A Chicago-based pro-life group is organizing Good Friday prayer vigils at 75 abortion clinics across the United States and Canada known as the "Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion."
"The vigil links the death of Christ on the cross to deaths of unborn children at abortion clinics — in both cases, the unjust killing of innocents whose lives are not valued by society," said Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, to The Christian Post.
"We pray in intercession for children threatened by abortion to be spared. We pray for their mothers and fathers to have a change of heart and choose life. We pray for our complacent society to awaken to this injustice and put a stop to it." more >>
For decades former NASA contractor Bob Ebeling was haunted by his failed effort to stop the 1986 launch of the space shuttle Challenger after discovering defective O-rings that caused the spacecraft to disintegrate in flight, claiming the lives of seven astronauts. Just weeks before his death on Monday, however, the 89-year-old man had found peace.
Following a story commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Challenger tragedy, in which Ebeling said he still suffered from feelings of regret, NPR reports that many of its readers and listeners reached out to Ebeling to express their support.
"Ebeling heard from hundreds of NPR readers and listeners, who responded to our January story," the news agency reported. more >>
What's the difference between a pet Burmese Python and a human baby? Nothing. Or everything. It depends on your worldview.
Americans have a thing for the exotic, no matter how costly it may prove to other people. For instance, the Florida Everglades are home to, among other species, Nile crocodiles, green anacondas, and most famously, tens of thousands of Burmese pythons.
As words like "Nile" and "Burmese" suggest, none of these species are native to Florida or even to this continent. Their presence in the Everglades, and the damage they're causing to that fragile ecosystem is the result of people indulging their desire for exotic pets and then dumping them when they become inconvenient. more >>
Some regional bodies within the United Methodist Church are petitioning the denomination to approve the end of its relationship with a pro-choice advocacy group at General Conference.
The UMC Annual Conferences of Western Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Alabama-West Florida, Mississippi, and Indiana are among those that have petitioned the Mainline Protestant denomination to sever its longstanding ties with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
John Lomperis, the United Methodist action director at the theologically conservative Institute on Religion & Democracy, as well as an elected delegate for the 2016 UMC General Conference, is among those calling for the denomination to sever its ties with the abortion advocacy group that previously told this publication it's opposed to any restrictions on abortion, including during the third trimester. more >>
A group representing India's Christian minority recently issued a statement to a religious publication pleading for protection during Holy Week.
The Global Council of Indian Christians sent a statement to Fides News Agency declaring that "protection is necessary during Holy Week" in light of rising violence against Christian communities in the South Asian nation.
"The community fears an organized attack against Christian faithful and churches during Holy Week. As Christians, participating in the liturgies of the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we ask for protection and security for our defenseless community," stated the GCIC. more >>
A new report released by Human Rights Watch details the horrifying abuse suffered by the mentally ill in the Southeast Asian country of Indonesia, where over 18,000 people are chained and confined in overcrowded rooms for days, weeks and even years at a time.
HRW report, "Living in Hell," released Sunday documents the widespread practice of pasung (pausing) in Indonesia, where families and faith healers treat mental illness by confining people in chains or on wooden stocks for prolonged periods of time.
The report documents over 175 cases of mentally ill people who are in pasung or have been released from pasung detainment. Additionally, the organization received information about 200 other cases of pasung that have been documented in recent years. more >>