The Episcopal Church celebrated the 40th anniversary of the denomination's ordination of the first women as priests Tuesday. In 1974, 11 women were ordained at the Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Celebrations for the occasion included a service held last Saturday at the Church of the Advocate and hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania.
An Israeli bombardment has partially destroyed a Catholic school, along with the parish priest's office and other church facilities in a raid on Gaza on Tuesday. As many as 29 disabled children and nine elderly women are said to have been living at the complex, with the parish priest condemning the "absurd war" between Israel and Hamas.
"We had a tough night, but we are here. This war is absurd,'' said parish priest Jorge Hernandez, who was living at the Holy Family Catholic church, alongside three nuns with the Mother Theresa order, according to Fides News Agency.
"After destroying the neighborhood of Shujayeh, now Zeitun is being targeted. Everything happens around us. The Hamas militants continue to fire rockets and then hide in the alleys. And we cannot do anything. We cannot evacuate, it is impossible with children. Their families live here. It is more dangerous to go out than stay here. We try to stay in safer places, always on the ground floor." more >>
The plight of U.S.-Iranian Pastor Saeed Abedini was highlighted by Secretary of State John Kerry during his remarks for the State Department's 2013 Report on International Religious Freedom, with Kerry promising to continue to work for the pastor's release.
"In Iran, U.S. Iranian citizen Pastor Saeed Abedini remains imprisoned. The Iranian authorities sentenced him to eight years behind bars simply because of his religious beliefs. We will continue to call for his release and we will continue to work for it," Kerry stated.
"And make no mistake: We will continue to stand up for religious minority communities under assault and in danger around the world, from Jehovah's Witnesses to Baha'is to Ahmadi Muslims." more >>
On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, my daughter, Kate, turned sixteen. The fourth and final one of my children to do so, I was expecting to spend lots of money to make her happy! But in an unusual twist of fate, it's she who's made her mother and I happy by writing this beautiful letter expressing who she is and desires to be, complete with one simple but significant request. Here's what she wrote:
Dear Mom and Dad,
Turning sixteen is a crazy thing, my first step into adulthood: finally taking the wheel and putting my foot on the gas, not only in speaking about a car but about my life. For example, I'll be fulfilling a calling by moving to Spain this fall for a semester of language study and Christian service, something I never thought would happen. And while many young people are living out a YOLO philosophy, I want to live out our family's values: faith, courage, and sacrifice. To me these words describe a life worth living! Let me tell you why. more >>
The end of Christianity in Iraq could be "very near" according to Canon Andrew White, the vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq, as Islamic militants continue their attacks of Christians and the central government.
"Things are so desperate, our people are disappearing," White said in an interview with BBC Radio 4 over the weekend. "We have had people massacred, their heads chopped off.
"Are we seeing the end of Christianity? We are committed come what may, we will keep going to the end, but it looks as though the end could be very near." more >>
An Alabama-based Catholic television station will be opening a new studio at the campus of the former Crystal Cathedral of Orange County, California.
Eternal Word Television Network announced Thursday that they plan to have the studio at what is now Christ Cathedral, a Roman Catholic congregation under the Diocese of Orange.
Ryan Lilyengren, director of Communications with the Diocese of Orange, told The Christian Post that the agreement between EWTN and Christ Cathedral was part of a "vision." more >>