Violence in Egypt against Coptic Christians has continued despite the fall of former president Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, with believers still facing abductions and the government seizing their property, the Board of Inquiry in Cairo reported.
The report, according to Fides News Agency, shows that Copts, who make up close to 10 percent of the population, are continuing to face "endemic forms of violence and abuse" in many parts of Egypt, particularly in the governorates of Luxor, Sohag and Aswan.
"The worrying scenario has been reconstructed in detail on the basis of meetings with community representatives, civil society organizations and material provided which witness this phenomena of violence," Fides reported. more >>
South African Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius, currently on trial accused of murdering his girlfriend, has turned to a book about prayer by a New York City megachurch pastor as he prepares to take the stand in his defense.
Pistorius, 27, who maintains that he mistakenly shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14, 2013, when he mistook her for an intruder, has repeatedly vomited and sobbed during the trial.
However, it recently came to attention that Pistorius has been reading Breakthrough Prayer: The Power of Connecting with the Heart of God by Jim Cymbala, the senior pastor of the 16,000 person Brooklyn Tabernacle Church. more >>
Chloe Menager allegedly held her 1-year-old son underwater in the bathtub until he drowned in 2012. She has now been found guilty of his murder and faces a lifetime behind bars if a judge so decides. During the trial, Menager spoke of being tormented by demons, though she never said that was her reason for committing the murder.
Two years ago, Pablo Perez flagged down Dallas, Texas officers to get help for his son, who had drowned in the bathtub. When they arrived, they reportedly found Menager in wet, blood-stained clothes and crying into a cellphone.
"I'm sorry, I'm sorry, my baby," Menager said. more >>
In what could turn into a redemptive comeback, popular youth pastor Matt Pitt of The Basement is expected to be released from jail in the next three weeks after serving time there for nearly eight months for allegedly impersonating a police officer.
Pitt, 30, who founded The Basement in Birmingham, Ala., one of America's largest Christian youth ministries, was sentenced to spend 10 months in jail in October after an Alabama judge revoked his probation for impersonating a police officer in 2012.
A CBS report explained that Pitt had his probation revoked after a man named Brandon Vessels testified that the youth minister had again identified himself as a police officer after an argument over a BB-gun in Jefferson County. Pitt's attorney said last Friday, however, that Vessels wasn't being completely truthful about what happened. more >>
An Iowa pastor is speaking out for the first time after his church's former youth leader was sentenced to 15 years for sexual abuse Monday.
James Snow, leader of Heritage Assembly in Des Moines, trusted Ryan McKelvey, 27, as youth pastor of the congregation but now considers him a "monster" that took advantage of two minors within the church.
"I realized that he had deceived all of his life. Twenty-seven years and no one had ever picked up on these issues except for the ones he had hurt," Snow said, according to KCCI 8 News. "Anyone who would do something like this to a child is a monster and they're not normal." more >>
A British teenager and her American boyfriend killed themselves after fatally shooting an American police officer in Orlando. Alexandria Hollinghurst and Brandon Goode were found dead in a wealthy Orlando suburb after being listed as "missing endangered" by their families.
"The Orange County Sheriff's Office has been given suicide notes written by both individuals," a spokesman revealed during a press conference. "The contents of those notes will not be revealed at this time, as the investigation is active and open. During the course of this homicide investigation, the OSCO investigators learned from Polk County authorities that the suspects were considered 'missing endangered' due to the suicidal notes."
Hollinghurst and Goode allegedly were out in the early morning when they were approached by Officer Robert German. He stopped their car for suspicious activity and called for back-up, but by the time back-up arrived, German had been shot in the head. German was taken to a nearby hospital but was unable to be revived. His body camera may provide vital information as to what exactly happened between German and the teens. more >>