The percentage of multicultural Catholic parishes in the U.S. is on the increase, according to research by the Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). The report also indicates that some 29.7 million U.S. residents who self-identify as Hispanic or Latino are estimated to be Catholic, representing about 59 percent of the 50.5 million people of this race in the country.
Membership of Hispanics in the Catholic Church is growing, reaching to 38 percent, according to the study as presented by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Non-Hispanic whites are still the majority at 54 percent of the national Catholic population.
The study, Cultural Diversity in the Catholic Church in the United States, was done to help estimate the size and distribution of Black or African American, Asian American or Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino, and American Indian or Alaskan Native Catholic populations in the United States, as well as the locations of Catholic parishes known to serve these communities. more >>
Racial and cultural differences in heaven will be present, according to the Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, who shared his views on the afterlife in an interview published on Monday.
"What Revelation says, particularly in chapter 7, ... says, 'From every tribe, nation, and tongue.' I don't think eternity does away with difference. I think we're going to see people's race, culture, in eternity," Salguero shared in an interview with NPR.com.
"What I think [what] it does is it reconciles it. Where it says, 'I'm Hispanic, I'm Latino.' And I'm going to see African-Americans, and I'm going to see whites, and I'm going to see Asians in heaven. And I think that phenotype will be there. I would be saddened if difference was obliterated in eternity. I think they're just going to be reconciled and we're going to learn, finally, to live together. ..." more >>
A recent article published in The Christian Post addresses an open letter from my friend, Pastor Mark Driscoll, concerning the state of the church today. The letter was originally published on the 2013 Resurgence Conference website. In the letter, Driscoll states, "The church is dying and no one is noticing…" This thought seems to be the premise for Driscoll's additional statements as to why the church is dying, what is needed, and his desire for the conference, itself. In part, Driscoll writes the church is dying because "…we're wasting time criticizing rather than evangelizing."
Yet stronger resolve, clearer convictions, and/or young Bible-believing, Jesus-following leaders, as Driscoll suggests are needed to counter church decline, will not in my view bring about the resurgence for which he is looking. In fact, it's not resurgence the church needs today but reformation, as I'll explain in a moment. more >>
Evangelist Will Graham took the message of the Gospel to Japan for his first time last month during a two-day Celebration of Hope event in the prefecture of Fukushima, an area of the country devastated by natural disasters and massive leaks of radiation.
"Japan has a Christian remnant that is less than 1% of the entire population. Because of Buddhism and Shintoism, many do not even understand the concept of the One True God. By and large they aren't what we would call 'anti-Christian.' They just don't understand the faith," Graham, the grandson of famous evangelist Billy Graham, told the Christian Post. (Note: a source close to CP says the reported percentage of Christians in Japan can vary based on those who are evangelical and those who simply identify as Christians [4 percent]. Missionaries will report a lower percentage [at least under 3 percent] in order to maintain funding, the source said.)
Graham said he was especially sensitive to the region's devastation. In 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the area, followed by a deadly tsunami that claimed the lives of more than 15,000. Since then, the prefecture of Fukushima, home to a nuclear facility, has been considered a ground zero in terms of devastation as the plant still leaks toxic and radioactive water. more >>
Hispanics have emerged as the largest ethnic group in the United States in recent years, and the presence of the Latino community has become evident in the overall landscape of the country's population as well as in college enrollments and in their involvement within the business and political sector.
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanics who originate from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
In honor of the celebratory month, the following is a list of key Hispanic facts by the numbers. more >>
In the scandalous text messages exchanged by two now former top school officials from the Coatesville Area School district in Pennsylvania, a white female is berated for allegedly having sexual relations with a black colleague and all blacks are shockingly surnamed "N***er."
At an explosive school board meeting on Tuesday the resignations of the two officials, former Superintendent Richard Como and former Director of Athletics and Activities Jim Donato, were formally accepted, according to CBS.
With emotions running high, hundreds of community members shouted that the officials should have been fired instead of being allowed to resign after a document of the scandalous text messages shared between the two men on school issued cell phones were made public in the media. more >>