A Protestant Christian church was burned by suspected Islamic radicals in the village of Bath in Pakistani Punjab, leaving Christians in the community fearful and asking for protection.
Fides News Agency reported that the Protestant Christian congregation called "Apostolic Church" was set on fire last week following a dispute between Christians and Muslims in the village. The attack occurred the day after a prayer vigil for Epiphany on Jan. 6, when an arson destroyed the church building.
Pastor Zulfiqar of the Apostolic Church revealed that Bibles and sacred vessels were burned in the fire, and suggested that the earlier dispute between Muslims and Christians might have had something to do with the attack. more >>
World leaders need to continue their compassion toward migrants despite concerns of national security, Pope Francis said Monday.
Speaking in his annual address to the diplomatic corps of the Holy See, Francis argued it's possible for European countries to accept migrants without sacrificing their national security or culture, saying that global leaders must "overcome the inevitable fears associated with this massive and formidable phenomenon."
The pope went on to argue that the recent, massive influx of migrants from primarily Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq to European countries "seems to be undermining the foundations of that 'humanistic spirit' which Europe has always loved and defended." more >>
The Wheaton College provost who recommended the school begin its termination process for a tenured professor who asserted that Muslims and Christians "worship the same God," had previously called the professor's assertion "innocuous" just days before she was suspended.
After political science professor Larycia Hawkins issued a Dec. 10 Facebook post explaining that she was going to wear a hijab throughout the Advent to show solidarity with Muslims and stated that "we worship the same God," a media firestorm began and causing media relations issue for the private Illinois Evangelical institution.
Although Wheaton placed Hawkins, the school's first tenured black female professor, on administrative leave on Dec. 15 after Hawkins issued a follow-up post on Dec. 13 defending her "same god" argument, Provost Stanton Jones stated in an email to a Wheaton psychology professor that he felt Hawkins' comments were "innocuous." more >>
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini, has shared that in her years of traveling the country raising awareness for persecution, she has come to see major problems in the body of Christ that stand against serious warnings by God.
"My travels over the last three years have opened my eyes to the condition that the body of Christ is in. Pursuing fame, wealth and 'followers/numbers' has become normal in the Christian world. We are becoming like the world and we are totally OK with that. Yet the Scripture has serious warnings even calling us ENEMIES OF GOD," Abedini wrote on Sunday during one of her daily Facebook updates, as part of a three-week fast she has encouraged other Christians to join her in.
"May this time of prayer and fasting bring us to our knees. May it be a time of repentance and being raw before God admitting our adultery and enmity toward God. Revival starts with us admitting our true condition and turning back to God," she added, and posted passages on the subject as found in 1 John 2:15-16 and James 4:2-5. more >>
Mass anti-refugee protests were broken up by riot police in Cologne, Germany, over the weekend, with protesters venting their anger at Chancellor Angela Merkel and the gang sex assaults that women suffered in the city over New Year's Eve.
Reuters reported that on Saturday 1,700 protesters from the far-right PEGIDA movement marched with signs such as "Rapefugees not welcome," and chanted slogans including "Merkel must go" and "this is the march of the national resistance."
Police who broke up the march claimed that many of the demonstrators were from the "hooligan scene," and were forced to use water canons on the crowd after bottles and fire crackers were thrown at officers. more >>
Federal agents have arrested two Iraqi-born Palestinian immigrants from California and Texas on charges of having ties with the Islamic State terror group in Syria.
Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, 23, was arrested from Sacramento, California, and Omar Faraj Saeed Al-Hardan, 24, from Houston, Texas. Both are Iraqi-born Palestinians.
Al-Jayab fought against Syrian government soldiers and promised in 2013 he would train Al-Hardan in using weapons and sneaking into Syria to join the fight, The Associated Press reported, citing an FBI affidavit unsealed in federal court in Sacramento on Friday. more >>