The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy reached at least 241 people on Thursday and could rise further after rescue teams worked through the night to try to find survivors under the rubble of flattened towns.
In a disturbing development, it has been reported that ISIS is increasingly looking to use children, putting them in front line roles, and even going as far as pushing to use them as child suicide bombers. In one of the group's most recent terror attacks, a Kurdish wedding was targeted in Gaziantep, Turkey and left 51 dead and 69 wounded.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) voted on Friday, August 12, in favor of a resolution that calls for the US government to withhold financial and military support from Israel unless it stops constructing settlements on Palestinian territories.
In a book that started with an obituary for White Christian America (WCA) and ended with a eulogy, a leading commentator on religion, culture, and politics has spoken about what he describes as the steady decrease of white Protestant Christians over the past four decades. The author arrived at the conclusion that today, America is no longer a majority white Christian nation.
Around 15,000 Norwegians made the choice to leave the Norwegian evangelical Lutheran Church after a site was launched allowing members to cancel their membership. The church website reported 10,854 resignations and only 240 new enrollments on the launch of the new system.
The number of priests in Germany is at its lowest with only 58 newly ordained men in 2015 for the whole country. This was announced during the German Bishops' Conference that was held in Bonn this August.
Accidents are not new to any action film and the past two versions of "Ben-Hur" were not spared. 10 lives were lost during the 1925 filming and one died in the 1959 remake. Actor Toby Kebbell said a miracle happened that prevented a similar death in the 2016 film.
Scottish police contacted the Catholic Church after investigating a report of a poltergeist at a home in Rutherglen, Glasgow. The officers reportedly witnessed flying clothes, lights turning on and off, doors opening and closing, and lampshades turning upside down.
An Indian pastor identified as Mallipeddi James was arrested on Thursday, Aug. 18, for forcing to beg on the streets of Hyderabad, India. James ran the Brahmaputra Orphanage in Ameenpur village in Telangana, promising to provide better education for children.
Christian social activists together with jail officials, opened a chapel for Christian inmates at the Landhi Jail in Karachi on Aug. 5. The chapel now provides a separate place of worship to some 100 Christians who are serving their sentences and awaiting their trials in the city jail.
A controversial pastor in Ghana is being criticized by the public on social media for flogging a teenage couple with a belt during a church service. A Youtube video circulated on social media showing Bishop Daniel Obinim whipping the couple and chastising them for fornication in front of a cheering congregation.
Fr. Sebastiano D'Ambra, an Italian missionary in Mindanao, Philippines, says that Catholics are afraid to attend mass because of constant extremist threats. Aside from terrorism, D'Ambra also mentioned that there are "geopolitical and military interests" that are making the situation in the region more complex.
Religious activities such as praying and preaching are now forbidden in hospitals in Zhejiang province, a region known as China's Jerusalem for having a high number of practicing Christians. Patients and visitors at the Central Hospital in Wenzhou were made aware of the ban through a public notice posted in the main hall.
Prominent house church pastor Yang Hua will finally be tried in court this month after spending eight months in prison in Guizhou, China. Yang, who was only allowed to meet with his lawyers a month after being detained, was accused of "illegally possessing state secrets."