Chris Harper Mercer, reclusive 26-year-old identified as the gunman who went on a bloody shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College killing 10 and wounding seven others in Roseburg, Oregon, on Thursday targeted Christians, according to the father of one of his shooting victims.
The Vatican has clarified that despite the much-publicized private meeting between Pope Francis and Kentucky clerk Kim Davis last week in Washington, D.C., the meeting should not be equated to the pontiff giving his support for Davis' position on refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
Pastor Saeed Abedini's Parents Forced to Watch Son Endure Trauma Every Week, Share Updates Through 'Uncontrollable Tears'
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini, has revealed that many of the updates from Iran on her husband's condition over the past three years have been coming from the pastor's parents. Naghmeh said that seeing the trauma Abedini is going through is taking a toll on them.
David Jeremiah Asks God to Send Donald Trump a 'Strong African-American' to Help Him With the Black Vote (VIDEO)
Perhaps looking to improve the Republican Party's woeful record in attracting African-Americans and other minority voters, GOP 2016 presidential frontrunner Donald Trump accepted an earnest prayer from conservative Evangelical Pastor David Jeremiah on Monday that God will send him a "strong African-American" to help him with the black vote.
Oregon Umpqua Community College Shooting Latest News Update: 15 Dead, Many Wounded, Shooter Name Still Not Released
Fifteen people are dead and scores more wounded after a shooter went on the rampage at Oregon Umpqua Community College on Thursday afternoon, October 1, 2015.
Planned Parenthood President and CEO Cecile Richards acknowledged under oath before a U.S. Congress committee that her organization does not do mammograms after saying previously that they do.
Georgia Executes Woman on Death Row Despite Pope Francis' Pleas; Woman Sings 'Amazing Grace' During Execution
The state of Georgia has executed a woman despite last-minute pleas for mercy, including one from Roman Catholic Church leader Pope Francis. The woman reportedly sang the Christian anthem "Amazing Grace" as she was put to death via lethal injection, witnesses said.
Record $1 Billion Worth of Church Property Sold Last Year as Churches Turn to Redevelopment to Raise Revenue
As a record $1 billion worth of religious-affiliated properties were sold across the United States in 2014 due to high maintenance costs and declining membership, some churches are now choosing to redevelop their properties through profitable deals with real estate investment companies in an effort to improve their financial security.
Michele Bachmann: God Will Punish America for Planned Parenthood, Gay Marriage Just Like Sodom and Gomorrah
In continuing with her trend of End Times theorizing, former Republican Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann opined over the weekend that thanks to Planned Parenthood and the legalization of gay marriage, God may soon engulf the United States with fire and brimstone just like he did the biblical towns of Sodom and Gomorrah.
President Barack Obama addressed the "poisonous theology" of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that "affects too many of our young people," in a far-reaching address during the Opening Session of the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Monday. He also took issue with atrocities carried out by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom he called a "dictator."
President Barack Obama said on Sunday that freedom of religion does not mean that any Americans should be denied their constitutional rights, and suggested that traditional marriage supporters need to "catch up" to the rest of the country. Pope Francis has meanwhile said that conscientious objection a "human right," when asked about the Kim Davis case.
FRC Honors Kim Davis With 'Cost of Discipleship Award' for Courage in Standing for Biblical Marriage
The Family Research Council has awarded Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who was recently jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, with the "Cost of Discipleship Award" for 2015.
The Islamic State terror group has executed almost 11,000 people across Iraq and Syria since its establishment of a self-proclaimed caliphate in June 2014, human rights groups have said.
Pastor Greg Laurie's Harvest Church in California on Saturday joined Christians around the world in praying for the release of U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini, who was arrested because of his Christian faith exactly three years ago in Iran, and also for the persecuted church.
Pastor Rick Warren of California's Saddleback Church gave the final keynote address of the World Meeting of Families conference, sharing the stage with Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, in Philadelphia on Friday, the day before Pope Francis arrives in the city.
Pope Francis Gets Rock-Star Greeting at Madison Square Garden; Urges Faithful to Go, Proclaim the Love and Presence of God in NYC
When the white golf cart suddenly entered Madison Square Garden Friday evening and started coasting past the aisles, the estimated 20,000 worshippers in attendance went wild. One might have thought Harry Connick Jr. or Jennifer Hudson was still on stage singing "How Great Thou Art" or "Hallelujah." But no, it was only Pope Francis. And the man viewed as the vicar of Christ on Earth by the Catholic faithful reminded the flock of their duty to go and tell others about God and what He was doing in their city
Pope Francis Knocks Abortion, Christian Persecution, War and 'Anomalous Lifetyles;' Says Men and Women Are Different
In a historic speech delivered at the opening of the 70th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations Friday, Pope Francis called for a defense of the environment and a recognition and adherence to "moral law" in society while knocking abortion, war, Christian persecution and "anomalous" lifestyles.
