“The government rejects and bans the teachings of ISIS”

From The Christian Post: The nation with the largest Muslim population in the world has officially banned support for the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is responsible for mass killings of religious minorities in Iraq that has forced the U.S. government to respond with air strikes. Indonesia, whose citizens [Read More...]

Christian film critic says Robin Williams accepted Christ in rehab, but “he was always searching”

Details:  Christian Film and Television Commission Chairman Dr. Ted Baehr recently revealed that late comedian Robin Williams accepted Jesus as his personal Savior during one of his rehab stays. Williams committed suicide on Monday, and many friends and fans are still struggling to come to grips with the immense and sudden loss. Dr. Baehr expressed sadness for Williams’ family, [Read More...]

The Muslims who are condemning ISIS—UPDATED

They are out there—and they are becoming more vocal. From CNEWA’s Rev. Elias Mallon, S.A., Ph.D:  Faced with the unrelenting reports about the sufferings of Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, even Christians who are friendly toward Muslims can be perplexed and ask, “Why aren’t Muslims speaking out against these atrocities?” The answer [Read More...]

Lauren Bacall’s religion

An interesting detail from The New York Times obit on Lauren Bacall: During her romance with [Humphrey] Bogart, she asked him if it mattered to him that she was Jewish. His answer, she later wrote, was “Hell, no — what mattered to him was me, how I thought, how I felt, what kind of person I [Read More...]

Pope to UN: “I place before you the tears, the heartfelt cries of despair of Christians and religious minorities of the beloved land of Iraq”

The Vatican has released a letter from Pope Francis to the Secretary General of the United Nations: The letter condemns the violent persecutions underway in the country, and calls on the international community to act swiftly and decisively to stop the humanitarian disaster currently taking place.  Here is the text of the Holy Father’s letter: [Read More...]

From Iraq: two minutes that will put your world in perspective

It’s real and it’s raw: footage of the rescue of Yazidis in Iraq, via CNN. Details:  The face of 15-year-old Aziza says it all. Her mouth slightly agape, tears stream down her face as she glances around the inside of a helicopter with confusion in her eyes. She looks completely exhausted, overcome with emotion. She [Read More...]

Megachurch pastor writes about why he became Catholic

You probably remember when this story caused a stir a few months back. Now, the story behind the story:  Our conviction that we needed to become Catholics grew slowly, over a number of years, but the actual decision to take this step came rather late. Our question was: how should we communicate it? It could really [Read More...]

Anne Lamott on Robin Williams: “Live stories worth telling!”

Here is what writer Anne Lamott posted on her Facebook page today about Robin Williams: Here is what is true: a third of the people you adore and admire in the world and in your families have severe mental illness and/or addiction. I sure do. I have both. And you still love me. You help hold me [Read More...]

Saints who suffered from depression

With this topic very much in the news today, it seems a good time to remember that even the holiest of people have suffered from periods of despair. One who suffered was St. John Vianney: St. John Vianney, the famous Cure of the tiny French village of Ars, is most popularly known as the holy [Read More...]

Vatican calls on Muslim leaders to condemn Islamic State: “No cause, no religion, can justify such barbarity”

From CNS: The Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbarity” and “unspeakable criminal acts” of Islamic State militants in Iraq, saying a failure to do so would jeopardize the future of interreligious dialogue.“The plight of Christians, Yezidis and other religious and ethnic communities that are numeric minorities in Iraq demands a clear and [Read More...]