Bells rang across the Czech capital Prague on Friday marking the arrival of the remains of a Catholic cardinal, persecuted by both the Nazis and the Communists, for reburial at home after he died in exile at the Vatican decades ago. Josef Beran, who survived two Nazi camps during World War II and 15 years of internment by the communist regime, is widely respected by Czechs, despite the high proportion of atheists and agnostics in the EU country of 10.6 million people. Beran died in exile in Rome in 1969, five years after he travelled to the Vatican to be named a cardinal by Pope Paul VI.
A Hindu priest has carried a Dalit – formerly known as an "untouchable" – man into an Indian temple’s inner sanctum, a move that might once have proved highly controversial in a country traditionally divided down strict caste lines. The priest, CS Rangarajan, has been widely praised after he carried Aditya Parasri on his shoulders to “propagate equality among all sections of society” and show that “everyone is equal in the eyes of God”. Mr Rangarajan is the head priest of Chilkur Balaji temple in Hyderabad.
The 125-year-old silver maple tree towering over the grounds of St. Edna Catholic Church in Arlington Heights has lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression and the Information Age. But more than a century of living could end just shy of Arbor Day on April 27, officials said, with crews preparing to remove the tree to make room for five additional parking spots that are a part of a roughly $5.6 million expansion project at the church. Some Arlington Heights residents, such as Keith Grossich, who lives near the church, 2525 N. Arlington Heights Road, have pushed for a different solution that could try and save the tree, which has roots dating back to when the area was farmland, he said.
France on Friday deported an influential Islamic preacher whose mosque in the southern city of Marseille was shut down last year over accusations of hate speech. The expulsion of Algeria-born El Hadi Doudi back to his home country came after his appeal with the European Court of Human Rights was rejected earlier this week. Doudi, 63, had long been on the radar of Marseille police, who considered him an "authority" on Salafist interpretations of Islam, a Sunni branch which demands a strict conservative lifestyle.
The General overseer of Inri Evangelical Church worldwide, Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele has called on the Nigeria's Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki to contest the 2019 Presidential Election in order to bring the nation to the part of progress. The servant of God said that it does not matter what critics say about the Senate President, that God has given him a revelation saying Saraki will become Nigeria's next President. He said Buhari should step down and should not contest the 2019 Presidential election. Primate Ayodele made this remark recently during the dedication of a newly built 50,000 seat Temilaseyori mini-cathedral branch of the Inri Church in Badagry, Lagos State. Speaking,
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The case of Edgardo Mortara has roiled Catholic-Jewish relations ever since the 6-year-old Jewish boy was taken from his home in Bologna by papal police in 1858 and brought to Rome to be raised a Catholic. The move was ordered after church authorities learned he had been secretly baptized. Church law at the time required all Catholics to be raised as Catholics and educated in the faith.
But the greatest of these is love. 1 Cor.13:13 Smith Wigglesworth called it "priming the pump". He said sometimes we should start doing what we know we should do even when we do not feel especially anointed or benevolent. Once you step out, the Lord shows up. That is a truth that can be applied in many different circumstances. Jesus often told people to start out in faith; stretch forth your withered hand, pick up your pallet and walk, go show yourself to the priest, and roll away the stone. This is true in all aspects of walking in faith. This is often a way we begin in ministry. You may not want to lead a group, do evangelism, or work in the children's ministry but you know the Lord is nudging
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This is how the victim-blaming and slut-shaming lessons in my church's youth group shaped my understanding of sexual assault — and how I grew past it.
No doubt you've observed a woodpecker methodically hammering up a tree. One chilly morning, after most of the golden leaves had fallen, I watched one of our feathered neighbors picking and pecking her way up to the top of our pear tree. Then I could see her bright red crest and speckled breast hopping down the trunk (I've never quite understood how birds hop up or down a vertical tree using no wings). I saw the little hammerhead hop backward all the way down the bark of that pear. Not sure I've ever observed that. I hop back again and again to one of the great “spiritual lessons” hammered from my life of faith that still rings true after faith. It's pretty simple, as many of these trail markers
More than 10 months after developer Ori Feibush put the historic Christian Street Baptist Church under contract with plans to demolish it and build seven residential units in its place, the picturesque Bella Vista church is still standing. No shovels are in the ground. And while a large, yellow demolition notice hangs on the front door, the church that last year sparked a widespread preservation controversy will not face a wrecking ball anytime soon. For the last four months, Feibush — in partnership with the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia — has been quietly shopping the property to preservation-minded buyers, with the goal of transferring his nearly $1.5 million agreement of
The Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled governments of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh on Tuesday withdrew directives issued to implement the Supreme Court order on the new procedure for registration of cases and arrest under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe (Atrocities) Act. The chief ministers of the two states said the circular to enforce the Supreme Court order was issued without their knowledge and their respective state governments will also file a review petition in the apex court. The Centre and the Kerala government have already filed review petitions, while the Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday decided to follow suit. The Supreme Court order had led to a Bharat Bandh by Dalit organisations