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Pope Francis on Wednesday sought to clarify his remark that Catholics should not breed “like rabbits,” saying economic injustice—not large families—was the real cause of poverty. Francis had made the comment during a news conference aboard the plane returning from a week-long Asia trip on Monday when speaking about birth control. His unusually frank language…

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After an overwhelming response from Americans asking that President Barack Obama meet with American Pastor Saeed Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, she just received confirmation from the White House a short time ago indicating that President Obama will meet personally with her and her children in Boise, Idaho—Pastor Saeed’s family’s hometown—during his visit. This is exactly what Naghmeh has…

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Along with everyone else, I made typical resolutions for the New Year. I’ve committed to eat better and exercise more. (With The New York Times publishingarticles on the advantage of physical fitness as we age, those have begun to feel more necessary, especially now that I’m 40.) And like most, I regularly fail at such resolutions. I ditch the…

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The Story: A text found on papyrus used on a mummy mask may be the oldest copy of a gospel known to exist—a fragment of the Gospel of Mark that was written during the first century, before the year AD 90. Until now, the oldest surviving copies of the gospel texts date to the second century (the…

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Conservative Princeton University professor and vice chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Robert P. George, along with six other advocates, have offered to take 100 lashes each for Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting his country’s clerics. Badawi, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and…

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(WWM) Less than a week after Niger’s president marched alongside dozens of world leaders in Paris following the Charlie Hebdo shooting, Muslim protests in Niger have claimed the lives of 10 people and destroyed more than 70 Christian churches in the desert nation’s two largest cities. Niger, long praised for its secular government and relative…

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People around the world are being persecuted and killed for their beliefs. Wars are raging. Millions are living in poverty. Hearing about these things, we often find ourselves asking the question—sometimes out loud, sometimes just in our heads—”Where is God in all this?” It’s a question that believers have struggled with for centuries, and it’s…

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Christianity—both Catholic and Protestant—is dying out in Germany due to a dramatically shrinking number of Europeans professing faith in God, a fact exacerbated by a growth in non-white Muslim invaders, a survey of available figures have revealed. In the former East Germany, 52 percent of inhabitants said they did not believe in any God, and…

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John Ensor, president of Passion Life Ministries, recently sat down with Christian Hip Hop artist Lecrae and John Piper to discuss abortion and racism, as we mark Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (January 18) and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 19). This is a compelling discussion about the story behind Lecrae’s song “Good, Bad, Ugly,”…

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A conference for VOM front-line ministry workers in northern Nigeria was relocated this week amid concerns for the workers and their families. Violence by Islamic extremists, including several suicide bombs set off in nearby cities and a massive attack in Baga, Nigeria where nearly 2,000 were reported to have been killed, raised security concerns. The…

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Capitalism and the free market are routinely criticized throughout Latin America. Entrepreneurs are accused of being selfish, unethical, and enriching themselves at the expense of others. In that sense, there is a widespread belief in Latin America that the free market is incompatible with Christianity. Therefore, very few Christians support free-market ideas, and those that…

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A pair of lawmakers in Mississippi have introduced a bill to make the Bible the official state book, the two said on Monday. State Representatives Michael Evans and Tom Miles, both Democrats, said they introduced the measure on Thursday as a way to encourage people to read the Bible and be inspired to treat others…

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Should we pray about trivial things? Few would argue that prayer isn’t of vital importance for the people of God. But some prayers don’t seem important at all. I’m talking about prayers for trivial things like a good parking spot, for the lights to be green when we are running late, or for our football…

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The evangelical pro-life movement began quietly, I would, suggest in 1975, two years after Roe v. Wade, when Dr. Harold O.J. Brown, working with C. Everett Koop, opened the Christian Action Council. What woke the evangelical conscience, however, was Francis Schaeffer, also with Dr. Koop, releasing a video, Whatever Happened to the Human Race, in 1979. Over…

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