U.S. megachurch paster Rick Warren announces retirement

Megachurch pastor Rick Warren has announced his retirement after 42 years of leading Saddleback Church in Southern California. A search for his successor will be launched this week The well-known evangelical pastor and best-selling author told his congregation on Sunday that the search is not the end but the “beginning of the beginning,” The Orange … Continue reading U.S. megachurch paster Rick Warren announces retirement

Pope Francis embarks on historic visit to Iraq

Pope Francis begins a historic visit to Iraq on Friday, the first by a pontiff to the birthplace of the Eastern Churches from where more than a million Christians have fled over the past 20 years. The visit of the pope has a highly symbolic value given the importance of Iraqi Christians in the history of the … Continue reading Pope Francis embarks on historic visit to Iraq

We are one!

A beggar came asking for food. I told him to come around to the back door and asked him to sit on the floor while I went in to bring the left over food. I brought him food & said, let's pray. Now repeat after me, "Our FATHER in Heaven". He said, "Your Father in … Continue reading We are one!

Kanye West focuses on religion in first US election campaign video

Rapper Kanye West on Monday released his first official campaign video in his long-shot bid to be elected US president on November 3, focusing on religion and families. West, 43, who launched his campaign for the White House with erratic statements on his social media accounts in July, is on the official ballot in a … Continue reading Kanye West focuses on religion in first US election campaign video

Sordid tales of child molestation in Pakistan’s religious schools

Muhimman proudly writes his name slowly, carefully, one letter at a time, grinning broadly as he finishes. He’s just 11 years old and was a good student who had dreams of being a doctor. School frightens him now. Earlier this year, a cleric at the religious school he faithfully attended in the southern Punjab town … Continue reading Sordid tales of child molestation in Pakistan’s religious schools

US pastor under fire for rejecting strict quarantine measures

Despite more than 188,000 coronavirus cases in the United States and thousands of deaths, some spiritual leaders have chosen not to follow strict quarantine measures and continue to hold public religious gatherings. This has already led to some arrests of pastors across the United States. Jonathan Shuttlesworth, a pastor from Pennsylvania, raised eyebrows on Tuesday … Continue reading US pastor under fire for rejecting strict quarantine measures

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia cry out against widespread persecution

Two Jehovah's Witnesses have been convicted of extremism in Russia and four more arrested, one of whom reported being tortured in custody, the religious group said Friday. A court in Kamchatka on Friday sentenced Mikhail Popov and his wife Yelena to fines of 350,000 and 300,000 rubles ($5,500 and $4,700) for engaging in extremist activities … Continue reading Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia cry out against widespread persecution

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Trump unhappy with Christian tabloid for supporting his impeachment

President Donald Trump is blasting a prominent Christian magazine that published an editorial arguing that he should be removed from office. Trump tweeted Dec. 20 that the magazine, Christianity Today, an evangelical magazine founded by the late Rev. Billy Graham, is a "far left" publication, which "has been doing poorly and hasn't been involved with the … Continue reading Trump unhappy with Christian tabloid for supporting his impeachment

UK police to pay £2,500 for ‘wrongfully’ arresting a 64-year-old Nigerian

A Christian street preacher who had his Bible wrested from him as he was handcuffed and taken away by police has been awarded £2,500 for wrongful arrest. Oluwole Ilesanmi, 64, has welcomed the payout by the Metropolitan Police as a victory for freedom of speech after he had been wrongly accused of Islamophobia. The former … Continue reading UK police to pay £2,500 for ‘wrongfully’ arresting a 64-year-old Nigerian

Do we really need religion?

  Religion, as an ethical approach to solving life’s unending pains, offers joy and peace to most people. It helps us discover our true selves, the meaning of humanity, and how we fit in this world – even in the next life. The statement that “atheists don’t exist in foxholes” holds great meaning when describing … Continue reading Do we really need religion?