A Hindu nationalist organization has converted 39 people from Dalit Christian families to Hinduism in a controversial ceremony aimed at making them eligible for a government benefits program.
"We are moving ahead with our initiative and more families from other religions will be reconverted to Hinduism soon. We are being approached by many people who want to come back to their original faith," said Viswha Hindu Parishad Alappuzha District Chief Prathap G Padickal, according to the Times of India.
The "ghar wapsi" programme in Kerala's Alappuzha district previously oversaw another 30 Dalit Christians convert to Hinduism in December 2014. more >>
The Islamic State's affiliate organization in Libya has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of three African Christians in eastern Libya by posting the men's passport photos and pictures of them being bound and blindfolded on social media websites sympathetic to the terrorist group's cause.
The International Business Times reports that the three Christian men are migrants from three different countries in Africa — Egypt, Nigeria and Ghana. The militant group posted the pictures of the men on jihadi social media websites on Saturday, where ISIS asserted that the three kidnapped men are in fact Christians.
An anonymous resident told Reuters that the abduction occurred in Noufliyah, an ISIS-controlled town southeast of Sirte. Mohamed El Hejazi, a military spokesman for Libya's official government, verified that the kidnappings occurred in that town. more >>
Evidence produced by the prosecution proves that espionage and other charges against two South Sudanese pastors facing the death penalty have no basis, a prominent witness told a court in Khartoum, Sudan, as the defense team closed the case.
Ex-army general and 2010 presidential candidate Abdul Aziz Khalid testified that the evidence presented by the prosecution was not classified, and therefore the security and espionage charges against the pastors were without basis, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide USA.
Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services charged pastors Yat Michael and Peter Reith, both from the Presbyterian Evangelical Church from the seceded nation of South Sudan, with at least six crimes including undermining the constitutional system, espionage, promoting hatred amongst sects, breach of public peace and offences relating to insulting religious beliefs. more >>
Six years after being sentenced to death on the charge of blasphemy, Pakistan's Supreme Court has finally issued Christian mother of five, Asia Bibi, an appeal hearing, which serves as the last chance to spare her from death and secure her freedom.
Bibi, who has suffered major health troubles in recent months due to her cruel imprisonment, will have an appeal trial next Wednesday, July 22 at 9 a.m., the British Pakistani Christian Association first reported Thursday.
BPCA officer Mehwish Bhatti said the 50-year-old mother's appeal was "expedited" possibly because of the international scrutiny put on the Pakistani government about Bibi's unjust plight. more >>
As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan came to an end on Friday, a monitoring group estimates that the Islamic State terrorist organization tortured at least 94 civilians, which included five children, for breaking their fast during daylight hours.
Reuters reports that the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group close to the ISIS conflict, said Thursday that ISIS punished at least 94 individuals by flogging them, putting them in steel cages, or "crucifying" them in the streets of three Syrian provinces that the group controls.
As The Christian Post previously reported, a video was posted to YouTube in early July that showed how ISIS crucified dozens of civilians by tying them to electric poles with signs hung around their necks stating the alleged offense they had committed. Meanwhile a Syrian activist explained how the group was humiliating fast violators by putting them in cages on the streets for the public to see. more >>
A Jewish Barron in Britain, who was rescued by Christians from his homeland of Austria during the Holocaust in 1938, says he has a favor to repay. He has established an effort to rescue over 2,000 Christians at risk of being killed by the Islamic State terrorist organization in Iraq and Syria.
Ninety-five-year-old Lord George Weidenfeld once faced very similar circumstances as Christians in Iraq and Syria — the possibility of being martyred simply for one's faith.
Fortunately for Weidenfeld, he benefited from a group of caring English Quakers and Plymouth Brethren who took it upon themselves to evacuate Weidenfeld and other Jewish children to the U.K. to ensure their safe escape from the grips of genocidal Nazi Germany. more >>