Pope: Humanity risks ‘suicide’ with nuclear confrontation
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said Monday that the Nov. 10-11 conference was part of the Vatican’s long-standing effort to promote a world free of nuclear weapons.
Two tearful faces that make me pray for peace with North Korea
(RNS) — I despise Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader. But I offer up my prayers for peace regularly — prayers that are associated with the tears on two faces I saw while visiting a church in a village 10 hours north of Pyongyang.
Robert Jeffress on God, Trump and North Korea: A pastor explains his politics
DALLAS (RNS) — Jeffress said his statement didn’t claim that ‘God ordained President Trump to nuke North Korea.’ But many of the pastor’s critics thought it came too close. In a sit-down interview with RNS, he elaborates on his controversial words.
North Korea releases Canadian pastor sentenced to life in prison
(RNS) — The Rev. Rim Hyon Su was accused by the state of using religion as a ruse to overthrow the government.
Texas pastor: ‘God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-Un’
(RNS) — The Rev. Robert Jeffress cheered the president’s warning that North Korea would ‘be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen’ if it continues to threaten the United States.
Detention of American Christian in North Korea ‘concerning’ — White House
(RNS) Kim Hak Song has described himself as a Christian missionary.
Pope urges mediation to end North Korea crisis, avert devastating war
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) Francis also said he was ready to meet U.S. President Donald Trump when he is in Europe next month but that he was not aware that Washington had made a request for a meeting.
US commission: Russia a major violator of religious freedom
WASHINGTON (RNS) A dissenting report criticizes the commission for failing to investigate Israel.
In Easter message, pope warns against the spread of conflict
VATICAN CITY (RNS) In his Easter Sunday blessing, Francis also urged the faithful to remember ‘all those forced to leave their homelands as a result of armed conflicts, terrorist attacks, famine and oppressive regimes.’
Trump must aid persecuted Christians or his presidency will fail, says Open Doors
(RNS) ‘Nearly 1 in every 12 Christians in the world today lives in an area or in a culture in which Christianity is illegal, forbidden or punished,’ said Open Doors CEO David Curry.
2015 was ‘worst year’ for Christian persecution, says Open Doors
WASHINGTON (RNS) North Korea marks its 14th year atop the list of most dangerous countries to be Christian.
North Korea sentences Canadian pastor to hard labor for life
SEOUL (Reuters) Hyeon Soo Lim, the head pastor at a Toronto church that is one of Canada’s largest, has been held by North Korea since February.
Toronto church prays for pastor detained in North Korea
TORONTO (Reuters) The Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim was making a routine visit to an orphanage in the Rajin area when an economic export bureaucrat asked him to visit Pyongyang. He has not been heard from since.
Ohio municipal worker unlikely pawn in US-North Korea chess game
(RNS) Those who know Jeffrey Fowle say he was driven by a taste for adventure rather than religion or politics when he left a Korean-English Bible in a public restroom in North Korea, where proselytizing is a crime.