May 12, 2015

Americans becoming less Christian, more secular: study

The number of Americans who do not identify with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call “nones” the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday. Christianity ...

May 4, 2015

Scorsese says movie 'Silence' inspired by Catholic upbringing

Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese said Monday his decision to shoot the drama “Silence” — based on a novel by Shusaku Endo — was inspired by his religiously observant childhood, despite the Hollywood heavyweight not typically being known for spiritual outpourings. Lauded for his direction ...

Nations condemn new Islamic State massacre of Christians

Apr 20, 2015

Nations condemn new Islamic State massacre of Christians

The United States on Sunday condemned the “brutal mass murder” of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya after a video released by Islamic State militants purportedly showed their execution. The 29-minute video appears to show militants holding two groups of captives, described in text captions ...

Mar 30, 2015

Russian theater director fired over 'decadent' opera staging

Russia’s culture minister on Sunday fired the director of a Siberian theater whose modern staging of Wagner’s opera “Tannhauser” offended the powerful Russian Orthodox Church. The announcement was made as several thousand people rallied outside the Novosibirsk theater to protest the opera, which they ...

One dead in accident on Scorsese's Japan Christians movie set

Jan 30, 2015

One dead in accident on Scorsese's Japan Christians movie set

One person died and two were injured on Thursday when a ceiling collapsed on the set in Taiwan of Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film “Silence,” a spokeswoman for the production said. The three were working as contractors to reinforce a building on the CMPC Studios ...

'So many tears this Christmas,' says Pope Francis

Dec 26, 2014

'So many tears this Christmas,' says Pope Francis

AFP-JIJI Pope Francis called for an end to “brutal” religious persecution, killings and hostage-taking in the Middle East and Nigeria as well as violence against children in his annual Christmas “urbi et orbi” message. Denouncing conflicts in Ukraine, Libya and elsewhere, and noting last ...