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 >>
Fears that Nigerian Christians are facing ever-increasing bloodshed and violence are growing, human rights groups have warned, with the government failing to persecute and bring to justice the Islamic radical factions that killed over 4,000 Christians in 2015 alone.
"As we speak, none of the perpetrators has been fished out and put on trial. That is to say the government is fully aiding and abetting the sundry ethno-religious cleansing and butcheries. It also partakes circumstantially and vicariously, if not directly," said Emeka Umeagbalasi, chairman for the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law.
Secretary of State John Kerry has insisted that although some people have a hard time believing it, dangerous chemicals found in refrigerators and air conditioners pose as big of a threat as the Islamic State terror group to the world.
"Yesterday, I met in Washington with 45 nations — defense ministers and foreign ministers — as we were working together on the challenge of [the Islamic State], and terrorism," Kerry said on Friday during climate deal negotiations in Vienna, according to The Washington Examiner.
"It's hard for some people to grasp it, but what we — you — are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself." more >>
Meagan Good is sharing scriptures with countless people as a person protesting in the Black Lives Matter movement and daughter of a police officer who supports law enforcement.
"My Father was LAPD for over 20 yrs, acknowledging the lives of young black men & women being carelessly killed like garbage does not negate the fact that we are devastated by the loss of life of public servants – some whom in fact do actually serve and protect daily," Good wrote in an Instagram post. "The ones who risk their lives and the pain of their own families as well. Nor does it negate the fact that we don't want to see anybody of any gender or nationality lose their life senselessly either!"
In the month of July, racial tensions have heightened after the fatal shootings of black men Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota at the hands of police officers that resulted in Black Lives Matter protests. What followed was the killing of eight police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Dallas, Texas at the hands of ex-military black men. more >>
Tim Tebow doesn't typically speak up about hot button issues in the media, but in the midst of national racial tensions, the football player turned motivational speaker is sharing a subtle message about unity.
"I love our country and I would do anything for America. One thing that I love most is that it's one nation under God," the NFL hopeful said in an Instagram video posted last week where he disputed rumors about speaking at the Republican National Convention. "Do you know what that means? It means that you matter, God has a plan for your life and that every single person is significant."
The 28-year-old University of Florida Gators champion went on to let everybody know that they matter and spoke about the need for national unity. more >>
Pope Francis will meet with Holocaust survivors and visit the Auschwitz concentration camp next Friday, but instead of making a speech he will carry out his visit "in silent pain, compassion and tears."
According to Catholic News Service, Fr. Pawel Rytel-Andrianik, president of the Polish bishop's conference, said the pope's decision to remain silent at Auschwitz is deeply meaningful.
"In the world there are two very parallel places. The first is the Wailing Wall and the second is the wailing place. The Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, and the wailing place in Auschwitz-Birkenau in the German Nazi concentration camp," Rytel-Andianik said. more >>