Tag Archives: Christianity

AP Exclusive: Jailed Chinese pastor's US family seeks mercy

BEIJING –  The Rev. John Sanqiang Cao paid no more than three dollars for the trip that would end up costing him his freedom. For years, he and fellow Chinese Christian teachers would cross the river on a narrow bamboo raft from a tree-shrouded bank in southern China into neighboring Myanmar, carrying with them notebooks, pencils and Bibles. The journey ...

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2nd alleged sexual assault victim of ex-Mormon leader

SALT LAKE CITY –  The Mormon church says it is investigating a second accusation of sexual assault against a former missionary leader dating back to the 1980s. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement Friday that it is “committed to bringing accountability for what has occurred” with the 85-year-old Joseph L. Bishop but didn’t say ...

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Christian convert from Iran converting Muslims in Sweden

Annhita Parsan, who fled Iran, has converted hundreds of Muslims in Europe to Christianity.  (Courtesy Annahita Parsan ) From escaping Iran through the mountains as a Muslim refugee, to surviving domestic abuse and imprisonment in a Turkish prison, to carving out a life in Sweden, Annahita Parsan’s story is the stuff of a Hollywood movie. Parsan, a convert from Islam ...

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Pope meets with abuse survivors, weeps with them in Chile

Pope Francis waves to followers on his way to the Apostolic Nunciature in Santiago, Chile, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.) Pope Francis met on Tuesday with survivors of priests who sexually abused them, wept with them and apologized for the “irreparable damage” they suffered, his spokesman said. The pontiff also ...

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Trump celebrates Christmas like most of America, with family

PALM BEACH, Fla. –  President Donald Trump is celebrating Christmas the way millions of Americans do: surrounded by family, the White House said. But unlike most Americans, he released a brief video in which his wife, Melania, joined him to “wish America and the entire world a very Merry Christmas.” The first lady says that at this time of year ...

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APNewsBreak: Mormons perform baptisms on Holocaust victims

SALT LAKE CITY –  Mormons are posthumously baptizing Holocaust victims as well as grandparents of public figures like Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Steven Spielberg, despite church rules intended to restrict the ceremonies to a member’s ancestors, according to a researcher who has spent two decades monitoring the church’s massive genealogical database. The discoveries made by former Mormon Helen Radkey ...

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Firm convictions, uneasiness at churches before Senate race

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –  Alabama’s race for U.S. Senate settled into church for worship on Sunday, with the minister at a historic black congregation calling the race a life-or-death matter for equal rights, conservatives standing by Republican Roy Moore and others feeling unsettled in the middle. Speaking at Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church, where four black girls died in a Ku ...

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Roy Moore stands with homophobic supporters

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –  A smiling Roy Moore stood shoulder to shoulder with his fiercest religious allies. Flanked by a huge sign for Moore’s Senate campaign, one supporter railed against the “LGBT mafia” and “homosexualist gay terrorism.” Another warned that “homosexual sodomy” destroys those who participate in it and the nations that allow it. And still another described same-sex marriage as ...

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