Albania demands remains of Mother Teresa returned from India

A dispute has broken out over the remains of Mother Teresa after Albania demanded that the nun’s bones should be returned to her ethnic homeland from India, where she spent most of her adult life and is buried. Sali Berisha, the Albanian Prime Minister, said on Saturday that his Government was seeking repatriation of Mother... Continue Reading

Historic Carrolton Presbyterian Church, New Orleans Lawsuit May Bankrupt Presbytery

The Presbytery of South Louisiana (PSL) will be out of money sometime during the year 2010, according to the Rev. Theodore Roeling, Sr., former treasurer of the organization. At a presbytery meeting on Oct. 9 and 10, the finance committee announced that its deficit for the first eight months of 2009 had grown to $244,000... Continue Reading

Rev. Moon turning control of Unification Church over to his 3 sons

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, now approaching 90 and still one of the world’s most controversial religious figures, is handing over day-to-day control of his Unification Church to three U.S.-educated sons. There are some changes afoot in fundraising and boosting membership, the sons say. But Moon — who will preside... Continue Reading

Evangelical Group Endorses Liberalized Immigration, Testifies Before Senate

The president of the largest evangelical body in the United States testified in favor of liberalized immigration policies before a Senate subcommittee on Thursday, following an endorsement of immigration reform by the group’s governing board. “Why is immigration policy important to evangelicals?” National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) President Leith Anderson asked the Judiciary subcommittee on... Continue Reading

Many religious institutions get serious about security

Protesters to picket several sites in S.D. By Eleanor Yang Su October 16, 2009 Once deemed sacred sanctuaries off-limits to criminals, religious institutions are becoming vulnerable targets to shootings, thefts and protests because of their low-tech security and open environment. San Diego religious leaders’ reactions have ranged from hiring armed guards to taking extra precaution... Continue Reading

Churches Reminded to Pray for the Persecuted

November 8, 2009 From Voice of the Martyrs Persecution Blog Churches across the United States and around the world are preparing to “remember those in bonds” (Hebrews 13:3) on Nov. 8, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). Begun in 1996, IDOP is a day for intercessory prayer and citizen action on... Continue Reading

Archbishop of Canterbury:’Dig for victory over climate change and grow your own food’

The Archbishop of Canterbury has called for “unsustainable” air-freighted food to be replaced gradually by homegrown produce from thousands of new allotments. He said that families needed to respond to the threat of climate change by changing their shopping habits and adjusting their diets to the seasons, eating fruit and vegetables that could be grown... Continue Reading

Evangelical Movement at ‘Head-Snapping’ Moment, Says Scholar

LANDOVER, Md. – The evangelical movement is at a “head-snapping” generational change with younger evangelicals “revolting” against the tone of the Christian Right, says a prominent religious scholar. Across the nation, young evangelicals are naming Rick Warren or Bono as their role model for social engagement, rather than a Christian Right leader, says Michael Gerson,... Continue Reading

Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner, but Don’t Give Him a Pulpit

David Clohessy and Barbara Blaine Imagine a school bus driver who says he’s “found God” and is rehired by a school district despite an accident in which his drunkenness injured his young passengers. Imagine a lifeguard at a municipal pool nearly strangling a child to death, being convicted for assault, then being rehired because he... Continue Reading

Father sues school over son’s ‘Abortion is not Healthcare’ T-shirt

HARRISBURG, Pa. — On the day President Obama addressed the nation’s schoolchildren, a middle school student donned an anti-abortion T-shirt to protest Obama’s proposed overhaul of the nation’s health care system. The student wore the “Abortion is not Healthcare” T-shirt without incident until his fifth-period teacher sent him to the principal’s office. He was ordered... Continue Reading