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 >>
Conservative author, pundit, and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza has gotten tons of attention for his latest cinematic project, "Hillary's America."
At the center of the film is the apparent argument that Democrats have been the scourge of American history and how Hillary Clinton will continue the trend.
The trailer wowed audiences at the Conservative Political Action Conference and has gone viral on YouTube, accruing almost a half million views in less than a week. more >>
The Good Book says that if one wants to enter the Kingdom of Heaven they must do so as a little child. These children show that such faith can be quite amusing.
In an animated video posted to GodTube last week, an account overseen by the group WorshipHouse Kids gathered up some cute responses children had about Jesus, Easter, the Bible, and even the Easter Bunny.
The animators illustrated the kids' responses to various questions, with amusing mostly stick-figures showcasing their narrating replies. more >>
A missionary project leader who works on the front-lines in Africa credits rapid advances in technology and communication for changing the way the Gospel is shared with unreached people, but fears terrorism is becoming a rising obstacle for Christian missions.
"The biggest changes have come in the area of technology and communication. The world has become so much smaller and far more interconnected because of cell phone technology, computers, and social media," said Lee Sonius, director of sub-Saharan Africa at Reach Beyond, a Colorado Springs-based ministry to the unreached, in an interview with The Christian Post.
"When we first started out as missionaries almost 30 years ago, we were still writing letters back and forth to the U.S. which would have a turn around time of two to three weeks minimum," Sonius added, noting that phone calls from the U.S. to Africa would cost a minimum of $5 per minute, while now there are a number of ways to speak for free on Skype and plenty of other social media platforms. more >>