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  • OIC Secretary General Discusses with Pope Francis Terrorism, Rohingya and Quds Issues

    03/19/2018 6:20:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al Othaimeen met with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican today, Friday, 16 March 2018. During the meeting both sides emphasized the importance of interfaith dialogue and raising the voice of wisdom and tolerance to combat extremism and terrorism. The Secretary General emphasized to His Holiness that terrorism has no religion, and that OIC condemns all terrorist acts coming from any religion. Al Othaimeen presented his thanks to the Pope for his stand on the issue of Al Quds and the basic rights of the Muslims...
  • Hungary PM: Europe Under Migrant Invasion – Those Who Don’t Block it at Their Borders Will be Lost

    03/18/2018 5:43:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, said at a massive rally that Europe and Hungary are in the middle of a civilisational struggle. The rally marked the 170th anniversary of anti-Habsburg Revolution of 1848 and was preceded by a large ‘Peace March’. “We are expected to willingly hand over [our country] within a few decades…to foreigners from other continents who don’t speak our language, respect our culture, our laws or way of life, Orban said. According to the Prime Minister, “Hungary and Europe face a mass migration wave which endangers the way of life of their peoples, Europe is under invasion....
  • In Damascus, Rebel Bombardments Have Christians Fear for Their Lives

    03/17/2018 5:39:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 3/12/18 | Staff
    AS THE SYRIAN regime continues to bombard rebel forces in Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus, its opponents are shelling the Syrian capital in return. The Christian district at the eastern edge of the old city has come under fire. We spoke with Father Andrzej Halemba, who is in charge of Middle East projects for our organization, for an update on the situation.What do you know about the situation in Eastern Ghouta?Our organization is in close contact with many bishops in Damascus. One of them is the head of the Melkite Greek Catholic church, Patriarch Joseph Absi. Caritas Syria is on...
  • Report: Turkey Seeks Life Prison Term for US Pastor

    03/17/2018 5:35:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3/13/18 | AP
    Media reports say Turkish prosecutors are seeking life imprisonment for an American pastor who is accused of links to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric blamed for a failed coup attempt in Turkey. The private Dogan news agency said Tuesday that in their indictment, prosecutors in the western Turkish city of Izmir are charging pastor Andrew Brunson with being a member and of leading a terror organization. The indictment would need to be approved by a court before prosecution can begin. Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for more than 20 years, was arrested soon after the July 2016 coup attempt.
  • Attacked by Muslim Mob, Coptic Woman is Still Living a Nightmare

    03/16/2018 5:21:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 3/12/18 | ACN Staff
    HER NIGHTMARE was triggered by false rumors of an affair between her married son and a married Muslim woman. After 50 years of living quietly in the Egyptian village of Kom Lofi—some 180 miles south of Cairo—Souad Thabet, a 70-year-old Coptic woman, became the victim of an angry mob of Muslims out to punish her for her son’s alleged transgression of conservative Muslim mores. Her life would be changed forever. Still trembling with fear and sorrow over the tragedy that befell her and her family, Mrs. Thabet tells her story:“It was Friday, May 20, 2016. After we learned from people...
  • Syrian Trappist Nuns Say Western Powers and Factional Media Fuel War Propaganda

    03/11/2018 5:25:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 3/5/18
    In a written appeal, the religious systematically take apart the version of the conflict touted by governments, NGOs and international news organizations. In Ghouta east, jihadists attack the capital and use civilians as human shields. The Syrian government and people have a duty to defend themselves from external attacks. The conflict alone has undermined the coexistence between Christians and Muslims in the country.Damascus (AsiaNews) - "We, the people who live in Syria, we are really exhausted and exasperated by this global indignation that issues blanket condemnations of people who defend their lives and their land". Because the victims of a...
  • Indonesian Christians Whipped Over Sharia-Banned Child's Play

    03/10/2018 6:38:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/27/18 | AFP
    Banda Aceh (Indonesia) (AFP) - Two Indonesian Christians were publicly flogged in conservative Aceh province Tuesday for playing a children's entertainment game seen as violating Islamic law, as hundreds of onlookers ridiculed them and took pictures. The pair were among five people -- including a couple whipped two dozen times each for showing affection in public -- who were lashed with a rattan stick. Aceh is the only province in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country that imposes sharia law and people can be flogged for a range of offences -- from gambling, to drinking alcohol to having gay sex...
  • Saudi Crown Prince Visits Cairo Coptic Cathedral, Meets Pope

