- Jun 17, 2021
China’s president and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping has ordered that all religions must “Sinicize” to ensure they are loyal to the officially atheistic party.
This year, on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Passover, April 19, Christians in the West will commemorate Good Friday. As the eight-day holiday of Passover begins, new findings in the Dead Sea Scrolls are finally coming to light that add a new understanding and a new surprising dimension to these holy days.
Church leaders are lambasting a letter from a UK government department questioning the religious beliefs of an Iranian Christian asylum seeker.
Last month Rome became the location of Italy’s first Mormon temple, which sits just a few blocks from the Vatican, however, while the Mormon community says it is planning to partner with the Catholic Church on several social initiatives, what they aren’t saying is that technically speaking, the Vatican doesn’t even recognize the Church of Latter-Day Saints as Christian.
Joseph Weiler, a prominent professor of law at New York University, has said that at a time of high polemics when the religious voice has been “muted” from the public arena, Saint John Paul II’s social teaching offers a balanced approach to the interaction between church and a secular state.
While researching a video project on gangs in El Salvador in 2015, freelance journalist Danny Gold stopped to talk to a guard who told him how a prison group with little to look forward to had found a positive path forward in life — and it involved religion.
The 62-year-old Chinese shopkeeper had waited nearly his entire adult life to see his dream of building a church come true — a brick house with a sunny courtyard and spacious hall with room for 200 believers.
It’s a well-kept secret of societies where Christians and Muslims rub shoulders that conversions from one faith to the other happen with sometimes surprising frequency. Muslims who embrace Christianity face special challenges, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, as a story from Lebanon about the time Jihad met the Virgin illustrates.