As a government committee headed by Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly gave legal status to 70 churches this week, the number of Christian houses of worship that have been legalized in the country came to 1,638. However, the threat to churches in this Muslim-majority country remains.
A 20-year-old man who was sent to a nursing home because he contracted COVID-19 was charged Sunday morning with two counts of "assault with intent to do great bodily harm" for repeatedly punching a 75-year-old patient who he was sharing a room with.
Days after Minnesota’s Catholic and Lutheran churches publicly declared they would defy Gov. Tim Walz’s order restricting in-person services to not more than 10 people, the state has announced it is lifting that limitation to let larger groups gather for worship beginning Wednesday.
In what appears to be a promising positive change, Sudan’s transitional government and a rebel group that fought against the Muslim-majority country’s longtime authoritarian leader Omar al-Bashir, who was ousted last year, have agreed to form an independent national commission for religious freedom.
Here are just a few things that happened this week, May 24-30, in Church history. They include England passing measures to tolerate Protestant groups, an edict condemning Martin Luther, and Archbishop of Canterbury recognizing King Henry VIII's second marriage as valid.
As President Trump spoke to the Center for Disease Control about releasing a guidance for reopening houses of worship as essential operations, evangelical pastors and leaders expressed gratitude and reassured that services will be resumed with wisdom.
Christian activist, author and self-proclaimed “recovering redneck” Shane Claiborne said this week that America’s Bible Belt should really be known as the “death belt,” warning that the pro-life ethic should be applied consistently.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden was being skewered by black Americans and others online Friday after he suggested in an interview with a prominent black New York City radio host that if he struggled to vote for him over President Donald Trump he “ain’t black.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this week that churches can begin hosting drive-in worship services as long as they follow “strict social distancing guidelines.” Additionally, houses of worship can hold in-person services as long as they're limited to 10 people or fewer.
Three current and former employees of a child services agency in North Carolina were arrested this week and indicted with over three dozen felony and misdemeanor charges related to its alleged practice of separating children from their families without proper judicial oversight.
President Donald Trump says he wants churches to reopen as quickly as possible as they are so important to the “psyche” he believes if they remained closed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic “you’ll break the country.”
Unless families get more support and fertility rates are increased among the faithful, religious communities in America could continue on a path toward “terminal decline,” says economist and researcher Lyman Stone.
Bestselling author Francis Chan said he was previously cynical of healing ministries until God illuminated the Scriptures to him. "I used to ridicule people who spoke in tongues or prophesied or believed they could heal."
Eight Christians were arrested in India in late April and accused of violating a coronavirus lockdown order while they were putting together relief supplies to distribute to a poor nomadic community, a pastor says.
A beloved Mississippi pastor and father of seven was killed in a grisly crash last Friday, just months after indicating multiple times to his church and his mother that if he were to die he wanted them to “carry on.”