Pope Francis will meet with Holocaust survivors and visit the Auschwitz concentration camp next Friday, but instead of making a speech he will carry out his visit "in silent pain, compassion and tears."
According to Catholic News Service, Fr. Pawel Rytel-Andrianik, president of the Polish bishop's conference, said the pope's decision to remain silent at Auschwitz is deeply meaningful.
"In the world there are two very parallel places. The first is the Wailing Wall and the second is the wailing place. The Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, and the wailing place in Auschwitz-Birkenau in the German Nazi concentration camp," Rytel-Andianik said. more >>
A conservative group is calling on the House Armed Services Committee to support legislation that would allow members of the U.S. military to protect Afghan boys from being sexually abused and tortured at the hands of ally fighters.
The issue revolves around Sergeant First Class Charles Martland, an American serviceman who was initially punished for defending an Afghan boy from being sexually abused as part of a ritual practice carried out by an Afghan Commander and U.S. ally in the war on terror.
The American Center for Law and Justice petitioned on behalf of Martland, who has since been allowed to resume his service, but has warned that children continue being exploited in the "bacha bazi" or "boy play" practice in Afghanistan, in which grown men force young boys to dress up like women before raping and sexually abusing them. more >>
The newly released film "Caged No More," featuring Kevin Sorbo, targets the world's fastest-growing crime and the film's producer, Lisa Arnold, says Christians must lead the charge in the fight against human trafficking.
Inspired by real life events, "Caged No More" is meant to spread awareness about trafficking victims by telling the story of Aggie Prejean, a godmother on a desperate search to find sisters Skye and Elle, who were kidnapped by their father (Kevin Sorbo).
As the details behind the girls' disappearance begins to unravel, it's discovered their father has taken them overseas to be sold into slavery to settle a drug debt. Prejean enlists the help of the girls' uncle (also played by Sorbo), a well-respected local philanthropist, and his son, Wil (Alan Powell), who's a former special forces soldier, to find and rescue the girls. A global hunt ensues, and the team stops at nothing to ensure the girls are safely returned home. more >>
Islamic State militants are using encrypted mobile apps like WhatsApp and Telegram to sell trafficked girls who are repeatedly raped and tortured by pedophile terrorists.
It's no secret that as many as 3,000 religious minority girls, especially Yazidis, who have been captured by IS (also knowns as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh) are frequently bought and sold and raped by as many as eight different jihadis.
While many of the girls and women have been bought, sold and auctioned at sex slave markets inside the terror group's strongholds in Syria and Iraq, some militants appear to be using encrypted mobile apps and social media platforms in an attempt to sell girls trafficked as sex slaves. more >>
The Islamic State is tightening its grip on the thousands of women and girls it's holding captive as sex slaves, making it increasingly more difficult for smugglers to help them escape.
Despite increased losses of territory, the terrorist group has been curbing efforts to free the estimated 3,000 predominantly Yazidi female sex slaves.
"The thousands of Yazidi women and children were taken prisoner in August 2014, when IS fighters overran their villages in northern Iraq with the aim to eliminate the Kurdish-speaking minority because of its ancient faith," The Associated Press reports. more >>
Displaying its newest barbaric method of execution, the Islamic State terrorist organization executed seven of its own fighters on Monday by boiling them to death.
According to the British news site The Daily Star, an unnamed source in Iraq told Arabic language media that senior IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh) commanders executed seven militants who deserted the battlefield in the town of al-Sharqat in the Salahuddin province, where the jihadis were battling Iraqi forces.
As the militant outfit is continuously looking for new and more heinous ways to kill, the report indicates that the seven jihadis had their hands and legs tightly bound and were tossed into large pots of boiling water and burned alive. more >>