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  • Foreign Citizens Urged to Stay Away from Central Jakarta Ahead of Islamist Rally

    12/01/2016 7:32:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Last month 100,000 people protested over the alleged blasphemy of the city's Christian governorForeign governments are warning citizens in Indonesia to stay away from central Jakarta ahead of a huge rally against the capital’s minority Christian governor. The United States, Japan and Australia issued advisories highlighting the possibility of Friday’s protest turning violent or the risk extremists could stage an attack. A related protest on November 4 drew more than 100,000 people demanding the arrest of Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, who is being prosecuted for blasphemy, a criminal offence in Muslim-majority Indonesia. After nightfall, hard-liners clashed with police, with...
  • Islamist Mob Destroys Christian Homes in Egypt

    12/01/2016 7:27:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/1/16 | Staff Reporter
    Islamists attacked a village after reports that Christians intended to build a churchThe homes and properties of Coptic Christians in Egypt have been attacked by radical Islamists after reports surfaced that a new church was going to be built. According to International Christian Concern, the attacks occurred in the Sohag Governorate in Upper Egypt in the village of Manshiet El-Naghamish. The village is populated by more than 2,000 Christians and the nearest church is more than three miles away. The villagers decided the build a four-storey building to be used as a community centre, nursery and retirement home, prompting suspicions...
  • Slovakia passes law to BAN Islam from being registered as a religion

    SLOVAKIA has passed a law which will effectively ban Islam from gaining official status as a religion, in the latest signs of a growing anti-Muslim sentiment across Europe.
  • Bones of 4th Century Christian Saint Survive ISIS' Destruction of Syrian Church

    11/28/2016 6:27:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 11/28/16 | Stoyan Zamov
    Christians returning home to the Syrian town of Al Qaryatayn have said that even though the Islamic State terror group destroyed the monastery of fourth century saint Mar Elian, his relics survived, and will be restored. In Mar Elian, we have always hoped to welcome everyone. Mar Elian was really a sign of hope for the Syrian people," Father Jacques Mourad, a priest who was previously captured by IS, told Catholic News Agency. Everything changed when I was taken hostage. But we can still build something. We must, however, await the end of this war." Mourad said that Mar Elian...
  • Membership in Catholic, Muslim communities surges in Norway

    11/25/2016 6:44:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 25, 2016 4:45 AM EST
    Norway’s official statistics agency says the country’s Roman Catholic and Muslim communities have added tens of thousands of members in recent years while the state Lutheran Church is declining. Statistics Norway said Friday the number of Catholics has jumped 42 percent since 2012, to 145,000 this year. Membership in Islamic groups rose by 32 percent to 148,000 in the same period. Those figures were not broken down by denomination. …
  • Six Million Christians Emigrated from Middle East Over Past 100 Years – Expert

    11/25/2016 3:28:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Pravmir ^ | 11/25/16
    “The number of Christian emigrants comprised six million people in the past 100 years,” Suheil Farah, Lebanese university professor and a member of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS), was quoted by the IOPS press service as saying. According to his information, the number of Christians on the territory of the Arab world ranges between 12 million and 15 million. Most of them live in Egypt, Sudan and Lebanon (9-12 million). There are 900,000 Christians in Syria, 350,000 in Iraq, between 140,000 and 165,000 in Jordan, 50,000 in Palestine and 120,000 in Israel. “Christians now account for 3.4% of the...
  • Melkite Archbishop Hopes Trump, Acting with Russia, Can Curb Bloodshed in Syria

    11/21/2016 5:18:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    A Syrian Catholic archbishop has said that American president-elect Donald Trump could help bring peace to the country if he can form an agreement with Russia. Archbishop Jean Abdo Arbach, who heads the Melkite Catholic Archdiocese of Homs, said that if foreign involvement in the fighting in Syria can be stopped, “the future of [President Bashar] Al-Assad will be decided by his people.” The archbishop told an interviewer that the situation facing Christians in Syria is disastrous. He reported that “there were 1.5 million Christians in Syrian before the war and now there are only 600,000: less than half.” In...
  • Church in Northern Iraq Reopened After Two Years Under IS Control

