In Part One of The Christian Post's interview with Marguerite Barankitse, the Christian humanitarian worker who rescued tens of thousands of children in her Maison Shalom orphanages in the wake of the Burundian civil war, she talked about the importance of forgiveness, even for those who killed 60 of her family members during that conflict. In Part Two, she shares the one thing she wants world leaders to know about her hope for the country's future.
Amid political unrest in Burundi where demonstrators are calling for President Pierre Nkurunziza to step down following mass civilian executions, Barankitse says she has been forced to flee the country to Rwanda where she now lives.
LOS ANGELES – Executive producers of the 2016 remake of "Ben-Hur," Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, shared their heart for forgiveness and reconciliation as more information is released on the Orlando massacre – the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
"There's things clearly happening in the world and we put this film together to impact culture with the message of love and forgiveness and reconciliation and that's needed now more than ever," Roma Downey, former "Touched By An Angel" star, said at a Los Angeles screening of "Ben-Hur" about the Orlando shooting.
When asked how she and her husband, Mark Burnett, hope to spread the message of forgiveness in these dark times, she maintained she plans to do so by one act of kindness at a time. more >>
Iraqi Christians who are joining Muslims in fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan as a sign of peace and solidarity are facing rebuke from other believers.
"In this way we just wanted to propose a Christian gesture: as Christians, we are confident that fasting and prayer, also shared with others, can work miracles, while weapons and military interventions only kill," Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I told Fides News Agency.
The Patriarch explained that other Christians, though he did not identify who, have taken issue with Christians and Muslims worshiping together in such a way. more >>
Joel Osteen, senior pastor of the 40,000-member Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, says people should stop worrying about problems that have yet to occur.
"Jesus put it this way [in Matthew 6:34]: 'Don't worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will have enough worries of its own,'" Osteen says in his Friday blog post, warning Christians that angst and worry can fester, causing turmoil that leads to precious time being wasted.
"Instead, live in today, enjoy the blessings of today, love people today, and don't try to solve problems that haven't even happened yet!" Osteen says. more >>
Muslim villagers in a Pakistani community are helping to build a church for their Christian neighbors, seeking to show peace and solidarity in a country deeply troubled by religious persecution of minorities.
"After local riots we are trying to bring people together even more," villager Ijaz Farooq told BBC News in an interview posted on Monday, referring to 2009 riots in the nearby city of Gojra against Christian homes, which left 10 people dead.
"We have increased our activity so we don't have to face something like that. By building this church we want to show that we are united as a community," he added. more >>
As Christians, seeking and maintaining peace plays an important role in our overall happiness. Here are five Bible verses to remind you of the importance of peace in your life.
All are taken from the New International Version Bible.
1) Matthew 5:9 more >>