President Biden promises action as mourning Uvalde residents urge him to "do something"
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited Uvalde, Texas, on Sunday, where they met with families of the victims of last week's mass shooting that killed 19 schoolchildren and two teachers. It was the president's second trip to the site of a mass shooting this month. He was met with demands for more than just his sympathy. Omar Villafranca reports.news.yahoo.com
Israeli restrictions on 'Holy Fire' ignite Christian outrage
Israel says it wants to prevent another disaster after a crowd stampede at a packed Jewish holy site last year left 45 people dead. This year major Jewish, Christian and Muslim holidays have converged against a backdrop of renewed Israeli-Palestinian violence. If something were to happen at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, “we would have to take responsibility for that, and we want to avoid any problem,” she said. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, like Al-Aqsa, is governed by a decades-old set of informal arrangements known as the status quo. Christian leaders denounced the move, accusing them of trying to change the religious character of Jerusalem's Christian Quarter.wftv.com
Uncovering a dumpster full of art worth millions
In 2017 a barn cleanout in Connecticut revealed a treasure trove of artworks, by an obscure artist who'd died the year before. Now, experts say the dumpster art could be worth millions. Correspondent David Pogue delves into the intriguing tale of how a skateboarding mechanic became a detective in order to uncover the identity of Francis Hines, an expressionist who experimented with wrapping buildings, objects and paintings.news.yahoo.com
Pope makes Easter plea for Ukraine peace, cites nuclear risk
Vatican Pope Easter Sunday Pope Francis on his popemobile drives through the crowd of faithful at the end of the Catholic Easter Sunday mass he led in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 17, 2022. For many Christians, this weekend marks the first time in three years they will gather in person to celebrate Easter Sunday. Applause erupted from many of the 50,000 people in the square and on a nearby avenue when he mentioned Ukraine. “Please, please, let us not get used to war,'' Francis pleaded, after denouncing ”the flexing of muscles while people are suffering." Yet again, the pontiff decried the war in Ukraine without citing Russian President Vladimir Putin for the decision to launch the invasion and attack against Ukraine on Feb. 24.wftv.com
Pope leads crowds in 1st outdoor Easter Mass since pandemic
Vatican Pope Easter Sunday Faithful gather to attend the Catholic Easter Sunday mass led by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 17, 2022. For many Christians, this weekend marks the first time in three years they will gather in person to celebrate Easter Sunday. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) (Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY — (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic, making Christianity's most joyous day at a time when the war in Ukraine has weighed heavily on his heart. Right after the end of Mass, Francis shook hands with prelates, then got aboard the white popemobile for a whirl through the square to greet cheering well-wishers among the rank-and-file faithful. Meanwhile, in London, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called for Russia to declare a cease-fire and withdraw from Ukraine.wftv.com
Christians find unity in restoring holiest Jerusalem church
The three Christian communities that have uneasily shared their holiest site for centuries are embarking on a large-scale project to restore the ancient stone floor of the Jerusalem basilica. The project includes an excavation that could shed light on the rich history of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City, built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, died and rose again, the central event of the faith celebrated every spring on Easter. It marks a further improvement of ties among the Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic churches.news.yahoo.com
Israeli authority backs down from Mount of Olives park plan
JERUSALEM — (AP) — Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority on Monday said it was backing down from a contentious plan to encompass Christian holy sites on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives in a national park following vociferous outcry from major churches. The Mount of Olives in east Jerusalem rises above Jerusalem’s Old City and its sites are holy to three monotheistic faiths. The Armenian, Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches petitioned Israel’s environmental protection minister, whose department is in charge of the Parks Authority, in a letter last week. But shortly after the churches' outcry, the Nature and Parks Authority said it was freezing the plan, which was to be approved on March 2 by Jerusalem's planning committee. The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as capital of a future independent state, while Israel considers the city its united capital.wftv.com
Israeli authority backs down from Mount of Olives park plan
Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority on Monday said it was backing down from a contentious plan to encompass Christian holy sites on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives in a national park following vociferous outcry from major churches. The Mount of Olives in east Jerusalem rises above Jerusalem’s Old City and its sites are holy to three monotheistic faiths. The Armenian, Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches petitioned Israel’s environmental protection minister, whose department is in charge of the Parks Authority, in a letter last week.news.yahoo.com
Christians point to genetics breakthroughs to show Adam and Eve are not incompatible with evolution
Many Christians have rejected the scientific theory of evolution in part because they think it rules out the existence of a historical Adam and Eve. Yet some scientists and theologians argue that recent breakthroughs in genetics make a historical Adam and Eve compatible with evolution, and that this development may help bridge what many see as a conflict between faith and science.news.yahoo.com
The long history of how Jesus came to resemble a white European
Painting depicting transfiguration of Jesus, a story in the New Testament when Jesus becomes radiant upon a mountain. Artist Raphael /Collections Hallwyl Museum, CC BY-SALeer en español The portrayal of Jesus as a white, European man has come under renewed scrutiny during this period of introspection over the legacy of racism in society. As protesters called for the removal of Confederate statues in the U.S., activist Shaun King went further, suggesting that murals and artwork depicting “white Jnews.yahoo.com
EU draft pulled after Vatican complains Christmas 'canceled'
The European Commission on Tuesday retracted internal communication guidelines that had proposed substituting the “Christmas period” with “holiday period” after an outcry by conservatives and the Vatican, which termed the document an attempt to “cancel” Europe’s Christian roots. The European Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, said the draft document had been intended to highlight European diversity and showcase the “inclusive nature of the European Commission.”news.yahoo.com
His Reasons for Opposing Trump Were Biblical. Now a Top Christian Editor Is Out.
