As ISIS continues to pose a menace to religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, Christians from the region have spoken with horror about what the terrorist group is doing to their communities.
Auday P. Arabo, lay spokesman for the St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Diocese, told The New York Times that Iraqi Christians are calling it "a slow-motion genocide."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden has said that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is "spiraling out of control." The death toll has climbed over 1,900, while the United Nations warned that $600 million will be needed in supplies to tackle the crisis.
Frieden noted that a number of countries have "turned their backs" on those coming from the countries that have been hit hardest by the outbreak, namely Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Added to that are the restrictions on flights and border crossings that have been established, which were designed to contain the spread, but are also hindering relief efforts.
At least 1,552 people have died in West Africa as the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history continues to accelerate, the World Health Organization has said.
There have been 3,069 cases of Ebola in total across Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, the latest update on Thursday revealed, and warned that more than 40 percent of the total cases have occurred within the past 21 days.
The case fatality rate stands at approximately 52 percent, ranging from 42 percent in Sierra Leone to 66 percent in Guinea. more >>
Megachurch pastor Jentezen Franklin of Free Chapel church partnered with the Los Angeles-based Dream Center to launch a transitional home for individuals between the ages of 18 to 23 earlier this week, where many will have a second chance to improve their lives.
The Dream Center's emancipating youth home located on The Dream Center's campus, called Freedom House, is one of the 200 ministries that will benefit those who have been part of the foster care or probation system.
"More than a transitional home, we are believing Freedom House will be a place where students come to know the love of Jesus Christ, that He is our only hope and our Savior," Franklin told The Christian Post. "…We are just so privileged to be a part of the dream … we can provide resources but we can't do the other things that they do so well, the programs the facility." more >>
A Catholic priest described his shock at the conditions Iraqi Christian refugees face, saying that they were left helpless and angry at government soldiers who abandoned them to ISIS extremists after the militants began their attacks.
"The people are angry because the government just gave up on them. They told us that, in Mosul, where there had normally been a presence of 60,000 soldiers, after the onslaught of ISIS, in only a matter of hours, these soldiers abandoned them, laying down their weapons," said Fr Rami Wakim, the secretary to Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregoire III Laham, according to The Catholic Herald on Monday.
Last week, the priest accompanied a delegation of Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs to Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish region of the country, where scores of persecuted minorities, including many Christians, are fleeing to. more >>
Liberian Christians in Greensboro, North Carolina, gathered Sunday to offer prayers and raise money for missionary group Samaritan's Purse in its ongoing battle against the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, which has killed over 1,400 people.
"Hopefully people will continue to pray and do what they can do so that eventually we will be able to fight this terrible disease," Rev. Wheigar Bright of Praise Chapel International said in an interview with WFMY News 2.
The fundraising efforts collected nearly $1,000 that will go in helping Samaritan's Purse, which has been treating patients at a clinic in Liberia, one of the countries most severely affected by the current outbreak. more >>