A grief-stricken Dutch mother whose son and his girlfriend were among the 298 victims who died after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down from the sky in eastern Ukraine last Thursday, became the face of Netherland's grief Sunday when she publicly pleaded with Russian President Vladimir Putin to "send my children home".
"I want everybody to do the best they can to bring all the bodies back as soon as possible. They've been lying there for three days, four days I don't know anymore," the mother, Silene Fredriksz-Hoogzand said in a BBC interview as her husband Robert tried comforting her silently.
The couple's 23-year-old son Bryce and his 20-year-old girlfriend Daisy Oehlers, were heading to the island of Bali in Indonesia for a holiday on Flight MH17 when they perished with 296 others on the doomed flight. Of the 11 nationalities represented on the flight, nearly two-thirds, 192 of them were Dutch citizens. more >>
Ordained Episcopalian priest and professor at Gordon-Conwell Theologian Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary Justin Holcomb has authored a book domestic violence with his wife Lindsey Holcomb, who has worked with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In their latest book, Is It My Fault? the Holcombs share the "good news of the Gospel" with victims of domestic violence. In the third section of the three-part interview, Justin tells The Christian Post his thoughts on the connection between domestic violence and marriage, how gender roles influence domestic violence, and how male pastors should counsel female victims.
Interview has been edited for length and clarity.
CP: What do you make of a recent study by Bradley Wilcox and Robin Fretwell Wilson that suggests that couples who are married are less likely to suffer domestic violence than those unmarried living together? more >>
A 400 pound asthmatic father of six died Thursday after an NYPD officer locked him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against a sidewalk in Staten Island, New York, according to witnesses, after he tried to break up a fight.
A nearly 3-minute video of the encounter posted on YouTube, shows the father, identified as 43-year-old Eric Warner by the New York Daily News, screaming "I can't breathe, I can't breathe," repeatedly before falling silent as cops swarmed him when he refused to be handcuffed after expressing surprise that the officers were harassing him for trying to break up a fight.
He also told an officer on the scene "… every time you see me, you want to mess with me. I'm tired of it. It stops today," as community members watched the encounter unfold. more >>
Police in Mesa, Arizona say they are currently searching for a man suspected of being responsible for six Bible arson fires in the area.
In each of the instances, a suspect has set fire to an entire Bible or pieces of paper outside the door of one of six local churches. Local clergy members have been alerted of the crime and have been advised to take security precautions, as minor damage has been made to one of the church doors. Churches are being advised to confirm their security systems are working at their church.
Sgt. Diana Williams, a spokeswoman for the Mesa Police Department, told The Republic that police are describing the matter as bias crimes, since the arsonist appears to be intentionally targeting churches. "It is being looked at as a bias crime because of the place and the manner where it is taking place,'' the spokeswoman said. "It's a message of some sort, but it's hard to tell what it is." more >>
A Florida pastor was arrested earlier this week on charges that he raped at least one of the women who stayed at a shelter he ran for the homeless population.
Pedro Custodio，44, was arrested Monday following allegations from three women who accused the leader of sexually battering them.
Since being arrested, Custodio has admitted to having sexual relations with the women at Our Father's House of Refugee Ministries, which is located in the city of Eustis. However, he has denied charges that it was not consensual, including allegations from one woman who accused him of asking her to help him move boxes before locking the door and raping her. more >>
A Florida-based Christian school teacher and former youth pastor has been accused of possessing and producing child pornography.
Matthew Graziotti, 42, was arrested Monday by FBI agents following their alleged discovery of child porn on his laptop, reported the Orlando Sentinel, according to a criminal complaint filed in Orlando federal court.
Following his arrest, Warner Christian Academy, where Graziotti has taught fifth grade, announced it would suspending the teacher without pay. Graziotti has also driven the school bus on several occasions and is a summer camp director. more >>