    11/21/2016 5:13:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 11/20/16 | Mohammed al-Ramahi and Azad Lashkari
    BASHIQA, Iraq (Reuters) - The bells have rung out after two years of silence in the Mar Korkeis church in the town of Bashiqa, some 15 km (10 miles) north of Mosul, Islamic State's last major city stronghold in Iraq. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters retook the town on Nov. 7, ending two years of rule by the hardline Sunni group which persecuted Christians and other minorities in the Nineveh plains, one of the world's oldest centres of Christianity. Women trilled to celebrate the moment when a new crucifix was erected on the church, replacing one that was broken by the Islamic...
  • Iraq's Displaced Christians 'Will Go Back Home,' But Not Before Their Safety is Assured

    11/18/2016 5:16:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 11/14/16 | Maria Lozano
    We need time for reconstruction--to make these villages livable againNEW YORK—According to a leading Iraqi prelate, the country’s displaced Christians currently stranded in Kurdistan are unlikely to be able to return to their homes on the Nineveh Plane until Mosul is liberated and the region is completely pacified. In an interview with international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Kurdistan, predicted that it won’t be until summer 2017 that the proper conditions will be achieved, including the reconstruction of damaged villages and security guarantees. Meanwhile, an estimated 40,000 Christians will soon...
  • Cardinal Marx Under Fire For Removing Pectoral Cross at Temple Mount

    11/16/2016 6:21:40 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 11/16/16 | Maike Hickson
    In October of 2016, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the head of the German Bishops’ Conference, along with Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, the head of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), together made an official visit to Israel. In spite of the fact that this visit was meant to be an ecumenical event, it turned out, in part, to be something very different. That is to say, the two most prominent representatives of German Christendom – Catholic and Protestant alike – caused a national debate by hiding their own distinctively Christian symbol and Sacred Sign – the Pectoral Cross – while they were...
  • Iraq Christians Tell Tales of Survival in the 'Caliphate'

    11/16/2016 5:40:43 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Ahram Online ^ | 11/15/16 | AFP
    They were threatened, forced to spit on a crucifix or convert to Islam, but a handful of Iraqi Christians miraculously survived more than two years under Islamic State group rule. When the jihadists swept across the Nineveh Plain in northern Iraq in August 2014 and told Christians to convert, pay tax, leave or die, around 120,000 of them fled. Now that Iraqi forces have retaken many of those areas around the city of Mosul, stories are emerging of those who did not get a chance to leave and faced one of the three other options. Ismail Matti was 14 when...
  • Iraqi Catholics Return to Church Ransacked by ISIS

    11/14/2016 5:25:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    A tomb had been desecrated and statue of the Virgin Mary was decapitated at the St Addai Chaldean Catholic churchThere were gasps, followed by tears at a small church in northern Iraq as a group of Christians returned to their parish Sunday to find that everything had been destroyed, including the statue of the Virgin Mary, which ISIS militants had decapitated before they left. A confessional had been turned into a closet, a tomb had been desecrated, red prayer benches were burned. As Fr Thabet Habib recited prayers at the St Addai Chaldean Catholic Church, the sound of broken glass...
  • The Islamization of the British Labour Party

    11/12/2016 3:12:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    LapidoMedia ^ | 11/11/16 | Dr. Paul Stott
    EXPLANATIONS for the disillusionment of working-class voters with the Labour Party are fashionable and numerous: the development of an increasingly post-industrial Britain since the 1980s; the abandonment of working-class concerns within the Labour Party under Blair; through to mass immigration post-1997 and an increasingly atomized society. There is a further explanation: that the left has embraced an Islam whose worldview is anathema to many working-class people in Britain, of any religion or none. If this shift has a defining image, it is one of two pictures from Labour’s campaign in the 2015 Oldham West and Royton by-election. At the Labour...
  • Vatican Bishop Lays Out 'Roadmap' for Dialogue with Islam

