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Martin Scorsese Directs Movie about Jesuit Mission to 17th-Century Japan

Although evangelical moviemakers have been in the spotlight lately with features such as “Son of God” and “God’s Not Dead,” at least one other prominent, mainstream director is also turning — or returning — to religion.

On Iraq, Pope Francis’ Message of Peace Meets Reality of War

As he dispatches a top aide to war-torn Iraq this week, Pope Francis made his most impassioned plea yet for the world to halt the “slaughter” of Christians and other religious minorities by Islamic extremists.

  • David Gibson, Josephine McKenna |
  • August 12, 2014 |
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South Sudan Peace Talks Failing as Famine Threatens Millions

South Sudan’s deadline for a peace agreement was missed over the weekend, leading citizens to worry about the impending famine as civil war in the nation continues.

Distracted Teen Drivers Often on Cellphone With Parent

Up to half of teens talking on cellphones while driving are speaking with their mother or father, according to new research.

Navy Removes Bibles from Base Hotel Rooms

The U.S. Navy is reportedly removing all Bibles from hotels that are located on bases, a decision that has upset religious military members and families.

Spanish Priest Dies from Ebola Virus

A Spanish priest who contracted Ebola in Liberia has died from the disease. Miguel Parajes, 75 was a priest and missionary working for the San Juan de Dios Catholic aid group when he fell ill to the virus.

Mark Driscoll's Board Responds to Acts 29 Removal

Members of Mark Driscoll’s board have released a letter that they sent to church elders after church planting network Acts 29 removed co-founder Driscoll and Mars Hill Church from its organization.

Vicar of Baghdad Refuses to Leave Iraq Despite IS Persecution

Canon Andrew White, known worldwide as the “Vicar of Baghdad,” is refusing to leave Iraq where he serves as the leader of the last Anglican Church in the nation.

Gazan Christian Community Suffering as Conflict Wears On

A small group of Gazan Christians are facing hardship as the conflict between Israel and Gaza has continued for one month.

Help Your Child Thrive in the Middle School Years

By the time kids enter middle school, their march toward independence is well under way. But let’s face it – it can be a confusing time for parents. When a child spreads his wings, it can feel like he’s turning his back on you instead. But that’s not really the case. Your middle schooler needs you as much as he always has.

Appeals Court Saves Last Mississippi Abortion Center from Closure

A federal appeals court panel ruled in July that a Mississippi law that would close the state’s only abortion facility is unconstitutional.

Iraqi-American Christians Fear for Lives of Family and Friends in Home Country

Americans of Iraqi descent are speaking out about the crisis in Iraq, as friends and family members remaining in the nation are at risk of persecution.

Pope Sends Envoy to Iraq to Deliver Message of Support and Aid Embattled Christians

Pope Francis is dispatching Cardinal Fernando Filoni as his personal envoy to northern Iraq, where Islamist militias have sent thousands of Christians and other religious minorities fleeing for their lives.

  • Josephine McKenna |
  • August 11, 2014 |
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‘Friendly Atheist’ Cancels Book Comparing God to Abusive Boyfriend

One day after launching a Kickstarter campaign to create a book called “God is an Abusive Boyfriend (and you should break up),” a popular atheist blogger has shelved the project “after receiving a lot of negative feedback.”

Ebola Patient Dr. Kent Brantly Thanking God for Mercy as Condition Continues to Improve

Dr. Kent Brantly, the Samaritan’s Purse physician that contracted Ebola while serving in Liberia, is reportedly improving and has issued a statement thanking God for his mercy.

United States Sending Weapons to Kurdish Forces in Iraq

The United States is now providing Kurdish forces with weapons in an effort to combat Islamic State (IS) militants.

Pot Studies Suggest Regular Use Is Bad For Teen Brains

Teenagers and young adults who frequently use marijuana may be hurting their brainpower, according to studies about pot and adolescence presented at the American Psychological Association's annual convention.

Islamic State Takes Hundreds of Young Yazidi Women Captive

In the latest act of religious persecution, Islamic State militants have kidnapped hundreds of young Yazidi women, likely to be kept as sex slaves or to be sold for profit.

72-Hour Ceasefire Holds as Israel and Hamas Undergo Negotiations

Israel and Gaza are once again under a 72-hour ceasefire, as world leaders push for the opposing sides to negotiate a permanent peace agreement and end the month-long conflict.

Baptist Church Cancels Gungor Concert for Couple's Refusal to Take Bible Literally

Christian couple Michael and Lisa Gungor of the band Gungor have responded after reports said the band did not believe parts of the Bible.

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