Canberra, January 14 (ENInews)--As northern Australia suffers the worst flooding in more than 30 years, Australian churches have moved rapidly to respond to the community’s urgent needs. Flooding has continued to build since late December with flood waters covering an area the size of Germany and France combined.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI has recognized a miracle attributed
to Pope John Paul II, bringing the late pontiff one step from sainthood
a mere six years after his death, the Vatican announced on Friday (Jan.
(RNS) A coalition of Christian churches answered the Rev. Martin
Luther King's 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail," conceding that
Americans have often have chosen to be comfortable rather than
"prophetic" on racism.
Expecting a speech, Americans instead heard a sermon. Drawing on
scripture, theology and the rising rhythms of black preaching, President
Obama was more pastor than politician at a memorial service in Tucson
for the victims of the January 8 shooting in that Arizona city.
Bangalore, India, January 13 (ENInews) – Churches in Pakistan have expressed frustration over the government's refusal to amend a controversial blasphemy law, as urged by the Pope and protesting civil rights activists.
A coalition of more than 50 mainline and evangelical Protestant,
Catholic, Jewish and Muslim leaders have sent an open letter to Congress
urging a "time of soul searching" and national dialogue about "violent
and vitriolic political rhetoric."
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (RNS) The social revolution led by the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr. was forged in and grew out of the black church. But from
the earliest days of the movement, there were also white foot soldiers.
(RNS) Wanda Colie vividly remembers what she saw in 1984 when, at age
28, a condition that produced blood in her lungs nearly killed her. The
pain vanished and a crowd of familiar faces came to welcome her in a
(RNS) The late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has long been hailed as a
civil rights leader, but religious studies professor Lewis Baldwin said
one aspect of his life has often been overlooked: the role of prayer.
Four days after an assassination attempt critically wounded a Jewish
congresswoman and killed six others, Sarah Palin on January 12 accused
"journalists and pundits" of manufacturing a "blood libel" that seeks to
link her and other conservatives to the massacre.
A military chaplain serves as both a religious leader and a
listener—ideally one who can assist military personnel of all faiths. A
frequent refrain among chaplains is that one is a "chaplain to all,
pastor to some." But government statistics show that the nation's corps
of chaplains leans heavily toward evangelical Christianity, failing to
mirror the military it serves.