The head of the Irish Catholic Church apologized last week to victims sexually abused by convicted child molester Father Brendan Smyth, but rejected calls to resign, in the latest development in one of the most publicized stories concerning sex scandals in the Irish church.
The government of Sudan, a mostly-Muslim East African nation, has begun airlifting an estimated 15,000 people to the mostly-Christian South Sudan, after all ethnic Southerners were dismissed from Sudan's civil service following the country's secession last year.
Behind Easter and Christmas, Mother's Day draws the highest attendance in U.S. churches, a recent study shows.
Crystal Cathedral, the Garden Grove, Calif., megachurch known for its "Hour of Power" broadcasts, will this weekend during its celebration of Mother's Day, honor Roman Catholic icon Mother Teresa of Calcutta and feature a special sermon from the Rev. Bobby Schuller.
The two front-runners for the Egyptian presidency recently faced off during the country's first televised presidential debate, with religion and Islamic law dominating the discussion.
Argentina has made history by becoming the first country in the world to make sex-change operations a legal right of every citizen, mandating that public and private insurance providers cover such surgeries. The new legislation, backed by President Cristina Fernandez, who is expected to sign it, will also make it legal for a person to change his or her gender without a sex-change operation.
Minister Franklin Graham appeared on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) this week, co-hosting its signature ministry program "Praise the Lord" with network co-founder, Jan Crouch, just as the network is facing scrutiny over allegations of financial dishonesty.
Crystal Cathedral Ministries, made famous through its televised sermon, "The Hour of Power," will host a pro-life event Thursday night featuring several prominent pro-life advocates, including CEO and founder of a California-based network of parental health consultation clinics.Tags Abortion
The Trinity Broadcast Network said Tuesday that a civil lawsuit filed against it by the founders' granddaughter and the company's former finance director is "meritless and contrived," adding more arguments to what has become an epic scandal involving the largest Christian television network.
The Kansas House approved a bill Monday designed to ban tax breaks for facilities providing abortions and to ban writing off abortion costs as medical expenses. The House also passed a bill that prevents state courts from heeding any foreign or religious laws, such as Sharia.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) said Tuesday that the budget cuts on entitlements, supported by Republican politicians ahead of the vote on a reconciliation package for the 2013 budget, are immoral because they would hurt the poor.
Five priests accused of sexually abusing children last year would be barred from ministry and could be defrocked, while three were cleared of charges and allowed to return to their duties, it was revealed Friday, as the archdiocese nears the end of an investigation of 26 suspected priests.Tags Court Cases
Vladimir Putin, Russia's divisive former president and former prime minister, was sworn in as the federation's president again Monday, amid renewed protests and less than 24 hours after hundreds were arrested in Moscow Sunday.
Al-Qaida released a video Sunday showing 70-year-old U.S. citizen Warren Weinstein, kidnapped in Pakistan last year, pleading to President Barack Obama to break the U.S. rule of not negotiating with terrorists and save his life by meeting the kidnappers' demands.
Three U.S. cities along with Nebraska joined in the effort to establish a National Day of Reason this year, with local politicians signing proclamations making the first Thursday of May such a day of observance. The movement was created as a counter-balance to the National Day of Prayer, which some critics consider unconstitutional.