- Jan 25, 2020
Pope Francis dispatched a message Sunday to the synod of Italy’s Waldensian church, a proto-Protestant group that’s long kept alive a spirit of dissent from papal authority.
It has been a wrenching season for three of America’s largest religious denominations, as sex-abuse scandals and a schism over LGBT inclusion fuel anguish and anger within the Roman Catholic, Southern Baptist and United Methodist churches.
While everyone in Northern Ireland in one way or another found their lives scarred by the 40-year Catholic/Protestant conflict known here as “the Troubles,” few experienced it quite as dramatically as Declan O’Loan and his wife, Baroness Nuala O’Loan.
Ireland’s national soccer team manager has said it was “very disappointing” that his counterpart for the Northern Ireland soccer team has brought religion into a dispute over player recruitment for the Irish team.
By 1900, atheists and agnostics were becoming more prominent in the United States. Anxious Protestant religious leaders started to argue in favor of a united Christianity to stop the spread of these ideas. For this group, unity meant more than cooperation or mutual understanding. It meant the actual reunion of Protestantism and Catholicism.
Only one in five Americans have read the entire Bible at least once a new study shows. Researchers at LifeWay Research found that “the only time most Americans hear from the Bible is when someone else is reading it.”