Although persecuted, Sudan’s Christian population is growing

1. Forced assimilation in the 1980s and 1990s helped spark its decades-long civil war.

2. Yet Sudanese citizens are far more welcoming.

3. In any case, the government announced in 2013 that it would no longer grant licences for the construction of new churches.

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Churches in Philippines ‘go red’ for persecuted Christians

1. Among the notable churches that participated in Red Wednesday apart from the Manila Cathedral were the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran, the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo, The Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag in Pangasinan and the Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace or more commonly known as the EDSA Shrine.

2. The Apostolic Nuncio-Designate to the Philippines Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia presided at the Mass in the Manila Cathedral at 5:30 p. m. The archbishop thanked God for the witness of all the martyrs, starting from the beginning of the Church, like Saint Cecilia, whose feast it was on Nov 22, up to now.

3. The Church in Philippines as a sign of solidarity with the millions of persecuted Christians all over the world, celebrated late afternoon Masses on Wednesday as part of the #RedWednesdayPH campaign.

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Christians must not pay tithes

1. He goes on to state that if that place is too far for them to bring their tithes because the Lord had blessed them with abundance, then they should exchange their tithes for money – bring it to the place and buy whatever their hearts desired, come and eat their tithes, and then share with the orphans, widows, Levites and strangers within their city gates – those who do not have a share in the land.

2. Now, the famous Malachi 3 was never speaking to Christians.

3. God tells His people to bring the tithes to a place He’ll establish His name.

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Conservative Christians need to stamp out clergy wife abuse

1. In its best possible form, those holding to this theological view argue that these gender roles are equally important.

2. Unfortunately, I was not shocked to hear these women’s stories.

3. At the heart of this theology is a problematic understanding of power, particularly God’s power.

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Save Country from Nationalist Forces: Gandhinagar Archbishop Urges Christians

1. : Ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Gandhinagar has written a letter urging members of the Christian community to save the country from “nationalist forces” as he said the “democratic fabric” of the country was at stake, amidst growing “sense of insecurity” among minorities.

2. “The democratic fabric of the country is at stake amidst growing sense of insecurity among the minorities, Other Backward Class (OBC), Backward Class, poor, etc,” he said.

3. In the letter, the Archbishop has also cited examples of how such prayers saved Europe during the victory at Lepanto (referring to the battle of 1571 in which Holy League of Venetian and Spanish empires defeated Ottoman Empire in the Gulf of Patras), and how “protecting hand of our beloved Mother Mary defeated communist governments and dictators in a number of countries”.

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Irish Catholic priest urges Christians to abandon the word Christmas

1. A registered psychologist and author as well as an Oblate priest, O’Donnell saidthe meaning of Christmas had eroded over time and become commercialised.

2. An Irish Catholic priest has called for Christians to stop using the word Christmas because it has been hijacked by “Santa and reindeer”.

3. “We’ve lost Christmas, just like we lost Easter, and should abandon the word completely,” O’Donnell told the Belfast Telegraph.

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A year into Trump’s presidency, Christians are facing a spiritual reckoning

1. Take Alabama state Rep. Ed Henry, who was also Trump’s Alabama campaign co-chairman, and who tried to discredit and deny the women’s stories, saying: “You can’t sit on something like this for 30-something years with a man as in the spotlight as Roy Moore and all of a sudden, three weeks before a senatorial primary, all of a sudden these three or four women are going to talk about something in 1979?

2. ” When white Christians say they did not vote for Trump because of his bigotry but for other reasons, faith leaders of color answer with a damning question: His racial bigotry wasn’t a deal-breaker for you?.

3. All of our church renewal traditions have tried to provide authentic and more life-giving alternatives to the worship of money, sex and power — which can be understood and used in healthy ways when they are not given primacy in one’s life.

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China Tells Christians to Replace Images of Jesus with Communi…

1. Thousands of Christian villagers in China have been told to take down displays of Jesus, crosses, and gospel passages from their homes as part of a government propaganda effort to “transform believers in religion into believers in the party.

2. The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reports that Communist Party of China (CPC) officials visited believers’ homes in Yugan county of Jiangxi province—where about 10 percent of the population is Christian.

3. Before Christians were asked to take down religious displays from their homes, the Yugan church removed its cross, as dozens of churches across Zhejiang and other Christian areas have done in recent years in order to comply with government regulations.

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Roy Moore Relying on Evangelical Christians to Keep Campaign Afloat

1. As allegations of sexual misconduct have mounted against Roy Moore and Republican leaders have urged him to end his run for U. S. Senate in Alabama, Mr. Moore is relying on his most loyal constituency to keep his campaign afloat: evangelical Christians.

2. In just over a week since the allegations surfaced, Mr. Moore has spoken at a Baptist church, held a press conference with half a dozen evangelical pastors who defended him, and called the campaign a “spiritual battle with those who want to silence our message.

3. ” He denies the.

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