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Jesus and John Wayne: A Christian can be a “good guy with a gun Comments 0

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

According to Kristin Kobes Du Mez, author of “Jesus and John Wayne: How Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation,” the idea that a Christian can be a “good guy with a gun” is well-established in many white evangelical communities. But critics wonder how people who claim to worship Jesus Christ  – who taught Read more

Pope wants to stop Mafia from exploiting symbols of the Virgin Mary Comments 0

Monday, September 21st, 2020

A new Vatican group backed by Pope Francis is taking a whack at stopping Mafia members from exploiting the Virgin Mary and other Catholic imagery in order to recruit members and whitewash their dark underworld image. Read more

Pope forms an unusual partnership Comments 0

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

A partnership has developed between “an agnostic and a pope, an ex-communist and a Catholic, an Italian and an Argentine, a gastronome and a theologian.” Carlo Petrini, founder of the international Slow Food movement, to broaden his environmental appeal. Despite their different ideologies, the two leaders have joined together to bring awareness to an issue Read more

Member of Osama bin Laden’s family a Trump fan Comments 0

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Donald Trump’s campaign to be re-elected has been boosted after he won the backing of a member of Osama bin Laden’s family. Noor Bin Ladin, niece of the notorious terrorist – who was shot dead during an operation ordered by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama – said that the Republican “must” remain at the White House. Read more

International organ festival at Rome’s Pantheon Comments 0

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Under the nearly 2,000-year-old dome of Rome’s Pantheon and above the relics of early Christian martyrs, the melodies of Johann Sebastian Bach and other composers are being played on the organ this month in an effort to use beauty to reconnect people with the mystery of God. The Pantheon’s International Organ Festival seeks to create Read more

Why gay atheist is raising money for a church Comments 0

Monday, September 7th, 2020

Queer folks and their allies have had a fraught relationship with religion and the institution of the church. Joshua Todd, a gay atheist knows this well. But for his birthday he wanted to bring attention to the needs of a Norfolk, Virginia-based church that received backlash after voting to become a LGBTQ+ affirming parish. Read Read more

Roger Stone describes himself as “first-hand proof that prayer works.” Comments 0

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

The  political operative Roger Stone who sentence to prison was commuted by President Trump describes himself as “first-hand proof that prayer works.” Stone told  his story about re-committing himself as a Christian at a Nashville church on Aug. 30, Much of Stone’s testimony amounted to a campaign speech for President Donald Trump and a recounting Read more

Mike Pence conflates “Jesus” and “Old Glory” Comments 0

Monday, August 31st, 2020

Does this sound vaguely familiar? “Let’s run the race marked out for us. Let’s fix our eyes on Old Glory and all she represents. Let’s fix our eyes on this land of heroes and let their courage inspire. And let’s fix our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith and freedom and never Read more

Mormon cover art sparks row for Catholic publisher Comments 0

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

A Catholic publisher has apologized for using a Mormon image on the cover of two of its 2021 publications. Oregon Catholic Press said the use of the image of the Mormon figure of Moroni was a mistake. The company believed it to be a general image of an angel. The artist – a Catholic who Read more

More interest in the stars as religion fades in rural Waikato Comments 0

Monday, August 24th, 2020

Declining membership and a lack of new blood coming through have forced the Kaimai Presbytery to review the future of its St Andrew’s Presbyterian Parish of Kihikihi. But already a replacement is waiting in the wings if the presbytery decides to “dissolve” the 130-year-old congregation and sell the church property. Read more