The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) said Tuesday that the budget cuts on entitlements, supported by Republican politicians ahead of the vote on a reconciliation package for the 2013 budget, are immoral because they would hurt the poor.
Five priests accused of sexually abusing children last year would be barred from ministry and could be defrocked, while three were cleared of charges and allowed to return to their duties, it was revealed Friday, as the archdiocese nears the end of an investigation of 26 suspected priests.
Vladimir Putin, Russia's divisive former president and former prime minister, was sworn in as the federation's president again Monday, amid renewed protests and less than 24 hours after hundreds were arrested in Moscow Sunday.
Al-Qaida released a video Sunday showing 70-year-old U.S. citizen Warren Weinstein, kidnapped in Pakistan last year, pleading to President Barack Obama to break the U.S. rule of not negotiating with terrorists and save his life by meeting the kidnappers' demands.
Among the recent cases of most striking persecution of Christians around the world were new attacks in Africa and, notably, the arrest of an attorney who tried to come to the aid of imprisoned Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani.
Three U.S. cities along with Nebraska joined in the effort to establish a National Day of Reason this year, with local politicians signing proclamations making the first Thursday of May such a day of observance. The movement was created as a counter-balance to the National Day of Prayer, which some critics consider unconstitutional.
In what has become a closely watched international diplomatic and human rights crisis, Chinese authorities said Friday they would consider allowing blind dissident Chen Guangcheng to leave the country to study abroad in the United States.
The 61st annual National Day of Prayer saw participants focus on emphasizing their belief that the United States is a nation founded under God, and featured prayers that President Barack Obama and other political leaders would use wisdom in their roles.
As Americans prepare to observe the 61st annual National Day of Prayer this week, the usual debate over interpretation of the First Amendment of the Constitution, specifically the Establishment Clause, also takes center stage -– and so might the landmark decision banning prayer in public schools.
Supporters worldwide breathed a moderate sigh of relief when word came Wednesday that blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng had been transported to a hospital for treatment under the protection of U.S. diplomats. However, it was also revealed that Chen reportedly left the U.S. Embassy under duress from the Chinese government.
A young Russian opposition activist was arrested on his way to Moscow's landmark Christ the Savior Cathedral for a prayer vigil organized in hopes of "delivering" Russia from Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is soon to begin his third term as president.
Gay rights activist Dan Savage, facing increasing criticism for his "hypocritical" behavior and profanity-laced remarks about the Bible before a group of students at a seminar, has chosen to stand by his statements while apologizing for calling students who protested "pansies."
Christian activists called on the Obama Administration Sunday during a prayer vigil to protect blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who managed to escape from confinement and is believed to be in hiding at the U.S. Embassy in China.
Less than two months after founding pastor Robert H. Schuller and his family left Crystal Cathedral Ministries over financial and leadership disputes, the Rev. Bobby Schuller, the elder Schuller's grandson, returned to the California megachurch on Sunday and was announced as a new regular guest speaker.
Virginia-based Liberty University's decision to invite Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll as a guest speaker has stirred controversy, especially after a blogger with ties to the conservative Christian school claimed trustees told him Driscoll was not welcome on campus.
The U.S. Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) slapped Ephren Taylor, a businessman already facing civil lawsuits for alleged million-dollar financial fraud, with a federal suit in Atlanta, Ga., Thursday, revealing a major affinity fraud allegedly carried out by Taylor targeting mostly African-American church congregations.
A charismatic businessman accused last year of defrauding members of Eddie Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, has been charged by the federal government with orchestrating a $11 million Ponzi scheme "that targeted socially-conscious investors in church congregations."
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a proclamation Thursday in which it calls for the U.S. government, among others, to stop "discriminating" against the church -- for the sake of all Americans.
What should Christians make of "cavemen" fossils in light of Scripture? That is the question two Christian apologists tackle in a recent magazine article published by Answers in Genesis, an apologetics ministry founded by Ken Ham.
When people use low-effort thought they are more likely to endorse conservative ideology, suggests psychologist Scott Eidelman of the University of Arkansas, author of a newly published four-part study titled "Low-Effort Thought Promotes Political Conservatism."
Pat Robertson caused a minor controversy Monday when he implied on "The 700 Club" that in marriage, the husband is "boss." His comments have drawn criticism from women, liberal thinkers, and Christian leaders who say Robertson is misrepresenting key elements of Scripture that describe marriage and family.
A high school student in DeKalb County, Georgia, is boycotting her graduation ceremony because it is to be held at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, the megachurch of embattled pastor Eddie Long.
A Tunisian court sentenced two young men to seven years in prison for posting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad on Facebook, reviving a debate over whether the country's new democratic and moderate Islamist government can maintain its promises of freedom of speech and secular objectivity.
Is the "aggressive polemic" concerning faith and animosity toward the church in the United Kingdom easing off? In his final Easter sermon as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams suggested Sunday that "there are a few signs that the climate is shifting ever so slightly."
Pope Benedict XVI prayed for the end of violence in the Middle East and Africa, particularly singling out Syria, Nigeria and Iraq during his Easter address Sunday at Vatican City, as Christians around the world were celebrating the resurrection of Christ.