Russian Orthodox Church Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev has called Islamic State militants "servants of Satan," in a call for Russia and France to unite in the battle against terrorism.
Metropolitan Hilarion, who is head of the department for external relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, wrote that IS terrorists "are servants of Satan, even if they use religious slogans to cover their monstrous crimes," Fides News Agency reported.
"Russia and France were allies during the last great war and defeated the Brown Plague (Nazism, ed) together. Now we must together oppose the plague of international terrorism for the sake of the future of our nations," he added. more >>
"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert, a Roman Catholic, invited atheist HBO host Bill Maher to come back to the faith during a recent interview, which stayed a humorous tone, but also touched on more serious issues.
The two comedians took jabs at each other over their different worldviews, with Maher beginning the discussion on religion by stating that he and Colbert are "very opposite," because the latter is married and is religious, referring to his Catholic faith.
Colbert affirmed that he "gives religion a shot," stating that "I suck as a Catholic," but insisted that doesn't mean he doesn't keep practicing the faith. more >>
A Synod of Presbyterian Church (USA) has canceled the debt of a predominantly African-American congregation based in New Jersey that has existed since the nineteenth century.
As part of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church's 175th anniversary celebration on Sunday, the Synod of the Northeast cleared the $175,000 debt the congregation owed on their facilities.
The Rev. Dr. Harold Delhagen, leader of the Synod, explained to The Christian Post that the debt cancellation for the historic Princeton church was part of the PCUSA body's commitment to acting upon their beliefs in racial equality. more >>
For decades the United Methodist Church has debated its position on homosexuality, in arguments that have sometimes hinted at schism for the Mainline Protestant Denomination.
Every four years the global Church meets for General Conference, where issues including the UMC's stated opposition to homosexuality and gay marriage are debated.
Most notably, the UMC's Book of Discipline has declared since 1972 that homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching" and it is this language many have demanded be removed. more >>
Pope Francis has condemned the terror attacks on Paris on Friday that left 129 people dead, and argued that those who use God's name to justify murder are committing blasphemy.
"Pope Francis said such barbarity leaves us stunned as we wonder how human hearts can think up and carry out such atrocities which 'have shocked not only France but the whole world.' The pope stressed again that 'the way of violence and hatred does not resolve the problems of humanity,' adding that whoever uses God's name to justify that path is guilty of blasphemy," the Vatican Radio reported of the pontiff's words on Sunday at St. Peter's Square.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the mass shootings and bombings at Paris bars, restaurants, a concert hall and a stadium, which also left over 350 injured on Friday. more >>
The words "the forgiveness of sins" in the Apostles' Creed are so important for Christian believers to understand and live out that they cannot reflect the authenticity of their faith, and that of the Church, without it, said Pastor Matt Chandler of The Village Church in Texas, who is teaching his congregation the meaning and relevance of the statement of faith through a series of sermons.
As humans, we love others to get punished, and also love to watch them get punished, said Chandler in his message, "The Forgiveness of Sins."
"We live in a world where outrage is all the rage… We live in a punishment-obsessed world," he said, and added, "But for the people of God, this should not be so." more >>