(CBN News) – WASHINGTON – The nation marked the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday, with millions of Americans participating from coast to coast. But the main event took place in Washington, D.C.
From near and far, people packed the halls of the United States Capitol to “Pray for America,” the motto for this year’s annual observance.
It started 62 years ago and organizers say it now has grown to include more than 42,000 prayer gatherings across the country.
The crowd was filled with familiar faces, like Vonette Bright, James and Shirley Dobson, and the legendary Pat Boone.
Together they prayed for repentance, for blessing, and for our leaders in the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of government – all of which were represented.
(CBN News) – Three friends of Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are being charged in last month’s bombing.
They’re accused of removing evidence, lying to investigators, and obstructing justice in the aftermath of the April 15 attack.
The FBI says two of the three men — Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, both 19 — recognized their college friend, Dzhokhar, from surveillance photos on television. One of the teens sent a text to Tsarnaev asking if he was the bomber.
His response: “LOL.” Then he texted, “Come to my room and take whatever you want.”
According to the FBI, the two friends took a backpack with hollowed out fireworks, and a computer. They then threw them in a dumpster behind their apartment.
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(CBN News) – BOSTON – Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people, injuring 23 others and sending authorities rushing to aid wounded spectators. A senior U.S. intelligence official said two other explosive devices were found nearby.
One runner, a Rhode Island state trooper, said the blasts tore limbs off dozens of people. As smoke rose over the glass-strewn street, bloody spectators were carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners.
There was no immediate word on the motive or who may have launched the attack. Some 27,000 runners took part in the 26.2-mile race, one of the world’s premier marathons.
(ChristianPost.com) – Lawmakers of the Arkansas House of Representatives voted 79-3 on Monday to approve a bill that would allow public schools to teach about the Bible from a nonreligious standpoint.
House Bill 1017, sponsored by Rep. Denny Altes (R-Fort Smith), allows public schools to teach the Bible if they follow certain guidelines, including adding an appropriate amount of academic rigor to the course. Additionally, the bible would be offered as a history or social studies elective course, and must be taught from an academic standpoint as a piece of literature, rather than a form of religious doctrine.
“The State Board of Education shall allow for an elective academic study of the Bible course or courses that consist of a nonsectarian, nonreligious academic study of the Bible and its influence on literature, art, music, culture, and politics to be offered to students in public school districts, if the academic study of the Bible course meets the standards listed in this section,” reads the text of the bill.
(CBN News) – Pope Benedict XVI told church leaders Thursday that the Catholic Church should embrace social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to spread faith to the next generation.
The 85-year-old pontiff said the trend could help the church as it struggles to keep followers and attract new ones in a society of religious apathy, scandals, and competition from other churches.
Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the Vatican’s communications office, cited a 2012 study commissioned by U.S. bishops that found that 53 percent of Americans were unaware of any significant presence of the Catholic Church online.
(CBN News) – TEHRAN, Iran — The Islamic regime is finding itself incapable of reversing the rapid spread of Christianity there.
CBN News Chief International Correspondent Gary Lane visited the country in 2009 for an exclusive look at the Iranian church.
The idea behind the Iranian Revolution was to establish the world’s first modern state governed solely by Islamic law. Ayatollah Khomeini believed a more prosperous society could be created if the Iranian people and their government adhered to tenets of the Koran.
But 30 years on, the revolution is faltering and many Iranians are disillusioned. They’ve taken to the streets to protest a stolen election and government corruption.