A 15-year-old boy in Pakistan cut off his own hand after the cleric of a mosque accused him of blasphemy. The boy's family and villagers praised him for the act of "proving" his faith.
The incident took place after the boy, identified as Mohammad Anwar, from Pakistan's Okara district, attended a gathering at a mosque in Hujra Shah Muqeem area last week, according to Pakistan's Dawn newspaper.
The cleric, identified as Shabbir Ahmed, asked the gathering if there was anyone who had stopped praying and believing in the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The boy couldn't understand the question, and raised his hand by mistake. more >>
The Turkish army has bombed the Iraqi border village of Sharanish, home to many Christians, Chaldeans and Assyrians, under the supposed pretext of its ongoing war with the Kurdish PKK.
Fides News Agency reported Monday that the bombings took place over the weekend, creating panic and forcing many to flee to the city of Zakho in bitter cold conditions. Reports have not yet revealed the number of victims, but the Patriarchate of Babylon of the Chaldeans condemned the attack as "totally unjustified."
"The attack was carried out under the pretext of the fight against the positions of the Kurdish PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party)," Patriarchate Louis Sako said. more >>
An American missionary was among the dozens of civilians killed during an al Qaeda attack in the African nation of Burkina Faso over the weekend.
Michael Riddering, who was one of the 28 people killed by al Qaeda-linked militants in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou Friday night, was a father of four and director of an orphanage and women's crisis center in the town of Yako, his mother-in-law, Carol Boyle, told The Associated Press.
Riddering, who traveled to the African nation in 2011 along with his wife, Amy Boyle-Riddering, was in the capital city on Friday night to meet a group of people who were planning to volunteer at the orphanage and crisis center that he and his wife run. more >>
A group of over 800 Wheaton College alumni are threatening to withdraw their financial support for the Evangelical institution until the school reinstates a tenured professor who was suspended last month for asserting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
After Wheaton College Provost Stanton Jones recommended termination proceedings for associate political science professor Larycia Hawkins, who started a media firestorm in December after she wrote on Facebook that Christians and Muslims worship the same God, a letter signed by at least 815 Wheaton graduates was delivered to school officials Friday, telling the administration to cease in its termination effort or face the consequences.
"We, the undersigned, respectfully request that all termination proceedings against Hawkins cease immediately, that she be fully reinstated as a tenured associate professor of Political Science, and for administration to issue a public acknowledgement for the grave institutional missteps that have irreparably damaged Hawkins' reputation within the academy and credibility among Evangelical Christians," the letter asserts. "Until full restoration and reconciliation are reached, each of us will prayerfully re-consider our commitment to financially support the mission of Wheaton College." more >>
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of released Pastor Saeed Abedini, has thanked President Barack Obama, the Rev. Franklin Graham, the various groups that campaigned for her husband's release, and the millions of people around the world who signed petitions for the cause.
"I wanted to say thank you to all of you for having prayed and have wept with us, have signed petitions and have called your government officials. Thank you for having stood with our family during this difficult journey," Abedini wrote on Facebook late on Sunday, just hours after her husband was finally released from Iranian prison.
National Geographic Channel's six-part documentary series "The Story of God" has released its first trailer, in which acclaimed actor Morgan Freeman asks some of the most fundamental questions human beings have, such as "what happens when we die?"
The large-scale project, which was announced last year, features Freeman exploring religious beliefs around the world, and part of his search reportedly takes him to Christian megachurches in America, such as Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.
ET Online unveiled an exclusive first look of that journey with the release of the trailer on Thursday, which shows Freeman immersing himself in discussions, ceremonies and practices of faith groups around the world, from India to Egypt to Israel and the U.S. more >>