Four Wycliffe Associates workers have been killed in an attack by radicals in the organization's office in the Middle East.
Wycliffe explained in a statement that the attackers, who are yet to be identified, shot and destroyed all the equipment in the Bible translation office, but the hard drives containing the translation work for eight language projects was saved.
Two of the Wycliffe workers were apparently killed by gunshots, while two others laid on top of the lead translator and died while "deflecting bludgeoning blows from the radicals' spent weapons," and managed to save his life. more >>
Hours after Sec. of State John Kerry declared that the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., introduced a bill to prioritize Christian and religious minorities in the United States' Syrian refugee resettlement program.
The Religious Persecution Relief Act, which was introduced by Cotton Thursday, is legislation that would require the U.S. government to designate 10,000 refugee resettlement slots every year for the next five years for Syrian religious minorities.
Additionally, the bill will fast-track the U.S.'s review process for religious minorities who do not register with the United Nations because of fear of persecution inside of refugee camps. This will allow for those persecuted individuals to circumvent the U.N. process by allowing them to apply for resettlement directly at U.S.-funded refugee support centers in northern Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. more >>
Anglican leader and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who has spoken out strongly for the need to help refugees fleeing war and violence, says it's wrong to label people fearful of the mass migration of refugees as "racist."
"There is a tendency to say 'those people are racist,' which is just outrageous, absolutely outrageous," Welby told The House magazine during an interview at the House of Lords.
"Fear is a valid emotion at a time of such colossal crisis. This is one of the greatest movements of people in human history. Just enormous. And to be anxious about that is very reasonable," he added. more >>
WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of displaced Iraqi Christians who fled from their ancient homelands over a year-and-a-half ago to escape the the barbarity of the Islamic State feel as though their plight has been forgotten by the rest of the world, a prominent Chaldean priest explained Wednesday.
Father Douglas al-Bazi, who left his home in Baghdad for the protection of the Kurdish North in 2013, now runs the Mar Elia Church in Ainkawa. As over 125,000 people fled from the Mosul area to Kurdistan following the rise of IS in the summer of 2014, Bazi's church currently shelters over 112 displaced Iraqi families, as it and 16 other churches in the area are being used as refugee centers.
Although refugee families living in the Mar Elia center have just a 10-by-15-foot iron container to call a temporary home and are struggling to find jobs and educational opportunities, the 43-year-old priest said in an interview with The Christian Post that he foresees Iraqi Christians living in refugee centers long after IS is defeated because of the lack of trust that they will be protected in their homelands. more >>
Several European nations have partially shut down their borders in order to better control the overflow of refugees, which has reportedly left tens of thousands of migrants stranded, and drawn condemnation from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
BBC News reported that Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia have all sought to restrict the route of migrants making their way from Greece and Turkey toward Western European states, but Merkel has argued that the development "does not resolve the problem" and would "not be sustainable or lasting."
"Personally, I think that Austria's unilateral decision, and then those made subsequently by Balkan countries, will obviously bring us fewer refugees, but they put Greece in a very difficult situation," Merkel told MDR radio Thursday. more >>
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Russian Orthodox Church will be hosting a summit on religious persecution in Moscow, the Rev. Franklin Graham announced today.
"I was in Russia this past October and met with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, and evangelical leaders, and we discussed at length the persecution of the Church worldwide," Graham wrote in a Facebook message Wednesday, explaining the roots of the summit, which will be held in October.
"The World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians will shed a global spotlight on this crisis. We will bring delegates from around the world and will be able to join hands with people of other churches and denominations of the Christian faith to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ and to hear firsthand reports of the suffering that is taking place." more >>