    11/08/2016 5:40:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/8/16 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Nov 8, 2016 / 12:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- There is a roadmap for dialogue with Islam, and its three landmarks are peace, justice and education, says a leading bishop on the subject. Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, explained: “on a theological level, differences still remain, and they are known. Beyond any theological difference, however, we take each other’s hand, to build together the common good.” There is a “diverse and rich dialogue with many Islamic institutions,” the bishop told CNA Nov. 4. Bishop Ayuso discussed how the dialogue with Islamic institutions...
  • As Police Close Informal Mosques in Rome, Muslims Say Vow to Pray at the Vatican

    11/08/2016 4:45:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Police in Rome have closed down a number of Islamic centers, citing violation of zoning laws and safety codes. Some Muslims have now vowed that if they are not allowed to pray in their own centers, they will pray in the streets—or at the Vatican. The centers targeted by police are informal mosques, set up in garages or basements, where as many as 300 people may gather on Fridays to worship. The city of Rome has offered to make a gymnasium available for Islamic prayer, but Muslim leaders are cool toward the offer. The Italian daily Il Giornale summarizes the...
  • Alqosh, the Last Christian Town in Iraq, is Here to Stay

    11/06/2016 5:37:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    A view from the Christian town of Alqosh in the Nineveh Plain.For more than two years it lasted, just minutes away from Islamic State-held territory. The Iraqi town of Alqosh (50km north of Mosul) is the only Christian stronghold in the country that survived IS. Looking for signs of hope for the future of Christianity in Iraq? This town, with its four churches, two monasteries and 500 Christian families, is where it can be found. For those who grew up reading the Bible, Alqosh might ring a distant bell. It was the town where Old Testament prophet Nahum, "the Elkoshite",...
  • With Just One Place to Worship, Somalia is a Dangerous Place for Christians

    11/05/2016 6:00:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/25/16 | Mónica Zorita de la Morena
    St. Anthony of Padua parish in Hargeisa, Somalia's sole Catholic church. Credit: Aid to the Church in NeedDjibouti, Djibouti, Oct 25, 2016 / 12:03 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- “Even if work has to be done silently, it is better to be here than not be here.” These are the words of Bishop Giorgio Bertin, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Mogadishu. The prelate, who has been in the region for almost 40 years and is also Bishop of Djibouti, was hinting at the grave risks Christians face in the Horn of Africa. There is only a single...
  • Iraq: Christians Seek Self-Rule Following Liberation of Mosul

    11/05/2016 5:52:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/4/16 | Edwin Mora
    Some members of the Iraqi Christian minority community are seeking to establish an autonomous territory in their historical homeland in northern Iraq’s Nineveh Plain region after the city of Mosul is liberated from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and the jihadist group is defeated, reports Al-Monitor. “We cannot live as we used to live until [ISIS] is eliminated and Mosul is declared liberated,” Dr. Soory Maqdassy, an Iraqi Christian, told the Washington, D.C.-based publication. “We must have an autonomous region in the Nineveh Plain, in the north and south of it.” “Iraq is constructed on Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish components, and...
  • Catholic Governor Faces Massive Islamist Protest Over Koran Remarks [Indonesia]

    11/04/2016 4:30:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Protesters in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta called for the governor to be arrestedTens of thousands of hardline Muslims marched on Friday on the centre of the Indonesian capital to demand the arrest of its minority-Christian governor for alleged blasphemy. Fearing violence, police put on a show of force supported by soldiers and public order officers, while embassies and some shops closed and Jakarta’s normally traffic-clogged streets were nearly empty of cars. The predominantly male demonstrators, most wearing white shirts and skull caps, massed at the Istiqlal mosque for the protest following weekly Friday prayers and marched on the nearby...
  • Does Christianity Have a Future in Europe?