When Marvin Olasky gets angry emails from readers — more often than not about an expose of wrongdoing at an evangelical church, or about a story that reflects poorly on Donald Trump — he has a stock reply. “We think this is useful to the Church,” he tells disgruntled readers, “because we are also sinners.” Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times As the longtime editor of World, a Christian news organization that has a website, a biweekly magazine and a set of podcasts, Olaskynews.yahoo.com
Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer visit scene where MP Amess was killed
In a rare show of unity, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition leader Keir Starmer visit the scene where lawmaker David Amess was killed in Leigh-on-Sea, east of London, along with the Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsay Hoyle and Home Secretary Priti Patel. Amess, 69, was talking with voters at a church when he was stabbed to death, in what the police have said was a terrorist attack.news.yahoo.com
Founder of South Korea's biggest church, Cho Yong-gi, dies
Rev. Cho Yong-gi, whose founding of the biggest South Korean church once stood as a symbol of the post-war growth of Christianity in the country before that achievement was tainted by corruption and scandals, died Tuesday. Cho, an emeritus pastor at Seoul’s Yoido Full Gospel Church, died at a Seoul hospital, where he had been treated since he collapsed due to cerebral hemorrhage in July 2020, the church said in a statement. “He conveyed the gospel of hope to the Korean people who fell into despair after the Korean War,” the church statement said.news.yahoo.com
As Texas ban on abortion goes into effect, a religion scholar explains that pre-modern Christian attitudes on marriage and reproductive rights were quite different
The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed Texas' abortion restrictions to take effect. Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesThe U.S. Supreme Court has failed to rule on an emergency application to block SB8, a controversial Texas law that bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. As such, the legislation went into effect on Sept. 1, 2021. While signing the new law on May 19, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott stated: “Our creator endowed us with the right to life, and yet millions of children lose their right to life everynews.yahoo.com
France's Macron visits Iraq's Mosul destroyed by IS war
MOSUL, Iraq — (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday visited Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, which suffered widespread destruction during the war to defeat the Islamic State group in 2017. It was the same church where Pope Francis led a special prayer during a visit to Iraq in March. The French president then went up to the roof overlooking parts of Mosul accompanied by Iraqi officials. “We hope that France will open a consulate in Mosul,” Iraqi priest Raed Adel told Macron inside the church. Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, became IS’s bureaucratic and financial backbone.wftv.com
Things you might not know about Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th is known around the U.S. as a mysterious day with the potential to bring bad luck and inexplicable occurrences. Stuart Vyse, a psychology professor at Connecticut College, told USA Today that 13 guests are believed to have attended the Last Supper the night before Jesus was killed. The disciple who betrayed Jesus is believed to have been the 13th guest. Some people have a fear of the actual day when Friday falls on a month's 13th day. The Viva Las Vegas wedding chapel offers three different packages on Friday the 13th: Zombie, vampire and "Rocky Horror"-themed ceremonies.wftv.com
In Moscow, Idaho, conservative 'Christian Reconstructionists' are thriving amid evangelical turmoil
Members of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, protest an order to either socially distance or wear a face mask in public. Geoff Crimmins/The Moscow-Pullman Daily News, CC BY-SAEvangelical groups in the U.S. have for years faced dwindling numbers. And a messy cultural fight over the direction of the movement might serve to drive further defections. But while some of the largest Protestant denominations in America, such as Southern Baptists, continue to hemorrhage members, one small group of conservanews.yahoo.com
LGBTQ youth of faith pray, bond at 'Beloved Arise' group
The 23-year-old from Florida came out publicly last year and has found healing and a sense of community after joining Beloved Arise, a Christian nonprofit dedicated to celebrating and empowering LGBTQ youth of faith. “We wanted to do something that would be there to uplift and honor ... queer youth of all faiths,” the Rev. Ashley DeTar Birt, program coordinator for Beloved Arise, said during one of the panels. Beloved Arise holds popular weekly youth gatherings online where its members pray, sing and discuss scriptures. "So I started to question myself a lot.”Joining Beloved Arise influenced her choice of college major.wftv.com
LGBTQ youth of faith pray, bond at 'Beloved Arise' group
Jessika Sessoms grew up in a conservative Black evangelical family, attended Christian schools, and often heard that being gay was an abomination, until she understood that she was queer when she was studying to become a missionary at Liberty University.
