Leaders of major Christian denominations and a church coalition in Kenya last week closed ranks in a show of unity, warning that they will no longer remain silent as members of their flock are being killed in a religious war.
Tens of thousands of Christian pilgrims gathered Saturday at Jerusalem's ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built at a site where Jesus was crucified and buried, to witness a flame that is believed to emerge miraculously from the tomb of Jesus a day before Orthodox Easter each year.
American ISIS Supporter John T. Booker Jr. Charged With Plotting Suicide Bomb; He's Mentally Ill, Says Muslim Cleric
A 20-year-old Kansas man was arrested Friday for allegedly plotting to detonate a car bomb at the Fort Riley military base on behalf of the Islamic State, or ISIS, terror group. A Muslim cleric, who was counseling him at the FBI's request, says he is mentally ill.
Atheist Greek PM Tsipras Holds 'Tense Meeting' With Russian Orthodox Leader; Patriarch Kirill Tells Him Only 'Spiritual Base' Brings Social Justice
The openly atheist Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, held on Thursday a "tense meeting" with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. Kirill told Tsipras that only a "spiritual base" can bring social justice to a nation.
Members of the Takfiri ISIS group in Iraq executed 10 doctors in Mosul on Wednesday as part of their continued terrorism against Christians and other religious and political groups throughout the Middle East.
Terror group ISIS has reportedly asked for $30 million to free the 250 to 300 Assyrian Christians it kidnapped in February.
A Roman Catholic priest has been murdered in Mexico yet again, which the Vatican has said is the most dangerous country in Latin America for clergymen. Father Francisco Javier Gutiérrez Díaz was found by authorities with a bullet wound in his head and abandoned on a dirt road.
Why Did the Mastermind Behind Al-Shabaab's Garissa Massacre Attack the Same Town Where He Was a Teacher?
The mastermind behind al-Shabaab's recent massacre of nearly 150 Christians at Garissa University College in Kenya is a former Islamic school teacher who used to teach in that very same town. But why would a former school teacher return to the town where he once taught just to lead in the brutal slaughtering of students?
'His Eyes Are Gouged Out; Where Did They Take His Eyes?' Asks Aunt of Christian Garissa Student After Seeing Nephew's Mutilated Body From Al-Shabaab's Massacre
A number of students who were killed by al-Shabaab in last Thursday's massacre in Kenya were reportedly either praying or asking their families for prayers before being mercilessly murdered because of their Christian faith, family members have said.
As many as 300 slaves were rescued on Good Friday from an isolated island in Indonesia, where they were forced to work as fisherman and catch seafood that was eventually sold in supermarkets in the United States.
'Those Images Will Haunt Us Forever:' Vigils Honor Slain Garissa Christians as Mourners Insist Victims Were Not Just a Number — #147 Not Just a Number
Kenyans across the country are honoring in vigils the 148 murdered people, mostly Christian students, who lost their lives in the terror attack last week at Garissa University College. Friends and relatives have started a campaign titled #147notjustanumber, named after the original death count, where they are reminding the world that the victims were real people with real hopes and dreams that were taken away.
Scholar Paul Marshall: Al-Shabaab's Religious Ideology Similar to ISIS; Brutality Natural Direction, Not Only Due to Competition
The Somali terror group al-Shabaab, which killed nearly 150 students in a targeted attack on Christians at Kenya's Garissa University College last week, is rooted in a religious ideology and is not too different from the Islamic State in its ambition, said religious freedom scholar Paul Marshall of Hudson Institute in an interview.
Richard Dawkins Says Islam Continues to Teach Stonings, World Domination, While Christianity and Judaism Have Moved Away
Atheist author Richard Dawkins said in Twitter messages on Monday that Islam continues to uphold punishments such as stonings, and preaches about world domination, while Christianity and Judaism have moved away from such "Middle Ages" teachings.
Brother of Christian Lawyer Defending Family of Two Gang Raped Pakistani Girls Shot by Muslim After Refusing Court Compromise
The brother of a Pakistani human rights lawyer who is defending the family of two teen Christian girls, who were gang raped in the middle of the night last December by five Muslim men, was shot by an enraged Muslim after consistently refusing to settle on a court-avoiding legal compromise.
'What Savage Barbarian Could Do This?' Mass Graves of 1,700 Soldiers Slaughtered by ISIS Uncovered in Iraq
Mass graves of around 1,700 soldiers are believed to have been uncovered by forensic teams in Tikrit, Iraq, after the city was recently liberated from terror group ISIS. A government spokesman said that the soldiers were killed sometime in 2014.
