Pope Francis has spoken out against human traffickers, warning them that they will be held accountable for their crimes. He also pleaded on behalf of the tens of thousands of children around the world forced to work in degrading conditions on the eve of World Day Against Child Labor on Thursday.
"One day everything comes to an end and they will be held accountable to God," the pope said about those responsible for human trafficking, slave labor and arms manufacturing during a general audience at the Vatican on Wednesdays, also calling them "merchants of death."
The Roman Catholic Church leader pleaded for the "tens of thousands of children who are forced to work in degrading conditions, exposed to forms of slavery and exploitation, as well as abuse, mistreatment and discrimination." He also called on the international community to "extend social protection for minors in order to weaken this scourge." more >>
The government of Ireland has launched an investigation into abuse and the deaths of nearly 800 infants from unmarried mothers decades ago at "mother and baby" homes run by the Roman Catholic Church, uncovering what has been called a "dark history" of how such children where treated.
Hundreds of people attended a vigil on Wednesday organized by Justice for the Tuam Babies outside the House of Representatives, leaving teddy bears and children's shoes in memories of the victims, the Irish Times reported.
Researchers discovered records last week that showed that 796 children, mostly infants, died at a "mother and baby" home in Tuam, County Galway, which operated between 1925 and 1962. more >>
A pistol-packing Alabama pastor who was fired by his church leaders last year refuses to leave the church, telling them, "can't nobody fire him but God." He subsequently fired the opposing trustees and deacons, and replaced them with a more supportive team.
Now both camps have lawyered-up and the dispute is now the subject of a nasty court battle, according to an al.com report, between pastor Cedric Stringer, and the opposing deacons and trustees he ousted at Friendly Baptist Church. Services have also been suspended at the church until the dispute is settled.
According the lawsuit, Stringer was hired in 2012 and fired in 2013, but he rejected that decision from the trustees and deacons of the church. more >>
In response to the recent California shooting last month, when 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six people before taking his own life, and the subsequent #YesAllWomen Twitter discussion exposing the prevalence of misogyny, one male Christian writer wants to debunk the belief that women exist for male pleasure.
Ryan Hoselton, a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, admitted on The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood website that "all men have in some fashion entertained or acted upon the idea that women exist for their pleasure."
"Believing it has only given men dissatisfaction and misery, and it has provoked objectification, hatred, and even violence toward women," he wrote earlier this week. "Because Elliot Rodger believed that women exist for his pleasure, he went on a killing spree in Santa Barbara. Christians should not miss this opportunity to declare loudly that this belief about women is damaging and evil." more >>
A California pastor who was charged with murder last Tuesday, after a man he fought with outside a Las Vegas sports bar last summer died from head injuries, maintained his innocence after he was released from jail on bail Tuesday saying he even asked his church group "to lay hands and pray" for his attacker during the fight.
Youth pastor Robert Cox of The Place of Refuge Church in Manteca, says 55-year-old Link Ellingson attacked him, his wife, their two young children and a group of church interns while they were in the parking lot of a Las Vegas sports club called Four Kegs. The group had stopped to eat at the establishment while they were on a mission trip.
Cox, in an effort to defend the group from what they describe as a freak attack from Ellingson, got into a scuffle with the hulking man who fell, hit his head on the pavement, then lost consciousness during the melee on June 13, 2013. Ellingson died six months later. more >>
A Hannibal, Missouri, man accused of two counts of first-degree assault on a 7-week-old baby girl, which almost killed her, is facing two consecutive life sentences in prison if he is convicted of the charges.
The man, Dustin T. Dye, was entrusted with the care of the child, named Nora, while her mother, Melinda Britt, went to work late last Tuesday evening, according to a WGEM report. Dye, a trusted family friend, brought baby Nora to her mother's place of work a few hours later and she quickly realized that her daughter was cold and damp so she rushed her to the hospital.