Christians in Russia have said they are determined to preach the Gospel and fulfill the Great Commission despite tough new laws signed by President Vladimir Putin that ban evangelism outside of churches.
The Slavic Centre for Law and Justice, an affiliate of the American Center for Law and Justice, said a new manner of carrying out missionary work in Russia will have to be established.
The law bans all missionary activities in residential areas and requires Christians who want to share their faith with others, even on the internet, to obtain authorization documents from a religious association. It also imposes a fine of $75 to $765 if the violator is a Russian citizen, and a fine of up to $15,265 in case of an organization, while foreigners would be deported, The Christian Post reported last month. more >>
Pope Francis has said that he's firmly opposed to the teaching of gender theory to children in schools, arguing that the idea that "everyone can choose their own sex" is the "exact opposite" of God's creation.
"Today, children are taught this at school: That everyone can choose their own sex. And why do they teach this? Because the books come from those people and institutions who give money," Francis told Polish bishops last week, according to Catholic Herald.
"God created man and woman; God created the world like this and we are doing the exact opposite." more >>
As hundreds of people attended the funeral on Tuesday for Rev. Jacques Hamel, the French priest killed by Islamic State supporters, the archbishop of Rouen revealed Hamel's last words as he tried to push away his attackers: "Go away, Satan."
Archbishop Dominique Lebrun led the funeral mass at Rouen cathedral, The Associated Press reported, and reflected on Hamel's last moments, when the priest had his throat slit by two teenagers who pledged their allegiance to IS during morning Mass at his Rouen church.
"Evil is a mystery. It reaches heights of horror that take us out of the human," Lebrun said. more >>
A Swedish priest from the Evangelical Lutheran national church says the brutal killing of Father Jacques Hamel in France by radical jihadists last week reveals that Islamists have declared war on Christianity.
Annika Borg's comments are one of a number of different reactions from Christians across Europe following the violent murder by two teenagers who pledged their allegiance to the Islamic State terror group that named the priest on a 2015 hit list.
Others, however, such as Roman Catholic Church leader Pope Francis, insist that if one talks about Islamic violence, then violence carried out by Catholics must also be addressed. more >>
ROME — Pope Francis has set up a commission to study the role of women deacons in early Christianity, the Vatican said on Tuesday, a move that might lead to changes in the role of women in the Roman Catholic Church.
Deacons, like priests, are ordained ministers, and as in the priesthood, must be men. They may not celebrate mass, but they may preach, teach in the name of the Church, baptize and conduct wake and funeral services.
Scholars debate the precise role of women deacons in the early Church. Some say they were ordained to minister only to other women, such as at immersion rites at baptism. Others believe they were on a par with male deacons. more >>
Last week's killing of a French priest by radicals associated with the Islamic State has inspired atheist Wall Street Journal writer Sohrab Ahmari to come out publicly about his plans to convert to Catholicism.
After the news broke that Father Jacques Hamel had been killed by radicals who raided the Church of the Gambetta in the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray district of Normandy last Tuesday, the Iranian-born Ahmari announced in a tweet:
"#IAmJacquesHamel: In fact, this is the right moment to announce that I'm converting to Roman Catholicism." more >>