In a short but moving appearance at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard, two of the three survivors of the "Mother Emanuel" church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine people were killed during a Bible study last June, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president citing Scripture.
Sanders, her son Tywanza, 26, her 11-year-old granddaughter, Sheppard, and others were at the Emanuel AME Church Bible study on June 17 last year when then 21-year-old suspected shooter Dylann Roof, whom the group had welcomed to their meeting with open arms, suddenly opened fire as they prayed. At the end of the shooting, only Sanders, Sheppard and her granddaughter made it out alive. Her son Tywanza was shot multiple times including in the head. Her aunt was also killed.
Just a few months after the shooting Sanders would reveal how the shooter who was allegedly driven to kill by racial animus, "caught us with our eyes closed." more >>
South Carolina-based Transformation Church Lead Pastor Derwin Gray took to Twitter Saturday to share and celebrate the news that 20 men were baptized at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville.
The former professional football player for the Indianapolis Colts and the Carolina Panthers tweeted to his more than 22,000 followers: "We baptized 20 men at @TCTransformers Lee Prison today. It was a beautiful time being with the men."
Pastor Gray, accompanied by his leader of the prison teams, Ken Lake, and nine prison team leaders, visited the men's correctional institution where on Saturday Gray performed all 20 baptisms, Lake told The Christian Post. more >>
The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans has called on the Nigerian government to end the growing slaughter of Christians at the hands of radical Islamists in the country, arguing that such a massacre should not be the Christians' "portion in Jesus' name."
"Whatever the federal government is doing, if any, is either too slow or insignificant compared with the reoccurrence of the killings; the federal government needs to step up and take bold actions to give members of the Christian community in the country a sense of security and belonging," said Pastor Ade Oyesile, executive director of CANAN, in a statement.
"We MUST all work hard to avoid these sectarian killings which in our very eyes have made countries embroiled in it to become failed nations. That should not be our portion in Jesus Christ name." more >>
It was recently revealed that the disturbing murder of an 84-year-old French priest on Tuesday by two Islamic State-linked jihadis may have been preventable.
Last year authorities had discovered a so-called "ISIS hit list" during the police raid of another extremist hideout, according to the Daily Mail, where the name of the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen, France where Father Jacques Hamel was killed is listed.
The Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray church was one of many Catholic churches on the hit list, according to the documents confiscated from 24-year-old French student and suspected ISIS extremist Sid Ahmed Ghlam in Paris last April. more >>
Hailed by media commentators including Jake Tapper and Anderson Cooper on CNN, award-winning documentary 3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy will release on iTunes and Amazon Video on August 2. The hour-long film chronicles the true story of Kermit Gosnell — the convicted doctor whose shuttered abortion clinic still stands, only two miles from the bustling city center hosting the Democratic National Convention this week.
Film director and citizen journalist David Altrogge cannot help but express outrage after careful research of the facts.
"Real women and babies lost their lives — because the Pennsylvania Department of State and the Department of Health chose to look the other way," he said in a recent interview. "Whether you're pro-life or pro-choice, can't we at least agree that women deserve better?" more >>
Pope Francis has been speaking out on the "pain and horror" stemming from the murder of an 84-year-old priest in France at the hands of Islamic State-linked supporters, as Catholic analysts noted that Europe's Christians are waking up to a "new era" of violence.
The priest, Father Jacques Hamel at the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen, was killed during morning mass on Tuesday by two assailants, who took a total of five people hostage. The attackers slit the priest's throat with a knife and wounded three others, before police shot them dead.
Francis immediately said that he joins in "prayer for the suffering of family members, of the pain of the parish and the diocese of Rouen." He also said that he "invokes God, the merciful Father, that he welcome the Abott Jacque Hamel into the peace of his light and that he bring comfort to the wounded." more >>