A group of armed Muslim fanatics, who some have identified as Muslim Brotherhood members, attacked a church over plans to honor the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by terror group ISIS in the Egyptian village of Al-Our. The church's priest said that he made local police aware of plans for the attack, but the authorities offered no protection.
Fr. Makar Issa, the priest of The Virgin Mary Church in Al-Our village, told International Christian Concern: "I called the police many times and asked them to come to guard us but they came late and after their arrival they didn't guard the church. They stopped in the entrance of the village. Even still they allowed the cars of the attackers to enter the village and attack us and the church without any intervention from them to protect us," the priest said.
"I charge the responsibility of what happened to the policemen," he added, "and I accuse them of inaction, indifference and complicity." more >>
The audio transcript from the "black box" recordings of the fatal Germanwings Flight 9525 has been leaked, revealing that Capt. Patrick Sondenheimer screamed and begged co-pilot Andreas Lubitz to open the door. Lubitz's girlfriend has said in separate reports that she's expecting his child.
While the audio itself was not released, German newspaper Bild released on Sunday the transcript of what it says is on 1.5 hours of audio footage from the cockpit voice recorder. CNN translated the transcript, though pointed out it cannot verify its authenticity.
The transcript allegedly says that Sondenheimer screamed and banged on the locked cockpit door, asking Lubitz: "For God's sake, open the door!" more >>
An Arizona police officer who was shot during a fatal gunfight with members of a Christian family band last week has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
Cottonwood Police Sergeant Jeremy Daniels, 31, was allegedly attacked by members of the Gaver family outside a local Walmart on March 21 while responding to an assault complaint.
The 10-year veteran officer sustained a gunshot wound to the leg while on duty but has since been treated and is said to be recuperating at home, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. more >>
Someone recently asked me how I answer critics of the Open Letter to Franklin Graham that I co-authored last week. The points of particular interest were these:
1. In the spirit of Matthew 18, how do you justify writing an open letter to Graham without first going to him and speaking with him in private? 2. Your letter seems to advocate disobedience to the police. Is that what you're saying?
Great questions! They're especially relevant as we close the season of Lent and look forward toward Holy Week. For it is Holy Week when Jesus himself had the most interaction with the earthly authorities of his day. more >>
An Iowa Mennonite pastor that was deported back to Honduras last week despite garnering the support of thousands of American citizens, has opened up about his deportation and asserted that he deserved to stay in the country but was instead jailed in deplorable conditions and deported anyway.
After arriving in Honduras Friday, the deported pastor, Max Villatoro, spoke with the spanish-language media outlet Univision about his deportation and the conditions of his detention in the U.S. before he was finally flown out of the country.
The 41-year-old father of four was arrested on March 3 as part of a national Immigration and Customs Enforcement crackdown on about 2,000 unauthorized immigrants who have been convicted of crimes. more >>
German media reports have revealed that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 who deliberately crashed the plane and killed all 150 people on board, suffered from depression. Lubitz's flight training was interrupted due to a "severe depressive episode'" six years ago, which required treatment for a year and a half.
The German newspaper Bild cited medical records shared by police and airline sources that showed that in 2009, Lubitz's flight training was put on hold after a "severe depressive episode." The pilot required 18 months of psychiatric treatment before he was allowed to continue his training.
On Thursday, police searched an apartment belonging to Lubitz in Dusseldorf, as well as the home of his parents in Montabaur in western Germany. more >>