The Rev. Franklin Graham is responding to the news that Islamic terrorists killed 70 Pakistani Christians, mostly women and children, on Easter Sunday in Lahore by stating that the world will not bow down to Islam; but instead "every knee" will bow to Jesus.
"As Christians we know that when death comes to someone who has trusted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, we are ushered into the presence of our Heavenly Father and will live for eternity in His presence. The grave has no hold on the believer," Graham said in a Facebook message.
Graham, who leads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, noted that Islamic terrorists have taken responsibility for the suicide bomb attack, with the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar group, which splintered from the Taliban, revealing that it specifically targeted Christians. more >>
Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, 56, a Catholic Priest who was kidnapped by the Islamic State earlier this month was crucified by militants on Good Friday, according to Austrian media.
Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, told a congregation gathered in St. Stephen's Cathedral in the Austrian capital that the Salesian priest had been crucified.
The Christian Post reported last week that Father Uzhunnalil was believed to have been kidnapped by IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) during an attack at a Missionaries of Charity-run retirement home in Aden, Yemen, on March 4. During the attack, the militants killed 16 people, including four nuns. No trace of Uzhunnalil was found after the attack but a neighbor reportedly witnessed militants taking the priest and driving away with him in a car. more >>
At least 70 people, mostly Christians and children, have been killed in a mass suicide attack in Lahore, Pakistan, on Easter Sunday, with the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar terror group claiming responsibility and admitting it targeted Christians.
Another 300 people were injured in the bomb blast, which was carried out in a park in Lahore, close to a children's playground which was more crowded than usual as the minority Christian population was celebrating Easter, BBC News reported.
Persecution watchdog groups have called for a response from the Western world, asking why close attention is only paid to terror attacks in the U.S. and Europe, and not elsewhere around the world as well. more >>
The U.S. State Department of issued a statement condemning "in the strongest terms" Sunday's suicide bombing in Pakistan but made no mention that the terror attack targeted Christians celebrating Easter.
"This cowardly act, which targeted innocent civilians in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, has killed dozens and left scores injured," the State Department said in its release after the attack in a busy park in the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday evening.
At least 70 people were killed, mostly women and children who were on an Easter weekend outing, according to Reuters. About 340 others were wounded, and 25 of them are said to be in serious condition. more >>
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is featured in a new video purportedly released by the Islamic State or its supporters that takes responsibility for this week's terror attacks in Brussels and calls on militants to carry out jihad against the West.
The nine-minute video titled "The Exile of Islam and Brussels Attacks," tries to gloat in the fact that IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) has been successful in carrying out deadly attacks in the heart of prominent European cities. After militants launched an assault in France last November, Tuesday's attack in Belgium only continues to drive up fears in the West that more terror attacks are probable in the future.
The video begins by showing a map of Europe burning and then plays audio of a newscaster saying, "Just four months after the last one, another series of attacks on a European capital." more >>
A court in Malaysia issued a landmark ruling Wednesday allowing a Muslim man who was converted to Islam by his parents at the age of 10, to officially renounce Islam and legally embrace Christianity, according to a local news outlet.
The Borneo Post Online, the largest English news site in Borneo, reports that Justice Yew Jen Kie of the Kuching High Court has allowed 41-year-old Rooney Rebit, formerly known as Azmi Mohamad Azam Shah, to be identified as a Christian.
In making his decision, Yew cited Article 11 of the Malaysian Constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion. more >>