The founder and CEO of a Christian satellite network that reaches out to refugees fleeing war-torn Syria and Iraq, is reporting that many Muslim families are turning to Christianity, where they encounter a message of peace and love.
"It's surprising just how much damage the Muslim world has done to itself due to this schism between Sunni and Shiites," SAT-7's Terence Ascott said, according to Mission Network News Monday. "It raises serious questions. People were really losing trust in organized religion."
He added that ongoing attacks instigated by the Islamic State and other terror groups are only part of the long-standing conflicts in the Muslim world, along with the age-old divide between Sunnis and Shiites. more >>
The upper house of the British Parliament shot down an amendment this week that would have forced the government to decide whether or not the Islamic State's persecution of Christians and other religious minorities is a "genocide."
According to the Catholic Herald and the Catholic News Service, the House of Lords voted down an amendment that would have required a High Court judge to determine if IS (also known ISIS or ISIL) is committing a genocide in the Middle East.
The proposal, which was an amendment to immigration legislation introduced by Lord David Alton, was shot down by a vote of 148 to 111. more >>
A group representing India's Christian minority recently issued a statement to a religious publication pleading for protection during Holy Week.
The Global Council of Indian Christians sent a statement to Fides News Agency declaring that "protection is necessary during Holy Week" in light of rising violence against Christian communities in the South Asian nation.
"The community fears an organized attack against Christian faithful and churches during Holy Week. As Christians, participating in the liturgies of the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we ask for protection and security for our defenseless community," stated the GCIC. more >>
Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz have reacted to the terror attacks in Brussels Tuesday by suggesting a restriction on Muslims entering the U.S., along with patrolling Muslim neighborhoods to prevent youth from becoming radicalized.
Cruz said America needs to "immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al-Qaeda or ISIS presence."
"We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized. We need to secure the southern border to prevent terrorist infiltration. And we need to execute a coherent campaign to utterly destroy ISIS," he added, in a statement. more >>
Update March 22, 2016, 9:30 a.m. ET: The death toll of the Brussels explosions has increased to 34, with 20 killed in the subway explosion and 14 in the airport blasts, according to Belgian media reports. Another 170 people were reportedly injured.
Mass suicide attacks have hit the Zaventem Airport in Brussels, Belgium, along with a city metro station, with at least 28 people reported to have been killed so far.
Sky News reported that Brussels has been locked down, while several cities across Europe, including in the U.K., Netherlands, France and Germany, have been put on high alert, with security personnel sent to key locations and transport hubs. more >>
Israel has granted approximately 850 Palestinian Christians who live in the Gaza Strip permits allowing them to visit Jerusalem for Easter.
"Muhammad al-Maqadma [spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Civil Affairs] said the permits were the result of 'dedicated efforts' by Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh in order to enable hundreds of Christians to celebrate the holidays within a span of 45 days," reported the Middle Eastern publication Ma'an News.
"This is the first time such a large number of Christians from Gaza received permits to travel to the West Bank and Jerusalem," al-Maqadma told Ma'an Saturday. more >>