WASHINGTON — In the first ever papal address issued to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis urged Americans to share their wealth, stand up against religious and minority persecution, defend life at every stage of development, welcome immigrants seeking better lives, abolish the death penalty and protect the planet.
After meeting with Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, in his office around 9:15 a.m., the leader of the Catholic Church addressed members of the House and Senate with a 50-minute speech that was broadcasted and shown to approximately 50,000 adoring fans who gathered on the front lawn of the Capitol building to hear his historic remarks.
"Each son or daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility," Pope Francis, who hails from Argentina, asserted. "A political society endures when it seeks, as a vocation, to satisfy common needs by stimulating the growth of all its members, especially those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk. Legislative activity is always based on care for the people. To this you have been invited, called and convened by those who elected you." more >>
A Muslim can be president, Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said, but he is more concerned about the authenticity of President Barack Obama's Christian faith.
In an interview Tuesday with Newsmax TV's Ed Berliner, Huckabee was asked what he thought of the comments made on Sunday by Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, who stated that he would not support a Muslim president.
"There is no religious test to hold public office in America," Huckabee responded. "I am less concerned about what faith a person has. I am more concerned about the authenticity of their faith, and how that plays out in their policies." more >>
In 2014, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers chided Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for surmising that God has a hand in the outcome of NFL games, and Rodgers revisited that point after Sunday's game.
"I think God was a Packers fan tonight, so he was taking care of us," Rodgers quipped after the Packers defeated the Seahawks 27-17.
When the Seahawks beat the Packers in the NFC Championship last January, Wilson suggested God was behind the victory. Although both quarterbacks are Christians, Rodgers had a completely different perspective on the matter. more >>
While Meagan Good started her acting career as a child, the "Minority Report" star and wife of Franklin Entertainment President DeVon Franklin, insists God is responsible for sustaining her place in the fickle entertainment industry.
Good, 34, took to Instagram after "How to Get Away With Murder" actress Viola Davis was awarded an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama. Davis mentioned Good, along with a number of other actresses, who were opening the door for other thespians of color to find their place in the world of television.
While Good said the moment "took my breath away," she also reflected on the hardships that she has had to endure in the entertainment industry and how God has brought her through. more >>
The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities announced Monday that two member schools have withdrawn their memberships in order to avoid creating significant division within the consortium over the institutions' recently adopted policies that allow for the hiring of openly gay and lesbian faculty.
In July, Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia and Goshen College in Indiana became the first members of the 120-member, 35-denomination CCCU to alter their employment nondiscrimination policies to include sexual orientation as a protected class, meaning that the institutions can hire professors who are married to a person of the same sex.
Two other CCCU member schools, Union College in Tennessee and Oklahoma Wesleyan University, withdrew their memberships this summer because they felt the council did not act swiftly to defend traditional marriage by revoking EMU and Goshen's memberships. more >>
A dedicated Christian steel worker in Ohio has been fired after he shared his faith and the faith-based movie "Audacity" with two lesbian co-workers, leaving a him, his wife and two kids without any income.
The employment of Precision Strip metal processing worker Chris Routson, who worked on the floor of Precision Strip's plant in Middletown, Ohio, for the last 13 years, came to an abrupt end on Aug. 27 when he was terminated, without severance pay or unemployment, because his lesbian co-workers were uncomfortable with how he indiscriminately shared his faith with them.
Routson explained in an interview with The Christian Post that since he became a Christian about four years ago, he has made a custom of sharing his love for Jesus with all of his co-workers, no matter who they are. more >>