A Roman Catholic priest from Sicily is being vilified by church leaders after he allegedly told his followers to drink "sacred" water from a spring he claims the voice of the Virgin Mary told him about.
The Local, an English-language news source based in Italy, reported that Father Alessandro Minutella from the parish of San Giovanni Bosco in Carini, has been leading his congregation to pray at the miraculous water source, and has been distributing the water to people.
In an interview with Rai 1, Minutella insisted that the voice of the Virgin Mary led him to the spring. more >>
Ciara Harris, the singer who's dating Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, says she's not worried about where their relationship is headed since God is in control.
"I feel very confident in the love that we have for each other, and only God knows where it's going to go," the 29-year-old singer told Page Six on Monday. "God knows everything that's to come in the future, and I think it's best to let Him keep taking control of things. Life is sweet, and I'm very thankful for all the great things happening in my life. I'm very happy."
Earlier this year, the pair went public with their relationship and 26-year-old Wilson has gotten close with the singer's 1-year-old son, Future. According to Ciara, this is a testament to her living a good life. more >>
ORLANDO, Fla. — Sexual exploitation of children will never end unless fathers start taking a stand against pornography. But in a culture that promotes the over sexualization of youth, fathers are noticeably absent.
"Where are you dads?" asked Brigham Young University professor Tim Rarick during an emotional address at the second annual Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit last week.
"Dads are the absent super heroes in this battle of sexual exploitation. Where is our superman? he asked. more >>
Deputy Public Prosecutor Mavis Chionh has said in her closing oral submissions in the long-running trial of City Harvest Church pastor Kong Hee that the senior leader is a "well-practiced liar" who misused millions in church funds for his wife's popstar career.
"Far from being a mere figurehead ... [Kong] was a meticulous and details-oriented leader whose express approval was needed before the bonds could go ahead," Chionh added, according to The Straits Times.
Kong and five other CHC leaders are being accused of funneling money into singer Sun Ho's career through sham bond investing in the management company Xtron, allegedly operated by the church's leadership. The accused are facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted of having misused the $19.2 million in question. more >>
A Louisiana megachurch pastor and his family are mourning the loss of his 20-year-old son who died after his motorcycle crashed into a car that was pulling out of a private driveway last Friday.
Wesley Ravenholl Aranza, the son of Jacob and Michelle Aranza, who lead Our Savior's Church, Lafayette and Broussard, died Friday after his 2010 Honda motorcycle collided with the vehicle, according to KLFY. Police say he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Pastor Chris Lerma of Our Savior's Church remembered Wesley as a talented musician and said the entire church community has rallied around their grieving pastor and his family. more >>
NEW YORK — Some Christians are more comfortable being in the church than they are being the Church, and are sometimes fired up about serving but reluctant about sacrificing. These are two things that have to change, especially when it come to discipling youth, according to a director for a national outreach organization that focuses on reaching young people on their turf and in their culture.
"There [are] not that many that are called to this. There's not a line of people waiting to do urban youth ministry, let's keep it real. … Ain't that many people," said Luma Haddad, the Young Life urban area director for San Diego South Bay.
Haddad, who works with Latino, black, and Filipino teenagers in junior high and high school, made those remarks Sept. 12 at the Urban Youth Workers Institute's RELOAD one-day training event held at Bay Ridge Christian Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The event, which included various presentations and workshops from urban ministry leaders, was tailored toward equipping and encouraging those who work with youth. more >>