Monthly Archives: July 2015

Promote the common good and give workers a raise, Catholic leaders tell Congress

Washington D.C., Jul 31, 2015 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic leaders are calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage, for the good of low-wage workers and their families.

“An economy thrives only when it is centered on the dignity and well-being of the workers and families in it,” stated a letter to members of Congress from Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami and Sister Donna Markham, OP, president of Catholic Charities USA. Archbishop Wenski chairs the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

The current federal minimum wage is not enough for a father working full-time to …read more



Help from above: Priest in a helicopter exorcises Italian town

Rome, Italy, Jul 31, 2015 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest has performed an aerial exorcism of the Italian seaside town of Castellammare di Stabia in response to a spree of church-targeted thefts and vandalism in the area.

At the urging of a local prayer group, a priest took to a helicopter to perform a minor exorcism over the entire town, according Italian papers.

“If Satan exists, he has taken control of Castellammare di Stabia,” the group said in a statement. “There was nothing left but to try the exorcist.”

Carried out July 9, the exorcism was announced by the …read more



Devotional website heading ‘Back2School’

By Bob Allen

Produced by Passport Inc. with ecumenical partners, the six-week series will focus on “seasons” relevant to the faith lives of students.

By Bob Allen

Students making the transition into a new grade, new school or even a new town can find spiritual guidance beginning Aug. 3 when Back2School returns to the devotional website

Writers for the six-week series are ministers from the Presbyterian Church (USA), Episcopal Church and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, denominational partners with camping ministry Passport Inc. in producing the online daily devotionals since 2006.

A companion six-week Bible study for the Back2School theme of “Seasons” is available for <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" …read more



SBC president declines to second-guess Glorieta sale

By Bob Allen

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Glorieta homeowner Kirk Tompkins issued an open letter July 21 asking SBC President Ronnie Floyd to investigate whether LifeWay Christian Resources acted properly in selling 2,400 acres of mountain property near Santa Fe, N.M., for $1.

By Bob Allen

Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd has turned down an Arkansas couple’s request that he appoint a special committee to investigate whether LifeWay Christian Resources trustees acted improperly in the 2013 sale of Glorieta Conference Center for $1.

In an open letter July 21, Kirk Tompkins, who with his wife, Susie, sued in federal court seeking damages for lost value of their vacation home …read more



California church helps LGBT refugees from Uganda find safety, peace

By Emily Schappacher

Seven refugees from Uganda, escaping persecution for identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, have found themselves in Long Beach, Calif., with little more than the clothes on their backs. Waiting for them with open arms were members of First Congregational Church of Long Beach United Church of Christ.

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