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.

12-18-2019

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.

12-13-2019

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.

The articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump lie on the clerk's desk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 13, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott

A Democratic-controlled House of Representatives committee approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction against Republican President Donald Trump on Friday, making it almost certain he will become the third American president in history to be impeached.

the Web Editors 12-13-2019

The church paying off people’s debts, Greta, misuses of Romans 13, and more.

The Fairness for All Act, which was introduced Dec. 6 in the House of Representatives and sponsored by Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), pairs nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender Americans with protections for people of faith. It would outlaw discrimination against the LGBTQ community in most areas of public life, while also creating safeguards for a variety of religious organizations and individuals, including marriage counselors, adoption agencies, and schools.

Cara Tabachnick 12-11-2019

Rabat's Medina neighborhood / Photo by JP Keenan

The European Union has pressured Morocco to curb migration in recent years. Since 2014, they have committed to disbursing €232 million for migration-related support. But as funding has increased, so has the violence of law enforcement. Five of the migrants I spoke to referenced personally experiencing police brutality.

Heather Brady 12-11-2019

A picture of the scene the day after an hours-long gun battle with two men around a kosher market in Jersey City, New Jersey, on December 11, 2019. Image courtesy REUTERS/Lloyd Mitchell.

One of the two suspects in a shooting in Jersey City, N.J., on Tuesday had previously posted anti-Semitic messages online and was linked to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) speaks to reporters with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.); House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.); House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.); House Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.); and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) during a news conference to announce artiicles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill. Dec. 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Democrats announced formal charges against President Donald Trump on Tuesday that accuse him of abusing power and obstructing Congress, making him only the third U.S. president in history to face impeachment.

Rachel Sherman 12-09-2019

Call it an American melting pot – or pozole, a traditional Mexican soup, or cioppino, an Italian-American fisherman’s stew – Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx welcomes worshippers from more than a dozen nations.

Photo by Morgan Von Gunten on Unsplash

The Trump administration said on Wednesday it will make it harder for states to keep residents in the U.S. food stamp program in a move that is projected to end benefits for nearly 700,000 people.

Participants enter the U.N. climate change conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain, Dec. 3, 2019. REUTERS/Susana Vera

The past decade is almost certain to be the hottest on record, weather experts warned on Tuesday, painting a bleak picture of vanishing sea ice, devastating heatwaves, and encroaching seas in a report launched at a climate summit in Spain.

Rose Marie Berger 11-30-2019

Pope Francis speaks during a news conference onboard the papal plane on his flight back from a trip to Thailand and Japan, Nov. 26, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli/Pool

Two years after the Vatican State signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (currently ratified by 34 countries), he declared during an in-flight press briefing from Japan to Rome, “Not only their use, but also possessing them: because an accident or the madness of some government leader, one person’s madness can destroy humanity.”

the Web Editors 11-29-2019

Latino evangelical Trumpers, debating health care, Baby Yoda, and more.

Rishika Pardikar 11-27-2019

Iranian women watch the practice session of Iran's national soccer team from behind the railings in 2006. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

In 1981, three years after Iran’s Islamic Revolution, women were banned from entering soccer stadiums in the country.

On October 10, 2019, after 40 years of protest, women in Iran were finally allowed to buy tickets and attend a soccer match. Iran was playing against Cambodia in Azadi Stadium.

Pope Francis receives a flower after giving a speech at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan Nov. 26, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Pool

Pope Francis wrapped up a four-day trip to Japan on Tuesday by turning from the anti-nuclear message that was the backbone of his visit to other key campaigns of his, urging students to defend the earth and show greater compassion.

Aaron E. Sanchez 11-26-2019

Ramiro Peña. Credit: YouTube 

The 2020 Latinos for Trump organization prominently features three Latino evangelical pastors with long ties to Trump.

Image via Reuters/Ann Wang

Some 120 prisoners are currently on death row and two were executed this year. Fifteen were executed in 2018, the highest number for a decade, including 13 former members of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult, who had been convicted of carrying out sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway.