Recently in Church Category

Pope Francis's final engagement in Turkey was a meeting with a group of around 50 young people that included many refugees from Syria, Iraq and other countries of the Middle East and Africa.  The youths are being cared for by the local Salesian community in Istanbul. In his address, the pope assured the young people that he shares their sufferings and deplored the degrading conditions in which so many refugees are forced to live, calling it "intolerable."
As heavy rains descended on the Eternal City this weekend, so too did hundreds of religious leaders and scholars who will participate in a historic interfaith conference at the Vatican celebrating traditional male-female marriage.
Not all those who claim to be Christians really are, said Pope Francis Friday morning. Some are Christians "in name only," he said. "They bear the name of Christians but live a life of pagans."
Barrie Police say there is no threat to the public following the hacking of two local Christian websites by potential supporters of the militant group ISIS.

Cuba to Build First New Church in 55 Years

Cuba has allowed construction of the country's first new Catholic church in 55 years, the church said Monday. Experts said it's a sign of improving relations between the Vatican and Cuba's communist government.


A Greek Orthodox priest who has advocated a non-Arab identity for members of Israel's Christian community is being alternately vilified and praised for spearheading a government campaign to drive a wedge between Christian and Muslim Israelis.
The "Vicar of Baghdad" has quit Iraq after death threats and the beheading of children attached to his church by Islamic terrorists.

Canon Andrew White, the vicar of Baghdad St George's church, pictured at centre in 2007. He has been forced to flee Iraq because of ISIS threats. Muhannad Fala'ah/Getty Images/File
John Sentamu, the archbishop of York, has said that he's "deeply ashamed" over allegations of child abuse by a former dean in a recently published report that has revealed "systemic failures" by the Church of England in dealing with such cases.
The Vatican convened its ambassadors from countries across the Middle East and North Africa for the second day of a three-day summit on Friday, in an attempt to determine how Christian minorities in the region could be better protected from persecution in light of the rise of extremist groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). 

Over 100 Christians Arrested in China House Church Raid

Over 100 people were arrested on Sunday (Sept. 21) in a house church raid in China's Guangdong Province. The Christian Post reports that nearly 200 police officer interrupted a church service, arresting congregants for "illegal gathering."