Brigadier General Abbas Ibrahim, Lebanese General Security Chief, has revealed that he has received information concerning the location of the two kidnapped Syrian bishops Bolous Yazigi and Youhanna Ibrahim, who were abducted on April 22.
According to the Lebanese National News Agency (NNA), Ibrahim refused to set a time to secure their release insisting it was early in the negotiating process.
"We are now indirectly communicating with the kidnappers. This is a crucial point upon which we can build so as to reach conclusions." more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini is in great danger after he was abruptly transferred from Evin Prison in Tehran to Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj where he will be held in a ward with violent criminals, the American Center for Law and Justice revealed, urging President Barack Obama to take immediate diplomatic action to save his life.
"This new and extremely dangerous development requires the full attention and focus of President Obama. He must speak out now – directly and forcefully – to save Pastor Saeed's life. Pastor Saeed's life is in grave danger," the ACLJ, which represents his wife and two children in the U.S., said in a statement on Monday.
Abedini, a U.S. citizen who was arrested over a year ago and sentenced to eight years in prison because of his Christian faith, had been serving his time in Evin Prison, with other political prisoners. An international campaign calling for his release has also been backed by Obama, who previously spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the issue. more >>
More than 30 bodies of Christian civilians have been uncovered in mass graves in the Syrian city of Sadad, which was destroyed in an attack by Islamic militants, with the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop describing the incident as "the most serious and biggest massacre" of Christians in the past two years and a half.
A total of 45 Christians were reported to have been killed in the small town halfway between Homs and Damascus, after Islamist militants apparently invaded on Oct. 21. Fides News Agency reported that representatives of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate and relatives of the victims found the mass graves when they returned home, and later provided a proper burial for their dead relatives and friends.
"45 innocent civilians were martyred for no reason, and among them several women and children, many thrown into mass graves. Other civilians were threatened and terrorized. 30 were wounded and 10 are still missing," explained Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama. more >>
Syrian refugee children in Za'atari, Jordan, had painful words to share about the state of their country with World Vision President Richard Stearns last month.
Stearns, who was surveying the needs of the half-a-mile by half-a-mile, 120,000-person camp, met with several of the camp's thousands of children, two of whom had prepared a message for him.
Crammed into the confines of a two-bedroom apartment that "multiple families" call home, nine-year-old Rahma and 11-year-old Haya shared their grief over their homeland with Stearns. more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini has revealed that he and fellow prisoners in Tehran are waiting on Iran to follow through with promises to start releasing thousands of prisoners of conscience, which so far has not happened.
"In recent weeks, hopes had been high that Iran was preparing to do the right thing and release Pastor Saeed and other prisoners of conscious as part of a good faith showing under newly elected president Hassan Rouhani," said a statement by the American Center for Law and Justice, which is representing Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, and their two children in the U.S.
The Iranian-American pastor has been imprisoned in Evin Prison in Tehran for more than a year, serving an 8-year sentence. The ACLJ has said that the pastor is being punished for his Christian faith – a fate that a number of other prisoners of conscience in the Islamic country are also facing. more >>
Hobby Lobby President Steve Green brought his family's huge exhibit of Biblical artifacts to Jerusalem last week, including several portions of the Dead Sea scrolls and other items from the earliest centuries of Christianity.
"It's a bit of a history of the Bible, starting from the Dead Sea scrolls going through the King James version and many of the artifacts show that timeline," Green shared with Fox News on Monday. "With our collection as a whole, we wanted to encourage people to know their Bible better, whether it be here in America or anywhere around the world."
The impressive exhibit, called the Green Collection, features more than 40,000 antiquities including 4,000 Jewish Torahs, rare illuminated manuscripts, early tracts and Bibles belonging to Martin Luther, and the Western Hemisphere's largest collection of cuneiform tablets, an early form of writing. more >>