Pope Francis has met with Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the head of the German bishops' conference, to discuss the fate of the so-called "luxury bishop" of Limburg who has spent $42 million on a lavish residence including a free-standing bath, conference table and private chapel worth millions.
"I am convinced that the bishop of Limburg... will confront this situation in a spirit of self-criticism," Archbishop Zollitsch said following his meeting with Pope Francis, Reuters reported.
The bishop in question, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, is facing calls for his resignation after causing an uproar with lavish expenses that seem to contradict the pope's call for austerity and example of humble living. more >>
Asian-American Christian leaders have invited evangelicals to engage in "dialogue and conversation" after two recent public incidents highlighted what the group calls "the repeated and offensive racial stereotyping of Asian-Americans."
"From VBS curriculum, to youth skits, to general Christian trade books, Asians have been caricatured, mocked, or otherwise treated as foreigners outside the typical accepted realm of white evangelicalism. And the situation has not improved over time," wrote the Asian American community leaders in an open letter addressed to the "Evangelical Church."
"We are a part of the body, we are North American Christians every bit as much as any other North American Christian, and we are weary, hurt, and disillusioned by the continuing offensive actions of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ," the letter continued. more >>
German Catholic bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg is set to answer questions before the Vatican about an excessive $42 million sum he has spent on a luxury residence, causing uproar in the Catholic Church.
"The bishop has made it clear that any decision about his service as a bishop lies in the hands of the Holy Father (Pope Francis)," a statement by the Limburg diocese read, according to Reuters.
"The bishop is saddened by the escalation of the current discussion. He sees and regrets that many believers are suffering under the current situation." more >>
Four pastors lobbying for change in the Harlem community of Manhattan, N.Y., have gone on the warpath with civil rights leader and religious minister the Rev. Al Sharpton and have invited more than 100 churches to join them in dethroning him from his political seat for his failure to lead on local issues.
"While (Sharpton) is jet-setting around the country, people are going to our churches saying they don't have money to eat," Pastor Johnnie Green, 51, of Mount Neboh Baptist Church on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard told the New York Daily News. "People need somebody to fight for them."
As a result of the situation, Greene and several other pastors in the community have banded together to create a coalition of black ministers called Speak Out Say It Loud, which seeks to build a united African American power base with citywide influence. more >>
Movement Day, the brainchild of New York City Leadership Center and Redeemer City-to-City, seeks to bring Christian leaders to inspire and challenge one other as they figure out how to live life and lead in an urban context. The Christian Post is highlighting five leaders, who will be presenting at the conference in New York City today whose work has or is already doing just that.
1. Katherine Alsdorf - Twitter
Alsdorf founded the Center for Faith and Work (CFW) or "cultural renewal arm" of the New York City-based Redeemer Presbyterian Church in 2002 and served as its Executive Director for the next 10 years. more >>
Even though the government is shutdown and political leaders appear to be unable to work together, evangelical leaders say that immigration reform is moving forward.
While the recent government shutdown has slowed the actions of the federal government, highlighted Congress' polarization, and dominated the domestic agenda, Jenny Yang, the Vice President of Advocacy and Policy and World Relief, said that now was still an important time for the church to act.
"Just because the government is shutdown doesn't mean that the work of the church has stopped. In fact, every day that immigration reform doesn't happen, the consequences of inaction are felt throughout all of our communities," said Yang in a press conference on Oct. 9. more >>