    10/31/2016 9:00:09 AM PDT · by pinochet · 23 replies
    Can European Christianity withstand assaults from radical secularism and Muslim immigration? The current trends suggest that Christianity may vanish from Europe, as happened to Christianity in North Africa in the 7th Century.
  • Watch: Christian Soldiers Erect Cross in Town Once Held by ISIS

    10/29/2016 4:06:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/27/16 | Catherine Harmon
    Church bells ring out in the Iraqi town of Bartella for the first time in years. As Iraqi forces continue their offensive against the ISIS-held city of Mosul, reports and images of the re-capturing of a string of villages and towns outside the city have hit the international media. Video aired on France 24 shows a group of Christian militia fighters from Bartella, a town 13 miles east of Mosul, returning home after having been driven out by ISIS two years ago. Their first actions on entering their village? Erecting a cross, ringing the church bells for the first time...
  • Muslim woman feels “grief and loss” after abortions

    10/28/2016 11:34:27 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    CLINICQUOTES.COM ^ | September 22, 2016 | Sarah Terzo
    From a Muslim woman who regretted her two abortions: “ I didn’t want to have the abortion. My daughter was now three years old and I felt ready for another child. He was absolutely certain that he didn’t want another child. He had two; that was all he wanted. Our relationship was bad. I didn’t want sex; he wanted it..… I played courageous and went and had the abortion. I was trying to save my pride and had the abortion in a very angry state. I didn’t have time to dig too deeply into my feelings. Later on I felt...
  • Is this a Bible prophesy about Trump?

    10/28/2016 7:29:40 PM PDT · by Bellflower · 33 replies
    10/28/2016 | self
    Is this a prophesy about Trump?: Isaiah 14:29 Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent. Isa 14:30 And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy remnant. It speaks about a Palistina that believes a rod that has stood against it has been broken. Could this be The USA under Obama? But,...
  • For Christian Lawmaker, Anti-Alcohol Law "Islamises” Iraq

    10/28/2016 11:17:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    A ban on the sale, importation and production of alcohol is included in a law under pressure from extremist lawmakers. Iraqi Kurdistan will not enforce the law. For Christian leader, the law violates minority rights and is contrary to the Constitution.Baghdad (AsiaNews) – A law adopted by Iraq’s National Assembly banning the sale, importation and production of alcohol in the country "is contrary to the Constitution and citizens’ rights " and is a sign of the Islamisation of Iraq. This is why "we have decided to fight" it and in the coming days “we are going to go court to...
  • Muslims Stage Massive Protest, Chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ Outside Rome’s Colosseum

    10/24/2016 5:54:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/23/16 | Thomas Williams
    Thousands of Muslims gathered in protest outside Rome’s Colosseum Friday after Italian authorities shut down a number of so-called “garage mosques” to avoid young people becoming radicalized. The Muslim community of Rome chose the iconic Colosseum, a worldwide symbol of Christian persecution and martyrdom, to stage their demonstration against the alleged shutting down by police of illegal places of Muslim worship in the city. An imam led the group in chanting “Allahu Akbar,” which means in Arabic “God is great,” as they prostrated themselves on the ground. Many Roman citizens were visibly disturbed by the protest, noting that in its...
  • Permanent Imam Is Appointed at Hagia Sophia

    10/24/2016 5:48:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | 10/21/16 | Philip Chrysopoulos
    The position of Imam at Hagia Sophia that was established in 1936 but remained vacant for years has now been filled, as a permanent Imam has been appointed. “Now out of the four minarets of Hagia Sophia we will be hearing the voice of the Imam five times a day when until now it was only twice a day,” Turkish media reported. According to the decision of the Mufti of Fatih district and the Religious Affairs Service where Hagia Sophia belongs, the new permanent Imam will be responsible for all prayers of the day, Eleftheros Typos newspaper reports. Hagia Sophia,...
  • Muslim Children As Young As Five In Pakistan Are Being Taught To Hate Christians, Says Archbishop

