An Assyrian Christian woman who was kidnapped but recently released by the Islamic State terror group has revealed the jihadists stormed her home and forced her to trample on an image of Jesus Christ at gunpoint.
"They stormed in the door, their faces not covered. They put a gun to my chest and threw an image of Christ hanging on the wall on the floor. They asked me to step on it. I had no choice. My daughters and grandchildren were there. They took all of us to the river," the woman, whos name wasn't shared, told Al-Monitor in an interview posted on Thursday.
The woman was one of 253 Assyrians kidnapped by IS in a raid on 35 different villages along the Khabur River back in February. more >>
A Ukrainian Catholic bishop has warned that the ongoing conflict in Ukraine between the central government of Kiev and allegedly Moscow-backed rebels is forcing millions of people to flee as refugees to escape starvation, poverty and destitution.
"Huge numbers are now caught between hammer and anvil; the separatists aren't looking after them, and the Ukrainian government won't care for them because they haven't declared which side they're on," Auxiliary Bishop Jan Sobilo of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia told Catholic News Service on Wednesday.
"Not since World War II have we seen such poverty and destitution," he added. more >>
Seventy years ago, on August 6, 1945, the single most destructive weapon ever unleashed upon human beings and the environment – the atomic bomb – was dropped by an American B-29 bomber on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing approximately 80,000 people.
Three days later a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, killing an estimated 40,000 people.
"Blessing" the crews and its two missions, was the Catholic chaplain to the 509th Composite Group – the atomic bomb group – Father George Zabelka. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria has beheaded an "infidel" woman as a wedding present to a Shariah judge, according to an IS defector.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, a 27-year-old female IS defector, who is referred to by the pseudonym of "Leena," recounted the many horrors that made her desperate to escape IS' rule in the Syrian town of Mayadin.
Leena stated that in one particular instance the so-called IS caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, sanctioned the beheading of a female IS judge named Um Abdullah because a rival female judge named Roaa Um Khotaba al-Tunisi from Tunisia requested that she be allowed to kill an infidel as a wedding present. more >>
Evolutionary biologist and atheist author Richard Dawkins says while former President George W. Bush and failures in Western foreign policy have played a role in the rise of the Islamic State terror group, it's radical Islam that's responsible for the atrocities committed by the jihadists.
"Yes, blame Bush for IS gaining power in Iraq. But don't blame him for IS's cruel, misogynist, homophobic, etc. policies when they got power," Dawkins wrote via Twitter on Tuesday.
A California memorial embroiled in a years-long legal battle due to its inclusion of a large cross has been sold to a private organization by the United States Defense Department.
The property that includes the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial and its 43-foot tall Latin cross was sold July 17 to the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association at a price slightly below $1.4 million.
Bruce Bailey, president of the MSMA, told The Christian Post that the purchase of the property and memorial derived from a provision in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. more >>