To mark Monday's 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, where close to 800,000 people were killed, one survivor working with Operation Christmas Child has shared his personal story of visiting and forgiving the people who murdered his family. He also revealed that the country has experienced remarkable healing and growth in the past couple of decades.
"It was a miracle that God opened up the opportunity for me to meet one of the guys, the guy who killed my uncle, and I was able to share that message of love and forgiveness, and to be able to plant the seeds of hope and love in his life. And [tell him] that Christ also came and died for him, and He loves him just as much as He loves me," Alex Nsengimana shared with The Christian Post.
"It was probably one of the toughest days of my life, but also one of my most freeing days, because I was able to let go and was able to have the peace that only Jesus Christ can offer." more >>
An eyewitness report indicates a Coptic woman was recently attacked by Islamic extremists while delivering medicine to the sick near her church in the suburbs of Cairo, Egypt. The attack is one of many carried out by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood after the toppling of former leader Mohamed Morsi.
Although several Egyptian media outlets did not report on last Friday's violent attack in Ain Shams, a suburb of Cairo, an eyewitness of the gruesome event still managed to relay their story to 90 Minutes, a program of the al-Mehwar satellite network.
One Coptic Christian told the media outlet of the horrific event on Friday, when a mob of Islamic extremists reportedly attacked 25-year-old Mary Sameh George, a Copt who was delivering medicine to an elderly friend near her church when attackers noticed a cross hanging from the rear view mirror in her car. They then reportedly attacked her in her car, eventually pulling her out onto the street where she was stabbed. more >>
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has warned that African Christians will be killed if the Church of England embraces same-sex marriage, noting that decisions by the central body on the controversial issue can have a very big impact abroad.
"I have stood by gravesides in Africa of a group of Christians who had been attacked because of something that had happened in America. We have to listen to that. We have to be aware of the fact," Welby said in an interview, The Guardian reported on Friday.
He added that if the Church of England was to embrace gay marriages "the impact of that on Christians far from here, in South Sudan, Pakistan, Nigeria and other places would be absolutely catastrophic. Everything we say here goes round the world." more >>
A Roman Catholic priest from Kenya is mobilizing churches and believers to tackle the growing slaughter of rhinos and elephants, arguing that humans are supposed to help protect, not destroy, animals and the environment.
"I'm raising awareness that conserving the environment and protecting the animals is also serving God. This is rooted in our doctrines, our scriptures, [our] social teachings," Fr. Dr. Charles Odira, who heads the Commission for Pastoral and Lay Apostolate at the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in an interview with National Geographic.
"Therefore, we're supposed to be stewards, not destroyers. It is from this perspective we're making people understand and take this as divine obligation." more >>
The Nigerian army has been accused of committing crimes against humanity in a recent clash with Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram that left 600 people dead, Amnesty International said in a report, noting that the violence and death toll in the conflict has escalated greatly in 2014.
"The scale of atrocities carried out by Boko Haram is truly shocking, creating a climate of fear and insecurity. But this cannot be used to justify the brutality of the response that is clearly being meted out by the Nigerian security forces," said Netsanet Belay, Research and Advocacy director for Africa at Amnesty International, in a statement Monday.
"The summary killing of these detainees amount to extrajudicial executions and are crimes under international law. These killings follow an entrenched pattern of deaths in custody of detainees held in relation to the situation in the northeast." more >>
Violence in Egypt against Coptic Christians has continued despite the fall of former president Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, with believers still facing abductions and the government seizing their property, the Board of Inquiry in Cairo reported.
The report, according to Fides News Agency, shows that Copts, who make up close to 10 percent of the population, are continuing to face "endemic forms of violence and abuse" in many parts of Egypt, particularly in the governorates of Luxor, Sohag and Aswan.
"The worrying scenario has been reconstructed in detail on the basis of meetings with community representatives, civil society organizations and material provided which witness this phenomena of violence," Fides reported. more >>