Pope Francis has officially recognized a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, with the Vatican announcing she is to be made a saint in 2016.
"The Holy Father has authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to proclaim the decree concerning the miracle attributed to the intercession of blessed Mother Teresa," the Roman Catholic Church announced on Friday. BBC News noted that Teresa, who died in 1997, was beatified in 2003, but needed a second miracle attributed to her name before she could be declared a saint of the Catholic church.
Francis has now affirmed that a second miracle has indeed been credited to the popular nun, with the unexplained healing of a Brazilian man with brain tumors in 2008. more >>
Christians in South Sudan are praying for peace this Christmas time following two years of devastating civil war, which according to some estimates has killed up to 100,000 people.
"Two years after the outbreak of the civil war we continue to hope for peace, and perhaps this Christmas will be different from the last two, where we experienced suffering and fear," a South Sudanese missionary told Fides News Agency.
The country marked this week the two year anniversary of the civil war that has plunged the world's youngest nation into a deep crisis. more >>
Across the country, legions of young football players long to make it to the big time, to get that super-huge multimillion dollar contract with the NFL.
Jason Brown did just that. In 2009, Brown got a $37 million contract to play with the St. Louis Rams. But then one day he decided to walk away from it.
The reason? Brown decided that he was meant for something greater, specifically to be a farmer whose products feed the needy. more >>
Thousands of poor Christian families living in slums on government-owned land in Islamabad, Pakistan, are facing the possibility of being evicted for "threatening the Muslim majority" with their rising numbers.
The Capital Development Authority, which represents the city's mayor and government, recently issued an order to destroy suburbs of Islamabad occupied by shacks, where thousands of displaced Christian families live.
The American Center for Law and Justice Senior Litigation Counsel Shaheryar Gill, who oversees an affiliate office in Pakistan, told The Christian Post on Wednesday that while it does not appear that the CDA will only be targeting Christians, most of the slums are indeed occupied by Christian families. more >>
As the 2016 presidential primary elections are fast approaching, leading evangelist Franklin Graham is calling on Christians to vote in accordance with their biblical values as he launches a national prayer tour designed to get Christians more involved in the civil process.
On the day before Tuesday's CNN Republican presidential debate, Graham, who is the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, argued in a post on his Facebook page that the 2016 election may be the most crucial election in U.S. history.
"I'm not endorsing any specific candidates in next year's election, but I am strongly endorsing prayer — and I'm strongly urging Christians to get out and vote. We need to elect candidates at all levels that most closely support biblical values and principles," Graham wrote. "This may be the most important election in our nation's history. America is headed in the wrong direction and only God can turn it around. That's why I'm going to all 50 states in 2016, from capital to capital, to hold prayer rallies for our country." more >>
What do you get when you gather more than 2,000 church volunteers to help the underprivileged in New Jersey feel the love of Christ during Christmas? More than 200,000 packed meals, of course.
Liquid Church, one of New Jersey's largest non-denominational churches, mobilized an army of volunteers across its eight campuses to pack 240,000 meals – exceeding the original goal of 200,000 – for underserved families throughout "The Garden State" earlier in December. That's an average of 120 meals packed per volunteer. Parishioners and volunteers also wrapped toys and gifts for over 1,000 kids and donated hundreds of winter coats.
"We really want to help people the tangible way and show the compassion of Christ, and that's where it enters their heart and not just their head," said Liquid Church Pastor Tim Lucas to The Christian Post Tuesday. more >>