WASHINGTON — With over 11,000 ticketed guests gathered on the South Lawn, Pope Francis made his first-ever visit to the White House Wednesday morning, and called on the world to defend religious liberties and take better care of the environment before going to the Oval Office for a private meeting with President Barack Obama.
The leader of the Catholic Church was welcomed to the White House by the president and first lady Michelle Obama. After the playing of the Holy See's national anthem, the U.S. national anthem, and a short speech by Obama, the pope made his first direct address to the American people and challenged all Americans to be "vigilant" defenders of religious liberty.
"Mr. President, together with their fellow citizens, American Catholics are committed to building a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of unjust discrimination," the pontiff asserted. "With countless other people of goodwill, they are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and the right to religious liberty." more >>
While Meagan Good started her acting career as a child, the "Minority Report" star and wife of Franklin Entertainment President DeVon Franklin, insists God is responsible for sustaining her place in the fickle entertainment industry.
Good, 34, took to Instagram after "How to Get Away With Murder" actress Viola Davis was awarded an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama. Davis mentioned Good, along with a number of other actresses, who were opening the door for other thespians of color to find their place in the world of television.
While Good said the moment "took my breath away," she also reflected on the hardships that she has had to endure in the entertainment industry and how God has brought her through. more >>
The Christian faith, and the Jewish faith that preceded it, believe in a God who acts in real time — in human history. So the latest archaeological find shouldn't surprise us.
The first reference to the city of Gath in the Bible occurs in the book of Joshua. In chapter 11 we're told that there were no Anakim, a race of giants, left in Israelite territory except for a few in Gaza, Gath, and Ashdod.
The next time we hear of Gath is in connection with one of those giants, Goliath, in I Samuel 17. From then on, Gath becomes the most-mentioned Philistine city in the Bible. In I Chronicles 18, David captures the city. In II Chronicles 11, his grandson Rehoboam fortifies it. The city was later captured by King Hazael of Damascus and then recaptured by King Uzziah, whose death figured in the vision of Isaiah 6. more >>
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Media mogul Oprah Winfrey recently sparked an online discussion about the Christian doctrine of the Holy Trinity after recalling a time that she once considered Jesus Christ to be her brother.
In a Facebook video post that immediately went viral on Monday — garnering more than 1 million views and over 2,000 comments in less than 24 hours — the OWN network CEO opened up about her Christian faith to her 10 million followers. Winfrey is seen speaking candidly about how growing up without her father led her to faith when she was between the ages of 3 to 7 years old.
"For the earliest part of my life, I didn't know my father," Winfrey, who was raised by her maternal grandmother up until age 6, said in the 35-second clip. "Not growing up with a father, I heard in church that God was my Father and that God was the Father of us all and that Jesus was God's son." more >>
Filmmakers who feature faith-based content sometimes face the temptation of playing-up the religious element in order to cater to Christian audiences, and in doing so could end up alienating millions of other viewers, according to actor David Oyelowo.
The "Selma" actor co-starred and worked as a co-producer on the new thriller "Captive," which tells the true story of how crazed murderer Brian Nichols held Atlanta mother and meth addict Ashley Smith hostage overnight, and how God touched them both through the ordeal.
Oyelowo portrays Nichols in the film and also took on the role of co-producer to ensure that the film stayed true to Smith's real-life account while not alienating viewers who might not subscribe to Christianity, which plays an integral role in the story. more >>