The Vatican minister of foreign affairs has said Vatican envoys in Iraq and Syria are risking their lives amid bombings and terror threats to help people and find a way to end what Pope Francis has called a "piecemeal" World War III.
"Let's not be kidding ourselves about what the stakes are here: If we are going to bring peace, if we are going to reconcile nations, if we are going to secure countries and communities, particularly minorities, particularly people who are persecuted, we are going to have to make an unprecedented effort," Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher told Catholic News Service last week.
Gallagher noted that IS, which has captured vast territory in Iraq and Syria, has persecuted Christians and other minorities, driving out tens of thousands of believers from their homelands. Still, the Archbishop remained hopeful that negotiations will help resolve the conflicts in the region. more >>
At least 70 people were killed in twin suicide bombings on Sunday in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the deadliest attack on the city this year, with the Islamic State terror group taking responsibility and vowing to continue to carry out massacres.
"Our swords will not cease to cut off the heads of the rejectionist polytheists, wherever they are," an IS statement vowed online, referring to its targets in the attack, Shi'ite Muslims.
The bombings were carried out by suicide fighters, Reuters reported, who drove with motorcycles into a crowded mobile phone market in a Shi'ite district of Baghdad. At least 100 people were wounded in the major blasts, along with the dead. more >>
As more and more people fleeing war in Syria continue to arrive at refugee camps in neighboring countries, one Christian satellite channel has been offering on air-education to children in core curriculum subjects, alongside messages of love, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
SAT-7, which was launched in 1995 as the first Arabic language Christian satellite television channel, has been broadcasting its "My School" program five days a week through SAT-7 Kids channel since 2015, which teaches young children core curriculum subjects, such as Arabic, English and Maths.
Rita El Mounayer, the chief channels and communications officer at SAT-7, told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Thursday that the program is doing more than just teaching school subjects, as it is providing children and families with hope for the future amid the humanitarian crisis. more >>
The Catholic organization Knights of Columbus and the human rights advocacy group In Defense of Christians have launched a national television ad campaign this week calling on the United States State Department to label the Islamic State's treatment of Christians as a "genocide."
The 30-second commercial, which debuted Wednesday, shows various video clips and pictures showing how Christians and other religious minorities are being horrifically treated by IS (also known as ISIS) in the Middle East. The commercial is running in the mornings on MSNBC and is also running in the morning, daytime and primetime on Fox News. The ad is scheduled to run through the weekend but may be extended.
The ad shows clips of ISIS destroying crosses and monasteries and also uses IS footage of when the barbaric terrorist group executed 21 Coptic Christians in orange jumpsuits on a beach in Libya last February. more >>
Supporters of the Islamic State terror group are threatening that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter head Jack Dorsey will be their next targets for continuously shutting down jihadist social media accounts.
"To Mark and Jack, founders of Twitter and Facebook and to their Crusader government. You announce daily that you suspended many of our accounts and to you we say: Is that all you can do?" states the 25-minute video by a group calling itself the "sons of the Caliphate army."
Media and tech company Vocativ discovered the video, which apparently shows images of Zuckerberg and Dorsey covered with bullet holes. more >>
The various atrocities being carried out by Islamic terror group Boko Haram, an ISIS affiliate, on the civilians in Nigeria, have left children suffering mental issues and thinking about suicide, reports warn.
As many as 6,500 children have also been left malnourished due to the conflict.
"I witnessed people's shock and disbelief at the devastation suffered by their communities. I saw trauma in children's eyes. The scale of the suffering is way beyond what I anticipated to find. The people I met demand and deserve urgent protection," said Leila Zerrougui, the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy to Nigeria. more >>