    10/22/2016 5:08:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 10/21/16 | Ruth Gledhill
    Muslim children throughout Pakistan are being indoctrinated with hatred for Christians, a senior Church leader has warned. A rare insight into how the anti-Christian persecutors of tomorrow are being created in Pakistan was provided this week by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Lahore, Archbishop Sebastian Shaw. "A huge problem we face in Pakistan – one that is deeply divisive across many sections of society – is hate material in school text books," he said. "For example, in class one, five-year-olds are given a lesson in which they are told: 'Who am I? I am a Muslim and the other people...
  • Vatican, Al-Azhar to Officially Resume Dialogue

    10/21/2016 5:30:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/21/16 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Oct 21, 2016 / 06:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday, the Vatican announced it will be sending a representative to Egypt to set plans for the official re-launching of dialogue between the Holy See and the Al-Azhar Mosque and adjunct University, marking a seismic step in Catholic-Muslim relations. In an Oct. 21 communique, the Vatican said the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, will be heading back to Cairo for an Oct. 23 meeting with a delegation from Al-Azhar. He will be accompanied by Msgr. Khaled Akasheh, head of the council’s...
  • Iraqi Christians Rejoice Over Liberation of Qaraqosh

    10/20/2016 7:16:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 10/19/16 | Maria Lozano
    NEW YORK (Oct. 19, 2016)—Qaraqosh, a formerly major Christian town on Iraq’s Nineveh Plain has been liberated as part of the campaign to liberate Mosul, Iraq’s largest city. Before ISIS overran the Plane in the summer of 2014, Qaraqosh, which is also knows Baghdida, had a population of 50,000, the great majority of them Christian. The city has 10 churches. All of the inhabitants fled to Kurdish Iraq—and are now beginning to dream of a return to their homes. Speaking from exile in France, Aded, who lost a son and nephew when ISIS attacked the city, said: “Today all the...
  • 743 Christian Refugees Have Been the Victims of Assaults in German Asylum Centers ...

    10/20/2016 4:35:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | October 20, 2016 | Andreas Becker
    (Berlin) The Fund for persecuted Christians Open Doors Germany put together with other aid and human rights organizations report the refugee " Lack of protection of religious minorities in Germany " before. This religiously motivated attacks on 743 Christian refugees are documented and analyzed in German refugee centers. The report quoted German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière with the words: "We have underestimated the importance of religion." The Minister was moved to these words in retrospect on the events of recent months. The consequences of these findings is reflected "especially in the German refugee centers," says Open Doors. Through the...
  • Le Pen Says as French President She Would Ban All Religious Symbols, Including Kippot

    10/19/2016 5:52:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front Party, vowed that if she is elected the country’s president she would ban all public displays of religious symbols and clothing, including kippot. Le Pen made the statement during an interview on Sunday with France’s BFM-TV. She is expected to seek the country’s presidency in 2017. She heads the third-largest party in France. Le Pen is seeking to broaden an existing law, called the headscarf ban, that does not allow conspicuous displays of religious symbols in public schools to include all public areas. She called the ban a struggle against...
  • To Defeat ISIS Stop Doing Business with Saudi Arabia, Says Priest Hostage

    10/18/2016 5:12:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    EWTN Great Britain ^ | 10/18/16 | Berthold Pelster
    HOMS, Syria — Father Jacques Mourad was prior of the Mar Elian Monastery, a pilgrimage center near Al Quaryatayn, about 65 miles southeast of Homs, until he was abducted by Islamic State militants in May 2015. He managed to escape after nearly five months of captivity, yet that August the Islamic State had captured Al Quaryatayn and destroyed the monastery. The city was later liberated by Syrian forces in April 2016. Now based in Europe, Father Mourad spoke Oct. 17 with international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need about the situation in Syria. In early April 2016, Al...
  • Georgetown Battles “Islamophobia” While Christians are Killed

