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Church Denies Throwing 'COVID-19 Parties' after Teen Congregant Dies from the Virus

Church Denies Throwing ‘COVID-19 Parties’ after Teen Congregant Dies from the Virus

Church Denies Throwing 'COVID-19 Parties' after Teen Congregant Dies from the Virus A church in Fort Myers, Florida says the church did not host a party where a 17-year-old girl attended and later died of COVID-19.Over the past 24 hours, First Assembly of God of Fort Myers has been accused of hosting COVID-19... Read more

Paycheck Protection Program Fund Saved over 665,000 Ministry Jobs

Paycheck Protection Program Fund Saved over 665,000 Ministry Jobs

Paycheck Protection Program Fund Saved over 665,000 Ministry Jobs A new report released last week showed that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) rescued over 665,000 jobs for churches and ministries across the country.The PPP was part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed in March in order to help... Read more

Boris Johnson challenged over 'outrageous' care home comments

Boris Johnson challenged over ‘outrageous’ care home comments

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was strongly criticised for his care home commentsReutersBoris Johnson was wrong to accuse care homes of not following procedures during the coronavirus crisis, Louise Morse, of Pilgrims' Friend Society has said.  The Prime Minister has been under pressure to apologise over his comments earlier this week when he said: "We... Read more

Tour Guides for Vatican Museums Push for New Policies to Prevent Overcrowding following COVID-19

Tour Guides for Vatican Museums Push for New Policies to Prevent Overcrowding following COVID-19 VATICAN CITY (RNS) Being a tour guide at the Vatican Museums is a little bit like going to hell.Livia Galante, an experienced archaeologist and tour guide, described it as a bit like a scene from Dantes Inferno  filled with... Read more

‘God Just Gave Me the Clarity and Said It’s Time’: Kanye West Details Presidential Platform

'God Just Gave Me the Clarity and Said It's Time': Kanye West Details Presidential Platform (RNS)  Kanye West is running for president, and he believes God told him to do it.Thats according to an interview West conducted with Forbes magazine this week, in which he discussed his newly announced bid to win the... Read more

Police Respond to Clash between Black Lives Matter Protesters, Churchgoers in New York

Police Respond to Clash between Black Lives Matter Protesters, Churchgoers in New York Police were called in after a clash on Sunday between Black Lives Matter protesters and churchgoers at a church in Troy, New York.Its unclear why protesters targeted Grace Baptist Church for demonstrations, but activists reportedly harassed church members.According to the... Read more

US Supreme Court upholds religious exemptions from birth control coverage

Sr. Loraine Marie Clare, Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor, speaks outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. on March 23, 2016 shortly after oral arguments in a case where the Catholic order has questioned the constitutionality of several mandates in Obamacare.ReutersThe US Supreme Court has upheld a Trump administration rule... Read more

Collective worship in Scotland can resume from 15 July, says First Minister

(Photo: Unsplash/Aaron Burden)Collective worship can resume in Scottish churches from 15 July, with restrictions, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed. It brings the date forward from 23 July, which was criticised as being too late by The Christian Institute and Tory MSP Murdo Fraser among others. The confirmation came as Sturgeon outlined phase 3 of... Read more

Online confirmation service for Stephen Cottrell as Archbishop of York

Stephen Cottrell was confirmed as Archbishop of York through ZoomStephen Cottrell was today confirmed in his election as the new Archbishop of York in a service that took place online due to coronavirus restrictions. In his welcome, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: "We gather together today during a time of uncertainty when many... Read more

Pro-life SDLP councillor resigns over abortion stance of party

Stephanie QuiqleyA councillor for the Social Democrat and Labour Party (SDLP) has resigned from the party over its stance on abortion. Stephanie Quigley announced on Monday evening that she was quitting the party but would remain a councillor for Causeway Coast and Glens. Ms Quigley, who was preceded by her father Gerry McLaughlin as the... Read more

EU renews Special Envoy for religious freedom after coming under pressure

A worker adjusts the European Union flag at Farmleigh House in Dublin, April 30, 2004.REUTERS/Yves HermanThe European Union has renewed the function of Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU after coming under pressure. "The forthcoming appointment shows our determination to ensure the rights of ALL faiths and... Read more

‘Persecution has not been a victim of coronavirus,’ warns peer on first anniversary of Truro report

(Photo: Unsplash/TuckerGood)The House of Lords has held a symposium to mark a year since the release of the Bishop of Truro's review into persecution. The final report of the review, commissioned by former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, warned of "shocking" levels of persecution, with almost 250 million Christians living in countries where they are subject to high levels... Read more

Closed Kenyan markets leads to human trafficking – Mission Network News

Kenya (MNN) — Efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 have closed public spaces around the world. However, closing markets in Kenya has seen unintended and dark consequences; families are selling their daughters into human trafficking and forced marriages. According to Ed Weaver of Spoken Worldwide, many Kenyan locals are farmers and herdsmen. When markets... Read more

Sammy Tippit on the importance of relationships in digital Church growth – Mission Network News

International (MNN) Following a huge evangelistic event, Sammy Tippit Ministries is diving deeper into digital evangelism, building on the foundation of deep relationships. We have reported previously on the event live-streamed by Sammy Tippit Ministries at the end of May. You can read more about it here. Sammy Tippit says, “This sounds maybe a little... Read more

Desperation and Gospel demand surge in SE Asia – Mission Network News

SE Asia (MNN) — Economies in Southeast Asia are feeling the sting of extended COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions. A new report shows unemployments on the rise, and restrictions negatively affected countries that depend on tourism and exports. Financial instability is one of the factors making people in the region desperate. John Pudaite of Bibles For... Read more

