At Least 150 Women Raped in Weekend Raid in Congo

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo — A mob of Rwandan rebels gang-raped at least 150 women last month during a weekend raid on a community of villages in eastern Congo, United Nations and other humanitarian officials said Sunday. The United Nations blamed the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, or F.D.L.R., for the attack. […]

NY man finds prayer balloon sent from Pittsburgh

An upstate New York man says his family has been praying for a Pittsburgh boy after finding a note attached to a balloon that says the child needs a new heart. Chris Kormanyos is building a home in Messena, N.Y., near the Canadian border and about 400 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. He says a green […]

‘Forget the pizza parties,’ Teens tell churches

“Bye-bye church. We’re busy.” That’s the message teens are giving churches today. Only about one in four teens now participate in church youth groups, considered the hallmark of involvement; numbers have been flat since 1999. Other measures of religiosity — prayer, Bible reading and going to church — lag as well, according to Barna Group, […]

Judge rejects demand to censor Christian prayer

A federal judge in New York has rejected a demand from the Americans United for Separation of Church and State that a town board be ordered to change its invocation procedures so that the statements from volunteers on a rotating basis would be more “ecumenical” and “inclusive.” The decision from U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa […]

Hard times for Christian aid groups in Afghanistan

Days after the murder of ten international medical aid workers in Afghanistan, Christian-affiliated humanitarian groups continue to walk a tightrope reaching the weakest of humanity. Another reminder of the difficult balancing took place on Monday, when World Vision was forced to shut down operations in south central Somalia, after their aid workers were accused of […]

For Indonesian Christians, Gatherings Bring Tension

 Sitting in the shade of a tree in an empty lot, the congregants raised their hymn books and, in response, the police, lined up in a ragged cordon, raised their riot shields. Sunday service was starting for the local Batak Christian Protestant Church and, for the third time in three weeks, the local authorities […]