Sandi Villarreal 1-15-2020

'Refugees Welcome' sign at a Protest Rally at the U.S. Supreme Court. June 26, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Jerome460 /

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing an executive order that would allow state and local governments to opt out of the refugee resettlement program.

Gov. Greg Abbott wrote federal officials to opt Texas out of the refugee resettlement program. Photo by Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

The Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops’ statement calling Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to opt out of the federal refugee resettlement program “deeply discouraging and disheartening” brings renewed attention to what has been called a “balancing act between [his] Catholic faith and politics.” Public opinion data suggest Abbott’s position will land very differently with Republican Catholics than it did with the church leaders who were moved to publicly dissent from his decision.

Pope Benedict XVI finishes his last general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican Feb. 27, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo.

Benedict wants his name removed as co-author of a new book on the issue of priestly celibacy. 

Gov. Greg Abbott briefs reporters during a press conference on a Domestic Terrorism Task Force meeting held at the Capitol on Jan. 7.  Photo by Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott informed the U.S. State Department that Texas will not participate in the refugee resettlement program this fiscal year. The decision comes after more than 40 governors, including several Republicans, have said they would opt in to the federal refugee resettlement program. Resettlement agencies needed written consent from states and local governments by Jan. 21. The deadline was imposed in a September executive order by the Trump Administration that requires written consent from states and local entities before they resettle refugees within their boundaries.

the Web Editors 1-10-2020

Rumi, avoiding war with Iran, British royals-at-large, and more.

the Web Editors 1-09-2020

Faith leaders pray with Trump in the Oval Office, September 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The super PAC juxtaposes footage of prominent white evangelical leaders praising the president with derogatory and violent quotes from Trump himself, with the assumed aim of illuminating a religious hypocrisy among Trump-voting Christians.

"A portrait of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, known usually as 'Mevlana' in Turkey." Via Nathan Hughes Hamilton / Flickr

Today, the United States and Iran are two countries on the precipice of war with ruling elites who quote Rumi.

FILE PHOTO: President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in West Palm Beach, Fla., Dec. 21, 2019. REUTERS/Marco Bello/File Photo

President Donald Trump will hold a campaign event in a Miami megachurch on Friday to shore up support from Christian conservatives, after a prominent evangelical publication questioned whether the faithful should support the Republican.

the Web Editors 1-03-2020

The end of white Christian America, ‘The Two Popes,’ fighting winter dread, and more.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands during a bilateral meeting at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Bolsonaro is forming alliances and shaping policies according to conservative evangelical religion. 

A gunman who opened fire in a Texas church, killing one person and leaving another in critical condition, died after parishioners at the Sunday morning service shot him in response, authorities said.

Valentine Iwenwanne 12-27-2019

Lagos, Nigeria / Photo by Namnso Ukpanah on Unsplash

For more than a decade, reform of Nigeria’s congested prisons has stalled, becoming a perennial problem for successive governments. Courts are bogged down with a huge backlog of cases, delaying the delivery of justice. Corruption among judicial officers only makes matters worse inside the prisons.

the Web Editors 12-27-2019

Protests in Modi’s India, Star Wars, prophetic truth in the new year, and more.

Imrul Islam 12-23-2019

People shout slogans during a protest, organised by West Bengal State Jamiat-e-Ulama, an Islamic organisation, against a new citizenship law, in Kolkata, India, Dec. 22, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

The recent protests might have been precipitated by the Citizenship Amendment Act, but they are the culmination of long-held grievances. 

the Web Editors 12-20-2019

Science shows positive results of gratitude, that CT editorial, 25 best books of the decade, and more.

Heather Brady 12-20-2019

Christianity Today, a magazine founded by the late evangelist Billy Graham, published an op-ed Thursday calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office and urging evangelicals not to support him.


President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn as he departs for campaign travel to Michigan, Dec. 18, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Donald Trump on Wednesday became the third U.S. president to be impeached as the House of Representatives formally charged him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in a historic step that will inflame partisan tensions across a deeply divided America.

Pope Francis at the Vatican, June 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/File Photo

Pope Francis on Tuesday announced sweeping changes to the way the Roman Catholic Church deals with cases of sexual abuse of minors, abolishing the rule of "pontifical secrecy" that previously covered them.

Robert Muggah 12-16-2019

Image via Shutterstock/Joa Souza 

Persecution of these Afro-Brazilian religions, whose adherents are largely poor black Brazilians, has been around since at least the 19th century.


A view shows the old city of Bethlehem, which is located in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Image courtesy REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma

Gazan Christians will be granted permits to travel abroad but none will be allowed to go to Israel and the occupied West Bank, home to many sites that are considered holy to Christians.