Posts Tagged ‘Pentecostalism’

Religious Orders not really wanted in Africa

Thursday, February 29th, 2024
Religious orders 'exploding'

A leading Nigerian priest has sounded an alarm regarding the future of the Catholic Church due to an ‘explosion’ of religious orders. “We have witnessed an explosion of new religious communities. Some with little or nothing in terms of spirituality and charism of consecrated life” Father Anthony Akinwale said. Fr Akinwale (pictured) is Professor and Read more

Scott Morrison tells Pentecostals to trust God, not governments

Thursday, July 21st, 2022

People should trust God, not governments says former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. In a sermon to churchgoers at Perth’s Pentecostal Victory Life Centre, Morrison said in his experience it would be a mistake to trust governments. “We trust in Him. We don’t trust in governments. We don’t trust in United Nations, thank goodness. “We Read more

Spirit of resistance: why Destiny Church and other New Zealand Pentecostalists oppose lockdowns and vaccination

Thursday, November 11th, 2021

Was anyone surprised when New Zealand’s self-made Apostle Brian Tamaki courted controversy and arrest by participating in two anti-lockdown protests in Auckland recently? Or that during one of these events he declared he would rather live in “dangerous freedom than peaceful slavery” and likened the director-general of health to Hitler? This was, after all, the Read more

Australian PM Scott Morrison mocked for praying

Thursday, May 20th, 2021

When Australian prime minister Scott Morrison addressed a gathering of pastors from the Australian Christian Churches (ACC), a recording was leaked on social media by the Rationalist Society. They did not do that to make Morrison look good. Rather, they hoped it would make the PM look, um, weird because of his faith – or Read more

Flashback: 27,000 people march for Jesus in Wellington

Monday, October 30th, 2017

They expected a couple of hundred people but   27,000 people from all Christian faiths turned up, writes Damian George. Organiser Gordon Copeland was hoping a few hundred people would turn out to “March for Jesus” on an October day in 1972. Continue reading

The power and problems of Pentecostalism

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

John Allen has reported here on the surge of Pentecostalism across Africa and the threat it presents to established Catholicism. Here is what he has to say: Today the primary competition stems from Africa’s sprawling galaxy of Pentecostal and Evangelical churches, some part of global denominations but most home-grown. In many parts of the continent, Read more

Francis takes different ecumenicism track from Benedict XVI

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Pope Francis’s approach to ecumenism is setting him apart from his predecessors, says the head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Cardinal Kurt Koch told a German Catholic website that Francis lays more emphasis than Benedict XVI did on strengthening ecumenical relationships through joint prayer, activities and encounters. The reason for this is Read more