Robert Ford, former American ambassador to Syria, said Sunday that it is the brutality of Syria's embattled leader Bashar al-Assad, and not the Islamic State terror group, that has forced about 4 million Syrians to flee their homeland.
"You have to deal with the Assad problem. The administration's focus in Syria, however, is not on the Assad brutality," Ford said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "It is on the Islamic State, and while that is a big problem, it is not going to fix the refugee problem."
NBC Host Chuck Todd then asked the former diplomat whether he thought the Obama administration's focus is wrong. "Our focus should be on regime change with Assad first, then focus on ISIS?" Todd asked. more >>
NEW YORK — Marine turned Army chaplain the Rev. David W. Peters, who won Trinity Wall Street's 2015 Reconciliation Preaching Prize, urged New Yorkers on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks Friday, to learn how to reconcile and put the lesson into practice.
Speaking at the St. Paul's Chapel which forms part of the Episcopal Parish of Trinity Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City, Peters delivered a sermon titled "Learning War and Reconciliation" in which he declared: "Jesus makes it clear, you don't do forgiveness you have to be forgiveness. You don't do reconciliation, you have to be reconciliation."
Peters, 39, is a resident of Texas where he is studying for a master of arts in religion degree at the Seminary of the Southwest. He is also curate at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, Texas. more >>
Iranian Muslims seeking asylum in Germany are reportedly converting to Christianity at a high rate, and one Berlin church has seen its membership jump from 150 to 600 in a short time, with most of its new members being Muslim converts.
These new believers have been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and wish to never return to their home country to the intense persecution from radical groups like Islamic State.
Becoming a Christian also helps migrants' and refugees' chances of staying in Germany, but the pastor of the booming Berlin church isn't worried about the motives behind the conversions. more >>
Sudanese security forces have killed, raped and burned civilians alive during two military campaigns in Darfur that left thousands of people displaced from their homes, a prominent human rights organization has claimed.
A new report by Human Rights Watch accuses Sudan's Rapid Support Forces, which are under the command of Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services, of committing "widespread and systematic" crimes against civilians that include mass rape, torture and murder when the forces were ordered to carry out counterinsurgency campaigns in 2014 and 2015 in Darfur.
"The RSF led two counter-insurgency campaigns in the long-embattled region of Darfur in 2014 and 2015 in which its forces repeatedly attacked villages, burned and looted homes, beating, raping and executing villagers," the HRW report stated. more >>
Dozens of Christian pilgrims are flocking to the western Ukrainian village of Beregovoy, where the figures of Virgin Mary and the baby Jesus are believed to appear on a window pane.
The Mail Online reported on Thursday that some Christians believe the stains on the double-glazed window resemble that of a mother and a baby, which they have likened to Mary and Jesus — a popular image in Eastern Orthodox iconography.
Images and videos taken of the window make it hard to distinguish shapes, but some locals have said that they are convinced the alleged miracle is a sign of God. more >>
Christian Aid Mission, a nonprofit organization that assists over 500 ministries overseas, has said that the ongoing conflict that is tearing apart Syria and creating millions of refugees and displaced people is an opportunity for Christians to show the love of Christ, which is opening the world's eyes.
Steve Van Valkenburg, Christian Aid Mission's area director for the Middle East, told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Thursday that despite the confusion and complexity of the ongoing Syrian civil war, one thing that is clear is that it presents a way for Christians to minister to the suffering people by showing them what the love of Christ is about.
"I think that a lot of refugees see that there is something different there, they see the Muslim on Muslim fighting, and then they see how the Christians are reaching out with love and caring — that has to do something with their hearts," Valkenburg told CP. more >>