A survey by a Georgetown University research project on the topic of Islamophobia has found that American Catholics have mixed views about Muslims, while nearly half don't find any similarities between Islam and Christianity.
The report, titled "Danger & Dialogue: American Catholic Public Opinion and Portrayals of Islam," headed by the Bridge Initiative, surveyed some 1,027 Catholics, and found that three in 10 of the respondents admitted to having unfavorable overall impressions of Muslims.
Only 14 percent of Catholics in the poll said they have favorable views of Muslims, while 45 percent had "neither favorable nor unfavorable" opinions. more >>
American Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke, the former head of the highest court at the Vatican, has said that despite what some people claim, it's not true that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
Burke explained that while Christians seek to follow the way of Jesus, the God of Islam seeks to govern countries and people's lives.
Burke, who serves as archbishop and the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, made his remarks during a teleconference last month, the National Catholic Register reported this week, in which he said: more >>
Mel Gibson rocked movie theaters with his release of the "Passion of the Christ" movie back in 2004. The story focused on Christ's crucifixion. Today, talks about the sequel say it will focus on the resurrection of Christ.
In an on-stage interview with Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship, Gibson responded to several queries about the sequel. The interview was done in front of 36,000 people during the SoCal Harvest evangelical event held in Anaheim, California. Gibson emphasized that the movie will not be titled as "The Passion 2". He says that the sequel will be a huge undertaking to deserve a separate name - "The Resurrection".
The Resurrection May Need More Time more >>
Several influential evangelicals have formed a new group to distinguish themselves and their approach to politics from Christian leaders who are actively supporting Donald Trump for president.
In a bewildering election process where many Christians are expressing distaste for both major candidates and amid much conversation about the declining role of Christians in shaping politics, Public Faith, whose byline is "A Christian Voice for the Common Good" aims to strike a more even-handed tone with the release of its website Monday.
Although decidedly conservative on social issues, the group tilts left on climate change, and acknowledges the presence of racial injustices in American society and the systemic problems that further them. more >>
Some of the top Catholic and Iranian religious leaders in the United States issued a joint statement earlier this week condemning groups such as the Islamic State, saying that Christianity and Islam love life and oppose terrorism.
"The belief in One God unifies Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Serving God requires working for the welfare of all His creatures and the common good of humanity. Religious leaders must provide moral guidance and speak out against injustice and anything that is harmful to humankind," the declaration reads, as found on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
"Christianity and Islam share a commitment to love and respect the life, dignity, and welfare of all members of the human community. Both traditions reject transgressions and injustices as reprehensible, and oppose any actions that endanger the life, health, dignity, or welfare of others. We hold a common commitment to peaceful coexistence and mutual respect," the interfaith statement adds. more >>
Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman said that he remains an agnostic ahead of this week's release of his next film, faith-infused "Ben Hur," but said nonetheless that the movie offers virtues such as redemption, tolerance and love that inform humankind.
Freeman admitted in an interview with AFP in Los Angeles that he is still an agnostic, but remains deeply interested in religion. Beside owning a library of religious texts at home, including the Quran and several Bibles, Freeman has also taken part in several documentary series about faith, including National Geographic's recent "The Story of God" project.
The 79-year-old actor, who famously played the role of God in the 2003 comedy "Bruce Almighty," is set to play a Nubian sheik in the upcoming "Ben-Hur" remake, which tells the story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a Roman prince falsely accused of treason, who is exiled and becomes a slave, before encountering Jesus Christ and being changed by his example. more >>