• Man claims to cast out demons with a cell phone

    About 200 aspiring exorcists gathered on Monday for a week-long course in casting out demons – including by cellphone if necessary – amid increased demand for the service among Roman Catholics. Participants, many of them priests, will attend lectures and talks on a range of topics including withcraft in...
  • American Pastor sent back to jail in another country

    An American pastor who has been jailed in Turkey for a year and a half denied all charges against him in an emotional first day in court. Following an attempted coup in Turkey, Andrew Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North Carolina, was arrested as part of a sweeping...
  • The Evangelical Bishop Who Stopped Believing In Hell, Now On Netflix

    About 15 years ago, Carlton Pearson had what you might call a revelation. It occurred to him that ideas that had informed his entire adult life — about heaven and hell, and what it takes to avoid one and enter the other — were just not true. What was...
  • Pope ‘deeply disturbed’ by lack of common response to Syria

    VATICAN CITY –  Pope Francis told the faithful in St. Peter’s Square that he is “deeply disturbed” by the international community’s failure to come up with a common response to the crisis in Syria and other parts of the world. “Despite the tools available to the international community, it...
  • U.S. pastor held in Turkey for his Christian faith, lawyer says

    IZMIR, Turkey (Reuters) – The lawyer for a U.S. pastor who goes on trial in Turkey on Monday over alleged links to a group accused of orchestrating a failed military coup said the preacher had been arrested for his Christian faith.  Ismail Cem Halavurt said pastor Andrew Brunson, detained...
  • Megachurch Pastor Abruptly Retires After Allegations Of Improper Conduct Go Public

    A Chicago-area pastor is stepping down from the leadership of one of America’s largest megachurches after allegations emerged that he engaged in inappropriate behavior with female members of his congregation. The Rev. Bill Hybels, an evangelical pastor who founded Willow Creek Community Church 42 years ago, announced Tuesday that...
  • Ex-Miami Dolphins cheerleader claims she was mocked over Christian values, reports say

    A former Miami Dolphins cheerleader filed a complaint against the team and the NFL on Thursday alleging that she was discriminated against because of her Christian beliefs. Kristan Ware, who spent three seasons as a cheerleader with the Dolphins, said in her complaint that she was held to a...
  • Vatican panel: Bishops should meet on women’s role in church

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s commission of Latin American church leaders is demanding greater decision-making opportunities for women in the church and proposing that Pope Francis call a special meeting of the world’s bishops to discuss women. The Pontifical Commission for Latin America said after its recent plenary...
  • Why this 72-year-old minister helped launch a Spring Hill church

    The leadership at Maury Hills Church thought they would hire a young pastor to lead its new campus in the growing Spring Hill community.  But then Rubel Shelly applied.  The 72-year-old minister’s resume can easily fill four pages with his decades of experience preaching, teaching, leading and writing. The search committee...