Vatican City, Dec 31, 2014 / 01:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the year’s end, Pope Francis reflected on Christ’s saving presence within time, cautioning against nostalgia for the slavery of sin, and encouraging gratitude that leads to repentance.
The theme of time was central to Pope Francis’ off-the-cuff homily, delivered during evening Vespers in Saint Peter’s Basilica Dec. 31.
“The significance of time, temporality,” he said, “is the atmosphere of God’s epiphany, that is, of the manifestation of God and his concrete love.”
The evening celebrations were also marked by the chanting of the Te Deum, an ancient prayer of praise …read more
Neighbors allege the conference center was wasting water and draining the aquifer basin that fed their wells — an assertion Glorieta officials deny.
By Ken Camp
After a site visit to Glorieta Conference Center, New Mexico’s state engineer ordered the camp — which Southern Baptists’ LifeWay Christian Resources sold to an independent Christian camping organization — to cease pumping water into its pond and the overflow into Glorieta Creek.
In a Dec. 5 letter, Ramona Martinez, Upper Pecos Basin supervisor in the state water rights division, reported a representative from the state engineer’s office met with Glorieta management regarding the issue after a …read more
The Louisiana Baptist Convention-related school still hasn’t settled on a lead candidate to replace a former president who resigned amid controversy in 2014.
By Bob Allen
Louisiana College trustees updated the school’s whistleblower policy — adding protection against retaliation for reports of malfeasance made in good faith but specifying that accusations that are malicious and knowingly false will be punished — at a year-end meeting Dec. 15-16.
The policy change was one of several enacted at the close of a tumultuous year that included replacement of a controversial president, trustee resignations and probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
A Missouri pastor whose former church drew media attention for supporting him despite charges of child sex abuse may finally get his day in court.
By Bob Allen
The trial of a Missouri Baptist preacher charged with child sexual abuse has been continued until Jan. 16, according to court documents quoted by a local newspaper.
Travis R. Smith, 44, arrested in 2012 on felony charges alleging incidents in 1998, 1999 and 2005, was due to stand trial beginning Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Moniteau County Court. According to the California Democrat, Smith and his lawyer appeared in court Nov. 26 and were assigned …read more