in freeing observers of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Ukraine, Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external Church relations said on its website.
One of the senior members of the Catholic Church in Australia has stepped down from his role after being charged with child sex abuse, the Church said on Monday.
The Vatican has admitted the Catholic teaching on sensitive issues like sex before marriage, contraception, homosexuality and others is rigid. This has created a huge gap between the Church and the believers, with most Catholics rejecting the teaching, says the recently published review, which will serve as a working paper for the keenly awaited Catholic clerics’ meeting in October.
Nowadays, the church has to be creative to bring more people in. In a bid to “get more people to follow Jesus,” a Joplin, Missouri, church held a raffle giving away two Black Rain AR15 assault rifles as a prize.
A group of black pastors have opposed gay marriage on Wednesday claiming that it is not right to put on one line the struggle for equal marriage with the civil rights movement.
The Russian Foreign Ministry demanded explanations and apologies from the Kiev authorities over the denial of entry to Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. "Russia is concerned about the continuing measures being taken by the Kiev regime which lead to destabilization of the political situation in the country," the ministry said on Monday, May 11. "The fragile religious situation in Ukraine has been harmed lately, with the canonical Orthodox Church being the target."
Six women seeking help through a drug and alcohol recovery program say they suffered sexual battery and harassment at their rehab center and a battery lawsuit was filed Thursday by the Zalkin Law Firm, a San Diego-based group of attorneys specializing in sexual abuse cases against the Rock Church Ministries of San Diego.
The UN Committee linked pedophilia among the clergy of the Roman Catholic Church and torture, reports Los Angeles Times. According to the publication, representatives of the committee questioned on Monday for two hours Vatican priests how the church servants consider cases of possible spread of pedophilia among priests.
US lawmakers have passed a controversial gun bill that will now allow for people possessing firearms to carry them in public places, such as in schools, churches, and bars. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed the "gun everywhere" bill, as those who are against the bill have named it, into law yesterday as he believes it will make Georgia a much safer place to live.
The Vatican on Tuesday brushed off accusations that late pope John Paul II was aware of and ignored allegations about sexual abuse carried by the Mexican founder of a powerful Catholic movement, AFP reports.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron was accused Monday of sowing sectarianism and division after his repeated assertions that Britain is still a "Christian country", proving how problematic it remains to mix faith and British politics.
Despite the fact work dedicated to God turn harder and harder year on year in Britain with parishes and the church treasury shrinking, young people increasingly make a choice in favour of working for the church. Anglican and Catholic The Church is bringing up a whole generation of young clerics, quite satisfied with a meager annual salary of about £24000 ($ 40000).
The Russian Orthodox Christian Church is celebrating one of the 12 greatest Christian holidays – Jesus Christ's Entry to Jerusalem, also known as Palm Sunday.
Florida pastor was convicted on Tuesday of trying to sell five fake Damien Hirst paintings to an undercover police officer for $185,000, NYT reports.
Here is a digest of some interesting reports for you to check out. Leaders at the Apostolic Pentecostals of Rockford church were warned by the city officials that they are no longer permitted to act as a temporary warming center and homeless shelter because they do not have the adequate zoning permits. Margaretta D’Arcy, 79-year-old feminist, peace activist and film-maker was released from jail on Saturday, March 22, 2014, after serving three months for protesting against the US military use of Ireland's Shannon Airport. David Edwards writing on The Raw Story reports that the state of Tennessee has asked to execute a record number of death row inmates, and that citizens are not allowed to know who conducted the execution, which cocktail of lethal drugs were used to put the inmate to death or where those drugs came from, as a law passed by the Tennessee legislature last year allowed the state to shroud the process in secret. A California judge has ruled that the state could hold Standard & Poor’s accountable for pinning triple-A ratings on state-bought mortgage-backed securities that went bust in 2008.
Four people were killed by three unknown gunmen in an attack on a church in south-eastern Kenya, the national Red Cross said Sunday.
Attackers shot dead two people Sunday when they burst into a church service spraying the congregation with bullets near Kenya's port city of Mombasa, police said.
Pope Francis is preparing to mark the one-year anniversary of his papacy on Thursday. But to what extent has the new pontiff, who has been as unorthodox as he is popular, revitalized the Church that has seen a downturn in attendance over the past decades? He is not so much a breath of fresh air as someone who has gone into the Vatican with an oxygen tank on his back, experts say. But he has indeed opened a lot of windows in the musty edifice that the Catholic Church has become.
The Vatican is actively discussing the reforms of the Roman-Catholic Church, including the attitude of the Holy See towards divorce, which is banned by the Catholic Church. Divorce Reform is only part of an extensive programme of reforms which Pope Francis - the new Pope who was elected by the Papal Conclave in spring last year – promised to carry out during his reign. Strange as it may seem but the Orthodox scheme for divorce - in exclusive cases though, is also figuring among the options on the offer list.