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Mike Pompeo says 'several' US citizens killed in Sri Lanka attacks

Thirty-six foreigners were thought to be among those killed in attacks that left at least 207 people dead and 450 injuredSecretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday “several” US citizens died in a series of explosions in Sri Lanka that killed at least 207 people and left 450 injured. That toll was expected to rise. Related: Sri Lanka death toll expected to rise as leaders condemn killings Continue reading...
Tags: US, World news, Christianity, Sri Lanka, Mike Pompeo, Sri Lanka attacks


Pope condemns Sri Lanka attacks as acts of 'cruel violence'

Francis urges global leaders in Easter Sunday address to work for an end to the arms raceLive updates: Sri Lanka church and hotel explosionsAt a glance: what we know so farPope Francis condemned the attacks in Sri Lanka that killed hundreds of people as acts “of cruel violence” as he celebrated Easter mass at St Peter’s Square at the Vatican.“I learned with sadness and pain of the news of the grave attacks, that precisely today, Easter, brought mourning and pain to churches and other places wher...
Tags: Europe, Religion, World news, South and Central Asia, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Italy, Christianity, Vatican, Easter, Sri Lanka


Iraq's oldest Christian town celebrates Easter without Isis

Hamdaniya has been reclaimed from the extremists who made it a hotbed of violenceThe church ceiling was still scorched and some cherished relics missing, but after five years of war and exile, their tormentors were finally gone.When the men and women of Iraq’s oldest Christian town gathered for Easter mass this weekend, they did so knowing that the Islamic State extremists who had chased them away were not coming back. Their battlefield defeat two months ago meant the people of Hamdaniya (also c...
Tags: Islamic State, Iraq, Religion, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Christianity


Gaza Christians wait for permits to visit Jerusalem and Bethlehem at Easter

Israel yet to approve applications after apparent shift in its decision to limit travel to over-55sHundreds of Palestinian Christians in Gaza are still anxiously waiting on Saturday to hear whether Israel would grant them exit permits in time to join Easter services in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.In previous years many, though not all, of Gaza’s 1,100-strong Christian minority have been granted exit permits to Jerusalem and the West Bank for worship and to visit relatives at Easter and Christmas. Bu...
Tags: Israel, Religion, Jerusalem, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, West Bank, Christianity, Jordan, Bethlehem


30 Quotes About Easter And Resurrection: He Is Risen!

Here are 30 quotes about Easter and the resurrection to help us to think about the meaning behind the day. The post 30 Quotes About Easter And Resurrection: He Is Risen! appeared first on Bible Money Matters and was written by Peter Anderson. Copyright © Bible Money Matters - please visit biblemoneymatters.com for more great content.
Tags: Marketing, Christianity, Easter


Give Notre Dame a Modern Roof the Alt-Right Will Hate

Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/Photos from GettyWhen the most famous Gothic cathedral in the world burned this week—smoke and flames billowing out from the spire—I took to Twitter to join the chorus of voices who expressed their heartfelt loss. As a historian, I am all too aware of how vulnerable the remains of the Middle Ages are, and a seemingly eternal building such as Notre Dame is no exception.Once the fire was under control, and eventually extinguished, the extent of the...
Tags: Asia, Europe, News, France, Judaism, Paris, Middle East, Christianity, Catholic Church, Kim, Brothers Grimm, Notre Dame, Louvre, Soviet Union, United States Europe, Africa Asia


What Do I Do about Intrusive Sister-in-Law?

From the U.S.: Met my sister-in-law in 2004 she is heavy set and had an ordinary style. I have pin up style and platinum blonde hair, several tattoos. Soon after she went from dark brown hair to blonde. Started wearing flower clips in her hair, buying same brand pin up purses as me. Then she bought the same car as mine (black) hers white and had my bro buy same truck as my husband (black) his white. She got two monarch butterflies tattooed on her back shoulders like me, lily tatted on right foot...
Tags: Psychology, Family, General, Paranoia, Depression, Anxiety, Therapy, Self-esteem, Christianity, Jealousy, Borderline Personality, In-laws, Copycat, Don


