The brother of kidnapped Indian priest Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, who previously was believed to have been crucified by ISIS, has said that he is still unsure what happened to his brother, but is leaving everything in God's hands.
"I am waiting for clear good news. Until then, I will stay at home," 73-year-old Mathew Uzhunnalil told Catholic News Service in an interview published on Thursday.
"A lot of people are coming here (to the house) and even hold prayer meetings (for the safety of the priest)," he added. more >>
A complaint against a United Methodist Church clergywoman who recently admitted to being involved in a same-sex relationship will move forward.
According to the UMC's Book of Discipline, ordained clergy cannot be involved in a same-sex relationship or marriage, even in places where such unions have legal recognition.
In the upcoming episode of "The Story of God," Morgan Freeman travels to New Orleans to speak to survivors of hurricane Katrina and learn how their Christian faith enabled them to overcome hardship and rebuild their community.
The National Geographic series follows Freeman as he travels to 20 cities in seven different countries in a quest to find answers to the mysteries of faith.
In episode 2 titled "Apocalypse," viewers get a glimpse of the Hollywood actor at Carrollton Avenue Church of Christ in New Orleans with two ministers who are also survivors of the 2005 hurricane that hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which led to water levees and flood walls breaking in New Orleans, flooding 80 peecent of the city. more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini is calling on believers to pray for Christians who continue to be held in Iranian prison for their faith, including an underground female church leader who directly helped his ministry.
"No one is paying attention to those left behind in prison for almost three years now, even though they were part of Saeed Ministries," Abedini wrote on Facebook Wednesday, sharing the story of an imprisoned Christian in Iran named Nasim.
"Nasim was the first girl to became a Christian after my sisters, Zeebandeh Abedini and Elnaz Abedini. She was the first underground female leader and one of five leaders that helped us start churches before I became a pastor," he revealed. more >>
Pastor Rafael Cruz, the father of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, vowed that, if elected, his son would not fund the United Nations while it supports anti-Semitism.
The elder Cruz, who has campaigned for his son's presidential run, said America needs to preserve its close ties with Israel, arguing that the very "foundation of America and the American Constitution was the Torah," during a speech at an event for Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, an organization "established to educate Christians about their biblical responsibility to stand with Israel."
Cruz also vowed that his son, a Texas Senator, will "not fund the United Nations until they stop supporting BDS and anti-Semitism," referring to a movement pushing for sanctions against Israel. more >>
Dave Janney, the popular pastor of Purcellville Baptist Church in Purcellville, Virginia, is expected to make a full recovery after he was stabbed by his 19-year-old son, Jonathan, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and his church.
"We are happy to report that Pastor Dave Janney is continuing in stable condition and we are thanking God for the miracle that he is expected to make a full recovery. We recognize that the nature of the event is concerning and brings many questions. We cannot share more details at this time as the investigation is ongoing. We will provide more updates as we are able," wrote the church's elders and pastors in a statement Tuesday.
"It is our main focus to love and minister to him and his family in order to help bring full healing and recovery. We ask that you pray for them during this difficult time," they added. more >>