A Mexican church leader has provided fresh insight into the ways in which Christians in Latin America come under pressure in areas controlled by drug cartels.
The pastor, who wished to remain anonymous, told World Watch Monitor about the "tax" churches can be charged to be allowed to remain open.
"Charging this 'tax' to pastors and churches is now a common occurrence," he said. "The cartels are very well organised and they can follow your every move. One cannot go anywhere alone; protection is needed all the time....More»
A Pakistani government minister has asked Facebook and Twitter to remove content considered insulting to Islam or Muhammad.
"We will go to any extent even if we have to go to the extent of permanently blocking all such social media websites, if they refuse to cooperate," Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan said 16 March. His ministry has said Facebook will send a team to Pakistan, to address the government's reservations....More»
WARSAW, Poland, March 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - Four universities were pressured by the radical left this week to cancel talks by American pro-life speaker Rebecca Kiessling, forcing organizers to move her presentations to alternate locations during a speaking tour in Poland.
Ultimately, however, these intimidation tactics backfired....More»
DURHAM, Ontario, March 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - When Louise found out her rapist had impregnated her, she chose life for her baby.
In a new video, she shares why.
"I was raped by somebody I knew," Louise begins.
"Innocent life came from one man's intent to hurt me," she explains. "But my baby hasn't hurt me. She's provided me with healing and growth and new experiences that I never knew could happen in my life. So she's not going to pay for what one man's intentions were."...More»
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 16, 2017 (NCOSE) - A new meta-analysis - a reliable method for combining relevant data from various studies for greater statistical power - examining the impact of pornography consumption on individuals' interpersonal satisfaction was recently published, and its findings contradict previous misleading research.
"Pornography is sex-negative," said Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. "Pornography rewires an individual's sexuality to pixels on a screen rather than to a real person, which is inherently inconsistent with healthy, organic relationships. A wide body of research is bringing attention to the various ways pornography negatively impacts both women and men, and this latest meta-analysis contributes important findings to that ongoing dialogue."...More»
MADISON, N.J., March 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - The United States' commitment to religious liberty is being tested and hostility toward traditional moral beliefs is on the rise, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito told a group of Catholic lawyers Wednesday night.
Justice Alito repeated the words he had written in his own dissent in the Obergefell case legalizing homosexual "marriage," telling the group that he suspected the decision would be used to "vilify those who disagree and treat them as bigots." ...More»
March 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- In a 2007 interview that is getting renewed attention this week, Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon said that he wishes he could "rip pages out of the Bible" when he stays in hotel rooms.
When asked by Passport Magazine in the interview what the first thing is he does when he gets into a hotel room, he replied: "I wish I could say I'm like Ian McKellen and immediately go rip pages out of the Bible, but there don't seem to be bibles in the hotel rooms I stay in these days."...More»
March 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - As the Disney Corporation experiments with a "gay" subplot in its remake of Beauty and the Beast, the recent ratings flop of an ABC miniseries extolling "gay rights" confirms that Americans are not tuning in to pro-LGBTQ programming.
With great fanfare, ABC launched its "epic" miniseries, When We Rise, about the "gay rights" revolution. As Heatstreet reported, "When We Rise received saturation ad coverage during the Oscars ahead of its premiere this week."...More»
Health care access is a human right, not just a matter of philanthropy, the Holy See told the United Nations, Christian Telegraph reports according to Catholic News Agency.
"All our efforts must be directed to ensure human dignity, quality of health and life and to the building of a better world for the generations to come," said Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, the Holy See's permanent representative to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva....More»
BURBANK, CA (ANS - March 14, 2017) -- Contestants in the fifteenth Annual 168 Film Project will compete for the opportunity to win the "8168 Prize," an Indie Feature Film Budget.
According to EIN PRESSWIRE (http://www.einpresswire.com/), prospective filmmakers will first make a short film for the 168 Competition, entry deadline May 11. Then, at the 168 Film Festival, Aug. 26-27 in L.A, finalist producers will be invited to prepare their feature film proposals. The winning filmmaker will enter into a relationship with 8168 Films, LLC to produce a feature film....More»
LONDON, UK (ANS - March 17, 2017) -- During a recent Parliamentary reception in London, an ambitious project to build an iconic national prayer landmark in the UK took its next step forward as the shortlist of five concept designs were unveiled.
In September 2016, The Wall of Answered Prayer, working with the Royal Institute of British Architects, launched a global competition to obtain concept designs for this colossal structure of a million bricks. 134 entries from 24 countries were received and following two judging panels, the entries were whittled down to four as well as a public vote winner....More»
"Alarmist" has become the newest label given to conservative Christians who raise concerns about the current trajectory of the culture in general or churches in particular. Like other labels — fundamentalist, theocrat, reconstructionist — the word itself is now used as a slur, and once deployed, the user feels no need to justify the accuracy of their claim.
"Widows often suffer great loneliness. After I lost Elias I feared that loneliness very much".
Three years on from husband Elias' death, Mary Lunyamila Meshack recalls how her life changed forever the night he stood guard during an overnight service at their church in Mwanza, on the shores of Lake Victoria.
Elias was 35, a youth worker in northern Tanzania in 2013 (see WWM report below)....More»
A pastor in northern France has described her church's ministry to Middle Eastern migrants in a nearby camp as "the mission field coming to you".
The church's leader, Pastor Lydie Granger, said that among the estimated 1,400 migrants living in the camp outside Dunkirk were around 40 Iranians who had already converted to Christianity, and others who had become Christians since attending her church....More»
Responding to the case of a receptionist fired for wearing a hijab to work, the Court of Justice of the European Union has allowed a qualified ban on religious headscarves in the workplace, Christian Telegraph reports according to Catholic News Agency.
"Nobody should be forced to choose between their religion and their profession," said Adina Portaru, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom International in Brussels. "A court claiming to be a champion of human rights should safeguard the fundamental right to freedom of conscience, religion, and belief rather than undermining it. Citizens' deeply held convictions should be reasonably accommodated by their employers."...More»