Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham met with Russian Orthodox leader Patriarch Kirill of Moscow earlier this week, where the two discussed issues pertaining to gay marriage, the secularization in the West, and Christian persecution.
"We discussed the persecution of the church worldwide, especially in countries like Syria, and the need to protect Christians. We discussed the refugee crisis and how the church can help these people who are fleeing for their lives," Graham said about the meeting on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
"And we talked about the need to reach a younger generation brought up in secular schools surrounded by a secular culture who know nothing of God and His love for them. I appreciate Patriarch Kirill's very clear moral voice on issues of marriage, family, and the sanctity of life," he added. more >>
The African Union has described cases of extreme suffering and violence in the South Sudan civil war, with some people reportedly being forced to eat human flesh and drink blood.
"The commission believes that war crimes were committed in Juba, Bor, Bentiu and Malakal," the AU said in its report, according to BBC News.
Witnesses in the report claimed that people in Juba were forced to drink the blood and eat the flesh of people who had just been killed. more >>
It is one of the most — if not the most — disturbing photos from the Vietnam War: a burned naked girl running down a road.
Only 9 years old at the time, Kim Phuc was trying to escape a napalm attack by American forces, her body severely burned, leaving many to wonder if she would survive.
Well, she did. "God [is] not finished with me yet," said Phuc when recounting her survival after doctors had written her off. more >>
A Syrian priest who was held captive for months by the Islamic State terror group before being released said he was kept in an underground dormitory with 250 other Christians who refused to convert to Islam despite being pressured every day.
"The Christians were often questioned about their faith and about the Christian doctrine, and they did not convert to Islam despite much pressure. They were faithful to the recitation of the rosary. This experience of trial strengthened the faith of everyone, including my faith as a priest. It is as if I have been born again," Father Jacques Murad, prior of the Monastery of Mar Elian, shared of his experience, according to Agenzia Fides.
The Islamic State terror group in Syria has found yet another new and barbaric way to execute its hostages as the caliphate has released footage showing militants killing an alleged Syrian soldier by crushing his body beneath the continuous track of a battle tank while he is still alive.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained IS' newest execution video last Saturday that purports to show the execution of a Syrian regime soldier who was accused of driving over the dead bodies of IS militants with an army tank.
The video, which according to Heavy.com (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO CONTENT) is titled "And if You Punish [an Enemy, oh Believers], Punish With an Equivalent of That With Which You Were Harmed," was recorded in an IS-controlled area of the Homs province. more >>
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake on Monday has left over 300 people dead and at least 2,000 injured in remote areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, with the Taliban terror group reportedly asking aid agencies for help.
BBC News reported on Tuesday that that rescue teams are still trying to get to remote mountainous areas in the region and assess its impact, dealing with blocked roads and cut off communication. Many people have also chosen to sleep outside in near freezing temperatures because of fears of a second quake.
The Taliban, which is active in regions across Pakistan and Afghanistan, called on international aid agencies to help the victims, and asked its soldiers to offer assistance as well. more >>