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Pope to Canonize John Paul II and John XXIII in April

Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be formally declared saints on April 27, 2014, the Vatican said Monday. Pope Francis made the announcement during a meeting with cardinals gathered in Rome.

How “Grace Unplugged” Director Brad Silverman Engages the Culture

One of my passions is to encourage believers to engage the culture with a Christ-like spirit. It doesn’t matter what you do for a living, you can bless the people around you when you’re open to letting God use you in your sphere of influence.

Numbers Suggest Why Millennials Are "Generation Frustration"

The Millennial generation is unemployed and frustrated.

Christianity in Danger of Becoming Extinct in Its Birthplace

Respected UK historian Tom Holland told a briefing in London this week that the world is watching the effective extinction of Christianity from its birthplace.

  • Dr. Jenny Taylor |
  • September 30, 2013 |
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Seven Characteristics of an Effective Church Structure

One of the least talked about, but absolutely crucial areas to explore, is church structure. How are decisions made? How is leadership allowed to function?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 30, 2013 |
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Iranian President's Words Require Action, Religious Rights Activists Say

After a week in which the new president of Iran skirted religious rights issues even as he received a letter from an imprisoned pastor, religious rights advocates hoped action would accompany the "moderate" face he presented.

  • Morning Star News |
  • September 30, 2013 |
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Muslim Herdsmen, Islamic Extremists Kill More Christians in Nigeria

Muslim herdsmen killed 15 Christians in Nigeria's Kaduna state Saturday morning, two days after suspected Islamic extremists in Yobe state killed an Anglican pastor and his son.

  • Morning Star News |
  • September 30, 2013 |
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Euthanasia Deaths in Netherlands Increase 13 Percent

Euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands jumped 13 percent last year to constitute about 3 percent of all deaths in the European country.

  • Religion Today |
  • September 30, 2013 |
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Are American Christians Ignoring the Mayhem of the Middle East?

Our 24/7 news cycle is consumed these days with American politicians sparring over the debt ceiling and the implementation of President Obama's controversial healthcare plan, both important debates to be sure. Meanwhile, the tragic fact that followers of Jesus Christ are being targeted and slaughtered across the globe is given scant attention.

Christian Leader Heads to Iran on Mission to Free Persecuted Pastor

The Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, D.C., will leave for Turkey on Sunday in an attempt to secure the release of persecuted American pastor Saeed Abedini, who is serving an eight-year prison sentence in Iran because of his Christian beliefs.

  • Religion Today |
  • September 27, 2013 |
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What's Hot? 9/27/13

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

Near-Unanimous House Approves Religious Minorities Special Envoy

In an age when bipartisan political agreement is nearly non-existent, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly last week to create a special envoy for religious liberty in Central America and the Middle East.

  • Religion Today |
  • September 27, 2013 |
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Violence Against Egyptian Christians Reaches Level Not Seen for Centuries

"I'm afraid to get out from my home and walk in the streets of the village," says Father Youannis Shawky, a Coptic priest. "The situation is so dangerous for us here."

  • International Christian Concern |
  • September 27, 2013 |
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Laos: Officials Threaten Christians in Three Villages With Expulsion

Local authorities in Laos are threatening Christians in three villages with expulsion unless they renounce their faith, with residents in one village calling the converts "pigs and dogs."

  • Morning Star News |
  • September 27, 2013 |
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Meet Focus on the Family’s V.I.P. Guest

Here at Focus, we’ve been privileged to welcome many influential people for visits. Some are well-known Christian leaders and others are from the entertainment and sports worlds. We’ve hosted politicians and even public figures who passionately disagree with some of what we believe. Whoever it has been, we’ve been delighted to meet and host them on our campus.

Poll: Parents and Teens on School and College

Parents and teens are sometimes on the same page, at other times differ, and have unrealistic expectations about college and the future.

Kenyan President Announces Three Days of Mourning Following Westgate Massacre

The four-day siege at the Westgate shopping center in Nairobi came to an end on Tuesday. The Kenyan government confirmed that 61 civilians and six soldiers died.

Conservatives Promote House Bill to Protect Opponents of Gay Marriage

Conservatives are rallying around a House bill designed to protect religious people who advocate for traditional marriage — a belief, they say, that is held in increasing contempt.

United Methodist High Court to Consider Challenges to Gay Teachings

Facing a wave of open defiance to church law, the top court of the United Methodist Church is set to consider rulings challenging church teaching on homosexuality.

  • Katherine Burgess |
  • September 26, 2013 |
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The Silence of God

The experience of the silence of God is real. Many of us have felt it. Times when we cry out to God, and there seems to be no answer. We pray, pouring out our hearts, only to hear the words echo back without a reply.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 26, 2013 |
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