A chair fit for the pope and made by a group of day laborers has been unveiled at New York City's Madison Square Garden, where Francis is scheduled to lead about 20,000 people in mass later this month.
The brown wooden chair with white backing was unveiled Wednesday by a beaming Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York.
The simple chair was constructed by day laborers affiliated with Don Bosco Workers and Obreros Unidos de Yonkers, reportedly under the direction of Brother Salvatore Sammarco, of the Salesians of Don Bosco based in Florida. more >>
Russell Moore believes definitions are important, especially when it comes to terms like "Evangelical" and "gay Christian," the prominent Southern Baptist leader recently revealed in a discussion about what he thinks is at the root of divergent beliefs about human sexuality among Christians.
"Evangelical," according to this independent supplement to The AP Stylebook, "has generally come to mean Protestants who emphasize personal conversion; evangelism; the authority, primacy — and, usually — inerrancy of the Bible; and the belief that Jesus' death reconciled God and humans" — a nugget summary, compared to Wheaton College's extensive primer on "Evangelicalism."
The authority, primacy and inerrancy (or reliability) of the Bible is at the heart of debates among Christians who argue either for or against the "sinfulness" of homosexual acts, according to Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Moore follows the long-held orthodox view that has called for the expression of human sexuality in the confines of monogamous heterosexual union. more >>
New York residents will get the chance to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis later this month during his U.S. tour which will include a procession through the city's iconic Central Park.
On Sept. 25, the pontiff will tour the city's famous landmark on his popemobile and tens of thousands are expected to turn out for what will be a historic event. The papal motorcade will be a part of his first-ever tour of the U.S. since becoming the first Latin American pope in 2013.
"The procession through Central Park will give thousands of New Yorkers an opportunity to come face-to-face with Pope Francis," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement on Tuesday. "We're proud to welcome one of the world's most powerful voices to our great city ... and we are grateful to the archdiocese for their cooperation in giving even more New Yorkers a chance to join in this historic visit." more >>
The historic Marble Collegiate Church on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York where leading 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that he is a member, said Friday that the billionaire real estate mogul is not an active member.
"I am Presbyterian Protestant. I go to Marble Collegiate Church," Trump reportedly told reporters in Greenville, South Carolina Thursday according to CNN.
Marble Collegiate Church is not a Presbyterian denomination, however, but part of the Reformed Church in America. more >>
Unarguably one of the best-selling video games of all time, rumors of a sequel have been following "Grand Theft Auto 5" for years.
After having shipped 54 million copies since its launch in September 2013, "Game Theft Auto V" has a place on the top games lists on Empire magazine and the "Good Game's "Top 100 Games" list, with fans looking forward to another sequel of the action adventure video game.
There have been rumors a new game from Rockstar Games may roll out on either 2018 or 2020. Based on speculations, a new, more comprehensive map is being developed for the sequel. more >>
GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump was repeatedly asked in an interview to state his favorite Bible verse, since Trump had previously declared the Bible to be his favorite book, but declined each time and explained that it is "very personal" to him.
"I wouldn't want to get into it. Because to me, that's very personal," Trump said Wednesday on Bloomberg's "With All Due Respect."
He was asked again if there is any one particular verse that means a lot to him, to which he said: "The Bible means a lot to me, but I don't want to get into specifics." more >>