The Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo, Syria, has warned that Christianity is slowly dying in the war torn country, and asked just how much horror must the people experience before the world takes action to stop the massacres.
"In my country, Syria, Christians are caught in the middle of a civil war and they are enduring the rage of an extremist jihad. And it is unjust for the West to ignore the persecutions these Christian communities are experiencing," Jean-Clément Jeanbart said in an article posted by MercatorNet on Tuesday.
"What horrors must ISIS commit before the world will take greater action to stop the murderers?" he asked. "Syrian Christians are in grave danger; we may disappear soon." more >>
One of the pleasures of living in Jerusalem is the ever-changing kaleidoscope of intriguing people and historic places that surrounds me. Especially when I walk around Jerusalem's Old City, I am conscious of a myriad of Christian clergy, garbed in a multitude of various robes and head coverings.
The Coptic monks who serve at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher are particularly easy to recognize because of their distinctive black hoods.
These koulla (Coptic) hoods are embroidered with 12 small crosses that represent Jesus' 12 disciples, and one large one that signifies Jesus Christ. This symbolic array of crosses is meant to remind the monks that they, like Jesus and those who followed him during his earthly ministry, must leave everything temporal behind and look only to God. more >>
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has claimed that he'll defeat Islamic State terrorists if elected president of the United States by bombing "the hell out of them" and taking their oil, which would cut down their wealth.
"I say that you can defeat ISIS by taking their wealth," Trump told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly. "Take back the oil. Once you go over and take back that oil, they have nothing. You bomb the hell out of them, and then you encircle it, and then you go in. And you let Mobil go in, and you let our great oil companies go in. Once you take that oil, they have nothing left."
When asked about whether he would send ground troops into Syria to fight ISIS, Trump said he would not reveal such plans yet. The billionaire suggested, however, that an effective general is needed to implement the strategy against the Islamic militants. more >>
Terror group ISIS has released a new 14-minute propaganda video where it shows young boys dressed in ISIS uniforms reciting from the Quran, performing military drills with weapons, and being taught that carrying out suicide attacks will be a "great honor."
The Daily Mail noted that the video was shot near Raqqa in Syria, the captured city that the terror group has made the capital of its Islamic caliphate.
The boys in the video are shown crawling under barbed wire, being taught to use rocket launchers and AK47s, reciting Islamic prayers, listening to their teachers and carrying out their commands. more >>
Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the man recognized as al-Qaeda's second in command, has reportedly been killed in a drone strike in Yemen, marking the terror group's heaviest loss since the death of leader Osama bin Laden.
CNN reported that al-Wuhayshi led the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula branch, which is one of the most active wings of the faltering terror group.
AQAP released a video statement on Tuesday confirming his death, and announced that military chief Qasm al-Rimi would be taking his place. more >>
Jewish author Avi Lipkin claimed Monday that "all" churches in America have been infiltrated by Muslim spies who frequently pretend to have found Christ but are really looking to provide intelligence to radical Muslims who will try to kill all Jews and Christians when jihad is ordered upon the U.S.
Lipkin, who has authored a number of books critical of radical Islam, frequently speaks at Christian churches around the U.S. to emphasize the importance of unity between the Jewish and Christian communities in standing against the advance of radical Islam. Lipkin, who immigrated from New York to Israel in 1968, spoke at this week's Future Conference held at Skyline Church in San Diego where he proclaimed that the world is facing the "most interesting" biblical period since the days of Jesus Christ and contended that the coming of the Messiah is just around the corner.
"We are realizing with our own very eyes fulfillment of more Bible prophecy than in any other generation in 2,000 years," Lipkin asserted. "I believe the Messiah is in our time and I believe Israel will realize its borders." more >>