LGBTQ youth of faith pray, bond at 'Beloved Arise' group
Jessika Sessoms grew up in a conservative Black evangelical family, attended Christian schools and often heard that being gay was an abomination, until she understood that she was queer while studying to become a missionary. The 23-year-old from Florida came out publicly last year and has found healing and a sense of community after joining Beloved Arise, a Christian nonprofit dedicated to celebrating and empowering LGBTQ youth of faith. Maria Magdalena Gschwind, 20, from Germany, credits the U.S.-based group for inspiring her to study Protestant theology in college at a time when she had doubts about whether her sexuality would conflict with her faith.news.yahoo.com
IRS denies tax-exempt status to Christian nonprofit group because 'Bible teachings are typically affiliated with the Republican Party'
The Internal Revenue Service denied a Christian nonprofit group tax-exempt status because the Bible's "teachings are typically affiliated with" the GOP and its candidates.news.yahoo.com
Canada to uncover more school graves sites where requested
A Canadian Cabinet minister has pledged again to support efforts to find more unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous students after the remains of 215 children were located at what was once Canada’s largest such schoolwashingtonpost.com
Trudeau: Residential schools part of Canada's colonial past
Canadian Minister Justin Trudeau says residential schools were part of a larger colonial policy designed to erase language and culture, and to assimilate Indigenous communities so that they no longer existed as distinct peopleswashingtonpost.com
Canada lowers flags to honor residential school children
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked that flags on all federal buildings be flown at half-mast in honor of more than 200 children whose remains have been found buried on the site of what was once Canada’s largest Indigenous residential schoolwashingtonpost.com
Christian rockstar says critical theory, woke ideology is sparking a 'civil war' among Christians in the US
For years, John Cooper has been known for his role as lead singer in the Christian rock band Skillet. But as of recent, he's become more outspoken about what he sees as a serious threat to Christianity in America.news.yahoo.com
Vatican bars gay union blessing, says God 'can't bless sin'
(Tiziana Fabi/Pool photo via AP)ROME – The Vatican declared Monday that the Catholic Church won't bless same-sex unions since God “cannot bless sin.”The Vatican’s orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a formal response to a question about whether Catholic clergy have the authority to bless gay unions. Since gay unions aren't intended to be part of that plan, they can't be blessed by the church, the document said. Francis has endorsed providing gay couples with legal protections in same-sex unions, but that was in reference to the civil sphere, not within the church. At the time, Argentine lawmakers were considering approving gay marriage, which the Catholic Church opposes. AdSpeaking of families with gay children, he said: “You can’t kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for this.
International evangelical pastor Luis Palau dies at 86
(AP Photo/Marianne Armshaw, File)PORTLAND, Ore. – Luis Palau, an evangelical pastor who was born in Argentina and went on to work with Billy Graham before establishing his own powerhouse international ministry, died Thursday. The Luis Palau Association said he died at his home in Portland, Oregon. His radio programs, including the international Spanish-language “Luis Palau Responde,” are broadcast on 3,500 stations in 48 countries and his Portland, Oregon-based organization, the Luis Palau Association, organizes dozens of events each year on five continents. Palau began an international Spanish-language radio program called “Luis Palau Responde” in Colombia and throughout the 1970s, he gave sermons in Latin American. In 1978, Palau incorporated his ministry as the Luis Palau Association in Portland, Oregon, and later set an attendance record at the city’s enormous waterfront park during an evangelist event.