CDC Director, President Trump Push for Schools to Reopen in the Fall

CDC Director, President Trump Push for Schools to Reopen in the Fall President Donald Trump said this week he wants students to head back to the classroom this fall.His announcement comes as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and as many states in the country show increases in cases.Still, according to CBN... Read more

Supreme Court Strikes Blow to Obamacare’s Abortion/Contraceptive Mandate

Supreme Court Strikes Blow to Obamacare's Abortion/Contraceptive Mandate In a key win for religious employers, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration rule that exempts faith-based organizations from the Obama-era abortion/contraceptive mandate.The controversy dates back to the Obama administration and President Obamas chief legislative achievement, the Patient Protection and Affordable... Read more

President Trump Issues Official Notice of Withdrawal from the World Health Organization

President Trump Issues Official Notice of Withdrawal from the World Health Organization President Trump issued a notice to the United Nations this week asserting that the U.S. will be withdrawing from the World Health Organization over the groups response to the coronavirus pandemic and its close ties with China.According to Fox News, on... Read more

Supreme Court Hands Major Victory to Christian Schools in Employment Case

Supreme Court Hands Major Victory to Christian Schools in Employment Case The U.S. Supreme Court handed private religious schools a major victory Wednesday, broadening the so-called ministerial exception and ruling they can hire and fire employees without being governed by anti-discrimination laws.At issue were teachers at two separate Catholic schools who sued after... Read more

Pharrell Williams teams up with Netflix for new show about gospel choirs

Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' is one of the best-selling singles of all time.Pharrell Williams' latest project is a docuseries looking at gospel music and what it takes to create a successful gospel choir.  "Voices of Fire" has been picked up by Netflix and will follow the "Happy" singer's uncle, Bishop Ezekiel Williams, in his search for... Read more

In the Midst of Cancer Treatment, Alex Trebek and Wife Donate Thousands to Open Homeless Shelters

In the Midst of Cancer Treatment, Alex Trebek and Wife Donate Thousands to Open Homeless Shelters Despite cancer threatening his life, Alex Trebek and his wife Jean donated over half a million dollars recently to help open two shelters for the homeless in Los Angeles.Im not one of those people who thinks that... Read more

Terry Crews under Fire for Criticizing Black Lives Matter Movement

Terry Crews under Fire for Criticizing Black Lives Matter Movement Well-known actor, TV host and professing Christian Terry Crews has become a polarizing figure amid rising racial tension in the U.S.Late last month, the 51-year-old Americas Got Talent host was met by widespread backlash on Twitter after he expressed concerns over the Black... Read more

COVID-19 Cases in the U.S. Rise, but Number of Fatalities Fall

COVID-19 Cases in the U.S. Rise, but Number of Fatalities Fall The United States is currently experiencing a rise in reported cases of COVID-19 while also seeing a decrease in the number of deaths. According to COVID tracking data from The New York Times, the 7-day average for new cases is at its... Read more

Lambeth Conference delayed until 2022 over Covid-19 concerns

Justin Welby said that coronavirus was likely to impede logistics and travel for the "foreseeable future".The Lambeth Conference, bringing together bishops from the worldwide Anglican Communion, has been set back two years by Covid-19.  The event had been due to get underway in Canterbury, Kent, at the end of this month, and would have been... Read more

My problem with Netflix

(Photo: Unsplash/Sayan Ghosh)The multi-billion dollar online streaming industry has taken the world by storm. The pioneer startup, now giant, Netflix, has changed the home entertainment industry forever. With some 125 million subscribers, families across the globe feed on Netflix like a 9 year old in a candy store, which is actually right in your living... Read more

Disabled people have suffered terribly during Covid-19: the Church cannot stay silent

(Photo: Unsplash/John Cameron)At the beginning of lockdown I gave some advice and information to people who pastor churches. I said that those with disabilities will be struggling with many things: loss of services due to the Coronavirus Act removing the legal obligation of local authorities to provide necessary care; fear of not receiving active treatment... Read more

JK Rowling, Noam Chomsky, Salman Rushdie sign open letter calling for protection of free speech

(Photo: Unsplash/Roman Kraft)Around 200 writers, academics and journalists have signed an open letter warning that an "intolerant climate" is creating a "stifling atmosphere" in which certain views are being censored. The letter, published in Harper's, has been signed by a number of high profile figures, including Harry Potter author JK Rowling, philosopher Noam Chomsky and novelist... Read more

Netherlands to remove gender from ID cards

(Photo: Pexels/Tim Mossholder)The Dutch government is set to remove gender from ID cards.  The change is due to come into effect five years from now and is partly being made to reduce costs, Dutch news website Trouw reports.  Education minister Ingrid van Engelshoven laid out the plans in a letter to parliament, in which she said... Read more

What would you risk to help persecuted Christians? – Mission Network News

South Korea (MNN) — Time and again, headlines prove the need for believers in free nations to come alongside their oppressed brothers and sisters in Christ. Todays report examines what it takes to stop believers from partnering with persecuted Christians. North Korea is the worlds worst persecutor of Christians. More on that here. Based in... Read more

The new Iranian persecution law no one knows about – Mission Network News

Iran (MNN) — Most of the world has been plunged into a pandemic. In an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, officials all over the world have asked or required locals to stay home. That means that many groups, including local churches, have been forced to meet online. In fact, many ministries do most... Read more