NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Boko Haram, which church leaders and analysts view as an African variation of the Islamic State, is taking over churches in northeastern Nigeria, beheading men and forcing Christian women to convert to Islam.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) “It’s totally dying out,” said Linda Woodhead, a sociologist at Lancaster University. “On current trends, they (the Methodists) will disappear, very soon.”
Heaven, the non-profit, tries to plan the apocalypse. Pope Francis and Diego Maradona: quite the team. And praying for Joan Rivers.
“I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State. It would be an honor for any believer to be an obedient citizen soldier to a people and its leader who don’t compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah to get along with the disbelievers.” –Nidal Hasan, convicted shooter in the 2009 Fort Hood […]
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The rally comes against the backdrop of a worrying rise in European anti-Semitism and the release of a report by the Community Security Trust that monitors attacks on the Jewish community.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis is not the first pope to celebrate a marriage ceremony but his predecessor Benedict XVI never presided over a marriage during his eight-year pontificate.
(RNS) “I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State,” Nidal Hasan said in the handwritten, two-page document.
“Former Hollywood screenwriter Jenny Bowen was moved to adopt two orphaned Chinese girls after she and her husband learned about the widespread abandonment and neglect of children in China, many of them girls.”
(RNS) It’s been 40 years since the Episcopal Church first ordained women, and other denominations have long included women in their clergy ranks. Now, three prominent cities have women pastors leading historic, tall-steeple churches.