Crusader armies were remarkably genetically diverse, study finds

DNA research adds to evidence soldiers heading east struck up relationships with localsCrusader armies were made up of people from remarkably genetically diverse backgrounds, hailing not just from western Europe but also much further east, according to a new study that gives unprecedented insight into the fighters’ lives.The Crusades to the Holy Land were spread over two centuries, with many Europeans heading east to fight, and others turning up to trade. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, Religion, World news, Genetics, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Christianity, Lebanon


Assessing the damage at Notre Dame Cathedral – in pictures

After Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed by flames on Monday, work has begun to assess the damage to the 850-year-old buildingNotre Dame fire: follow the latest developments – live Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, France, Religion, World news, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Catholicism, Paris, Christianity, Notre Dame, Notre Dame Cathedral


Huge fire sweeps through Notre Dame Cathedral – in pictures

Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed in flames on Monday afternoon, causing a spire to collapse and raising fears for the future of the 850-year-old building and its precious artworks Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, France, Religion, World news, Architecture, Art and design, Catholicism, Paris, Christianity, Notre Dame Cathedral


Buttigieg v Pence: Indiana politicians put faith on the election front line

The vice-president and the Democratic hopeful are both Christian and have worked together but in the age of Trump, they and their fellow Hoosiers sense a looming battleBoth are from modestly sized cities in Indiana. Both were baptised Catholic but came to embrace other branches of Christianity. Both found inspiration in former president John F Kennedy as they launched political careers of their own.The parallels between Mike Pence and Pete Buttigieg stop there. Continue reading...
Tags: Republicans, Religion, World news, US news, Indiana, Democrats, US politics, Christianity, LGBT rights, Mike Pence, Trump Administration, Pete Buttigieg, US elections 2020


Pence Accuses (The Also Christian) Buttigieg Of Attacking His ‘Christian Faith’

Vice President Mike Pence accused South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is a devout Christian, of attacking his “Christian faith” in the most recent volley between the two Hoosiers over Buttigieg’s sexual orientation and Pence’s anti-LGBTQ beliefs. “I hope that Pete will offer more to the American people than attacks on my Christian faith or attacks on the President as he seeks the highest office in the land,” Pence told CNN. “He’d do well to reflect on the importance of respecting the freedom...
Tags: News, Christianity, Ellen, Mike Pence, Hoosiers, Pete, Pence, Buttigieg, Pete Buttigieg, Kate Riga


Ex-pope Benedict XVI blames sexual abuse on swinging sixties

Essay by 91-year-old dubbed ‘catastrophically irresponsible’ for undermining reforms Pope Benedict XVI has ventured out of retirement to publish an essay blaming the Catholic church’s sexual abuse scandals on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and “homosexual cliques” among priests.The analysis by Benedict, who abdicated as pontiff in 2013, was immediately criticised as “catastrophically irresponsible” and in conflict with efforts by his successor, Pope Francis, to lead the church out of its cr...
Tags: Children, Religion, Society, World news, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Christianity, The papacy, Sexual Harassment, Pope Benedict XVI, Benedict, Benedict XVI


A La Carte (April 11)

It isn’t much of a day for Kindle deals, at least as far as I can see. We’ll try again tomorrow. Maybe you can find something else interesting at Nitoy Gonzalez’s Freebie Round-Up. (Yesterday on the blog: 10 New and Notable Books for April) It’s Time To Go On the Offensive There’s lots of good stuff in this article from Rebecca McLaughlin. “When it comes to giving reasons for our faith, we Christians are playing far too defensive a game. We’ve believed that Christianity is de...
Tags: Jerusalem, Blogging, Brooklyn, Christianity, Christ, A La Carte, Luke, Abigail Dodds, Rebecca McLaughlin, Nitoy Gonzalez


India: police charge Catholic bishop with raping nun

Franco Mulakkal denies multiple charges, including unlawful detention, in southern state of Kerala Police on Tuesday charged an Indian bishop with repeatedly raping a nun at a rural convent in a case that has cast a new shadow on the Catholic church’s global sex abuse crisis.Franco Mulakkal was charged with raping the nun several times between 2014 and 2016, according to K Subash, police deputy superintendent in the district of the southern state of Kerala where the investigation was carried out...
Tags: India, Religion, World news, South and Central Asia, Catholicism, Christianity, Kerala, Subash, Rape and sexual assault, Franco Mulakkal


