Muslims from across France attended Roman Catholic mass on Sunday in solidarity with Christians after the murder of a priest by the Islamic State radicals on Tuesday, with many insisting that it was not Islam that carried out the crime.
"We're very touched," the Archbishop of Rouen, Dominique Lebrun, told local station BFM-TV.
"It's an important gesture of fraternity. They've told us, and I think they're sincere, that it's not Islam which killed Jacques Hamel." more >>
In July movie audiences were treated to the latest documentary film by conservative author and social commentator Dinesh D'Souza.
Titled "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party," D'Souza used examples from American history to argue that the Democratic Party has been pervasively racist, corrupt, and sexist since its founding.
D'Souza's retelling of American history, sweeping as it is, omits various facts whose mention may have seriously complicated his central argument. more >>
North Korea has not only accused the U.S. government of declaring war following the latest round of economic sanctions against Kim Jong Un, but the regime has also banned all imports of goods that resemble a Christian cross, such as women's hairpins and men's neckties.
Han Song Ryol, director-general of the U.S. affairs department at the North's Foreign Ministry, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the American government has "crossed the red line" by directly sanctioning Kim.
"The Obama administration went so far to have the impudence to challenge the supreme dignity of the DPRK in order to get rid of its unfavorable position during the political and military showdown with the DPRK," Han said, arguing that putting Kim on the sanctioned list has created the conditions for war. more >>
The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans has called on the Nigerian government to end the growing slaughter of Christians at the hands of radical Islamists in the country, arguing that such a massacre should not be the Christians' "portion in Jesus' name."
"Whatever the federal government is doing, if any, is either too slow or insignificant compared with the reoccurrence of the killings; the federal government needs to step up and take bold actions to give members of the Christian community in the country a sense of security and belonging," said Pastor Ade Oyesile, executive director of CANAN, in a statement.
"We MUST all work hard to avoid these sectarian killings which in our very eyes have made countries embroiled in it to become failed nations. That should not be our portion in Jesus Christ name." more >>
Syrian activists are posting photographs of children posing with drawings of Pokemon characters on social media to draw the world's attention to their plight as the conflict carries on for five years.
A series of such pictures, posted on Facebook, tell the town or village of the young children holding Pokemon drawings with the message, "Come and save me," according to U.K.-based Independent.
"I'm from Kafr Nabl in Idlib province. Come and save me," reads one of the pictures. more >>
Pope Francis has been speaking out on the "pain and horror" stemming from the murder of an 84-year-old priest in France at the hands of Islamic State-linked supporters, as Catholic analysts noted that Europe's Christians are waking up to a "new era" of violence.
The priest, Father Jacques Hamel at the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen, was killed during morning mass on Tuesday by two assailants, who took a total of five people hostage. The attackers slit the priest's throat with a knife and wounded three others, before police shot them dead.
Francis immediately said that he joins in "prayer for the suffering of family members, of the pain of the parish and the diocese of Rouen." He also said that he "invokes God, the merciful Father, that he welcome the Abott Jacque Hamel into the peace of his light and that he bring comfort to the wounded." more >>