    10/18/2016 5:03:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 10/18/16 | William Kilpatrick
    If Islamization ever comes to America—and it may come quickly depending on the outcome of the November election—certain Catholic individuals and institutions will bear a heavy burden of responsibility. I’m thinking in particular of Georgetown University and its Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU). ACMCU’s Bridge Initiative released a report in September on “American Catholic views of Islam, and the way Islam is discussed in Catholic publications.” The report, “Danger & Dialogue,” is particularly concerned that the way Islam is presented in Catholic media is unduly influenced by Catholic “Islamophobes” who are connected to the “Islamophobia industry.” Now...
  • Closed Catholic Church in Bucks [County, PA] Sold to Muslim Group

    10/18/2016 4:58:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 10/18/16 | Mari A. Schaefer
    A closed Catholic church in Bristol Township has been sold to a Muslim cultural society. The former Immaculate Conception B.V.M. Catholic Church, on Emilie Road, was sold for $1,775,000 last Friday to the United American Muslim Society of Brooklyn, LevittownNow.com reports. The group is the parent corporation for the Turkish American Muslim Cultural Association on Levittown Parkway in Bristol Township, according to the story. The announcement of the sale made during weekend masses was “positively received by parishioners,” Archdiocese of Philadelphia spokesman Ken Gavin told LevittownNow.com.
  • Cairo [Anglican] Bishop Urges Church to be Ready for Martyrdom

    10/15/2016 6:43:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    World Watch Monitor ^ | 10/14/16 | Jayson Casper
    A senior Anglican archbishop from the Global South called for the Church to be “ready to sacrifice their lives for the sake of Christ” in the face of persecution, restrictions, terrorism, and violence carried out in the name of religion. Archbishop Mouneer Anis of Cairo was addressing archbishops and bishops from some of the most difficult places in the world in which to practise the Christian faith: Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Southern Africa, West Africa, Indian Ocean, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and South East Asia. More than 100 delegates also discussed the importance of ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue....
  • The King of Bahrain Donates Land for the Construction of a New Coptic Church

    10/14/2016 5:13:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 10/13/16
    Manama (Agenzia Fides) - Coptic Orthodox priest Royce George, engaged in the pastoral care of the Orthodox Coptic community in Bahrain, has confirmed the donation of land by King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa for the construction of the second Coptic church in the Kingdom. The new building of Christian worship will rise in the capital, Manama, and will become a point of reference for the liturgies and pastoral activities that will involve approximately 1,500 Coptic families resident in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The donation was announced after the meeting which took place in late April between the King of...
  • Pope Francis Invites French Muslim Leaders to Meet in Vatican

    10/11/2016 6:14:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/10/16 | Thomas D. Williams
    Pope Francis will receive a delegation from the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) in the Vatican on November 3, according to French media sources.The five members representing the CFCM include President Anwar Kbibech, the three Vice-Presidents and the Secretary General of the organization, Abdallah Zekri. They will meet with the Pope in a private audience after meeting with the prelate in charge of relations with Islam, French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran. “I am very happy to meet the Pope because he is a man of dialogue and a man of peace,” Adballah Zekri said. A national elected body, the...
  • Since Beginning of Conflict in Syria, Christian Population Decreased by 1 mil - Russian Foreign Min

    10/11/2016 6:05:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/7/16
    ** The number of Christian community in Iraq is a tenth of what it was, falling to 150,000Moscow, October 7, Interfax - The fate of Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East is a source of concern for Moscow. "Historically, Russia has helped and supported fraternal Christians that were harassed and discriminated against and defended their rights and interests, with arms in hand, if need be. Therefore, we are naturally worried about the future of the 2,000-year Christian presence in the Middle East. According to some human rights organisations, in the past seven years the number...
  • Images of Christian Refugees Suffering Hardship in Northern Iraq

