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January, 2020


Holy Cross Knights of Columbus Council 2151 served a free pancake breakfast...

Batavia church opens Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

BATAVIA, Ill., Jan. 26, 2020 — Holy Cross Catholic School in Batavia opened Celebrate Catholic Schools Week on Sunday (Jan. 26) with activities for students, parishioners and community members. This year’s theme is Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. Sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association, the celebration showcases the importance, value and contributions of Catholic education to the church and the world. Holy Cross Knights of Columbus Council 2151 served a free pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Donovan Hall. Tabletop displays touted Holy Cross School educational programsRead More

The Matt Erion Dodecaband, a 12-piece Aurora group, will perform a variety of spiritual music from Dixieland to swing to gospel and R&B.

Launching Lent: Aurora Methodists to feature Mardi Gras-style Fat Tuesday Dixieland jazz concert

The Matt Erion Dodecaband, a 12-piece Aurora group

AURORA, Ill., Jan. 31, 2020 — Flowing Forth United Methodist Church in Aurora will stage a fourth annual Mardi Gras-style jazz concert on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 25, to open Lent, 40 days leading to Easter. The public is invited. Admission and parking are free. Flowing Forth UMC meets at Aurora Christian School, 2255 Sullivan Rd. in Aurora. Please enter door 11. The church and school are not affiliated. Rev. Derek Rogers, Flowing Forth pastor, said the event includes a worship service at 7 p.m. followed by the jazz concert. A freewill offeringRead More

Habitat’s fourth annual Faith Build, a partnership of area faith communities.

Fox Valley Habitat breaks ground for Fourth Faith Build

Fatih Build Jan. 18, 2020

MONTGOMERY, Ill., Jan. 24, 2020 — Montgomery-based Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity broke ground Saturday, Jan. 18, at 423 Parker Ave. in Aurora for Habitat’s fourth annual Faith Build, a partnership of area faith communities. To open the program, Habitat CEO Rev. Jeffrey Barrett introduced Don Johnson of Naperville, a Habitat board member, who welcomed guests. Barbara Zegiel of Aurora, a Habitat homeowner and funds coordinator for the nonprofit, gave a prayer. Faith Build construction co-chairs Rick and Brentley Loufek, both of Aurora, briefly reviewed construction plans. Rick Loufek announcedRead More

World Hijab Day takes place on February 1st each year in many countries worldwide

Hesham Shehab: Hijab Day Promotes Muslim Women’s Suppression


While women in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and some Muslim-majority countries are facing imprisonment, torture,  and, sometimes, acid attacks for removing the hijab, a Muslim woman in New York, Nazma Khan, came up with the idea of promoting hijab in the West and founded the annual event, “World Hijab Day,” in 2013. Khan tells her story of being called “Batman” and “ninja” in school for wearing a hijab. She concluded that “the only way to end discrimination is if we ask our fellow sisters to experience hijab themselves.” World Hijab DayRead More

Melissa Rogers, Christianity Today’s Ted Olsen hope for common ground in divided US

by: Adelle M. Banks WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2020 (RNS) — Polarization in American Christianity — and American politics — may be at its highest in recent memory, but experts on the role of faith in public life nevertheless have some hope about ways to address it. Panelists at a Georgetown University discussion on “Christians in American Public Life” suggested on Thursday (Jan. 23) a few remedies even as they held up recent reaction to a Christianity Today editorial as Exhibit A of the divisiveness in the country as President Trump’sRead More

Opinion: Trump woos Catholics on abortion but may lose them on life

Catholics and others march on abortion

by: Paul O’Donnell Jan. 24, 2020 (RNS) — President Trump’s appearance at the annual March for Life in Washington on Friday (Jan. 24) — the first time any president has spoken in person at the event — shows how central the issue of abortion is for his reelection prospects. It also reflects how important Catholic voters will be this fall. The March for Life is officially non-religious, but the most sizable contingent of marchers will be thousands of Catholics from across the country. This year’s march takes place at aRead More

"We command all satanic pregnancies to miscarry right now," she said.

Paula White’s sermon comment about ‘satanic pregnancies’ goes viral

Paula White

by: Bob Smietana Jan. 26, 2020 (RNS) — A video clip featuring presidential adviser Paula White praying about “satanic pregnancies” raised eyebrows on social media on Saturday (Jan. 25). In the video clip, White, who was named special adviser to the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative in November, leads a prayer of protection against spiritual attacks targeting Christians, President Trump and the United States. “We interrupt that which has been deployed to hurt the church in this season. That which has been deployed to hurt this nation, in theRead More

Most Americans (69%) know the Holocaust took place roughly between 1930 and 1950.

Poll: What do Americans know about the Holocaust? Some, not much

Hungarian Jews 1944

by: Yonat Shimron Jan. 22, 2020 (RNS) — A new poll suggests Americans know about the Holocaust, the genocidal campaign against European Jews, but they’re fuzzy on the details. Most Americans (69%) know the Holocaust took place roughly between 1930 and 1950. And they know the Nazis created ghettos where Jews were forced to live (63%). But knowledge declines after that. The new Pew Research Center poll of 10,971 Americans shows that fewer than half of Americans can correctly cite the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust — 6Read More

he Grammy-nominated, chart-topping Christian singer and songwriter's love and loss of Melissa is the focus of the upcoming biopic "I Still Believe."

Love story spotlights Jeremy Camp’s creative muse

Jeremy Camp

by Diana ChandlerNASHVILLE, Jan. 22, 2020 (BP) — Jeremy Camp was driving down California’s Big Bear Mountain, fasting and praying for a breakthrough from pain and grief. Melissa had died only three months after their wedding. Camp sought solace in the mountains, he recalled in an interview with Baptist Press Tuesday (Jan. 21), nearly 20 years later. It was his song “Walk by Faith,” still on a demo that day in 2001, that helped him heal. “I remember saying, ‘I will walk by faith, even when I cannot see, becauseRead More

Terrorists killed Lawan Andimi yesterday (Jan. 20), according to Today.NG...

Boko Haram kidnaps, kills pastor amid renewed attacks

Lawan Andimi

by Diana ChandlerNortheast Nigeria, Jan. 21, 2020 (BP) — Boko Haram insurgents have killed a Nigerian pastor they kidnapped weeks ago, news media said Tuesday (Jan. 21), amid a resurgence in northeast Nigeria of the splintered terrorist group blamed for Christian genocide. Terrorists killed Lawan Andimi yesterday (Jan. 20), according to Today.NG, which described Andimi as a Michika pastor who led a local chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). Andimi died as several Boko Haram attacks signal a resurgence of the group in northeast Nigeria, including an attackRead More