1. According to Al Jazeera, at least 1,500 people, mostly Muslim civilians, currently stuck in a Catholic church in the country’s southeast, are growing increasingly desperate, a priest has told Al Jazeera. The displaced people took refuge in the cathedral in the town of Bangassou after fleeing deadly violence in mid-May. Father Alain Blaise Bissialo, the priest at the church, said, “The situation is not safe enough to leave, and so they cannot move from here. There are men who walk around town with guns.” The crisis in Bangassou began between May 13-17 when Anti-balaka, a vigilante militia made up of mostly Christians, launched a series of attacks on Muslims in Tokoyo, a largely Muslim district of Bangassou. Thousands flocked to a nearby mosque to seek refuge. Yet, the mosque was subsequently attacked too, culminating in the killing of the local imam. In an attempt to save civilians at the mosque, the Catholic bishop sent trucks to Tokoyo to transport as many civilians as possible back to the church for their safety.
2. According to the Christian Post, as America celebrates Father’s Day 2017, Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson has issued a reminder that the nation is currently suffering from the dire effects of “fatherlessness” and asserted that Satan would love nothing more than to keep dads from connecting with their children. Watson, a devout Christian and father of five kids who is the author of the recently released The New Dad’s Playbook: Gearing Up for the Biggest Game of Your Life, took to his Facebook page on Sunday to commemorate the day by detailing one experience he had eight years ago in a mall with his firstborn daughter. Watson wrote: “As I sat on a bench, feeding her, a teenage girl walked up to us. She said, ‘You’re a good dad, I never had one. Be true to your daughter.’ As she left I felt the incredible pain in her words as well as the challenge she left me with.” As the negative societal effects of fatherlessness on children has been well documented, Watson explained that “fatherlessness is at an all time high and we as a nation are reaping the consequences.”
3. According to the New York Daily News, a jilted bishop launched a holy war against a Brooklyn church after he got the wrong idea from the worship center’s pastor and musical director about fellowship, a lawsuit says. Gospel artist James Hall said he was just showing Christian love when he helped Pentecostal Bishop Jeffrey Thomas through a recent illness, according to court papers. But the bishop had romance on the brain, and when Hall rejected his advances, Thomas embarked on a scandal campaign against Hall that drew in the musical director’s pastor and their Cypress Hills church, according to the lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. Hall, who has recorded several gospel albums, said Thomas was trying to “destroy me and my career.” Thomas could not be reached for comment. The church leaders are seeking an injunction against Thomas and $15 million in damages.
4. According to the Hill, Senate Republicans are clamoring to hear from Loretta Lynch after former FBI Director James Comey raised concerns about her involvement in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are seizing on Comey’s testimony earlier this month that he was concerned over the former attorney general telling the FBI to refer to the Clinton investigation as a “matter,” which resembled the Clinton campaign line. The move could allow Republicans to attempt to pivot away from the investigation into Russia’s election meddling — which top GOP lawmakers have signaled belongs to the Intelligence Committee — and focus on Lynch, who has long been a target of Republicans.
5. According to CNN, Chris Singleton’s dream of playing major league baseball got a major step closer to becoming reality almost two years to the day after his mother was gunned down in a racially motivated shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina. The World Series champion Chicago Cubs nabbed Singleton in the 19th round of the draft Wednesday. The Charleston Southern University junior center fielder started all 51 games this year, the school says, and was among national leaders with 10 assists. He also stole an impressive 18 bases. Saturday marks two years since Dylann Roof, a self-declared white supremacist, killed Singleton’s mother, the Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton and eight other people inside Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
6. According to Fox News Insider, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick compared police officers to fugitive slave patrolmen after a Minnesota officer was acquitted in the shooting death of a black motorist. Kaepernick tweeted his displeasure with the verdict, with a graphic reading “You can’t ignore your history – always remember who they are.” Between the lines, a police badge is shown side-by-side with a “fugitive slave patrol” badge. Kaepernick wrote, “A system that perpetually condones the killing of people, without consequence, doesn’t need to be revised, it needs to be dismantled.” Fugitive slave patrols were common in the antebellum South, watching for runaway slaves.
7. According to Billboard, the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me landed at No. 3 at the North American box office over the weekend. The film came in ahead expectations with $27.1 million from 2,471 theaters. Pixar and Disney’s Cars 3 dominated the road, opening to an estimated $53.5 million from 4,256 theaters, followed by Wonder Woman, which fell a scant 30 percent in the U.S. to $40.8 million for a domestic sum of $274.6 million. Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films partnered with Lionsgate on All Eyez on Me, which was released on what would have been the late iconic rapper’s 46th birthday. Named after Shakur’s fourth studio album, the film includes over a dozen songs from his music catalog.
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In closing, remember, the good news of God’s love. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
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