Kenyan Authorities Took Hours to Respond to Garissa University Attack Where 148 Christian Were Killed Despite Alarm, Police Source Says
A police source has said that despite the alarm sounding last week of the massacre taking place at Garissa University College in Kenya, where close to 150 Christian students were killed, authorities took hours to respond, and even arrived at the scene after politicians and journalists.
'They Will Rise Again in Christ:' Kenya Mourns Massacred Christian Students on Easter as Gov't Bombs al-Shabaab Bases
Kenyan Christian leaders mourned and offered prayers on Easter Sunday for the 148 people, mostly Christian students, slaughtered last week at Garissa University College. The Kenyan government has meanwhile responded by bombing bases belonging to terror group al-Shabaab, which claimed responsibility for the attack.
Turkey Recalls Ambassador to Vatican in Anger Over Pope Francis Acknowledging Genocide of 1.5 Million Armenian Christians
Turkey has recalled its ambassador to the Vatican in protest over Pope Francis using the word "genocide" to describe the mass killing of 1.5 million Armenian Christians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire 100 years ago.
Obama, Castro Cautiously Praise One Another in Historic Meeting; Cuba Says Its Willing to Discuss Human Rights
President Barack Obama and Cuba's President Raul Castro met Saturday on the sidelines of a summit in Panama. It was the first between U.S. and Cuban leaders in more than half a century, and the Cuban President said he is willing to discuss sensitive issues such as human rights "with patience."
Two local young Muslims going for Friday prayers to their mosque in Pakistan's Lahore city beat up and set fire to a 14-year-old Christian boy after stopping him and asking his religious affiliation, according to a Christian group.
ISIS Militants 'Kill Children in Front of Their Parents;' 'Kick Around Severed Heads,' Says Palestinian Refugee Witness Who Fled Besieged Yarmouk Camp
As the Islamic State has seized most of the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Syria and trapped about 18,000 civilians, those who were lucky enough to escape have told of the ISIS atrocities they witnessed and one even described the barbaric nature in which militants used a person's decapitated head.
Ex-Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali Proposes 5 Changes to Islam That Could Help Lead Its Religious Reformation
In speaking at the National Press Club on Tuesday, best-selling author, former Muslim and outspoken critic of Islam, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, offered five amendments to the religion of Islam that Muslims should take seriously if they really want to bring about a peaceful reformation to their religion.
'Jesus Tomb' Headlines of New Scientific Evidence Surrounding Jesus' Family Burial Spot Are Sensationalist, Says Biblical Archaeology Expert
A biblical archeology expert has said that the latest headlines of supposed new scientific evidence surrounding the Talpiot Tomb, a burial spot in East Jerusalem claimed by some to have once contained the remains of Jesus Christ and his family, are sensationalist and do not hold up to scrutiny.
Kenya's President Vows 'Fiercest' Response to Garissa Attack; Kenyans Blame Attack on 'Corrupt Security System'
Responding to al-Shabaab's threat of more "bloodbath" in his country following the targeted killing of Christian students at Garissa University College, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said he will "respond in the severest ways possible," although Kenyans blamed his "corrupt" administration for the attack.
Al-Shabaab Threatens More 'Bloodbath' in Kenya After Killing Christian Students; Attack Was to 'Make Easter Holidays Better,' Gunman Told Victims
The Somali terror group al-Shabaab Saturday threatened to launch more bloody attacks on Kenya after its militants killed nearly 150 students in a targeted attack on Christians at Garissa University College Thursday.
Pakistan Indicts 16 Christians for Killing Two Church-Bombing Suspects; 90 Injured Churchgoers in Critical Condition
The Anti Terrorism Court in Lahore, Pakistan, has indicted 16 Christians who it says were responsible for the killing and burning of two terror suspects believed to have been involved in the March 15 suicide-bombing of two churches in Youhanabad, which killed 17 people. Non-profit groups have meanwhile highlighted that women and children are among the 90 or so critically injured church-goers that need urgent help.
N. Korea Detains S. Korean Pastor for 'Espionage'; Presbyterian Church Clarifies He Was Missionary Helping N. Korean Homeless Children in China
One of two South Korean men that were detained late last year by the North Korean government on charges of espionage has been identified as a Presbyterian pastor who has dedicated much of the last 13 years to missionary work benefiting North Korean defectors in China.
A second atheist blogger has been hacked to death by suspected Islamic extremists in the span of a month in Bangladesh. Twenty-seven year-old Washiqur Rahman was found stabbed to death on Monday in Dhaka, less than a month after American citizen Avijit Roy was killed for promoting secularism and criticizing religious extremism.