In his Sunday sermon on April 12, "Pope Francis referred to the 1915 Turkish mass killings of Armenians as the 'first genocide of the 20th century.'"
This papal declaration instantly flared into a diplomatic uproar. It absolutely infuriated Turkey's Islamist President Tayyip Erdogan, who "warned" the Pope against repeating his "mistaken" statement.
There was actually no mistake about it: The fact is, the Armenian Genocide cost 1.5 million Armenian Christians their lives, along with another million Assyrian and Greek believers. more >>
Three family members of a Muslim woman who converted to Christianity then married a Christian man were all charged with the murder of an Iranian activist they blame for influencing her conversion in Texas on Wednesday. The father was also charged with murdering the Christian convert's husband 10 months after the activist was killed.
Her father, Ali Irsan, 57, is charged with capital murder in the case. His wife, Shmou Ali Alrawabdeh, and their 21-year-old son, Nasim, are charged with murder according to KHOU.
Gelareh Bagherzadeh and Coty Beavers were both shot to death in 2012 for their relationship with Nesreen Irsan, a young Muslim woman who left her home and faith to marry Coty, a Christian. Nesreen's father, Ali Irsan, was upset with her decision and decided to punish her by killing her husband and the woman he blamed for encouraging Nesreen to convert to Christianity. more >>
A Michigan Catholic priest believes faith in Jesus might not be enough for his congregation when it comes to protecting themselves from outside forces and a growing criminal threat in the area.
Father Edward Fride of Christ the King Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan, penned a letter titled "We're Not in Mayberry Anymore Toto," addressing parishioners on the topic of protection by using a narrative that compared residents' mindset in the area to that of people found in the fictitious city of Mayberry, a town featured in the 1960s hit "The Andy Griffith Show."
"It is very common for Christians to simply assume that they live in Mayberry, trusting that because they know the Lord Jesus, everything will always be fine and nothing bad can happen to them and their families. Those who have followed the Lord Jesus for more than 20 minutes, however, have often experienced first-hand that the reality of living in a fallen universe can be very different," he wrote. more >>
Hundreds of protesters marched in Baltimore, Maryland, Tuesday in response to the death of 25-year-old Freddy Gray, who died while in police custody earlier this month.
Participants in the march demanded "Justice for Freddie" by calling for the six officers involved to be charged with first-degree murder.
"The crowd of protesters gathered on Tuesday evening outside the city's Western District police headquarters and marched to the spot a few blocks away where Gray was arrested," reported Reuters. "They could be seen raising their hands in the air, in what has become a protest sign since the August 2014 death of Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri." more >>
International Justice Mission President and Founder Gary Haugen explains in a new Ted Talk that poverty remains in the world despite the decades-long fight against it because of a missing link, which he calls "The Locust Effect," also the title of his best-selling book.
"The fight against global poverty is probably the broadest, longest running manifestation of the human phenomenon of compassion in the history of our species," Haugen says in his 19 minute talk, titled "The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now," on the TED stage in Vancouver, Canada.
"So why, why are so many billions still stuck in such harsh poverty?" asks Haugen, who earlier served as the director of the U.N. investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. more >>
Two congregations in North Carolina were struck by vandals who've cost the churches tens of thousands of dollars in damage from shattered windows in the children's nursery and spray-painted messages of "one way ticket to hell" and "God loves fags He hates you," on entrance doors to the sanctuary.
Earlier this month Bales Wesleyan Church of Jamestown and Grace Baptist Church of Greensboro, both located in Guilford County, were the victims of vandalism.
Grace Baptist had phrases like "Gay OK" and "God Loves Gays" spray-painted on the grounds, and the building egged and covered with toilet paper. Bales Wesleyan sustained similar damage. more >>