    03/09/2018 6:18:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/5/18
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Coptic Pope Tawadros II at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral on Monday in what state media said was an unprecedented visit by an official from the conservative Muslim kingdom. The visit was part of a three-day stay in Egypt for Prince Mohammed, his first public trip abroad since he became heir apparent last year. He will head for Britain and the United States later this month. Cairo and Riyadh have strengthened ties in recent years and Egypt has received billions of dollars in aid from its rich Gulf Arab ally....
  • Searches Take Place in Islamic Cultural Center in Kiev

    03/08/2018 6:09:02 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/7/18
    Kiev, March 7, Interfax - The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has conducted searches at the premises of a non-governmental organization in Kiev and Poltava due to the possible dissemination of the content promoting violence, the press service of the Kiev prosecutor's office said. "The content containing propaganda of the cult of violence, cruelty, racial, ethnic or religious intolerance or discrimination, which is confirmed by conclusions of expert researches, as well as other literature, an evaluation of which is to be appointed, were seized following searches. About 100 copies in total were seized," the press service said. Searches were conducted as...
  • Catholic Church Attendance Drops to Below 10% in Belgium; Evangelicals, Muslims on the Rise

    03/08/2018 12:01:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/08/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Roman Catholic Church in Belgium has been hit by one of its most dramatic drops in baptisms in decades, a survey has said, with less than 50 percent of children undergoing the ritual last year. Evangelical Focus reported on Wednesday that the survey, which is to be released later this year, was commissioned by the Bishops Conference of Belgium, and confirms that parents have a diminishing interest in traditional relationships with the Church. The decline in baptisms was reportedly highest in Brussels, the nation's capital, which has seen a 32 percent drop since 2010, and it was also significant...
  • An Open Letter to Bishop Bambera, Chairman of the USCCB's Committee for Interreligious Affairs

    03/08/2018 8:46:09 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | February 28, 2018 | William Kilpatrick
    Your Excellency,You are to be commended for your December 29th statement asking Catholics to pray for “our Coptic brethren who are enduring martyrdom for the sake of Christ.” Catholics need to know the extent of the attacks on Christians in the Muslim world. As you point out, there have been 2,000 attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt in just the last three years. These have included several horrific church bombings and the slaughter of 35 Christians who refused to convert to Islam when their buses were ambushed by Islamic gunmen.Deadly anti-Christian attacks have become commonplace in the Muslim world. Catholics need...
  • Hungary’s Prime Minister: We Need More Children and not Migrants

    03/07/2018 5:59:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, visited the town of Bicske on Sunday. The visit was part of his political campaign for the country’s elections next month. Orban spoke to the people of the town and said in a related Facebook message that “children are the most important” and Hungary “needs more children and not migrants”. The people of Bicske were told that if Orban’s Fidesz party can’t form a government with anti-immigration party KDNP, the refugee camp in the town could be reopened. Orban is known for being a hardliner against immigration and is a fierce opponent of the European...
  • Arab Spring Sparked Global Religious Extremism - Russian Security Council

    03/07/2018 5:52:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/7/18
    Moscow, March 7, Interfax - The increase in terrorism around the world is a consequence of the Arab Spring, the Russian Security Council said. "The current sharp rise in religious extremism and the globalization of the terror threat in the world is due to events of the so-called Arab Spring," the council's deputy secretary, Sergey Vakhrukov, said at a meeting of the council's scientific board. Russia calls for the swift resolution of conflicts in Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Afghanistan, he said. The United Nations should devise a mechanism for assessing counterterrorist measures, Vakhrukov said. "We are for the swift completion...
  • Iraqi Hashd al-Sha’abi Fighters Discover Christian Mass Grave Near Mosul