Praying for International Missionaries

We hosted a “Revive This Nation” student preach at our church three weeks ago.  Pastor Omotayo is a PHd student working to get his Phd in Christian counseling.  I would encourage every church to host a “Revive This Nation” preacher in March of 2020.  It’s a great opportunity to encourage student preachers.  The seminary matches up student preachers to smaller churches who cannot afford the expense of hosting a revival preacher.  The seminary pays the travel expenses, and the host church is respo...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Nigeria, Love, Church, Religion, Christianity, Faith, Jesus, God, Christian, Christians, Missions, Grace, Gospel, Ministry


Harry Potter among books burned by priests in Poland

Anti-sorcery post by evangelical Catholic group widely mocked on FacebookCatholic priests in Poland have burned books that they say promote sorcery, including one of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, in a ceremony they photographed and posted on Facebook.Three priests in the northern city of Koszalin were pictured carrying the books in a large basket from inside a church to a stone area outside. The books were set alight as prayers were said and a small group of people watched on. A mask, variou...
Tags: Europe, Books, Censorship, Religion, Social Media, World news, Catholicism, Christianity, Poland, Harry Potter, Jk Rowling, Catholic, Koszalin, FacebookCatholic


Free Mom Hugs: How a Mother’s Love for Her Son Turned into a Revolution

Sometimes the spiritual dark night of the soul can bring forth radiance that emanates from the individual experiencing it and gets carried out into the world and inspires others. Sara Cunningham from Oklahoma found herself in such a dilemma. Her religious upbringing was devoutly Christian. She felt she lived it in all aspects of her life. Then her beloved son Parker came out to her as a Gay man. She was in a tailspin,  as she attempted to reconcile those two realities. As a result of many...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Parenting, Interview, Support, Personal, Gay, Transgender, Spirituality, Homosexuality, Christianity, Lgbtq, Oklahoma, Discrimination, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bisexual


Women’s rights in the Catholic church | Letters

Jenny Tillyard addresses the issue of unwanted pregnancy and a ‘demographic disaster’ in Africa, while Judith A Daniels says the church needs to legitimise women’s much-needed accession to leadership rolesCherie Blair was right to mention the problem of forced pregnancy among young schoolgirls in Africa (Cherie Blair accused of reinforcing stereotypes about African women, 27 March). She was speaking at a Catholic school, and Catholics are currently struggling with the whole problem of unwanted p...
Tags: Africa, Religion, Women, Pregnancy, World news, Health & wellbeing, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Italy, Christianity, Vatican, The papacy, Cherie Blair, Blair, Cafod, Jenny Tillyard


Christian right summit in Verona draws massive protest

20,000 rally in Italy against anti-gay, anti-abortion and anti-feminist conferenceAn estimated 20,000 people have protested in Verona against a conference which has brought a global network of anti-gay, anti-abortion and anti-feminist activists to the northern Italian city.The hosting of the World Congress of Families (WCF), a US coalition that promotes the values of the Christian right, has been especially contentious in Italy as it is supported by the far-right League, a partner in the country...
Tags: Health, Europe, Religion, Women, US, Society, World news, Feminism, Italy, Christianity, LGBT rights, Abortion, Verona, Matteo Salvini, World Congress of Families WCF


Papal visit to Morocco interrupted by man running at king's car

The man was quickly overpowered by the king’s security guardsA man ran towards a car carrying the Moroccan king shortly after the arrival of Pope Francis in the North African nation on Saturday, but he was swiftly seized by security guards.King Mohammed VI was standing up in an open-topped car in a motorcade alongside the pope’s vehicle, waving at crowds lining a street in Rabat. The king’s car sped up slightly, but there was no other sign of disruption. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Religion, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Catholicism, Morocco, Pope Francis, Christianity, The papacy, Rabat, Mohammed VI


City of love? Christian right congress in Verona divides Italy

Opponents says League-backed event symptomatic of politics of extremism going nationalAntonio Gardoni had petrol thrown in his face when he opened the door of the home he shares in Verona with his husband after being woken up in the middle of the night by noise from outside. The assailants slashed the tyres of the couple’s car and daubed a swastika on the wall alongside the message: “We’ll put you all in the gas chambers”.Gardoni escaped serious injury but is looking on with trepidation as Veron...
Tags: Religion, World news, Italy, Christianity, LGBT rights, Abortion, The far right, Verona, Matteo Salvini, Gardoni