Pope Francis Visits Little Sisters of the Poor to Show Solidarity in Fight Against Obamacare Birth Control Mandate
Pope Francis offered his support to the Little Sisters of the Poor in a quiet visit to a group of nuns fighting back against the Obama's administration's birth control mandate included in the Affordable Care Act.
Pope Francis 'Reminds Us, People Are Only Free When They Can Practice Their Faith Freely,' Obama Says on First-Ever White House Visit
With over 11,000 ticketed guests gathered on the South Lawn, Pope Francis made his first-ever visit to the White House Wednesday morning, and called on the world to defend religious liberties and take better care of the environment before going to the Oval Office for a private meeting with President Barack Obama.
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.
'Go Fly a Kite,' Texas Police Chief Tells Freedom From Religion Foundation After Complaint About 'In God We Trust' Decals
In a curt response to the Freedom From Religion Foundation's demand that decals bearing the nation's motto "In God we trust" be removed from patrol vehicles, Childress Police Chief Adrian Garcia in Texas told the organization to "go fly a kite."
A Christian apologist with Mexican and Native American roots, who was raised in predominantly black neighborhoods, has advice for believers who take issue with the phrase "black lives matter" — three words representative of a years-long movement drawing attention to biased policing and systemic issues affecting African-Americans.
NatGeo's New Miniseries 'Saints & Strangers' Retells Story of Christians' Pursuit of Religious Freedom, First Thanksgiving (Videos)
National Geographic's forthcoming scripted miniseries, "Saints & Strangers," is expected to spark discussions about America's history and revitalize interest in the country's founding by its first European settlers ahead of Thanksgiving Day.
Mat Staver, attorney and founder of the Liberty Counsel, has claimed in an interview that Pope Francis met with and prayed with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis during his visit to Washington, D.C. last week. The Vatican has refused to confirm or deny that the meeting between the pontiff and the clerk took place.
Franklin Graham Defends Marine Base's 'God Bless the Military' Sign After Atheists Fight for Its Removal
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham has backed a "God bless the military" sign at a U.S. Marine Corps base in Hawaii, pointing out that it was erected after 9/11 and is a source of comfort for Marines. An atheist group has called for its removal, however, and argued that if it stays up, similar signs praising Satan or Allah should be erected too.
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has responded to a recent pro-abortion video made by The Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye "The Science Guy," and claimed that Nye is calling on women to "murder" their babies. Nye had argued that pro-life supporters are wrong to trust their interpretation of the Bible, and said that they do not understand science.
First lady Michelle Obama is promoting the launch of a new campaign aimed at helping 62 million girls around the world gain access to education. Obama spoke about the program during an appearance at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on Saturday.
As hypersexualized dance programs like pole workouts become increasingly popular among women of all ages, especially young girls, one Christian woman is battling against the trend while others defend it merely as a form of physical fitness, not sexual exploitation.
A new study purports to show that those who hold traditional views about marriage are psychotic. Will studies like this lead to more Christians being punished for their views?
Pope Speech to Congress Reactions From Baptist Senator, Catholic Seminary President, and Argentinian Immigrant Activist
As Pope Francis delivered the first-ever papal address to a joint session of Congress Thursday, Catholics who gathered on the Capitol lawn praised the content of the pontiff's speech, while Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, expressed disappointment that the pope did not explicitly condemn abortion.
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has urged Frito-Lay to discontinue Doritos Rainbows, which the PepsiCo brought out last week in partnership with, and to raise money for, the LBGT non-profit group It Gets Better.
A Jewish rabbi who lives in and serves a small community in New York has written a hard hitting rejoinder to an op-ed in The New York Times suggesting that God is in the decline because He is being "googled" less than in previous years.
It would be several hours before Pope Francis would eventually arrive for a solemn interfaith service at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum honoring victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks in Lower Manhattan Friday morning, but he was already proving to be a unifying force among the diverse throng of invited guests who were patiently waiting to meet him.
Oklahoma City Congregation Divided as Pastor Battles With Assemblies of God Over Rights to the Church's Money and Property
Members of El Tabernaculo de Fe, a large Hispanic Oklahoma City congregation, are now reportedly brawling with each other as their pastor, Rev. Velio Estrada, is locked in a legal battle with the Oklahoma City District Council of the Assemblies of God over who has rights to the church, as well as the management of the church's money.
Instead of accepting an invitation to dine with Washington lawmakers on Capitol Hill Thursday, Pope Francis showed up at St. Patrick Catholic Church to address and bless the food of the homeless served by Catholic Charities.
Salem Lutheran Church of Austin, Texas, a congregation long-known for its emphasis on inclusiveness regarding its worshipers, was abuzz with excitement over some unwanted guests.
Texas Student's Bomb Clock a Hoax? Ahmed Mohamed Raises Over $15K, Planning Trips to Mecca and White House
As public outrage grew amid reports of student Ahmed Mohamed's arrest for taking a homemade clock to school last week, new questions are emerging about the 14-year-old who became an international sensation and the authenticity of his clock.