    03/07/2018 5:49:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Press TV ^ | 3/2/18
    Iraqi pro-government fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units have found a mass grave in the country’s northern province of Nineveh containing the bodies of dozens of Christians believed to have been executed by Daesh Takfiri terrorists. An unnamed source from the Syriac Orthodox Church told Arabic-language al-Ghad Press news agency that the volunteer forces, commonly known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi, unearthed the mass grave along with security troops in Halila region near the village of Badush, located some 15 kilometers northwest of Mosul. The source added the mass grave contains the bodies of 40 Christian victims, noting that...
  • Sharia Courts Given Jurisdiction Over Christian Conversion in Malaysia

    03/06/2018 6:31:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Global Christian News ^ | 3/1/18 | Staff Reporter
    Malaysia’s highest court has ruled that Christians converting from Islam cannot change their officially registered religion without permission from a sharia court, effectively leaving converts open to being prosecuted for apostasy. The court ruled against four Christian converts from Sarawak on 27 February 2018, who had requested to be able to remove their Muslim status from their compulsory identity cards. Although the panel of five judges admitted that state Islamic courts did not have formal jurisdiction over conversion, they ruled that it “could be implied” sharia courts could rule on those wishing to convert from Islam. In appealing to a...
  • The Egyptian Government "Legalizes" 53 Churches Built Before the Law on Christian Places of Worship

    03/05/2018 5:38:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - The Egyptian government has provided full legal certificates to 53 churches with annexed service buildings already built before the new law on the construction of Christian buildings of worship passed by the Egyptian Parliament on August 30th 2016. A meeting of the government Commission set up specifically to conduct a census and examine the legalization of church buildings built before 2016 ratified the full compatibility of the 53 "legalizied" places of worship with the parameters defined by the new legal provisions. The Egyptian Premier, Sherif Ismail, in addition to technicians and representatives of the ministries of...
  • A Small Community of Somali Christians Lives Their Faith in Hiding

    03/03/2018 5:03:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 2/28/18
    Mogadishu (Agenzia Fides) - A small community of Somali Christians lives in Mogadishu. There are about thirty elderly people. They live hidden for fear of the reprisals of Islamic fundamentalists. But, they consider their faith as the most precious gift. Fr. Stefano Tollu, military Chaplain of the Italian contingent of Eutm Somalia, the formation and training mission financed by the European Union, managed to get in touch with one of them in recent days. A quick meeting, in order not to arouse suspicion and not to draw too much attention, but very intense and full of human and religious meanings....
  • Scotland Yard Claims “Islamophobic Hate Crime” “Hugely Underreported,” Tells Muslims to Report More

    02/28/2018 5:44:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 2/26/18 | Robert Spencer
    Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer, Scotland Yard’s head of community engagement said: “The Met has seen a steady increase in the reporting of all hate crime, particularly racist and religious hate crime. Despite this rise, hate crime is hugely underreported and no one should suffer in silence.” How does Stringer know that “anti-Muslim hate crime” is “hugely underreported”? For him to know that, such crimes would have to be reported. What he is really doing here is encouraging Muslims to report more “Islamophobic hate crimes”: Scotland Yard wants more, so as to justify the massive resources it is devoting to tracking...
  • How The Russian Church Influenced Putin To Save Christians in Syria

    02/28/2018 5:36:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 2/26/18 | Michael Bateman
    Originally appeared at: Russia Insider"I understood that if the Islamic radicals come to power in Syria, the first ones who would suffer would be the Christians. As already happened in Iraq, where 85% of the Christians were either killed or driven out of the country."At the 1025th anniversary of the conversion of Russia, top leaders in the Orthodox Church requested that Russia save the persecuted Christians in Syria. President Putin quickly answered their request. In the following clip (with transcript below) Patriarch Kirill discusses how these events unfolded and his personal trip to Syria. His Holiness: "Already in 2014, it...
  • Jihadists Threaten Patriarch Kirill and President Putin in New Propaganda Posters

    02/26/2018 4:30:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 2/26/18
    New propaganda posters from the jihadi organization ISIS are taking aim at His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and President Vladimir Putin of Russia in particular, as well as America and London, reports with reference to the SITE Intelligence Group.The new poster against the Russian spiritual and political leaders shows the pair in crosshairs, with the words “BREAK THE CROSS” in English and “soon, very soon” in both Arabic and Russian. The poster has been released on the eve of the March 18th Russian presidential election, and just after ISIS claimed responsibility for the shooting deaths of five Orthodox women just...