The Coptic patriarch of Alexandria has responded to news that terror group ISIS has beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians by calling them "martyrs for the faith." Pope Francis added that believers everywhere must rally behind the victims, saying that denominations don't matter and all Christian blood is the same.
Fides News Agency reported on Monday that Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, the patriarch of Alexandria of Coptic Catholics, offered "his condolence to all the families of these martyrs who gave their lives for the faith, and at the same time expresses his gratitude to President Abdel Fattah al Sisi and all the institutions of the Egyptian government for giving an immediate response to this act of terrorism."
Sidrak refers to the air strikes Egypt carried out against ISIS targets in Libya only hours after the video showing the massacre was released. The video is titled "A Message Signed With Blood to the Nation of the Cross." more >>
The head of a North Carolina-based organization that aids ministries for singles has said that too many churches consider the unmarried to be "invisible."
Kris Swiatocho, director of The Singles Network Ministries, told The Christian Post that "for most churches single adults are invisible. Mainly because most pastors, secretaries, deacons/elders are married with children. When they are in the pulpit they typically preach and identify with those that are like themselves."
"I have actually spoken with churches who are not sure they have any singles there mainly because they view singleness has a particular age-range vs. someone who isn't married from 18 to the grave." more >>
In response to the cinematic debut of the "50 Shades of Grey" movie, one Virginia pastor will look to respond via a sermon series meant to address various matters regarding sexual ethics, including pornography and gay marriage.
Rick McDaniel, pastor of Richmond Community Church, will be preaching a sermon series starting on Sunday meant to add a Christian moral perspective on controversial topics pertaining to sexual behavior. Known as the "5 Shades of Grey," the series will include issues like pornography, divorce, gay marriage, cohabitation, and adultery.
In an interview with The Christian Post, McDaniel explained that "God just sort of dropped an idea in my head" to do the series in response to the popularity of "50 Shades of Grey." more >>
Pope Francis has said that making the choice to not have children is "selfish." The pontiff made the comments at a gathering at St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, and said that societies that have low birth rates are "depressed."
"If a generous family of children is viewed as if it were a burden, there is something wrong! As the Encyclical Humanae Vitae of Blessed Pope Paul VI teaches, but having more children cannot be automatically viewed as an irresponsible choice," Francis told the audience, according to Vatican Radio.
"The choice to not have children is selfish. Life rejuvenates and acquires energy when it multiplies: It is enriched, not impoverished! Children learn to take charge of their family, they mature in the sharing of sacrifices, and they grow in appreciation of its gifts." more >>
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cincinnati has warned that the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie is a "direct assault on Christian marriage." Archbishop Dennis Schnurr asked churchgoers to boycott the film, which opens in the U.S. on Feb. 13, a day before Valentine's Day.
"The storyline is presented as a romance; however, the underlying theme is that bondage, dominance, and sadomasochism are normal and pleasurable. In the storyline, a young Miss Steele is urged to sign a contract becoming a sex slave and agreeing to an abusive and degrading relationship," Schnurr said in a post on the Facebook page of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
"This movie is in direct contrast to the Christian message of God's design for self-giving and self-sacrificing love, marriage and sexual intimacy. The movie is a direct assault on Christian marriage and on the moral and spiritual strength of God's people. We need to inform our people about the destructive message of this movie and to highlight the beauty of God's design for loving relationships between a husband and wife in the bond of marriage." more >>
A former orthodox member of the Church of England's Archbishops' Council, who once staunchly opposed the church's affirmation of same-sex partnerships, has been appointed the new director of an LGBT-activist Christian coalition seeking to change the church's biblical beliefs about homosexuality after publicly announcing for the first time that she's a lesbian.
Jayne Ozanne, a 46-year-old lay campaigner who was appointed as one of the founding members of the church's Archbishops' Council by then-Archbishop of Canterbury Lord George Carey in 1999, was announced as the new director of the pro-gay network, Accepting Evangelicals.
The network advocates for the Church of England to accept same-sex partnerships at "every level of church life," and open up its leadership to practicing homosexuals — those who are involved in same-sex relationships and believe God condones gay marriage. more >>