Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has decried the practice of abortion, arguing that it has killed 10 times more people than his country's ongoing war with pro-Russian rebels.
"How many new 'Herods' there are today, who not only kill children after their birth, but have gone further … there are so many unborn children [killed] today," Shevchuk said last week during the Eastern celebration of Christmas, Catholic World News reported.
The Archbishop further warned that Ukrainian people are facing "enslavement" in the face of gender ideology. more >>
The Korean-American currently detained in North Korea for alleged espionage is a Christian pastor who came to the country for a humanitarian mission, a defector said.
On Monday, Kim Dong-chul spoke to CNN and said he was arrested in North Korea and October because he was caught spying for "South Korean conservative elements" who wanted to overthrow Kim Jong-un from his position. Contrary to his statement, defector Ma Young-ae said she had met Kim in 2007 and said he was a missionary who was helping North Koreans, according to The Guardian.
"He told the churches that he was a missionary working on North Korea and sending stuff from China into the North to help poor North Koreans," the Guardian quotes Ma's statement. more >>
At least 12 children were killed Monday after a Russian airstrike hit a school outside of Aleppo, Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said.
The children, along with three adults, were killed at a school located in the city of Ain Jara. SOHR told Al Jazeera on Monday that the death toll from the strike is likely to rise, as some of the injured are being treated for their life-threatening injuries at a local hospital.
North Korea is currently holding prisoner a U.S. citizen who was allegedly arrested for espionage, an official from Pyongyang told CNN in an exclusive interview.
The news comes amid rising tensions in the Korean Peninsula and an impending decision by Seoul and Washington to deploy additional troops to South Korea. The said official from Pyongyang allowed CNN to speak to the alleged American citizen currently being held in North Korea for espionage.
In an exclusive interview with CNN's Will Ripley at a hotel in Pyongyang, Kim Dong Chul asked for help from the United States and South Korea. Kim, who is a naturalized U.S. citizen, said he is from Fairfax, Virginia, the report relays. more >>
A 20-year-old Islamic State militant publicly executed his own mother in front of hundreds of people because she asked him to leave the terrorist group, a monitoring group has said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which reports on the atrocities being carried out in the ongoing civil war, said on Friday that its activists were able to document the incident, which took place in the city of Al-Raqqah.
The report said the woman was in her 40s, and "her son executed her in front of hundreds of people near the post office building in the city of Al-Raqqah where she was employed." more >>
Islamist militants have released an Iraqi Catholic priest, who serves as a pastor in Syria, two weeks after kidnapping him. The priest, Father Dhiya Aziz, who suffered from extreme cold and severe exhaustion in captivity, is recovering.
Aziz, a Franciscan priest who was kidnapped from Syria two days before Christmas, has been released and is undergoing medical treatment, according to Catholic Online, which quoted a statement issued by the Custody of the Holy Land, a custodian priory of the Franciscan order in Jerusalem.
The statement said further details could not be disclosed "due to confidentiality reasons," but "thanked all those who helped us to liberate him." more >>