Marguerite Barankitse, a Christian humanitarian worker who rescued tens of thousands of children in her orphanages in the wake of the Burundian civil war, has said that forgiveness must be offered to everyone, even to those that killed 60 people in her own extended family.
Barankitse, who in April received the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, a prestigious award commemorating the 1915 Armenian genocide, told The Christian Post in an interview that amidst all the suffering and the atrocities she has witnessed, she has never given up hope in believing in humanity, and insisted that forgiveness is always possible.
Barankitse founded the orphanage Maison Shalom in eastern Burundi in 1993 as the country's devastating civil war was unfolding, sheltering and saving children from both the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups, despite great risks and pressures. more >>
A controversial South African pastor who received backlash last year for feeding his congregants snakes and rats as a test of their faith has contrived a new way of "demonstrating the power of God" — by driving over people with a car.
Pastor Penuel Mnguni of the End Times Disciples Ministries in Soshanguve was featured in a series of photos posted to the ministry's Facebook page, which purport to show the self-proclaimed prophet conducting a "demonstration of power" by driving his car on top of sleeping congregants.
"Congregants witnessed the power of God," the ministry's Facebook post reads. "The man of God prophet Penuel demonstrated the power of God by running over two members of the congregants: He commanded both of the members to sleep followed by moving the car over them." more >>
A Christian woman and the wife of a local Nigerian pastor was stabbed to death by attackers last week, reports say, allegedly because she insulted the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.
AllAfrica reported that the woman, 74-year-old Bridget Abahime, was followed and killed at a market in Kano, following accusations that she had insulted the Islamic faith. Nigeria's police say that two suspects connected to the murder have been arrested, and have deployed further security to the area to prevent the incident from "degenerating into a major security threat."
The Christian Association of Nigeria, which represents followers of Christ who make up nearly half of Nigeria's population, condemned the killing, and questioned why police are not doing more to protect Christians. more >>
Egypt's president has vowed to bring down a Muslim mob that burned Christians' homes earlier this month and stripped a 70-year-old Christian grandmother naked after her son was accused of having an affair with a Muslim woman.
As reported by The Christian Post last week, seven Christians' homes in the Minya governorate of Egypt were torched and ransacked by hundreds of Muslims on May 20 after rumors circulated that a Christian man had romantic relations with a Muslim woman.
Although the man who is the subject of the rumors fled from the community along with his wife and children on May 19, remaining Christians and their family members were left to be persecuted. more >>
An Orthodox Coptic church south of Cairo has reported that seven Christian homes were torched and ransacked by an angry Muslim mob who also humiliated a Christian mother by stripping her naked after her son was allegedly involved in an affair with a Muslim woman.
The Associated Press reported that the attack occurred last week, with the Christian man in question having fled the village in Minya province.
Anba Makarios, Minya's top Christian cleric, explained that the Christian mother was dragged out of her home, was beaten, insulted, and stripped naked on the streets, with the Muslim crowd chanting Allahu Akbar, or "God is great." more >>
The Rev. Canon Mpho Tutu-Van Firth, the daughter of former Cape Town Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has revealed that she is giving up her church license over her decision to marry a woman.
"Because the South African Anglican Church does not recognise our marriage, I can no longer exercise my priestly ministry in South Africa," Tutu-Van Firth said in a statement, according to The Telegraph.
"The bishop of the (Cape Town) diocese was instructed to revoke my licence. I decided that I would give it to him rather than have him take it." more >>