James Foley, the American photojournalist beheaded by ISIS militants was reportedly trying to forge dialogue between Christians and Muslims, his former fellow hostage said.
"It's completely ironic," French journalist Nicolas Henin told the Irish Times after learning of Foley's beheading. "James got hold of a Koran in English and he was fascinated by it. There were times he read it without interruption. After being taken hostage twice, he said his career as a reporter was obviously jinxed."
However, Foley was not deterred and continued working for the Global Post and the Agence France-Presse. He was taken hostage in 2012 while on assignment in Syria, which was under attack from ISIS at the time. During his imprisonment, Foley was convicted and felt the need to try and do his part to encourage dialogue between Christians and Muslims. more >>
While Iraq is struggling to cope with the severe humanitarian crisis that has seen close to 1.2 million people flee their homes on the run from terror group ISIS, Christian Churches are opening their doors and housing Muslim families in acts of generosity, Christian humanitarian group World Vision has said.
Refugees, who are constantly increasing in number, are in need of basic necessities and are praying for the end of hostilities, which have disrupted the lives of millions, including many children who are now unable to go to school.
The Iraqi government has been locked in a battle against ISIS, which has captured large amounts of territory in Syria and Iraq, with humanitarian groups playing a crucial part in providing relief to the millions of people in need. more >>
Actress Lauren Bacall died on Tuesday, but before her death, she spoke about her Jewish upbringing and marriage to Humphrey Bogart, a Christian.
Bacall was born to a Jewish family but changed her name in order to fit into the Hollywood culture. It was a decision that she did not regret; other than that, she made no effort to hide her roots. She wrote her autobiography By Myself, in which she said she "felt totally Jewish and always would."
Egypt's most influential Muslim cleric has recently denounced the terrorist group commonly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam, considered the North African nation's highest religious authority, said on the state news agency MENA that ISIS "poses a danger to Islam and Muslims."
Kirstie Alley took to Twitter Sunday defending against Mak Chmerkovskiy's recent claims that their friendship ended over the Church of Scientology.
The 63-year-old actress shared several posts on Twitter that address the "Dancing with the Stars" pro as well as other believers of "nasty gossip," but the rant ended with Alley taking the high road.
"To those who believe nasty gossip spewed by others, please stop following. To those who know me, carry on," Alley began on Aug. 3. "I have a great idea!!! Why don't we all confess the things WE have done, INSTEAD of what other have done. #cowards" more >>
WASHINGTON – Faith-based communities are a critical part of overseas aid and development, government officials declared at an event praising those efforts.
At the opening event for the multiday U.S.–Africa Leaders Summit, leaders in the government and faith-based organizations spoke about the efforts to aid development in the African continent.
The Friday morning opening breakfast event was hosted by Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. more >>