Religion

Faith Based Organizations, Churches Allowed to Open

Press Release:- As per the announcement by Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet on April 26th 2020, community and faith-based organizations that have prepared a COVID-19 Response Plan with the new measures and submitted to and received approval from the Ministry...

Jamaican pastor, worshipers breach gathering ban in Antigua

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — The pastor of the Bolans New Testament Church of God, Jamaican Uriah Taylor, and three other members of the church will return to court on May 5 after they were granted bail on charges...

Louisiana pastor says church doors will be open on Sunday despite charges

Mark Anthony Spell, pastor of Life Tabernacle Church in Central, Louisiana, told CNN the doors to his church will be open on Sunday, despite charges Tuesday for violating the governor's executive order. Spell said that opening the church is no...

Mass Wedding Defies Coronavirus Fears

Al Jazeera:- There has been a mass wedding in South Korea despite coronavirus fear. Many of the 6,000 couples wore face masks. Festivals, concerts and graduation ceremonies have been cancelled because of the risk. But the church says it went ahead with...

Trinidad: Cops seize millions more at pastor’s church

(Trinidad and Tobago Guardian) Police seized millions more in cash at the Third Exodus Assembly Church in Longdenville headed by Pastor Vinworth Dayal late Thursday evening. The latest raid was conducted by officers of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of...

Indian Nun ‘Denied Justice’ By Vatican

BBC News:- An Indian Catholic nun expelled after she spoke out against a bishop accused of rape says she has been "denied justice" by the Vatican. Sister Lucy Kalappura said she was disappointed by a Vatican decision to reject her appeal...

Priest Suspended After Baby Suffers Scratches In Violent Baptism

BBC News:- A Russian priest has been suspended and police are investigating after a one-year-old boy suffered scratches during a violent baptism. Video showed of Father Foty Necheporenko, a Russian Orthodox abbot, plunge the child roughly into a font that appeared...

Government Restrictions On Religion Increasing Worldwide

NEW YORK (AP) — Government restrictions on religion have increased markedly in many places around the world, not only in authoritarian countries, but also in many of Europe's democracies, according to a report surveying 198 countries that was released...

Church of England Issues Social Media ‘Commandments’

Sky News:- The Church of England has issued its first set of guidelines for followers who use social media. The digital charter is based on five key principles of truth, kindness, welcome, inspiration and togetherness, as well as issues such as...

Catholic Church & Southern Baptist Convention to talk about sexual abuse this week

(CNN)When leaders of the country's two largest religious groups -- the Catholic Church and Southern Baptist Convention -- hold meetings this week, the separate conferences will have a common agenda: clergy sexual abuse. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which...

Pope Francis approves changes to Lord’s Prayer, reports say

USA Today: Pope Francis reportedly approved changes to the wording of the Lord's Prayer, also known as the Our Father. Instead of saying, "Lead us not into temptation," Catholics will say, "Do not let us fall into temptation," The Guardian...

Jamaica Church Leaders Concerned Over Move To Legalise Obeah

Jamaica Gleaner:- For more than a century, the practice of obeah has been illegal under Jamaican law. But just as lawmakers were getting ready to push the maximum fine to $1 million for anyone found guilty of practising obeah, Justice Minister...

Pope Francis Likens Abortion To Hiring ‘Hitman’

Time:- (VATICAN CITY) — Pope Francis said Saturday that abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or likely to die, and urged doctors and priests to support families to carry such pregnancies to term. Speaking to...

Pope issues new rules mandating reporting of sexual abuse to Church authorities

CNN: Pope Francis issued new global rules Thursday for reporting sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, mandating for the first time that all dioceses set up systems for reporting abuse and cover-ups. The new rules require all Catholic dioceses around...

“I Am Not A Politician!”

Outspoken Saint Lucia religious leader, Seth Ampadu, has defended his comments about a recent incident in parliament, declaring that he is not a politician. Ampadu, who is the Superintendent Minister of Saint Lucia's Methodist Church, had described as 'distasteful', reports...

Methodist Minister Urges End To Immoral Behaviour In Easter Message

The Superintendent Minister of the Methodist Church in Saint Lucia has urged an end to immoral behaviour in a message to mark the observance of Easter. "The message of Easter must encourage all of us, as a nation to put...

Pope Kisses Feet Of South Sudan Leaders

Reuters:-  Pope Francis, in a dramatic gesture after an unprecedented retreat at the Vatican, knelt to kiss the feet of South Sudan’s previously warring leaders yesterday as he urged them to not return to a civil war. He appealed to Presi-dent...

Ex-Pope Blames 1960s Revolution For Sex Abuse

BBC News:- Retired Pope Benedict XVI has published a letter which blames clerical sex abuse on the "all-out sexual freedom" of the 1960s. He said that cultural and historical change had led to a "dissolution" of morality in Catholicism. The sexual revolution...

Jamaica Pastor Prefers Death To Officiating A Same-Sex Wedding

Jamaica Gleaner:- Three prominent local ministers of religion who are marriage officers have made it clear that they have no intention of performing any such ceremony, should Jamaica head down the path the Cayman Islands seems headed. In a March...

Jamaica: Church Members Walk Out On Pastor

Jamaica Observer:- SOME members of an Apostolic Church in St Catherine are up in arms after they were ordered by their pastor to sit in the back benches of the church. Why? The church members had attended a nine-night recently, after the...

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