Christians in Tripoli are finding solace in Christmas carols amid their fears in the war-torn capital of Libya.
Since the ouster of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011, fears for the Tripoli residents' safety have increased and the jihadists' reported slaughtering of Christians in Libya only served to worsen those fears. However, community members continue to visit Saint Francis church during the day off every Friday to pray for each other, according to an AFP report published on Your Middle East.
In August 2014, an Islamist militia group overran Tripoli and caused the government to escape to the far east side of the country. While most Westerners left Libya after that incident, there are still some workers from Asia, Middle East, and Africa who have opted to stay because of lack of stable income in their hometowns, the report relays. more >>
Christians in India and other parts of Asia are being targeted for their faith and some are even forced to convert to Hinduism.
In August 2008, the Christian minority in Kandhamal, India was blamed for the death of a local Hindu leader, and violence had become widespread in the region. Kanaka Rekha Nayak's family was among those affected by the incident, according to Crux.
Nayak's family fled to a forest near Tiangia Budedipade, but the Hindu radical mob caught up with them after two days. After finding out that they were Baptist Christians, the attackers tied a bicycle chain around her husband Parikhit's neck and dragged him to town before demanding that he renounce his faith and convert to Hinduism, the report details. more >>
Over 1,000 supporters recently gathered at the Toronto church of Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim on Sunday to offer their prayers and support after the pastor was sentenced to life prison by a North Korean court.
The prayer vigil took place at Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, outside of Toronto, where the Rev. Jason Noh told visitors that despite his harsh sentence, Lim is in "really good spirits."
"He's in really good spirits [...] apparently, he's at peace," Noh added to the crowd of supporters. more >>
Queen Elizabeth II is reportedly set to deliver her "most Christian message yet" during her annual Christmas address to the Commonwealth of Nations, and will focus on the "unprecedented" level of persecution against Christians.
The Telegraph reported Sunday that sources say Queen Elizabeth will also focus on her own personal Christian faith, which she has often talked about throughout her 60-plus year reign.
A major highlight of her message will be the violence and persecution Christians around the world experienced throughout 2015, especially with the continued conquests of the Islamic State terror group throughout Iraq and Syria. more >>
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed that Israel is the only Middle East nation protecting Christians from violence at the hands of radical Islam.
Netanyahu pointed out that Christians are being persecuted and killed by radical Islamic groups across the Middle East, most notably by the Islamic State, and are facing violence and discrimination in Muslim majority nations. The Israeli leader apparently made the remarks in a video message to the Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum, Fides News Agency reported.
"You know very well that our region is in flames and Christians in Iraq, Syria and, unfortunately, under the Palestinian Authority, are suffering a lot because of radical Islam. These communities are persecuted, and unfortunately many people have lost their lives for their faith," Netanyahu added, praising the organization which enlists Christian soldiers into the Israeli army. more >>
A discrimination lawsuit filed by Atlanta's former fire chief against the city on the basis that he was fired for publishing a book containing his Christian views on homosexuality, will be heard in federal court after a judge refused the city's request to dismiss the lawsuit on Wednesday.
Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, an evangelical Christian who previously served as the Obama administration's Administrator of the United States Fire Administration, was suspended without pay for a month and ordered to complete sensitivity training last November by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed after he self-published a book he wrote on his own time titled, Who Told You That You Were Naked?, for a Bible study at his church.
The book included just two passages in all 160 pages that were critical of homosexuality, calling it "vulgar" and "the opposite of purity." In addition to publishing the book, Cochran distributed about 20 copies of the book to people at work. City attorney Robert Godfrey has stated in the past that action was taken against Cochran after some employees complained to city council members. more >>