Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) reportedly walked out of Nelson Mandela's memorial service when Cuban President Raul Castro started speaking. Cruz, one of only two Republicans at the memorial, praised Mandela and spoke to Democratic politicians on the way.
"Sen. Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela," Catherine Frazier, Cruz's D.C. press secretary, wrote The Christian Post in an email statement on Wednesday. "For decades, Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents," Frazier explained.
Cruz's father, Rafael, fought on Fidel Castro's side during the Cuban Revolution, but later fled the dictatorial regime after Castro took power. Raul Castro is Fidel Castro's brother and successor. more >>
The Evangelical broadcasting Organization, a public broadcaster in The Netherlands with a mission to bring Jesus Christ to TV, radio, Internet and magazines, has produced a new music video called "Justice Song," recorded in a burned Coptic Church in Egypt.
"We heard about what happened in Egypt, last august, when over a hundred of Christian buildings (many churches amongst it) [were] destroyed by radical Muslims," Marco van der Straten, EO-spokesman and executive producer of "Justice Song," shared in an email with The Christian Post on Wednesday.
"As a part of our human rights project, we decided to make a music video in Egypt, with a Christian Dutch artist (William Wixley) and an Egyptian artist (Rando Harvey). It's a song that expresses our feelings, we want to stand side-by-side with the persecuted Christians around the world. And it's a song about hope." more >>
The head of the Roman Catholic Church has been named TIME Magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2013.
In an announcement made by TIME on Wednesday morning, the Pontiff was given the honor for his impact on the global stage, stated TIME's managing editor Nancy Gibbs.
It is hard to imagine putting Pope Francis and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the same race for the same honor. However, the two very different public figures are both finalists in TIME Magazine's 2013 "Person of the Year" award.
Begun in 1927 and originally labeled "Man of the Year," the annual honor goes to an individual – good or bad – whom TIME's editorial board believes most impacted the news for the previous year.
Pope Francis, consecrated the new head of the Roman Catholic Church back in March after his predecessor resigned, has garnered much attention for his approach to the position. Known for his humility and frequent shunning of high status before and during his reign as the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis has become the talk of many circles for his seemingly unorthodox rhetoric and style. His comments on atheism, gay priests, social issues, and other matters coupled with viral images of him washing the feet of female Muslim prisoners and embracing severely deformed individuals have led many to feel Francis is taking the Roman Catholic Church in a new direction. more >>
International human rights group Amnesty International has obtained satellite images of North Korea that expose some of its largest prison camps, where hundreds of thousands of people, including children, are believed to be kept "in horrific conditions."
"The gruesome reality of North Korea's continued investment in this vast network of repression has been exposed. We urge the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all those prisoners of conscience held in political prison camps and close the camps immediately," said Rajiv Narayan, Amnesty International's East Asia researcher.
Amnesty's detailed report said that the new findings are of "grave concern," as it shows that North Korean authorities are investing in and maintaining political prison camps – described as places of "systematic, widespread and grave human rights violations, such as forced hard labor, denial of detainee's food quota as punishment, torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment." more >>
Christian leaders have expressed their sentiments of remembrance and sorrow at the news of the death of South African human rights activist and racial pioneer Nelson Mandela.
Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, secretary-general of the World Evangelical Alliance, said in a statement that "the world has lost a great leader."
"Nelson Mandela was a model of courage, vision and personal sacrifice. Today more than ever we need this kind of leadership," said Tunnicliffe. more >>