Roman Catholics within the Republican Party apparently are unconcerned about Donald Trump's recent spat with Pope Francis.
According to a recently released poll from Reuters/Ipsos, since February the Republican frontrunner's favorability among Catholics within the GOP has increased.
"Trump has averaged support among 47.9 percent of Catholic Republicans in the 50 days since the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics made the comment on Feb. 18, up from 39.8 percent in the 50 days that preceded it," reported Reuters. more >>
Some say that church is a good place to find a spouse, and thanks to a recent partnership between a megachurch and a well-known Christian dating website, that notion might increase in its appeal.
The new initiative, launched in late February, allows congregants of Dallas-based megachurch The Potter's House, the church of popular preacher Bishop T.D. Jakes, to connect with one another on dating website ChristianMingle using dedicated search capabilities, discounted membership fees and personalized offerings exclusive to members of the megachurch.
ChristianMingle provides partner churches with a virtual community where parishioners can connect with other members of their church as well as with the general ChristianMingle community of users. Member profile badges will identify a member's church affiliation and enable them to search for others in or outside their church. Members will also have access to the site's relationship experts. more >>
Evangelical Christians in Mexico are being targeted by local groups that represent a blend of Catholicism and other faith traditions, say advocates, who are calling on officials to protect the country's religious minority.
International Christian Concern's Advocacy Manager, Nate Lance, told Fox News that evangelicals, who are a minority group in Mexico, continue to be targeted for their beliefs and for refusing to convert to Roman Catholicism.
"They will try to force them to convert, and if they refuse, they are banned from their villages, unable to live with or see their families," Lance said. "When they refuse to recant their faith, they are expelled from the community." more >>
The Roman Catholic Church in Poland has approved the veneration of a miraculous host, or sacramental bread used in mass, which some said began to "bleed" after it was placed in water, and was subsequently tested by various research teams to prove its authenticity.
Bishop Zbigniew Kiernikowski of Legnica said the host "has the hallmarks of a eucharistic miracle," Catholic News Service reported on Monday, revealing that the sacramental bread had been subjected to a number of tests.
The host, which in Catholic belief represents the body of Jesus Christ, allegedly fell to the floor on Christmas Day 2013 after it was picked up and placed in a container of water. Red stains began appearing on the host soon after, however, leading to Stefan Cichy, the bishop of Legnica at the time, to commission it to monitoring and research by various institutions. more >>
Popular Christian filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, "the Kendrick brothers" are calling on pastors across the country to lead their congregations in praying more fervently to bring about a revival and a great awakening in America.
"If you look at the history of the Church, the history of revival and the great awakenings, it always was connected to people unifying and praying for the Lord to work in that situation and that's what we want to happen in our generation," Stephen Kendrick says in "A Passion for Parayer" video posted to Fcebook last week. "We cannot walk in the fullness of the Holy Spirit, we cannot evangelize, we cannot walk in unity in the Body of Christ if we're not praying on a consistent basis."
Joining the Kendrick brothers in the plea for a greater emphasis on prayer in the Christian community is Pastor Tony Evans, head of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas. Evans' daughter, Priscilla, played a leading role in last year's blockuster hit "War Room," which is all about the power of prayer. more >>
San Francisco's Chinese Christian Union and some of their neighbors have teamed up in a lawsuit against the city over the construction on an open air urinal, known as a pissoir, in a public park, which they say is discriminatory, offensive and a public health hazard.
The Pacific Justice Institute, a legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties, filed the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs in San Francisco's Superior Court last Thursday, challenging the city's use of public funds to encourage public urination. The San Francisco Chinese Christian Union is a religious nonprofit that does business in the city and County of San Francisco and represents 15 member churches, according to the lawsuit.
"PJI first reported on Feb. 4 that San Francisco had constructed a semi-circular structure, known as a pissoir, at the corner of Dolores Park. The wall is about 4 feet high and is completely open at the back, with no roof or doors. Men using the hole in the ground are visible to children playing in the park, passersby on the adjacent street, sidewalk and light rail, and to residents overlooking the park," they explained in a statement shared with The Christian Post. more >>