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  • Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Petitions West to ‘Sympathize With Us’

    02/22/2018 5:50:26 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 2/16/18 | Doreen Abi Raad
    Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II remains hopeful that his people can eventually return to the Nineveh Plain.Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch Ignatius Aphrem II celebrates Holy Qurobo Mass over the ruins of the (Syriac Orthodox) Virgin Mary Church in Deir ez-Zour, Syria.Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch Ignatius Aphrem II became patriarch in 2014 as Syria was in the throes of war. Several months later, Syriac Orthodox were among the 100,000 Christians driven out by the Islamic State from the Nineveh Plain in Iraq. A native of Qamishly, Syria, the 53-year-old patriarch previously served as archbishop and patriarchal vicar of the Archdiocese...
  • ISIS Claims Responsibility for Dagestan Church Shooting

    02/21/2018 6:13:46 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Pravoslavie ^ | 2/20/18
    ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deadly shooting that took place on Sunday at the Cathedral of St. George in Kizlyar, Dagestan, Russia. A young man opened fire on parishioners exiting the church on Sunday, leaving five women dead, two more parishioners wounded, and two security guards wounded. Four of the women died instantly, while the fifth later died in the hospital. The parish had just served the Rite of Forgiveness in which everyone asks for and offers forgiveness for all their sins against one another, thus entering the Great Fast, and for these victims, eternity, with pure hearts. The...
  • Chaldean Archbishop: Time to be ‘Honest’ in Dialogue with Muslims

    02/20/2018 6:40:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic Philly ^ | 2/16/18 | Mark Pattison
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — If Christians in the Middle East are going to be “honest” with their Muslim dialogue partners, said Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil, Iraq, Muslims will have to acknowledge that the persecution of Christians in the region did not start with the Islamic State’s rise to power in 2014. “We experienced this not for the last four years, but 1,400 years,” Archbishop Warda said during a Feb. 15 speech at Georgetown University in Washington, sponsored by the Religious Freedom Research Project of the university’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. Christians are partly to blame,...
  • Nigeria: In the Face of Ongoing Islamist Attacks, the Faith is Growing

    02/19/2018 5:29:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    THE NIGERIAN government has begun to regain control over areas that had been occupied by Islamist terror organization Boko Haram; yet, attacks on Christians and their communities continue to take place regularly, particularly in the northeastern part of the country. Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso of Kaduna, last fall visited his former Diocese of Maiduguri, which was not long ago still the heart of Boko Haram territory. Just days after his visit, an attack left numerous dead and wounded. “Attacks such as these make our day-to-day lives very uncertain,” the archbishop told us. Boko Haram may be diminished, but its reign...
  • Dagestan, ISIS Attacks an Orthodox Church, Killing Five Women

    02/19/2018 5:17:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 2/19/18
    The attack carried out by a 22 year-old. Faithful targeted at the end of the Maslenitsa festival. Dagestan is a Muslim majority republic. In 2015 ISIS created the "Caucasian province" of the fundamentalist group.Moscow (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Five women have been killed in an attack by militants of the Islamic State in Russia. Yesterday afternoon, at the end of the Sunday service, an attacker armed with a shotgun opened fire on the faithful coming out of the Orthodox Church of Kizlyar, in the predominantly Islamic Caucasian Republic of Dagestan. The spokesman of the Orthodox Patriarch Kirill condemned the attack,...
  • Macy's decision to sell hijabs sparks debate among Muslim wome

    02/18/2018 11:05:56 AM PST · by Morgana · 35 replies
    cnn ^ | Feb 17, 2018 | Katy Scott CNN
    (CNN)American department store Macy's sparked a fierce debate on Thursday, when it launched a line of "modest clothing" that featured hijabs. The Verona Collection was founded by fashion photographer Lisa Vogl, after she converted to Islam in 2011, and struggled to find modest, fashionable clothing. The brand stands for "women's empowerment and taking pride in one's Muslim identity," according to its website. Macy's decision to stock Vogl's line came after US retailer Nike released a "Pro Hijab" for Muslim athletes, and fashion brand American Eagle's limited-edition denim hijab, which sold out.
  • Decree Provides for Restitution of 30 Ecclesiastical Assets to Syriac Orthodox Church [Turkey]

