The United States Department of State has detailed in its International Religious Freedom report what one group described as "unimaginable horrors" Christians are facing at the hands of the Islamic State terror group, including beheadings and kidnappings.
The American Center for Law and Justice, which has been speaking out about Christian persecution across Iraq and Syria, described accounts in the IRF report as "truly gut-wrenching," and said the report only offers "a small glimpse at the unimaginable horrors" Christians are facing.
David Saperstein, ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom, said: more >>
The Islamic State terror group has executed 12 Iraqi children who attempted to flee from a jihadi training camp in the group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul.
Saeed Mamuzini, the spokesman for the Kurdistan Democratic Party's Mosul branch, told the Kurdish news site Rudaw that the militants killed the boys last Saturday for trying to escape from the town while they were being trained and indoctrinated at IS' Ashti military training camp.
"At least 12 children have been reportedly killed by the IS radicals. The children were receiving training at Ashti military camp in Mosul and they were caught trying to escape," Mamuzini said. "The ages of the executed children are around 12 to 16. They are mostly Arabs from Mosul." more >>
The Rev. Billy Graham has issued a written warning to America's churches: "Prepare for persecution." The renowned preacher and founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association penned a commentary that was posted on his website last week and is slated to appear in the November edition of Decision magazine.
In the magazine, Graham notes that the American church has been largely unfamiliar with persecution, writing that this "immunity to persecution that Christians in our country have experienced in the past two or three centuries is unusual."
"As a whole, our nation does not know what privation is. We do not know what sacrifice is. We do not know what suffering is. Suppose persecution were to come to the church in America, as it has come in other countries," wrote Graham. more >>
Rev. Canon Andrew White, commonly known as the "Vicar of Baghdad," says there is no other solution but to destroy the Islamic State radicals in the Middle East.
White has been lauded for his bravery while serving as vicar of St. George, the only Anglican Church in Iraq.
At times, he has had as many as 35 security guards assigned to him. Over 1,200 people who've worshiped with him in Baghdad have been killed, according to White. The number of Christians in Iraq has dwindled from 1.5 million to 260,000. more >>
An Egyptian priest is calling on president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to protect his historic church from being demolished by a Muslim judge and his two sons who are trying to steal the land to build a shopping mall.
The U.S.-based Christian persecution monitoring agency International Christian Concern is reporting that the Greek Orthodox Church of Virgin Mary in Rashid City of the Beheira governorate continues to be victimized by attacks from a retired Muslim judge named Mohamed Mostafa Kamel Tirana and his two sons, who are also judges.
Since 2008, the family of judges have attempted numerous times to use their legal clout to take ownership of the church and its property. Although the church dates back to the 1840s, the judge maintains that the plot that the church sits on is his family's ancestral land. more >>
Christians from around the world shared their stories of persecution during the International Day of Prayer on Sunday, offering prayers for both victims and perpetrators of terrorism.
Persecution watchdog Open Doors featured several Christian witnesses on its IDOP live webcast and fielded questions from social media regarding the Christian participants.
Open Doors President David Curry said Christian persecution around the world has increased this year, with international crises ranging from the continued conquests of the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria; to Boko Haram's rampages in Nigeria; the oppression of religious minorities in North Korea, and a host of other cases. more >>