A Vatican delegation to Ireland concluded Tuesday in an investigative report on causes of a major sex abuse scandal that local church leaders were guilty of negligence. Delegates also asked victims for forgiveness in the name of the Roman Catholic Church, and vowed to continue to implement reform to further protect children.
A victims advocacy organization alleging pressure from lawyers representing the Roman Catholic Church to hand over confidential documents related to clergy sex abuse cases claims the tactics being used are akin to "bullying" and "intimidation." Church officials deny, however, that any tactics are being used to pressure the group.
The Syrian Orthodox Church of St. Matthew in Baghdad was one of the targets in a string of bombings Tuesday, as Iraqi extremists conducted a series of attacks in several cities and towns across the country that killed at least 52 people in total.
Israel is the only country in the Middle East where Christians can practice their faith with complete freedom, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday during the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) 2012 conference in Jerusalem.
While Egypt's Coptic Christians are mourning the death of Pope Shenouda III, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, a controversial Muslim cleric and scholar, known for his negative comments against Christians, Wagdy Ghoneim, caused a storm online by releasing a video in which he calls the pope "head of infidels" and says "Let him go to Hell."
Millions of Egyptian Copts feel they have been left vulnerable after the death of their spiritual leader, Pope Shenouda III, head of Egypt's Coptic Christian Church, and many fear an increase in persecution from the Muslim-majority population in the country.
Several cases of persecution were reported this week, including another church bombing in Nigeria's turbulent city of Jos. Meanwhile, a Christian human rights group informed The Christian Post that the head of Eritrean Orthodox church remains in prison, where - according to the group- he was placed unlawfully, and is denied medical attention he urgently needs. Also, a new report found that 74 percent of Pakistani women from minority communities -- Christians and Hindus -- were sexually harassed, while 43 percent faced religious discrimination at workplaces in 2010 and 2011.
The Christian community in Afghanistan is believed to be under threat of retaliation after a U.S. soldier allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians Sunday, causing a mob of angry Afghans to burn a cross and an effigy of President Barack Obama in the ensuing protests.
Saudi Arabia's highest official of religious law reportedly declared this week that it is "necessary to destroy all the churches" in the region, implying that no other religion than Islam will be tolarated on the Arabian Peninsula.
Pastor Michael Pearl of Tennessee became a point of controversy when his teachings about child training became linked to at least three fatal cases of child abuse. He, and one of his critics, discussed the issue with The Christian Post.
The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, founder of Crystal Cathedral Ministries, who left the church last weekend, explained in a rare video address why he thinks the ministry's board owes him millions of dollars.
After a shake-up in Crystal Cathedral Ministries' leadership, the church, led now by John Charles, is trying to conduct services as usual and restore new episodes of the "Hour of Power," after Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman announced that she is leaving to establish a separate church.
As reports coming from Sudan paint an increasingly gruesome picture of the Khartoum government allegedly planning to wipe out the country's ethnic populations and non-Muslims in the southern region of the Nuba Mountains, local Christian missions are playing an important role, as even the United Nations has no access to the country's embattled southern regions.
About a dozen newspapers are reportedly planning to turn down this week a controversial new "Doonesbury" cartoon strip skewering a Texas law that requires women who are seeking abortions to receive sonograms, which the comic's creator describes as "rape."
At a time when youth and young adults are leaving the church in the United States en masse, Cissie Graham Lynch of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) is committed to getting them back by providing answers to important questions this intelligent, tech-savvy generation might have, she recently shared with The Christian Post.
The founder of Crystal Cathedral ministries, the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, has commended the decision of his daughter, Sheila Schuller Coleman, to leave the ministry, but said that he will not join her new church.
Several reports of the persecution of Christians and related issues appeared in the press this week. Among them was an account of a Christian woman being tortured and humiliated in Pakistan; a false report on Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani having been executed last week; and the anniversary of the death of a Christian government official murdered last year in Pakistan being remembered by both Christians and Muslims.
The Islamist government of Sudan has been accused of taking up again the process of systematically killing the people of the Nuba Mountains, a region in the south of the country that is 30 percent Christian -- and the U.S. government is being called on to intervene.
Will Christians in Syria -- which has thus far been a relatively safe haven for religious minorities amid recent turmoil in the Middle East -- be persecuted by Muslim extremists and forced to migrate after the fall of President Bashar Assad, as was the case with Iraqi Christians after the fall of Saddam Hussein?
The popular and controversial book about sex and relationships penned by Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll has one critic claiming there is a new craze for "sex talk" in the church, while the pastor's followers seem excited that Mars Hill manages to promote a biblical approach to sex among secular audiences.
A New York imam has declared that he will start a campaign on April 22 to make the April 26 birthday of the prophet Mohammad a national holiday celebrated by Muslims and people of other faiths.
Three family members of Crystal Cathedral's founder the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, including the executive producer of the "Hour of Power," were fired by a vote of the ministry's board last week, it emerged Tuesday. In addition, ministry leaders are considering putting the ailing "Hour of Power" into reruns.
The popular Spanish-language ministry lead by charismatic Argentinean pastor Dante Gebel is moving out of the Crystal Cathedral building in April, the church announced in a statement published on Gebel's Facebook page Monday.
Did the Maya believe the world would end in December 2012? That is the question the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (known as Penn Museum) in Philadelphia has taken to exploring in its newest exhibition opening in May.
More women could come forward amid allegations that Joseph Walker III, head pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., and five other church members subjected women to sexual exploitation for at least a decade.