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Pope Francis Apologizes for Pentecostal Persecution, But Italy's Evangelicals Remain Wary

A 'near totality' warn U.S. evangelicals (and others) against becoming too friendly with the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis Apologizes for Pentecostal Persecution, But Italy's Evangelicals Remain Wary
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Despite Pope Francis's unprecedented visit to a Pentecostal church and apology for past treatment of Pentecostals by Catholics, many Italian evangelical leaders remain concerned about how evangelicals in the United States (and other nations) are cozying up to the popular ...

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| People

Another 'Stained Glass Ceiling' Shatters: CCCU Picks First Female President

Calvin College leader brings legal savvy to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
Another 'Stained Glass Ceiling' Shatters: CCCU Picks First Female President
Courtesy of CCCU

America's leading advocate for Christian colleges has chosen its first female president.

The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) has elected Shirley V. Hoogstra of Calvin College to lead the Washington, D.C.-based association. Approximately 9 of its ...

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| International; People

Leading Rabbi Nominated as First Non-Christian Religious Freedom Ambassador

Obama nomination of David Saperstein will require strong Senate support.
Leading Rabbi Nominated as First Non-Christian Religious Freedom Ambassador
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President Obama nominated Rabbi David Saperstein this morning to be the next—and first non-Christian—United States ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

The press statment said:

Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate ...

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| Church and State; Religious Freedom

IRS to Atheists: Okay, We'll Investigate Pulpit Freedom Sunday Pastors

Tax agency and FFRF announce settlement, but Milwaukee church disputes the lawsuit's dismissal.
IRS to Atheists: Okay, We'll Investigate Pulpit Freedom Sunday Pastors
Alliance Defending Freedom

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has agreed to investigate the political activity of churches after reaching a settlement with an atheist legal group. But a court has yet to decide whether or not to close the case.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) and the IRS ...

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Meriam Ibrahim Finally Leaves Sudan, Meets Pope Francis

Christian mother once sentenced to death for her faith now bound for United States with her family.
Meriam Ibrahim Finally Leaves Sudan, Meets Pope Francis
Facebook screenshot - Lapo Pistelli

JUBA, South Sudan (MSN) – After blocking her departure on a spurious charge of forged travel documents, Sudan today allowed a Christian mother sentenced to die over a false allegation of leaving Islam to leave the country, her attorney said.

Having given birth to ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

Mosul's Last Christians Flee Iraq's Hoped-For Christian Stronghold

(UPDATED) Historic community comes to 'a real end' after ISIS ultimatum tells Christians to convert, pay tax, or die.
Mosul's Last Christians Flee Iraq's Hoped-For Christian Stronghold
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[Added biblical archaeology finds in Nineveh]

There are no Christians left in Iraq's second-largest city after a weekend ultimatum left Mosul residents with three choices: convert to Islam, pay jizya (a poll tax levied on non-Muslims), or die at the hands of the Islamic ...

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| International; People

China May Free Gao Zhisheng, Christian lawyer, on Aug. 7

More than 151,000 signed petition for his release.
China May Free Gao Zhisheng, Christian lawyer, on Aug. 7
Courtesy, Epoch Times

In 21 days, Gao Zhisheng, perhaps the most well-known Christian currently serving prison time in China, is due to complete his eight-year sentence and could be freed as early as Aug. 7, according to family members.

On July 12, Radio Free Asia, a non-profit media outlet ...

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| People

New Movies to Highlight Friendship Between Creators of Narnia and Middle Earth

As Hollywood works its way through dramatizing the fantasy novels, several hope to tell a more historical tale of real-world friendship.
New Movies to Highlight Friendship Between Creators of Narnia and Middle Earth
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The friendship between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, well known to some devoted fans, may soon be a star of the silver screen along with the elves, dragons, hobbits, and marsh-wiggles of their creation.

Tolkien & Lewis, an $18 million British film that will feature the ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

Muslim Sues Kenya's Catholic Bishops for Discrimination

Bishops sued as they lobby for peace amidst coastal violence.
Muslim Sues Kenya's Catholic Bishops for Discrimination
Screenshot of Al Yusra

Kenya has its own religious discrimination case: A Muslim restaurateur sued the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, claiming religious discrimination after the bishops allegedly cut short the restaurant's lease.

The owner of Al-Yusra Restaurant in Nairobi claims that ...

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| Research

Want to Love Your Job? Church Can Help, Study Says

The catch: The church you attend has to emphasize faith-work integration—and you have to show up.
Want to Love Your Job? Church Can Help, Study Says
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If they can be tempted away from their workplaces to worship, churches can make parishioners happier with their jobs, new research shows.

Regular attenders who frequent a church that teaches God is present at your workplace, work is a mission from God, or that faith can ...

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