Pope Francis has warned that there will be "catastrophic" consequences for the planet unless global leaders agree on a plan to reduce the use of fossil fuels and tackle climate change.
"'Particular interests,' the pontiff insisted, should not be allowed to prevail over the common good in the fight against global warming and climate change," Crux reported on Francis' words at a U.N. campus in Nairobi, Kenya. "He also took an indirect shot at global warming skeptics, warning against 'manipulating information' to serve someone's 'plans and projects.'"
The Vatican leader's comments come just days ahead of the global climate change meeting that will take place Nov.30-Dec. 11 in Paris, where representatives from 194 countries will attend. more >>
An Egyptian mother of two was brutally murdered by her Muslim family members after she married a Coptic Christian man, converted to Christianity and left her hometown, Egyptian news sites are reporting.
According to Eshhad, an online clearinghouse for religious persecution violations in Egypt, Marwa Ahmed left her home and family in Tamiyyah, Faiyum at the age of 23, to marry a Coptic Christian man and convert to Christianity. The couple then moved to Alexandria where Ahmed gave birth to two children, a son and daughter.
The 26-year-old Ahmed and her husband returned to Tamiyyah this month to visit her husband's family. Eshhad reports that Ahmed's father tried to hide his daughter at her brother's house in Qalubiyah to protect her from her uncle. more >>
A spokesman for the Nigerian government has admitted that the Boko Haram Islamic terror group will not be defeated by the previously set December deadline, and warned citizens that suicide attacks may continue.
Although back in June President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his high hopes that the militants will be driven out of the country by the end of the year, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas of the Center for Crisis Communication has now said that the December deadline "may be unrealistic," The Associated Press reported.
"The timeline on when to stop the insurgents from activating sleeper cells and detonating bombs into soft targets in any part of the country, especially in the front-line states, is therefore not tenable," Anas added, warning citizens that more suicide bombings are likely to come. more >>
Christians in a Kenyan town need police guards to stand by during their worship service for fear that another violent event will hit them.
In April, the extremist group Al Shabab left almost 150 people dead during an attack at the University of Garissa in Kenya. It is worth noting that most of the victims were Christians. Because of the deadly attack, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta placed a bounty worth $217,000 on the head of the Islamist group's leader Mohamed Kuno, the Youth Independent reports.
Now, the interfaith relations in the Kenyan town of Garissa have somehow improved, but Christians in the area still need police guards on standby while they worship. Security officials, some of them Muslims, are present on nearby grounds when there is a church service, according to an AP report cited by CBS News. more >>
Christians in the predominantly Muslim country of Sudan continue to suffer intense persecution, with the government engaging in a systematic destruction of churches, a conservative law group has warned.
The American Center for Law and Justice said Tuesday that its contacts on the ground in Sudan have affirmed that government officials continue to order the destruction of Christian churches, further marginalizing the minority Christian population.
At least three churches were destroyed in October, according to the ACLJ, including the Sudanese Church of Christ building in Omdurman, the Lutheran Church of Sudan building in Karari, and another Lutheran Church of Sudan building in Gadaref, East Sudan. more >>
Pope Francis is set to begin his tour of several African countries on Wednesday, and will be visiting communities torn apart by Islamic militants and Muslim-Christian strife with a message that all people are one human family.
"We are living at a time when religious believers, and persons of goodwill everywhere are called to foster mutual understanding and respect, and to support each other as members of our one human family. For all of us are God's children," Francis said in his pre-trip message. more >>