In an attempt to maintain peace during the highly-tense George Zimmerman murder trial beginning in Sanford, Fla., on Monday, a group of local pastors has united to sit in the courtroom during the trial and truthfully retell the trial proceedings to their congregations, as well as those gathered outside of the courthouse following the daily hearings.
The group of pastors, known as Sanford Pastors Connecting, has reserved four seats in the second row of the courtroom audience at the George Zimmerman trial, which involves 29-year-old Zimmerman being accused of second degree murder in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin in February 2012.
The group of pastors agreed to support the verdict in the controversial court case and to dispel any controversial rumors leaking from the trial which could result in public violence. more >>
During a three-hour delay caused by bad weather on Friday, members of the famed Philadelphia Orchestra brought sweet relief to fellow passengers on a flight stuck on a tarmac in Beijing by giving an impromptu performance that left the audience clamoring for more.
A video of their performance posted on YouTube on Friday had already been viewed more than 100,000 times early Saturday morning.
"Ni hao," begins a member of the team in announcing the group to the passengers. "The Philadelphia Orchestra is on tour in China and on the way to Macau, and our musicians would like to offer you a musical surprise," she said to cheers from the passengers who quickly brandished cameras and other recording devices to capture the event. more >>
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) cited Jesus and St. Augustine as he criticized some Republicans and evangelical Christians for being "too eager for war," in a Christian Broadcasting Network interview.
When asked to explain his views on "just war theory," Paul said, "I think part of Republicans' problems, and, frankly, to tell you the truth, some in the evangelical Christian movement, I think have appeared too eager for war."
Paul has been critical of U.S. involvement in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and would like to see the U.S. military reduced in size. His father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), was the only Republican presidential candidate last year who argued for a quick reduction in U.S. military involvement abroad. Rand Paul has said he is considering running for president in 2016. more >>
As Pope Francis delivered an Easter Sunday message of peace, the U.S. sent out fighter jets to the Korean peninsula for military drills amid rising tensions and the danger of war.
"Peace in Asia, above all on the Korean peninsula: may disagreements be overcome and a renewed spirit of reconciliation grow," Pope Francis stated, speaking in Italian. He was speaking in his first Easter Sunday address since being appointed leader of the Roman Catholic Church, greeting over 250,000 people from the central balcony at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
On Thursday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously voted to punish North Korea for its February nuclear test, imposing a fourth round of tougher sanctions on the Asian country.
The sanction vote came hours after the country threatened a preemptive nuclear attack against the U.S.
In a statement released by the Korean Central News Agency, considered to be a mouthpiece for the state, the country argued that the United States "is set to light a fuse for a nuclear war," adding that, in response, North Korea "will exercise the right to a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors and to defend the supreme interests of the country." more >>
The Christian persecution watchdog group Open Doors USA is calling on Christians to pray for a period of calm in Egypt in light of a volatile political atmosphere and massive protests planned for Cairo on Tuesday. Demonstrations and violence have been on the increase since President Mohammed Morsi issued a decree last Thursday that gives him more legislative power and protects his decisions from any judicial oversight.
"We as Christians need to pray that that there will not be mass killings on the scale we saw at the start of the revolution almost two years ago," Open Doors communications director Jerry Dykstra told The Christian Post Monday. "Egypt needs a period of calm, not more violence. But obviously Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have hijacked the high hopes of the revolution while increasing the persecution of Christians."
On Monday, Morsi told the nation's top judges that he did not infringe on their authority when he declared that he has near absolute powers, The Associated Press reported. A prolonged showdown between supporters and opponents of the Islamist leader appears inevitable. The large protests planned for Tuesday could be extremely intense, according to observers. more >>