The Bangladeshi wing of the Islamic terrorist group al Qaeda reportedly took responsibility for the latest in a series of murders of atheist writers and bloggers.
Ansar al-Islam, which is linked to al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, has claimed responsibility for the machete murder of Nazimuddin Samad, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, an organization that monitors jihadist terrorism.
Samad, a student, was brutally murdered last week in the capital city of Dhaka, having been attacked first with machetes and then shot. more >>
Pope Francis has announced that later in April he will visit the Greek island of Lesbos, which some have described as a "warzone," in order to highlight his love and support for refugees fleeing war and persecution.
"It's very clear that the pope recognizes that there is a significant emergency going on," Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said, according to Reuters.
"Just as he went to Lampedusa, which was then the front line of the Mediterranean route, now that there is this difficult, dramatic situation on the Aegean front, he naturally wants to be present to show a sense of solidarity and responsibility." more >>
Christians continue to reflect on what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ one year after the horrific attack on Garissa University in Kenya where 148 students were slaughtered by Islamic radicals.
"God is always just and we should learn to appreciate his will, depend on him for strength, and thank Him for the gift of life because there is nothing that can compensate the lost lives of the students," a Garissa-based pastor, identified as 'Daniel,' told persecution watchdog group the International Christian Concern in a report.
There have been several different commemorations for the victims of the massacre this past week, including candlelight vigils around the country, as well as a run on Saturday, BBC News reported. more >>
Former Congressman Frank Wolf believes that the rise of radical Islamic terrorism around the globe is an indication that World War III has arrived, yet the United States government is doing little to nothing to address the threat of jihad.
In a panel discussion focusing on religious freedom and Islamic violence across the world hosted by the Family Research Council on Wednesday, Wolf, who's the distinguished senior fellow at 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, stressed that the Obama administration and Congress are standing idle while terrorist groups like the Islamic State (IS), Boko Haram, the Taliban, al-Shabaab and others continue to commit atrocities against religious minorities worldwide.
Wolf, the former Republican representative for Virginia's 10th Congressional district who is known as a leading advocate for international human rights, followed up on a comment by fellow panelist Thomas Farr, the director of Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. more >>
The Islamic State has reportedly burned 15 people alive for trying to escape the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah, and has also reportedly arrested a woman who pleaded in a video for Western powers to "save us or bomb us," so they can die quickly and end their sufferring.
MailOnline reported that IS captured and killed 15 civilians in Fallujah, which is located west of Baghdad, and is currently being besieged by Iraqi government forces who are trying to liberate the city.
The radical group is said to have sentenced the hostages to death for their attempts to flee, with a source telling Kurdish news agency ARA that living in the IS-held city has become "unbearable." more >>
Open Doors USA, a persecution watchdog group, has warned that world governments simply condemning attacks against Christians, such as the one on Easter Sunday in Pakistan where 73 people were killed, is not enough to save lives.
"Right now few leaders are offering more than condolences after major attacks on Christians," David Curry, CEO of Open Doors, told the Daily Beast. "They need to go to the countries, meet with its leaders and people to find bipartisan ways to protect Christians and promote religious freedom to all."
The attack in Lahore was carried out at an Easter fun fair park for families, and most of the victims in the suicide blast where women and children. A splinter group from the Taliban, Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, has claimed responsibility and vowed that even more "devastating" attacks on Christians are coming. more >>