A number of the fathers of the over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by terror group Boko Haram from Chibok, Nigeria, have spoken out about the continued dangers their families face on a daily basis, and shared their pain of not knowing what has happened to their daughters.
Kristin Wright, director of advocacy for relief group Open Doors USA, told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Wednesday that she was able to meet with 10 of the Chibok fathers during a recent trip to Nigeria. She revealed that despite the grim situation their families find themselves in, the fathers are refusing to give up hope that one day their daughters will return to them.
"One of the fathers, when asked, 'Where do you think your daughter might be?' he said, 'She is the hands of God.' It was a sentiment that was echoed by all of the parents that I met with. They are not going to think about any other reality," Wright told CP. more >>
Pope Francis says the Bible is "a highly dangerous book" due to the fact that so many people in the world are arrested or murdered for owning one.
In a prologue that is part of a youth Bible slated for publication this week, the pontiff wrote about the dangers of having a Bible, according to the Catholic publication Aleteia.
"There are more persecuted Christians in the world today than in the early days of the Church. And why are they persecuted? They are persecuted because they wear a cross and bear witness to Jesus. They are convicted because they own a Bible," wrote Francis. more >>
As a South African, I have visited the Holy Land several times at the invitation of Jewish as well as Palestinian friends and it grieves me to say that the similarities between Apartheid South Africa and Israel today are stark. I feel retraumatized every time I visit Israel, and here is why:
The policies pursued by the Israeli government deliver the same result on the ground as those practiced by Apartheid South Africa: pain, suffering, discrimination and no hope that things will change.
This is because once one accepts the fundamental belief that others belong and others don't, government actions and laws must cohere with that foundational belief. The fact that the Israeli narrative is clouded by legitimate security needs does not justify the dispossession of others by military might and cannot be rationalized by religion into a political framework without disastrous results. more >>
Police in Sweden are said to be investigating possible Islamic State threats made against Assyrian Christians after IS-inspired symbols and disturbing graffiti messages were found painted on at least two businesses in southwest Gothenburg.
Vandals reportedly targeted Assyrian Christian-owned businesses, including a local bakery and a pizzeria, which had their walls covered in "Convert or Die" and "The Caliphate is Here" on Tuesday. The IS logo was also spray-painted as well as the Arabic letter 'N' for "Nazarene," which IS fighters used to identify Christian families in northern Iraq last year before the Mosul takeover.
Le Pain Francois bakery owner Markus Samuelsson was in shock early Tuesday upon finding his business completely vandalized. He called the attacks "terribly painful" and said they point to signs of modern day persecution. more >>
After months of soliciting prayers from his fans, Charlotte Hornets point guard Jeremy Lin is sharing just some of the prayer requests he's received from fans so they can start praying for each other.
In an email titled, Jeremy's Prayer Requests 12, the 27 year old thanked his digital prayer group for submitting their prayers before inviting people to pray for one another.
"The JLIN team has been meeting to pray for your prayer requests and we wanted to invite you all to join us in praying," Lin's email reads. more >>
The tomb of biblical patriarch Joseph has reportedly suffered severe damage in the West Bank city of Nablus after hundreds of Palestinian rioters set fire to the holy site early Friday morning.
"This arson shows that the Palestinian Authority's occupation is no different than that of Islamic State," claimed Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman, according to The Jerusalem Post.
Liberman accused PA President Mahmoud Abbas of inciting the rioters to burn down holy and historical sites, paralleling that to the actions of the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria. more >>