Is America a Christian nation? Pastors at odds about fusion of faith and politics
Watch the CBSN Originals documentary "The Right's Fight to Make America a Christian Nation" in the video player above. Several pastors with very different points of view shared their thoughts in the new CBSN Originals documentary, "The Right's Fight to Make America a Christian Nation." "I think [Christian nationalist] has a connotation of some sort of racist, or I think America is better than every other country. … So I will never say that I'm a Christian nationalist, but I will say I'm a Christian that loves America." Kaylor grew up attending a Southern Baptist church and went to school at Southwest Baptist University.cbsnews.com
The Latest: Pope honors massacre victims at Baghdad church
Pope Francis delivers his speech during a meeting with bishops and priests, at the Sayidat al-Nejat (Our Lady of Salvation) Cathedral, in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, March 5, 2021. The pontiff’s landmark visit has been months in the making and is the first papal visit to Iraq, one that eluded his predecessors. The Alitalia flight, with both Vatican and Iraqi flags, carrying the pope and his delegation landed just before 2 p.m. (1100GMT). Dozens of Christians are gathering at the Church of the Virgin Mary in Baghdad hours before Pope Francis was due to land in Iraq for a first papal visit to the war-weary country. The papal visit has raised alarm among public health experts, who fear large crowds will inevitably gather to see the pope.
Iraq's struggling Christians hope for boost from pope visit
Iraqi Christians place a cross on a church in Qaraqosh, Iraq, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. Iraq's Christians are hoping that a historic visit by Pope Francis in March will help boost their community's struggle to survive. Iraq’s Christian communities in the area were dealt a severe blow when they were scattered by the IS onslaught in 2014, further shrinking the country's already dwindling Christian population. Many hope their struggle to endure will get a boost from a historic visit by Pope Francis planned in March. The Chaldean Catholic Patriarch, Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, estimated that 1 million Christians have left Iraq since 2003 and about 500,000 remained.
Election turmoil splits West Virginia city's evangelicals
Travis Lowe, second from right, pastor of Crossroads Church in Bluefield, W.Va., raises his arm during services Sunday Jan. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – If you’re Christian in Bluefield — and most everyone is, in this small city tucked into the Appalachian Mountains — you have your choice. Or you can venture up East River Mountain to Crossroads Church, where Pastor Travis Lowe eschews Bradford’s fiery political rhetoric, seeking paths to Christian unity. AdJoe Biden carried parts of Bluefield itself, small splotches of blue in the sea of red that is West Virginia. But Mercer County gave more than three-quarters of its votes to Trump, and Bradford and his pronouncements are very much in line with that.
Christianity on display at Capitol riot sparks new debate
The Christian imagery and rhetoric on view during this months Capitol insurrection are sparking renewed debate about the societal effects of melding Christian faith with an exclusionary breed of nationalism. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)WASHINGTON – The Christian imagery and rhetoric on view during this month’s Capitol insurrection are sparking renewed debate about the societal effects of melding Christian faith with an exclusionary breed of nationalism. The rise of what’s often called Christian nationalism has long prompted pushback from leaders in multiple denominations, with the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty forming the Christians Against Christian Nationalism coalition in 2019. “But as a Christian, my highest allegiance is to Christ.”Yet some supporters of former President Donald Trump say that denunciations of Christian nationalism are a way of attacking them politically. Ad“The fact that we saw QAnon, white supremacy and white Christianity all carried together in a violent attack on the Capitol means that particularly white Christians have got some real soul-searching to do,” said Jones, author of two books on white Christianity in America.
Bipartisan Christian group forms super PAC to oppose Trump
Dubbed Not Our Faith, the new super PAC plans to roll out six-figure TV and digital ads focused on Christian voters — particularly the evangelical and Catholic voters who helped power Trump to victory in 2016. Urging Christians to break from Trump, the ad states that they “don’t need Trump to save them. “Trump eked out 2016 with unprecedented support from white evangelicals and, important to note, a really strong showing among Catholics. Whether Biden backers’ bid to peel away evangelical support from Trump is making headway remains to be seen. But the new PAC sees room for a wide-ranging connection with Christian voters beyond Trump’s white evangelical base.