‘He’s not a Roman emperor’: pope’s reluctance to have ring kissed defended

Viral video of Pope Francis pulling hand away from Catholics gets mixed reactionFootage of Pope Francis pulling his hand away from being kissed by a long line of people has gone viral, with conservative critics condemning what they said was Francis’s “graceless disrespect for the tradition”.In the video clip filmed on Monday in a church in Loreto, in the Marche region, Francis is seen retracting his right hand as Catholics attempt to kiss his ring. Three days later, the Vatican spokesman said th...
Tags: Europe, Religion, World news, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Italy, Christianity, Vatican, The papacy, Francis, Catholics, Loreto, Marche, Pope John Paul II


US fundamentalists spent £38m on European politics

Rightwing Christian groups donated $50m in the past 10 years, says OpenDemocracyUS Christian fundamentalist groups have spent over $50m (£38m) in Europe over the past decade, and have dramatically ramped up campaigning in recent years, according to a report by the UK political website OpenDemocracy.The analysis comes amid growing concern about the extent to which western democracies can be influenced using “dark money”, political funding from unknown sources. None of the groups examined by OpenD...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Religion, US, European Union, World news, Christianity, LGBT rights, Caroline Lucas, European elections, Matteo Salvini, Steve Bannon, Rightwing Christian, OpenDemocracyUS Christian


Pope kept pulling away hand for fear of spreading germs, says Vatican

Spokesman responds to viral video of Pope Francis refusing to let his ring be kissed saying the reason was simply hygienePope Francis has attempted to set the record straight after a video showed him repeatedly snatching his hand away from well-wishers who tried to kiss his ring, saying that he was worried about spreading germs.Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said that Francis was concerned about hygiene when, after greeting dozens of people in a lengthy receiving line, he began pulling his...
Tags: Europe, Religion, World news, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Italy, Christianity, Vatican, The papacy, Pope, Francis, Alessandro Gisotti


Pope Francis lets people kiss his ring again after video controversy

Pope Francis allowed nuns and priests to kiss his papal ring two days after video showed him pulling his hand away Pope Francis allowed nuns and priests to kiss his papal ring during his weekly audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday, two days after a video showing him pulling his hand away from several faithful drew criticism.Some conservative critics of the pope feel Francis is abandoning church doctrine and tradition, and seized on him jerking his hand away from Catholics seeking to kiss h...
Tags: Religion, World news, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Christianity, The papacy, Francis, St Peter 's Square




Montreal to take down 80-year-old crucifix from city chambers

Councillor stresses city’s ‘secular character’ as influence of Catholic Church abatesFor more than 80 years, a crucifix has overseen the civic business of Canada’s second-largest city from its perch above Montreal’s city council chambers. Next month, it will come down for good as the the centuries-old building prepares for renovation – and city councillors have decided that it will not be returned. Continue reading...
Tags: Religion, Americas, Canada, Christianity, Catholic Church, Montreal


This is the best (and simplest) world map of religions

At a glance, this map shows both the size and distribution of world religions.See how religions mix at both national and regional level.There's one country in the Americas without a Christian majority – which? China and India are huge religious outliers A picture says more than a thousand words, and that goes for this world map as well. This map conveys not just the size but also the distribution of world religions, at both a global and national level. Strictly speaking it's an infographic rath...
Tags: Africa, Asia, Atheism, Buddhism, China, Christianity, Europe, Faith, India, Islam, Middle east, Religion, United states, Map


Self-interest must not guide UK aid | Letters

Britain’s aid budget must be about altruism, not narrow self-interest say the Rt Rev John Arnold and the Rt Rev Dr Christopher CocksworthYour article (Aid budget: Ex-minister joins calls for shake-up, 18 March) on the report by the TaxPayers’ Alliance offers an opportunity to reflect again on what we want and expect from our government.In the suffering of men, women and children caught up in conflict, dealing with the worst effects of climate change or leaving their homes in search of a safer fu...
Tags: Politics, UK, Religion, Society, Public finance, Britain, Pope Francis, Christianity, Aid, Global development, Jesus Christ, Priti Patel, John Arnold, Christopher CocksworthYour