The men's magazine Esquire elected to pick an unorthodox icon of men's fashion this year – Pope Francis. A new poll also shows a majority of American Catholics approve of the pope and say he is leading the church in the right direction.
"The humility of his garments offers a way to visibly display his theological and material concerns for the poor," Ann Pellegrini, associate professor of performance studies and religious studies at New York University, told the magazine. "This Holy Roman emperor really does have new clothes."
This pope's humble fashion sense began as early as his installment in March. After being chosen by the conclave, Francis decided to keep the same coat of arms he held as Archbishop of Buenos Aires and picked the simplest ring offered him, The Huffington Post reported. The only symbols added to his original coat of arms are those customary for every pope – a gilded miter and crossed gold and silver keys. more >>
A historically black New York congregation is presently in a legal dispute over the church's property with The Episcopal Church.
St. Mathias Ministries of Wantagh's congregation seeks to keep the church property its meeting in even as the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island wants to sell the facilities.
The lawsuit on the part of the congregation to keep the over century old property will be heard before the New York State Supreme Court in Mineola next week. more >>
A recently aired tribute to the life of Harold Camping by the Family Radio network omitted any mention of the former president and founder's much publicized end times prophecies.
For years, Camping had predicted that the Rapture would occur on May 21, 2011, according to his interpretation of what the Bible said about the End Times. The radio segment, which aired Friday evening, focused instead on other projects and endeavors of the controversial Christian radio host.
Camping's projection came through looking at certain numbers in the Bible and reasoning that they, when calculated property, gave the exact date for the Rapture. more >>
A former Pennsylvania United Methodist Church pastor who was defrocked for not accepting the denomination's ban on officiating gay weddings has joined a pro-gay congregation in Washington, D.C.
Frank Schaefer, who was suspended by the UMC for officiating his gay son's same-sex wedding, recently joined Foundry UMC and preached a sermon there Sunday.
Dean Snyder, senior pastor at Foundry, told The Christian Post about how Schaefer became a member of his congregation. more >>
When thinking about the exact location of the birth of Jesus Christ, for most Christians in the United States if not Western civilization, a familiar image comes to mind. Surrounded by farm animals, the Christ child is laid within a manger, a stable that was likely made of wood with hay on the ground. Traditional images of said manger, the displays erected outside of churches, on public property or at home, generally involve a simple wooden structure as the setting.
However, in some Christian traditions the setting for the manger is not a wooden building, but rather a rockier less man-made locale.
Churches, like the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, state that Jesus was born in a cave, as they were used by shepherds of the time to shelter animals from hostile weather. more >>
Two lesbian Methodist pastors in Seattle, Wash., could soon be defrocked after they decided to celebrate their undying love for each other by getting married in defiance of the Methodist Book of Discipline two weeks ago.
The news comes on the heels of an announcement Thursday by leaders of the United Methodist Church that they had defrocked the Rev. Frank Schaefer of Pennsylvania for officiating the wedding of his son to another man six years ago.
According to a King5.com report, the two female pastors, the Rev. Joanne Brown who pastors Tibbetts United Methodist Church and Christie Newbill who is a pastor at Woodland Park United Methodist Church got married on Dec. 7 before a full house at Brown's church. more >>