    02/17/2018 4:59:06 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 2/13/18
    Mardin (Agenzia Fides) - A decree has ordered the full restitution of ecclesiastical assets scattered in the Mardin region to the Syriac Orthodox Church and that in 2017 had been placed under the control of Turkish public institutions. The attorney of the Foundation of the Monastery of Mor Gabriel, announced that the matter was the subject of a decree. 30 ecclesiastical assets will be returned to the foundations and to the organisms linked to the Syriac-Orthodox Church which previously belonged to them. Among the assets that will definitively be returned to the control of the Syriac Orthodox Church there are...
  • [Muslim] Russian Governor Calls Upon Nation to Find its Unity in Christ

    02/16/2018 5:34:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 2/13/18
    In a recent public presentation, Amangeldy Gumirovich “Aman” Tuleyev, the governor of the Kemerovo Province in Russia, called upon the Russian nation and people to find unity in these troubling times, and to find it specifically in the Person and teachings of Jesus Christ, as seen in a newscast from The Kemerovo Province sits 2,100 miles to the east of Moscow. Governor Tuleyev, who invoked Christ in his recent talk, won the governorship in 1997 with 95% of the votes, and was re-elected in 2015 with 96.9% of the votes, which is the all-time high for Russia. “It’s a...
  • 16,000 Christians Dead in Less Than 3 Years: Report Reveals Extent of Violence in Nigeria

    02/15/2018 6:15:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 2/12/18 | Stoyan Zaimov
    U.S. President Donald Trump and his counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, have been told that at least 16,000 Christians have been killed in Nigeria since June 2015, many of them victims of radical Islamic violence. The International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law submitted a petition to Buhari last week, where the civil society organization urged the president to "wake up from [his] slumber" and protect the millions of endangered Christians in Nigeria. The "Christians at Crossroads in Nigeria" letter, shared online by, said that 16,000 people, mostly Christians, have been killed since Buhari took office...
  • Possible Next PM of Italy Wants to Close Mosques and Says Islam is Incompatible with Italian Values

    02/14/2018 6:05:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Leader of Italy’s eurosceptic party Lega, Matteo Salvini, heavily criticised Islam in an interview. Salvini said that Islam sees women as inferior and is a law instead of a religion. As a law it is incompatible with Italian values, he said. Asked about mosques, Salvini said he could shut down illegal mosques. Salvini could become Italy’s next Prime Minister as he takes part in a popular centre-right bloc in Italy’s elections. In several regions he already leads the polls and his support is growing.
  • Mosul, Iraq: ‘I Cannot Believe My Eyes When I See What ISIS Has Done to My Church’

    02/09/2018 4:37:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 2/6/18 | ACN Staff
    LEMONS, GRAPEFRUITS, oranges and figs grow in abundance in the three gardens of Nadia Younis Butti’s house in Mosul, the house her parents built from scratch. She used to enjoy the lush trees and alluring fruits, sitting in her rocking chair near the flourishing, scented bushes. On July 17, 2014, however, Nadia had to leave Mosul, because ISIS had captured Iraq’s second-largest city. “With pain in my heart I left,” she says. ISIS has been ousted from Mosul and Nadia, who belongs to the Assyrian Church, recently returned to visit the city of her birth. “It is still extremely dangerous...
  • Egypt: the Construction Site of the Largest Cathedral in the Middle East, “Symbol of Coexistence”

    02/03/2018 6:56:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The largest Christian cathedral in the Middle East is being erected 40 km from Cairo on the decision of Egyptian president al Sisi, as a “symbol of coexistence”. On three shifts, 3000 men work in the construction site 24 hours a day. A first part of the complex was inaugurated on Christmas eve, celebrated by Coptic Christians January 6-7. Now it’s a race against time to complete it by next Christmas. Everyone is at work, Christian and Muslim engineers, with the support of the military. SIR visited the site. It’s still a building site but once finished it will be...
  • Can the [Catholic] Church Recover Its defensive Fighting Spirit against militant Islam?

    02/03/2018 7:58:04 AM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    The Islamic world is waging—and winning—a war on Judeo-Christian civilization. With 1.3 billion Catholics worldwide, the Catholic Church is potentially one of the most powerful centers of resistance to Islam. It certainly has been in the past. Unfortunately, that’s not the case today. What are those 1.3 billion Catholics doing in regard to the struggle with Islam? Well, essentially, very little. Many of them are just standing on the sidelines. Why is that? The chief reason is that Catholics are receiving little guidance about Islam from their leaders. And what little information they receive is misleading. The hierarchy is still...
  • Anti-Immigration and Islamisation Candidate Wins Czech Presidential Election