    10/08/2016 4:22:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/29/16 | Edward Pentin
    As ISIS invaded their towns and villages in the summer of 2014, tens of thousands of Christians fled to refugee camps, but the longer they remain displaced, the more they want to leave. On average, some 60,000 to 100,000 Christians have left Iraq every year since 2003. Persecuted Christians in northern Iraq continue to suffer great uncertainty and live in poor living conditions after the Islamist group ISIS invaded their towns and villages in 2014. Aware of their brutality, around 100,000 fled their homes in the middle of the night in the summer of that year, and many did so...
  • The Banners of Lepanto

    10/07/2016 6:04:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 10/7/16 | Fr. George Rutler
    A British explorer ship that sank in the Arctic in the 1840s while searching for the Northwest Passage, was located this year on September 3, remarkably intact under the ice. The HMS Terror was one of the ships that attacked Fort McHenry in Baltimore in 1814. Some of the “bombs bursting in air” may have been fired from her. The Star Spangled Banner has attained a secular sacredness and is displayed with due civil reverence in the capital’s National Museum of American History. There were actually two flags, one for inclement weather, but the official one was 30 x 42...
  • New Interview: Cardinal Raymond Burke Says Islam Is A Danger

    10/06/2016 4:59:53 PM PDT · by Petrosius · 4 replies
    PewSitter.com ^ | October 5, 2016 | Andrew Parrish
    The following is a rough translation using Google Translate of an interview of Cardinal Burke which originally appeared in Il Giornale on 10.4.16 An Islam that wants to conquer the world, black flags pointed at Rome, immigration that subverts population majorities, Christians under fire even in the West, no alternative to traditional families, and Vladimir Putin’s conversion are some highlights of Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke’s exclusive interview with the Journal ( watch video ). Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Cardinal from Wisconsin, born in 1948, is...
  • Germany's Finance Minister Presses for a 'German Islam'

    10/04/2016 5:15:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/2/16 | y Caroline Copley
    A veteran ally of Angela Merkel urged Muslims in Germany on Sunday to develop a "German Islam" based on liberalism and tolerance, saying the influx of people seeking refuge, many of them Muslims, is a challenge for mainstream society. Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, stepping out of his usual finance remit, urged tolerance, saying the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants required a better understanding among Germans of what is important to them and how they want to live. Almost 1 million migrants from the Middle East and Africa, came to Germany last year, stoking social tensions and boosting support for...
  • Chaldean Bishops Order Priests Who Fled Iraq to Return Home

    09/30/2016 4:39:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    They said priests who left without permission had to 'regularise their statusChaldean Catholic bishops have said that priests and monks who left their dioceses and monasteries in Iraq without formal permission to emigrate are “raising doubts among [the] faithful”. A statement by 20 bishops urged these priests and monks to “leave their current dioceses [abroad] immediately”. The statement also said the Chaldean Church would proceed with the cause for canonisation of Catholics martyred in Iraq since 2003, including Archbishop Faraj Rahho, Fr Ragheed Kani, four deacons and a nun. The bishops, meeting for their annual synod, pleaded for peace in...
  • Armed Police Patrol Canterbury Cathedral Amid Terrorist Fears

    09/29/2016 6:42:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/29/16 | Staff Reporter
    Security has been increased following the murder of Fr Jacques HamelPolice with guns are patrolling Canterbury Cathedral amid fears about terror attacks. The extra security comes after a series of jihadist attacks across Europe, including the murder of Fr Jacques Hamel. Essex and Kent Police have ordered armed officers to guard potential terrorist targets, including the cathedral, major shopping centres, the port of Dover and London Southend Airport. Photos have emerged of police officers carrying Heckler and Koch G36 assault rifles, Glock 17 semi-auto 9mm pistols and Tasers outside the cathedral. A spokesman for Canterbury Cathedral said: “Having grown used...
  • My journey from Tehran to Rome [WSJ journalist, formerly a Muslim, becomes a Catholic)

