Two brothers, raised Baptist, choose two different faiths as teens

A fascinating read, from The Wall Street Journal: Many people change faiths, but not like Brad and Chad Jones. Identical twins, the brothers grew up in Elkin, N.C., a small town in the Bible Belt, the only children of devout Baptists. As boys, they attended the First Baptist Church of Elkin, studied Scripture, went to [Read More…]

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How a supporter of women’s ordination left the Anglicans and became Catholic

From The Catholic Herald in the UK:   It is always interesting to read the various ways that converts stumble onto the path to Rome. Surely one of the strangest accounts in modern times is that of Dr Una Kroll, whose autobiography, Bread Not Stones, has recently been published by Christian Alternative. Dr Kroll received quite a [Read More…]

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Megachurch pastor stuns congregation by announcing he’s converting to Catholicism

Details:  During his Sunday morning service, Ulf Ekman announced the he and his wife, Birgitta, are converting to Roman Catholicism. Ekman is the founder of Word of Life, a megachurch in Uppsala, Sweden. News reports and blogs coming out of the nation reveal congregation was “partially stunned” after hearing what was packaged as a “special announcement.” The theme was “follow the [Read More…]

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CNBC host: “Do you think this pope is against the capitalist system?”

CNBC host Lawrence Kudlow—a Catholic convert—wonders if Pope Francis is opposed to the free market. Take a look at the clip below. Source. [Read more…]

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Newly ordained married priest: “My new journey is just beginning”

Father George Sanders blesses his wife and children after his ordination. (photo: Bob Ocken, Arkansas Catholic) From Arkansas Catholic:  On his ordination day Aug. 3, Father George Sanders reflected on his journey that got him to Christ the King Church in Little Rock kneeling before Bishop Anthony B. Taylor. As the bishop laid hands on [Read More…]

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Worth a thousand words, Anglican edition

Behold, the 17 new Catholic deacons—soon to be priests—who were once Anglican priests in the UK. They were ordained today for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Ad multos annos! UPDATE: This item crackled across the wire yesterday, with news about the ordinariate in the United States: A former Episcopal priest, Matthew Venuti [Read More…]

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Afghan aid worker to be hanged for converting to Christianity

Shocking but true. Details: An Afghan physiotherapist will be executed within three days for converting to Christianity. Said Musa, 45, has been held for eight months in a Kabul prison were he claims he has been tortured and sexually abused by inmates and guards. Mr Musa, who lost his left leg in a landmine explosion [Read More…]

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Vatican to atheists: let's talk

Well, who’d a thunk? How long until they get their own ordinariate? From the Religion News Service: The Vatican announced a new initiative aimed at promoting dialogue between theists and atheists to be launched with a two-day event this March in Paris. The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture will sponsor a series of seminars on [Read More…]

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Surge: more Anglican priests preparing to convert

And they’ll reportedly be bringing hundreds of the faithful with them. From the BBC: Seven Anglican priests and 300 members of six congregations are to join a new section of the Catholic Church, the Catholic Diocese of Brentwood says. The move involves three parishes in Essex, and three in east London. It is the largest [Read More…]

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