Christianity

‘I do not see myself as a failure’: Fresh peeks into Pope Benedict’s new memoir - The Washington Post

September 9, 2016
Retired Pope Benedict XVI said that practical governance of the Catholic Church was not his “strong point” but said that many people found “a new life in the faith” during his eight years as pontiff, according to two English translations of excerpts of the book-length interview set to be released in Italian on Friday.

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Kolkata Testifies to the Grace of Mother Teresa, Its New Saint - The New York Times

September 6, 2016
KOLKATA, India — When Mother Teresa’s canonization took place on Sunday, a battered-looking audience gathered in front of a screen some 4,500 miles east of St. Peter’s Square: men with caved-in chests, weeping sores wrapped in gauze, extremities missing entirely, legs so thin you could encircle them with a finger and thumb.

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Religious Groups Come Together to Help Flood Victims in Louisiana - World Religion News

August 27, 2016
FAITH GROUPS PROVIDE AID TO LOUISIANA FLOOD VICTIMS. Nobody can really tell why natural disasters take place. Science can tell us how, but for those who are devastated by such incidents the questions remain. Why? Why us? Why did we deserve this? Why our city? While various people describe these disasters as chance or divine will, the fact remains that it becomes a time of crisis for people who are spiritual as they start wondering why God would let that happen to them. The one good thing however that emerges during these times is the open display of human goodness. While humanity...
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How a Priest Made the Case for Mother Teresa’s Sainthood - The New York Times

August 14, 2016
Mother Teresa will be formally canonized on Sept. 4 by Pope Francis in Rome. Widely known as “the Saint of Calcutta,” she founded religious orders of women and men that serve the poor in more than 130 countries. Even for a woman who is an icon of modern saintliness, the Roman Catholic Church requires that someone must gather evidence of miracles and present a case that she is worthy to be admitted to the pantheon of saints.

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Lesbian Methodist Pastor Asked to Step Down by Church - World Religion News

August 8, 2016
DIVIDE BETWEEN METHODISTS OVER GAY RIGHTS ISSUE WIDENS AS PRO-GAY RIGHTS MEMBERS PROTEST AGAINST CHURCH’S DECISION TO REMOVE A LESBIAN PASTOR FROM HER POSITION. The Methodist Church is facing turbulent times with members getting divided into two factions: those who support gay rights and those who do not. Though Christianity has teachings that conflict with the rights of homosexuals, the Methodist church has been increasingly becoming more and more lenient towards the LGBT community. This chasm between supporters and non-supporters became clear in the aftermath of Reverend...
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Pope Francis Will Encounter a Socially Conservative Church in Poland - The New York Times

July 26, 2016
WARSAW — When Pope Francis arrives in Poland this week to attend World Youth Day, one of the major events on the Catholic calendar, he will face a politically powerful church closely tied to the country’s new right-wing government. The church here carries a deep strain of social conservatism that does not always align with the pope’s more open and welcoming views.

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