    01/31/2018 5:44:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Czech President Miloš Zeman has won a second five-year term in office, following a tight run-off vote against his rival Jiri Drahos. According to the Czech Statistics Office, Zeman received 51.8% of the votes and his rival 48.2%. Zeman is a strong opponent of immigration and said earlier that refugees don’t integrate, because their culture is incompatible with European culture. About Islam he said: “I think we can coexist with Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto, Confucianism, but we cannot coexist with Islam. It has anchored in its sacred texts that it must rule the world and have unbelievers submit.”In an interview earlier...
  • Far-right AfD member converted to Islam in protest at church's gay marriage stance [Germany]

    01/31/2018 2:59:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies ^ | 31 January 2018 09:03 CET+01:00 | AFP
    A member of Germany’s far-right and anti-Muslim Alternative for Germany party (AfD) who recently converted to Islam has said he did so in protest at what he sees as the “moral decline” of the Protestant church. Arthur Wagner, 48, until recently a leading party member in the state of Brandenburg, told the Bild newspaper on Wednesday that his decision was in part sparked by the church’s acceptance of same-sex marriage and the presence of priests at gay pride marches. “One of the reasons (for the conversion) is tied to changes that have taken place in the church, which no longer...
  • I Am a Palestinian Evangelical and I Am Not Ashamed

    01/30/2018 10:26:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/30/2018 | By Rev. Dr. Jack Y. Sara
    Why do I say that I am an unashamed Palestinian Evangelical? Because there are those who would try to put shame upon me for either of these identities, whether by demeaning the word "Palestinian" or the word "Evangelical." In this article, as with others, I will attempt to examine both parts of our identity as Christian Palestinian Evangelicals. As always, I want to build bridges of understanding between my community and my brothers and sisters in other parts of the world. And spoiler alert – I am also going to invite you to join us at our upcoming Christ at...
  • Islamic State Attacks Save the Children Charity in Afghanistan

    01/27/2018 6:33:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/24/18 | Sayed Salahuddin
    KABUL — Islamic State gunmen stormed the offices of a British charity in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday morning, killing three people and wounding at least 20, officials said. The attack came as the country was still reeling from an even deadlier assault on an international hotel in Kabul on Saturday night that left at least 22 people dead. The toll could have been much higher in the course of the nine-hour gun battle between the militants and soldiers, but it appears that staff of the Save the Children charity were able to hide in a “safe...
  • The Catholic Church's Attitude of Dhimmitude Toward Islam

    01/27/2018 4:33:38 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | January 26, 2018 | Joseph D'Hippolito
    Magdi Allam, an Egyptian expatriate who fights Islamism in Europe, wrote in Milan’s Il Giornale that he was leaving “because this Church is too weak against Islam.”Allam is right.Five centuries after the Battle of Lepanto, Catholic leadership exemplifies dhimmitude. Catholic leaders appease Islam by sacrificing both the victims of violent persecution and the Church's moral credibility on the altar of ecumenical dialogue with an ostensibly Abrahamic religion.The Church's approach reflects the ideas of French-Catholic scholar Louis Massignon, who became involved with archeological and diplomatic ventures in North Africa and the Middle East during the early 20th Century. As chairman of the Department of...
  • Muslim Teacher's Bizarre Religious Rant, Behavior Under Investigation After Cops Called to Classroom

    01/21/2018 5:37:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/18/18 | Lucia I. Suarez Sang
    A community college professor in Texas frightened several of his students when he walked into class Tuesday night with his face covered and incoherently mumbled about the Koran, the moon and the dark night. Students attending a lecture at Tarrant County College called the police after adjunct professor Daniel Mashburn walked into his astronomy class and started acting out of character. Students told FOX4 that Mashburn walked in about 20 minutes late and promptly turned off the lights. He was wearing a baseball hat, a beanie, a scarf over his face and gloves. “The kid next to me had said...
  • Egypt: Sinai Militants Pledge to ‘Kill More Copts’ After Murdering Man Over Cross Tattoo

    01/21/2018 5:29:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Militants belonging to the ‘State of Sinai’ group in Egypt have promised to “kill more Copts” after murdering a 27-year-old Coptic man because of the tattoo of a cross on his wrist. Bassem Herz Attalhah, also known as Haythem Shehata, was on his way home from work in El-Arish, capital of North Sinai governorate, on Saturday evening (13 January), with his brother Osama and neighbour and friend Mohamed, when they were stopped by three armed men, aged between 23 and 25. “We thought they were policemen because they weren’t masked… They were wearing black jackets,” Osama, 38, told World Watch...