30 Apr 2017
THE SEARCH FOR CHRIST’S FAMILY
The Christian Post states that researchers and religious scholars have reportedly embarked on a "groundbreaking" search to see if any living descendants of Jesus Christ's family can be found. Experts are analyzing the famous Shroud of Turin for DNA samples. And The Daily Mail has reported that scientists will also be investigating the supposed bones of John the Baptist, Jesus' cousin, which were discovered in Bulgaria in 2010.
CHRISTIAN CONVERTS IN EUROPE
New Life reports that Christianity is making a comeback in Europe due to Muslim conversions, according to Matthew Kaemingk, a professor at Fuller Theological Seminar. He says that many parts of Europe are becoming more secular, and in some areas churches are losing congregations. But an increasing number of Muslims, many of them refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are converting to Christianity.
POPE CALLS FOR PEACE AND RECONCILIATION
The Pope made numerous appeals recently to world leaders to make gestures of peace and reconciliation. In his homily at a Mass before 70,000 people in St. Peter's Square, the Pope called for the spirit of hope and mercy to continue. "Let us ask for the grace of never closing the doors of reconciliation and pardon, but rather of knowing how to go beyond evil and differences, opening every possible pathway of hope," he said.
23 Apr 2017
EASTER BACK IN THE HUNT
According to The Christian Post, Christians in the U.K., including Prime Minister Theresa May, spoke out in outrage against the National Trust's decision to remove "Easter" from its egg hunt campaign. The Church of England compared the decision to "spitting on the grave" of John Cadbury, the founder of the chocolate company. The controversy arose after the National Trust presented its new logo for the nation's annual egg hunt for children and families, which initially did not include references to Easter. After the National Trust Twitter account was overloaded with social media messages from angry users asking how to cancel their membership, it then changed the event's name to "Join the Cadbury Egg Hunts this Easter," The Telegraph reported.
THE CASE FOR CHRIST
Author Lee Strobel, a former atheist and journalist who attempted to prove that Jesus did not resurrect from the dead, has told news outlets that nonbelievers who see the upcoming film The Case for Christ will witness real evidence for God.
POPE MENTIONS HIS OWN MORTALITY
The New Zealand Herald reports that Pope Francis urged young people to lead the church's future even as he voiced doubts that he'd be around much longer to see it.
The 80-year-old pope referred to his own mortality twice in the span of a few minutes during a vigil service to rally enthusiasm for the Catholic Church's World Youth Day, to be held in Panama in 2019.
9 Apr 2017
NEW VESSEL FOR YWAM
New Life reports that Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Medical Ships have acquired a new vessel, a 65-metre supply ship for their work in Papua New Guinea. To be renamed the MV YWAM Liberty, the ship will be the fourth to be deployed by the organisation into PNG.
CONVERTS IN ECUADOR
As reported in Inspire Magazine, about a third of the Waodani tribe, who killed five young missionaries in 1956, have been baptised, and meet weekly for Bible study and prayer. Sixty years after MAF pilot Nate Saint and four friends were speared to death in the Ecuadorian rainforest by the Auca Indians – renowned for their violence – the story continues.
CHURCH GROWING IN CUBA
Cuba's churches may still be restricted, but that's not stopping a spiritual revival in the communist nation, according to church leaders. The Council of Churches of Cuba estimates that about 25,000 evangelical and other Protestant houses of worship are flourishing across the country.