    09/29/2016 2:14:54 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 40 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 29 Sep 2016 | Sohrab Ahmari
    'I just sat in the back pews and felt waves of peace wash over me' As a Muslim-born Iranian, I first doubted God, then flirted with Nietzsche and Marxism. But the whisper of conscience kept suggesting that I go to Mass. On July 26, I announced my decision to join the Catholic Church. Hours earlier, a pair of jihadists had attacked a church in France and murdered a priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, while he was celebrating Mass. Two months before that, I had begun studying one-on-one with a priest in London, reading Catholic books and immersing myself in the...
  • Hungarian Government Prepares to Rescue Persecuted Christians

    09/27/2016 7:55:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    World Religion News ^ | 6/26/16 | Corey Barnett
    Hungary aims to aid and defend Christians persecuted by ISIS.Hungary has announced a new initiative to fight forces that discriminate against and persecute Christians. The government has decided that in the light of the recent attacks on Christians, a new department will be set up in Hungary to study these cases and fight radical forces that threaten the lives of innocent Christians. The authorities have indicated that this department will not only take into consideration the attacks that have been happening in the Middle East, but also the disguised forms of discrimination against Christians in Europe. Hungary's Minister for Human...
  • Jordan: Islamic Party Voters Reject Christian Candidates

    09/27/2016 7:42:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    In Jordan's legislative elections, Islamic voters refused to support Christian candidates, reports Archbishop Maroun Lahham, the patriarchal vicar for the Jerusalem patriarchate. Under Jordan's complicated election rules, every party must submit a slate of candidates that includes representatives of various minorities, including Christians. The Islamic parties duly recruited Christian candidates. But the party's supporters did not vote for those candidates, so that none of the Islamic party's winning representatives is a Christian. The Islamic Action Front won 15 of the 130 seats in parliament. Christians won 9 seats. Elections, Archbishop Lahham: all Christian candidates in Islamist lists rejected (Fides)
  • Twenty Churches Destroyed in Aleppo During the War

    09/27/2016 7:30:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/26/16
    Moscow, September 26, Interfax - 20 churches were destroyed in Syrian Aleppo, Deputy Chairman of the Commission for UNESCO of the Russian Federation and the Committee for Russian-Syrian cooperation Alexander Dzasokhov said. "It is a magnificent city in Syria that was famous not only for its renowned architecture and cultural sites, but it was a place where Christian aspect of this long-suffering nation has always been present. It suffers great destructions now. According to the recent data, 20 churches were destroyed there," he said on air The Church and the World TV program on Rossiya-24 channel. Dzasokhov believes the future...
  • Saudi Arabia deports Christians [all Catholics] for celebrating Assumption of Our Lady

    09/27/2016 8:08:36 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 32 replies
    EWTN ^ | September 22, 2016 | Deacon Nick Donelly
    Saudi Arabia has deported 27 Lebanese Maronite Christians, including women and children, for celebrating the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady in their home. Saudi Arabian authorities justified the deportation by claiming the Christians participated in "un-Islamic prayer" and that they possessed the "Gospel". The religious police raided a house in the Aziziyah neighborhood of Al Khafji, in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, and arrested 27 people, including children. The Christians claimed that as the Koran esteemed the Blessed Virgin Mary, their prayers caused no insult. In 2006 the Saudi government gave the undertaking to stop interfering with...
  • Christian Homeland in Iraq: Nineveh Plain Province Is Solution ‘Beyond Genocide’

    09/22/2016 7:26:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/19/16 | Victor Gaetan
    In Defense of Christians Convention Aims to Preserve Christianity in the Middle EastWASHINGTON — “Time is running out for Assyrian Christians,” declared Michigan-resident Nahren Anweya, 34, speaking to the Register at the third annual convention of In Defense of Christians (IDC) held in Washington Sept. 7-9. Born in Iraq, Anweya vividly remembers being slapped in the face by her first-grade teacher in Baghdad, for describing herself as a Christian — signifying the second-class citizenship suffered by the faithful there long before the current crisis. “We are disappearing literally by the week,” she said, estimating the total number of Christians in...