Pope Francis yesterday named Francesca Di Giovanni as under-secretary for multi-lateral affairs in the Office of the Secretariat of State in the Vatican. The 27-year-old Italian lawyer is the first woman to hold a management position in this the Vatican’s most important office. She will be responsible for coordinating the Vatican’s relations with the United Nations and other inter-governmental organizations.
According to media reports, scholars and advocates say over the past two to three years, North American Muslims have risen up in an unprecedented movement to openly confront sexual and spiritual abuse committed by Muslim religious leaders. The report quoted one advocate as saying rejecting the abusers would actually show that sexual abuse is not tolerated and that women are valued and do play an important leadership role within Muslim communities.
A new LifeWay Research survey of American Protestant pastors reveals that most of these pastors don’t believe they can speed up Christ’s return by supporting particular international political developments, supposedly mentioned in the Bible. According to the survey, Pentecostals were the most likely to agree with the idea that widespread evangelism will bring about Christ’s return.
The United Methodist bishops and advocacy group leaders who negotiated a recent proposal to split the denomination explained at an event held earlier this week. They reportedly said it is the conservative congregations that would split to form a new “traditionalist” Methodist denomination. A major cause of the impending split is the banning of the ordination and marriage of LGBTQ members. Many LGBTQ members and their allies have vowed to resist the ban and remain within the denomination.
The Christian movie, “Breakthrough” and two other faith-inspired films received Oscar nominations this week.