Over 100,000 Christians were forced to flee Mosul in just one night to escape the Islamic State's genocidal campaign of ethnic cleansing, says an Iraqi priest, recalling the terror of seeing IS militants capture the city.
"Before 2003 we were 2 million Christians in Iraq. Now we are maybe 180,000. At least 1,800 Christians have been killed since 2003 in Iraq. That's why the people are afraid," Father Douglas Bazi told The Express during an interview published on Tuesday.
"Overnight 100,000 people escaped from Mosul and escaped from IS. When they arrived and took over Mosul they told the people we have three conditions according to Shariah." more >>
Editor's note: The Christian Post has arranged with noted evangelical Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, an expert on and friend of The Catholic Church, to provide exclusive and rare coverage of the World Synod of the Catholic Church scheduled for October 3-24.
This Vatican Synod is generating great interest among Catholics and Evangelicals alike as Pope Francis continues to make overtures for increased cooperation with Evangelicals to protect religious freedom in a world of increased persecution of Christians.
Schirrmacher is president of the International Council of the International Society for Human Rights und Ambassador for Human Rights and executive chair of the Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance, the largest evangelical association in the world. more >>
Mankind's enduring "culture war" is nothing new. It first began in a garden long ago and today has reached a fever pitch worldwide.
The battle lines are drawn, not so much between conservative vs. liberal, as many presume, but, rather, between biblical vs. unbiblical, truth vs. deception. In its most distilled form the culture war signifies the worldly manifestation of an otherworldy spiritual battle between good and evil.
The U.K. government and the Church of England are reportedly in a great row over the refugee crisis, with bishops demanding that the government admit tens of thousands more people.
The Guardian reported on Monday that U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is upset with the Church of England's criticism of his government, and said that he could not agree to the bishop's plea for the country to admit 50,000 more refugees.
"On the bishops no one has more respect for the bishops than me. But on this occasion, I think they are wrong and I will say so very frankly," Cameron declared. more >>
Christian business owners in Sweden have received an option from Islamic vandals to either "convert or die."
On Wednesday, a report surfaced about an Assyrian family in Sweden who found the graffiti that reads "Convert or Die" on the wall of their Gothenburg pizzeria. The said family is among those who have fled Syria to escape the persecution of Christians at the hands of Islamic extremists, according to BizPac Review (BPR).
"Imagine yourself having fled from persecution in a country and then to find yourself staying next door to ISIS sympathizers here in Sweden," BPR quotes Gothenburg president Joseph Garis' statement to the Gotesborgs-Posten. more >>
The Islamic State terror group has beheaded a Sudanese Christian man named Mohamed Al-Ghaid in Libya.
IS has claimed that Al-Ghaid was killed to avenge the deaths of Muslims at the hands of Christians in Sudan.