In Part One of The Christian Post's interview with Marguerite Barankitse, the Christian humanitarian worker who rescued tens of thousands of children in her Maison Shalom orphanages in the wake of the Burundian civil war, she talked about the importance of forgiveness, even for those who killed 60 of her family members during that conflict. In Part Two, she shares the one thing she wants world leaders to know about her hope for the country's future.
Amid political unrest in Burundi where demonstrators are calling for President Pierre Nkurunziza to step down following mass civilian executions, Barankitse says she has been forced to flee the country to Rwanda where she now lives.
A Muslim mob torched and looted the homes of 80 Christian families in the Al-Beida village in Egypt, looking to punish them for wanting to turn one of the buildings in the village into a church so they can worship.
International Christian Concern, which reports on persecution against Christians around the world, said the violence occurred last Friday.
One witness, Christian resident Mousa Zarif, recalled the events: "On Friday afternoon, following Friday noon prayer, a great deal of fanatic Muslims gathered in the front of the new house of my cousin, Naim Aziz, during its construction because of a rumor spread in the village that this building would be turned into a church." more >>
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 >>