Ahead of his trip to Mexico, Pope Francis prayed that the international community would aid Syrian refugees seeking asylum in the West.
The pontiff made his comments during his weekly Angelus Address from St. Peter's Square, calling on the "generous solidarity" of the world to help those suffering in the war-torn Middle East.
Francis told the audience gathered at the Vatican that he was concerned by "the dramatic fate of civilian populations involved in heavy fighting in Syria [who] are forced to leave everything behind to escape the horrors of war." more >>
Hollywood producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast as keynote speakers Thursday, recalling how their faith in Jesus led them to build their careers on "family-friendly franchises," and how their friends "warned" them against making "The Bible" miniseries.
The Christian mega-couple, who are behind the History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries, started their keynote address at the event in Washington, D.C. by talking about their "immigrant, blue-collar" roots.
Downey recalled moving to the United States from Northern Ireland as a teenager. Burnett, standing beside his wife, said, "It's very easy to divide people and it's very difficult to bring people together. We learned to become bridge builders. And bridge-building became our mission." more >>
The Obama administration handed more than a dozen immigrant children to human traffickers as it failed to conduct proper background checks of caregivers, according to the report of a bipartisan U.S. Senate investigation.
The Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has found that the Department of Health and Human Services did not follow proper procedures to protect undocumented children entering the United States without an accompanying adult.
At least 19 children under HHS custody ended up in a human trafficking ring – six in Marion, Ohio, and 13 in other locations – the report says. more >>
Actor Arturo Muyshondt believes his role as a modern day hero in "The Pastor" can spearhead positive social change in communities throughout the world that are overwhelmed by criminal gang activity.
"I was really shocked with what I found," said Muyshondt, who was born in El Salvador, to The Christian Post. "I found that these kids are joining these gangs as young as 9, 10, 11-years-old because they go looking for the same elements — for identity, brotherhood, community and protection."
Set in Brooklyn, New York, Muyshondt plays a former gang leader who discovers Christ in prison. When he's released, he seeks out underprivileged youth in his neighborhood to mentor and direct them toward a life that doesn't involve drugs and crime. more >>
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz was challenged on his shift on immigration reform while debating fellow Republican presidential hopefuls.
Sen. Cruz found himself on Thursday evening having to explain his contradictory rhetoric on immigration reform, specifically whether or not he supported a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants.
Moderator Megyn Kelly ran videos of Cruz from 2013 apparently supporting an amendment to an immigration reform bill that would have legalized several million undocumented immigrants within the United States, commenting, "Was that all an act? It was pretty convincing." more >>
The current refugee problem in Europe is threatening "the very core of the European Union," said Dimitris Avramopoulos, migration commissioner for the EU, last week.
British scholar Richard Abbott said in 2003 that "the decision to omit reference to God (from the EU Constitution) was no mere oversight," but "a deliberate decision, after considerable debate, to base EU laws upon Enlightenment humanism rather than Europe's Christian heritage." more >>