Controversy
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Bad connections?

Evangelicalism | A Russian spy drama entangles the National Prayer Breakfast, revealing both weaknesses and strengths of the prayer breakfast movement
by Emily Belz
Posted 7/30/18, 04:24 pm

Top Russian government official Alexander Torshin is a longtime attendee of the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., with close ties to the breakfast’s associated organization, the Fellowship. The breakfast is a gathering of thousands of political and ministry leaders from the United States and all over the world, and the U.S. president has attended every year since 1953.

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Palace coup

International | With migration vote against U.S. pick, Europe grips the helm of global agencies
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/18/18, 11:54 am

In some ways it’s no surprise the international community rejected Ken Isaacs, the Samaritan’s Purse vice president and Trump nominee to lead the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The Washington Post and others ran a steady campaign against Isaacs after digging up several of his tweets deemed anti-Muslim. 

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Vatican official to stand trial on abuse charges

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/01/18, 11:01 am

An Australian judge ruled Tuesday that Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s head budget officer, must stand trial for sexual abuse charges. After four weeks of closed preliminary hearings, Magistrate Belinda Wallington dismissed about half of the charges against Pell but said the remainder had sufficient evidence to present to a jury. Pell’s high-profile career spanned decades in Australia, culminating in a 13-year stint as archbishop of Sydney before his promotion to the Vatican in 2014. Pope Francis allowed Pell a leave of absence last year to return to Australia to defend himself.

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