Angola Archbishops speaking at the Plenary Assembly of the CEAST (Episcopal Conference of Angola and Sao Tomé) have warned that abortion is not only something that goes against the law of God, but also threatens the very existence of the African nation.
"Remembering that life is sacred 'from conception' because 'we are faced with an independent life with one own's DNA', the message stresses that 'no human being can claim the right to suppress it under any pretext. Thus, parents, friends, educators and health care operators should not recommend or facilitate abortion. Rather, they should encourage the acceptance of a new life, regardless of the circumstances in which it was conceived," Agenzia Fides reported on the bishops' comments on Thursday.
The bishops argued that the Angola culture states that abortion is a disregard for the fundamental values of society, as regardless of religion, life is always viewed as sacred. Any threat against life, including unborn life, therefore destabilizes the society, they added. more >>
An organization for the homeless has called for the lavish $42 million residency built by Germany's recently suspended "Bishop of Bling" to be turned into a soup kitchen, as Catholic commentators continue wondering how Bishop Franz Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg justified the expenses.
"The residence is like an inherited sin which the bishop has left in his wake," said a spokesman for the Caritas organization for the homeless last week, according to The Independent. "People who seek sanctuary with us could be given food in the residence."
The Diocese of Limburg did not respond to a request for comments by The Christian Post by press time. more >>
The World Council of Churches (WCC) elected eight new presidents during its 10th Assembly on Monday in Busan, South Korea, while religious leaders talked about the importance of water in Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist faiths during a ceremony on the same day.
The eight newly elected presidents are strategically positioned to represent the different continents in regions of the world, including one for Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean, North America, Pacific, Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox. Bishop Mark MacDonald of the Anglican Church of Canada was elected as North America's WCC president.
The highest governing body of the WCC meets every seven years to promote prayer and celebration, and to elect new presidents. The 1st Assembly was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 1948, while the last one took place in Brazil in 2006. more >>
Thousands of people have taken part in an online survey done by a United Methodist Church commission which was about the issue of gender descriptions and images people use for God.
The UMC General Commission on the Status and Role of Women posted the survey online, garnering about 3,700 respondents until it officially closed on Thursday.
Of the 3,700+ respondents, 40 percent of them were male and 60 percent female, with 65 percent being laity and 35 percent being clerics or people undergoing the process of becoming clerics. more >>
The Episcopal Church continues to decline both in baptized members and average weekly worship attendance, according to recently released statistics for 2012.
Parochial Reports gathered by The General Convention of TEC show that according to the 2012 report, among its nine provinces, TEC has 2,066,710 baptized members, with 1,894,181 in the United States dioceses and 172,529 in dioceses abroad.
The largest Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation in Texas has voted to leave the mainline denomination over theological differences.
Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas, which has approximately 4,000 members, overwhelmingly approved a resolution recently that would involve the congregation terminating its voluntary affiliation with the PC (USA).
Eighty-nine percent of the members present at the Congregational and Corporate Meeting held at the church voted in favor of leaving PC (USA). more >>