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At 94-Years-Old, Former President Jimmy Carter Still Teaches Sunday School at Georgia Church to Crowds of People Who Line Up to Hear Him

Visitors line up early to squeeze into the small sanctuary of Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia.
Headlights piercing the black night, cars arrived one by one, at 1:45 a.m., 2 a.m., 2:11, every few minutes until past dawn, just as they always do when former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church.
On Sunday of Presidents Day weekend, we turned into the parking lot at 2:52 a.m., car No. 20, written on a piece of paper handed over by George Williams, who, as always, is there welcoming each car with a hearty, “Good morning. I’m George. Where y’all from?”
He tugged at his orange Ronald McDonald cap and told us the rules: You can take a cellphone OR a camera inside, no big purses, no knives, no nail clippers. “Thank you for coming.”
George, 75...

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First Cholera Death Confirmed in Cyclone-Hit Mozambique as Over 500 Cases Are Reported

The first death from cholera has been confirmed in the cyclone-hit port city of Beira, with cases of the disease almost doubling in Mozambique in the past 24 hours, health officials say.
Cyclone Idai, which hit on 14 March, caused massive flooding and killed more than 700 people across southern Africa.
More than 500 cases of cholera have since been reported in Beira.
Aid efforts in Mozambique are now focused on containing the disease, with a large vaccination campaign under way.
Some 517 cases of the disease had been reported by Sunday, up from the figure of 271 announced on Saturday, National Director for Medical Assistance Ussene Isse said on public television.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that at least 900,000 vaccine doses would be arriving in the port city this week.
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Why Western Christianity Could Use Some Help from African Christian Leadership

Testimony from former papal nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano claiming that Pope Francis and other senior prelates knew about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual predation has inflamed divisions between USA Catholic liberals and conservatives.

Many liberals have hoped and conservatives feared that Francis is steering the church toward more accommodation of Western individualism especially on sexuality. Others would insist that Francis is not changing core Catholic doctrine but only urging a more pastoral versus dogmatic approach. Vigano recalls Francis telling him: “The Bishops in the United States must not be ideologized! They must be shepherds!”
But much of whatever Francis does is widely interpreted in the West through the prism of debates over sexuality, including his recent revisi...

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WATCH: American Vietnam Veteran Arrested in Uganda After Punching Hotel Workers and Calling Them in ‘Nigger’ While On Christian Missionary Trip

Jimmy Taylor said he launched his rampage due to his mental illness induced by stress, on his social media he previously said he had PTSD and bipolar disorder.
A Vietnam veteran claiming to be a missionary assaulted hotel workers in Uganda in a very ungodly display where he called the employees the n-word and threw punches in the name of ‘Jesus’.
Jimmy L. Taylor’s angry tirade was caught on camera and he was arrested soon afterwards and charged with assault and malicious damage for his attack at the Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala on Thursday.
Video of the 69-year-old’s attack has gone viral displaying the Arizona man, seemingly drunk, jump over the hotel front desk to smash glasses and insult workers, all because he wanted to get his room key.
He told police he is a former marine and is a...

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In Central Africa, Christians Open Church Doors to Shelter Muslims Amid Sectarian Violence

Women proceed with daily life in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) on the St. Peter Claver Cathedral grounds, in the town of Bangassou, Central African Republic, on Oct. 21, 2017. (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)
BANGUI, Central African Republic (RNS) — Hundreds of Muslims are trapped on the grounds of a Roman Catholic cathedral in the southern city of Bangassou, unable to leave the compound for fear of being attacked by a Christian militia.
Muslims have been attacked and murdered in the area around Bangassou, a small market city on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as a nearly five-year-old civil war between the Christian majority and Muslims has divided the southeastern part of the country.
In July, a self-styled Church Defense Group for Christians called on ...

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Nigerian Church Leaders Warn Christians Could Be Killed Off by 2043 If Massacres Continue

Nigerian Christian leaders have warned that if the current rate of massacres continue, with hundreds of believers being killed each month, Africa’s most-populous nation is on the brink of decimating its Christian population by 2043.
The warnings echoed as 86 more people were killed by the largely Muslim Fulani herdsmen in attacks on Christian farmers.
The Punch on Sunday obtained comments by Bosun Emmanuel, the secretary of National Christian Elders Forum, at the recent conference of Catholic Men’s Guild in Lagos, where the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was accused of “openly pursuing an anti-Christian agenda that has resulted in countless murders of Christians all over the nation and destruction of vulnerable Christian communities.”
“Realistically speaking, Christianity i...

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