A Muslim family experienced the spirit of Christmas after having their bill paid for by strangers at a restaurant in Augusta, Georgia, on Christmas Day.
Eslam Mohamed shared in a Facebook post that has since gone viral that he had been dining at an Olive Garden with his 11 family members and when the bill arrived, he noticed that his balance had been paid and a message had been written on the check.
"Paid, Merry Christmas. Beautiful family," the message read. more >>
A Filipino priest who used a hoverboard during Christmas Eve mass has been suspended by the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Pablo for "disrespecting" the Eucharist, reports have said.
GMA News reported that the priest, Fr. Albert San Jose of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal in Biñan, Laguna, was recorded on video moving around on a hoverboard during Christmas Eve mass last week.
The video went viral, but his choice of entertainment was condemned by the Diocese of San Pablo, which later announced that the priest will be "spending some time" alone to reflect on the incident. more >>
A Muslims family that went to Olive Garden for a Christmas Day dinner were surprised when they were told a stranger paid for their bill, saying that it "touches their hearts."
CBS News reported on Tuesday that when Georgia resident Eslam Mohamed and his family were finishing dinner at a local Olive Garden restaurant they asked for their bill, and a waitress handed them the note that had large words written across reading: "Paid. Merry Christmas. Beautiful family."
Mohamed took to Facebook to express his gratitude, and explained that his group at the table consisted of seven adults and five children. He said that he suspected everyone in the restaurant could tell they were Arab Muslims, due to their language and the hijabs that the women were wearing. more >>
The government of Iran reportedly arrested a group of nine Christians on Christmas Day for celebrating their faith at an in-house church in the city of Shiraz.
"There has been a steady deterioration of human rights abuses in Iran during Hassan Rouhani's tenure as president, including executions and suppression of religious and ethnic minorities," said Shahin Gobadi of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
"This is just another case in point. Actually, the clerical regime is one of the top violators of rights of religious minorities, including Christians, in the world. The regime has institutionalized repression of the Iranian people as the main tool of its survival." more >>
Christmas Day attacks on Christians occurred worldwide after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) issued a warning against Christians in the Middle East celebrating the occasion.
In Berlin, Germany, four men were attacked by Muslims on St. Stephen's Day, the day after Christmas. The victims, who are all Orthodox Christians from Montenegro and Serbia, were accosted as they were making their way out of an establishment in Potzdamer Platz, according to Church Militant.
One of the attackers reportedly shouted and identified himself as a Muslim while asking the four Chrisians about their religion. Four other men joined him in the assault, the report details. more >>
Sarah Silverman angered conservative Christians with a controversial Christmas message on Twitter about Jesus.
On Christmas Day, the comedian posted a message on both her Twitter and Facebook accounts calling Jesus "gender fluid." Sarah Silverman also posted a vulgar joke about Santa Claus on the same day, according to Time.
"MERRY CHRISTMAS! Jesus was gender fluid!" said Silverman. more >>