Christians must ask for forgiveness from people they have mistreated in the past, including gay people, the poor, and exploited women, Pope Francis said Sunday on a flight from Armenia to Rome.
"I think the Church not only must say it is sorry to the gay person it has offended, but also to the poor, to exploited women" and anyone whom the Church did not defend when it could, Francis told reporters on Sunday, according to the Catholic News Service.
When asked about the terror attack at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, where Islamic State supporter Omar Mateen killed 49 people on June 12, the pontiff said, "The Church must say it is sorry for not having behaved as it should many times, many times — when I say the 'Church,' I mean we Christians because the Church is holy; we are the sinners. We Christians must say we are sorry." more >>
Many Christians no longer view marriage as a lifelong commitment, says Mary Hasson, director of the Catholic Women's Forum at the Ethics & Public Policy Center in Washington D.C., who agrees with Pope Francis' assertion that couples often fail to understand the sacred vows they are making to each other.
"It's individual consumerism applied to sexuality — what I want, when I want it, and only for as long as I want it," said Hasson, who has over a decade of experience in marriage preparation work for the Catholic Church, to The Christian Post. "It's meaningful only from a 'what's in it for me' perspective. Relationships often take on the same quality — they are vehicles for personal fulfillment (however defined) and, like an old car, they can be traded or dumped when the repair costs get too high or a new model appears on the scene."
The majority of couples she meets who are preparing for marriage frequently tell her that they want to commit for life, she said, "but they often have their own personal asterisks — the unspoken 'exceptions' that they believe will justify divorce and remarriage later on." more >>
Pope Francis has warned that a global emptiness and insecurity is gripping the world, saying people need Jesus Christ more than ever before.
"The world needs Christ more than ever, needs His salvation and His merciful love," Francis said on Sunday.
A report on the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali and his relationship with faith and Christianity claims that Western portrayals of Jesus Christ as white was among the reasons Ali was drawn to Islam.
Catholic News Service reported Monday that Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., came from a Christian household, with his father a Methodist and his mother a Baptist. As Ali grew in prominence due to his boxing championships, he also became a vocal civil rights spokesperson, and converted to Islam in 1964.
But he reportedly began questioning his Christian heritage at an early age, and was bothered by Western portrayals of Jesus as a white man. more >>
Evangelical leaders are calling on 1 million Christians to gather together in the nation's capital next month for prayer and worship at a historic event called "Together 2016."
Inspired by Nick Hall, the founder of PULSE, a prayer and evangelism movement to empower the church and awaken the culture to Jesus, Americans are being urged to unite on the National Mall on July 16 to offer prayer that God will change the hearts of a divided America.
Adding his name to the lineup of pomenant guest speakers and musicians is Pope Francis, who will deliver a video message addressing the crowd. more >>