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 >>
The Islamic State terror group has captured the Syrian town of Maheen in the central Homs Province, reports have said, and is now advancing toward the nearby town of Sadad, which is home to nearly 15,000 Syriac Orthodox Christians.
BBC News reported that the terror group, which has captured significant territory across Syria and Iraq, has been focusing on expanding from its mainly northern and eastern strongholds toward Homs in central Syria in recent months.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the fall of Maheen started with two suicide blasts on Saturday, with government forces eventually being driven out of the city. The watchdog group said that at least 50 government soldiers were killed or wounded in the fighting. more >>
A Ugandan woman was murdered by a Muslim mob for continuing to share her Christian faith even after her family had been warned to stop doing so.
Mamwikomba Mwanika, a Christian mother of eight, last week opened the door of her home in Kalampete village to see a mob of Muslims who wanted to see her husband and reminded her that they have already been warned to stop preaching about their faith. The crowd reacted angrily when they learned that the Ugandan woman's husband was not home, and she was dragged outside and beaten to death, according to a Morning Star News cited by Christian Today (CT).
"Your husband has followed the religion of his brother, and we had warned you people to stop these activities," CT quotes the mob's statement to Mwanika. "But our message has landed on deaf ears." 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." more >>