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Is a priest who died in World War I relevant to Catholics today?
Fr. Doyle’s extraordinary life on the battlefield will inspire Catholics to grow in holiness and love for Jesus SAN FRANCISCO — A Catholic priest slept in the trenches, evaded gas attacks, and was killed by a German shell during World War I. Fr. Willie Doyle’s life and heroism remained hidden to much of the world until […]
Americans want peace in politics
American Bible Society’s latest research reveals key findings PHILADELPHIA — As midterm elections approach, a few often-overlooked biblical characteristics may carry more weight among voters than politicians realize. State of the Bible, a recent survey from American Bible Society, found that an overwhelming 90 percent of Americans believe elected officials should display peace, kindness, gentleness […]
NCLCI calls on Christians to stand in solidarity with Jews after synagogue attack
National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel (NCLCI) PHILADELPHIA – The National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel calls on Christians in the United States to stand in solidarity with Jews in the United States in the aftermath of an attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania which left 11 dead and six injured. “Jews in […]
Global poll and report shows poorest communities are hurt by Vatican ban on birth control
WASHINGTON – Catholics for Choice has launched a new report and global poll in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Vatican’s ban on contraception, detailing half a century of hurt this policy has caused for millions of the world’s most vulnerable people. While Humanae Vitae, the Vatican’s ban on contraception, has shaped policy on […]
Producers announce 2019 release of ‘The Least of These’ honoring 20th anniversary of true story
DALLAS — Skypass Entertainment today announced its debut film, “The Least of These,” will receive a national theatrical release in early 2019. Starring Stephen Baldwin (”The Usual Suspects”), actress Shari Rigby (“October Baby”), and Bollywood star Sharman Joshi (“3 Idiots”), “The Least of These” shares the remarkable true story of Australian missionary Graham Staines, who […]
Faith communities issue joint interfaith statement calling for urgent action toward nuclear abolition at UN headquarters
Led by PAX, Pax Christi International, Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and World Council of Churches NEW YORK — On October 16, Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons, a group of diverse faith-based organizations and individuals committed to a nuclear-weapon-free world, presented a joint statement on the occasion of the 73rd session of the UN General […]
Do you really know everything about Mary, the Mother of Jesus?
New book addresses every key New Testament reference to Mary with unprecedented detail SAN FRANCISCO — It might appear that the New Testament inclusion of Mary is surprisingly light, considering the deep and intense amount of Marian devotion and doctrine that exists within the Catholic Church. However, perhaps it’s not the quantity of what is […]
Evangelicals deeply confused about core Christian beliefs
A major new survey released today reveals that evangelicals are confused about some core doctrines of the Christian faith. Ligonier Ministries’ 2018 State of Theology survey was conducted by LifeWay Research, which interviewed a representative sample of 3,000 Americans. The full survey results are available online at TheStateOfTheology.com. Evangelicals A majority of evangelicals said (1) […]
New Religion News Service editor-in-chief to be interviewed at Columbia University
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Religion News Service (RNS) is pleased to announce a special event in partnership with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism on November 19. “The Religion Beat: From Celebrations to Scandals,” will feature a conversation between RNS Editor-in-Chief Bob Smietana and Columbia University Professor Ari Goldman. They’ll discuss the future of religion […]
A protest against the US travel ban: Statement of the AAR Board
As the American Academy of Religion (AAR) prepares for its upcoming Annual Meeting next month in Denver, we renew our protest against current federal government travel and migration policies which will prevent some of our members from attending. The AAR exists to foster excellence in the academic study of religion and enhance the public understanding […]
Judson Press title provides a method of spiritual formation for preachers
Are preachers born or made? According to preacher, educator, and best-selling author Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, “No one is born with the mindset, disciplines, or skills necessary to be an effective preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” He declares, “Preachers are not born; they must be made.” With these words, McMickle offers a five-stage […]
Can understanding Islam lead to a deeper appreciation of Catholicism?
Catholic scholar on Islam writes guide to the religion, reflects on stark differences between Islam and Catholicism SAN FRANCISCO – Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. Why is that? What are the differences between Islam and Christianity? Why does this matter? A new book, THE CRUCIFIX ON MECCA’S FRONT PORCH, seeks to […]
U.S. sees dramatic growth in clergywomen over two decades
Research shows positive gains in how women are faring in America’s churches NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new study reports dramatic gains in women clergy leading Mainline churches over the most recent study, completed 25 years ago, with some denominations reaching numerical equity between men and women. The report’s author Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed compiled “State of […]
Sexual Abuse Summit SELLS OUT
Conference equips ministry leaders to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse FORT WORTH, Texas – The Sexual Abuse Summit – a day-long ministry conference focused exclusively on addressing the risk of child sexual abuse – occurs October 23rd at Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas. The conference, aimed at ministry leaders and […]
What do denominational leaders want to do with $368 billion more a year?
The new empty tomb edition poses a critical question for church leaders What do denominational leaders want to do with $368 billion more a year? That, empty tomb, inc.’s new book suggests, is a critical issue before the church in the U.S. Unless church leaders use their imaginations, the multi-decade negative trends, in church giving […]