Pro-Palestinian activists disrupt Easter services at NYC cathedral

Activists disrupted an Easter Vigil Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday night to protest the war in Gaza and climate change, according to the New York Police Department and footage posted by the environmentalist group Extinction Rebellion NYC on Sunday. The protesters donned Palestinian Keffiyehs, sang a liturgical round about peace, and brought […]

Pope expels disgraced former bishop, says Belgian church

The pope has expelled from the priesthood a disgraced former Belgian bishop who admitted more than a decade ago to sexually abusing two nephews, the Belgian church said on Thursday. Roger Vangheluwe, 87, resigned as Bishop of Bruges in 2010 after admitting he had abused one nephew for 13 years. A year later, he […]

United Methodist Church bishops call for immediate Gaza ceasefire

The United Methodist Church Council of Bishops has urgently called for “an immediate and permanent cease-fire” in the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. “As bishops of The United Methodist Church, we call for an immediate and permanent cease-fire in the conflict between Hamas and Israel in Gaza and pledge our prayers and […]

Brazilian pastor indicted in Jerusalem over pedophilia allegations

Pastor Tiago Cardozo, a Brazilian citizen, was in Israel as part of his priesthood studies, working within the Convent of the Sisters of Zion. He belonged to the Catholic community under the Monastery of Saint Simeon and Anne, where he was a recognized religious official. Cardozo committed sexual assaults against minors belonging to the […]

Black church bishops call on US to halt aid to Israel amid ‘genocide’

The Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church has called on the United States “to immediately withdraw all funding and support from Israel,” calling Israel’s fight against Hamas in Gaza a “mass genocide.” The statement, released Thursday, came shortly after Israel entered the southern Gaza city of Rafah, where more than […]

Stalin icon damaged in Georgia, woman detained

A court in Georgia has ordered five days’ detention for a woman who defaced a religious icon depicting Soviet leader Josef Stalin, an act which ignited large protests last month in the capital Tbilisi, her lawyers said. The Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association confirmed in an email to Reuters that Natalia Peradze, also known as […]

Uncovering Christian efforts: What’s the price of support during war?

Israelis have been traumatized by the tragic events of Oct. 7. Many organizations abroad, mainly Christian and Jewish, have been donating massively to causes supporting the war effort and traveling to Israel on missions to offer consolation and tangible aid to a grieving nation. Faith-based supporters of Israel have made significant contributions to the […]

Ohio church shows its love for the IDF, Cincinnati Bengals NFL team

Asking people if they have heard of the chant “Who Dey” will likely elicit a blank stare from most. However, if one were to pose the same question to fans of the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals football team, they would smile and knowingly nod their heads. “Who Dey,” to football cognoscenti, is the iconic cheer […]

Spain’s Catholic Church to compensate sexual abuse victims

Spain’s Catholic Church said on Friday it would compensate victims of sexual abuse even in cases that have not been concluded because the offending priest has died, representing a shift from its previous position. In cases where there is no sentence, “we will also pay if the perpetrator is deceased or if there is […]

Jerusalem Christians rally round Armenian Church over land deal

The heads of the Christian Churches in Jerusalem issued a rare joint appeal at the weekend, warning that a contested land deal could erase the centuries-old presence of the Armenian community within the Old City. The ethnic Armenian community has its own district within the ancient city of Jerusalem under borders drawn by Ottoman […]