A legal battle is underway in Pakistan for the three young children of Shama and Shahzad Masih, the Christian couple who were burned alive by Muslim radicals in November.
Atheist Leaders of Europe Increase in Number With Alexis Tsipras Becoming First Openly Atheist Greek Prime Minister
Alexis Tsipras, who was sworn in earlier this week as the new Prime Minister of Greece, has become his country's first openly atheist leader. A survey noted that atheist leaders in Europe are becoming more prominent, with France and Croatia also being led by non-religious figures.
Sitting as a celebrity judge on Sunday night's 2015 Miss Universe beauty pageant in Miami, world-renowned Filipino, Christian boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao asked Miss USA what she would say if she was given the opportunity to speak with "global terrorists."
Pope Francis reportedly met a Spanish transsexual and his fiancée at the Vatican, after giving him a phone call on Christmas Day. Diego Neria Lejarraga, who was born a woman, wrote to the pontiff in December to tell him that a parish priest had called him "the devil's daughter."
Mexico's Attorney General Says Evidence Show 43 Students All Murdered; Parents in Disbelief, Church Urges Believers Not to Be Pessimistic About Country's Situation
While Mexico's attorney general said that he has proof that the 43 students who were taken by a cartel in September have been killed, parents said that they will not be giving up hope that their children are alive until there is hard evidence to the contrary.
Auschwitz Holocaust Survivors Mark 70th Anniversary, Warn of Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe; Steven Spielberg Delivers Speech
Almost 300 survivors from the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland where over a million people were killed during the Holocaust marked the 70th year since the camp's liberation on Tuesday. Notable Jewish figures such as director Steven Spielberg attended the event and delivered a speech, with survivors warning that anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe again.
As thousands of women and girls are being raped, abused and victimized as part of the Islamic State's sex slave operation in Iraq and Syria, one Iraqi man is buying ISIS sex slaves in order to free and reunite them with their families.
Terror group ISIS has reportedly been defeated and driven out from the Syrian border town of Kobane following a near four-months-long battle, a monitoring group has said. Kurdish forces backed by other rebel groups have not allowed the city to the fall, with the offenses causing the deaths of at least 1,313 fighters, mostly from ISIS.
'Blasphemous' Muhammad Cartoons Will Lead to World War III, Claims Pakistani Islamist Politician Who Says UN Must Stop Freedom of Speech in the West
The leader of Pakistani politico-religious party Jamaat-e Islami is claiming that the Western "extremist standpoint" on the freedom of news organizations to publish "blasphemous caricatures" of Islam's prophet Muhammad will ultimately lead to World War III.
Charlie Hebdo Offenses to Muslims Are 'Childish' Compared to Severe Mocking of Christians, Says Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill
Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill said on Sunday that the cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad published by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are "childish" compared to the way the newspaper has mocked and offended Christians.
A former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria breaks down militant Islamist group Boko Haram's "twisted theology" and deadly years-long campaign to implement its own version of Shariah law in Nigeria.
The only Christian church in the Indian village of Tadur in Telangana state has reportedly been burned down by Hindu radicals. Pastor D. Srinivas of Parimala Beautiful Church recalled the attack, and noted that hostility against Christians in the country has been on the rise.
Thousands Mourn Death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah; Obama Praises His 'Enduring Contribution for Peace'
The death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud at 90 years of age early Friday is being mourned by thousands of gatherers in Riyadh. U.S. President Barack Obama praised the leader for his "enduring contribution" in the search for peace, though Saudi Arabia remains a country with one of the worst religious freedom records in the world.
ISIS Kidnaps 20 Egyptian Christians in Libya; Miracle of God Needed to Prevent Expected Execution, Says Persecution Watchdog Head
Twenty Egyptian Christian men are believed to be facing the imminent threat of execution after being abducted in Libya by extremist militants associated with the Islamic State terrorist organization.
Survey Finds Major Gender Divide in Religious Beliefs in UK: Most Men in 40s Are Atheists, But Twice More Women Believe in God
A survey has found there is a significant gender divide when it comes to religious beliefs in Britain. While 54 percent of men in their 40s said they were either atheists or agnostics, women were twice more likely to believe in God and life after death.
The United Nations warned on Tuesday that ISIS militants are executing educated women within the territories it controls, reporting that the militants have already executed three female lawyers this month.
The Islamic State terrorist organization in Iraq has executed 13 teenage boys solely because they were found watching a soccer match, an act that has apparently been deemed punishable by death under ISIS' sharia law.
The Great Wall of Saudi Arabia: Royal Family Constructing 600-Mile Barrier on Iraqi Border to Keep ISIS Militants Out
In response to the growing threat posed by the Islamic State terrorist group, the royal family of Saudi Arabia is having a 600-mile barrier constructed to completely block the Iraqi portion of the Saudi northern border, hoping to prevent ISIS militants from infiltrating the kingdom.
A 12-year-old girl asked Pope Francis during Sunday's mass in the Philippines to explain why God allows children to suffer and experience horrible things like drugs and prostitution. Francis admitted that such a question is difficult to answer, but called on the world to offer more compassion.
The Islamic State's execution spree picked up dramatically last week, as the militant group released its latest round of execution photos. Along with photos showing the execution of an adulteress and two bandits in Iraq, the group has also reportedly crucified and executed 17 men accused of fighting against the caliphate.
Muslim Mobs Burn Down Churches, Pastors' Homes in Niger for Charlie Hebdo's Prophet Muhammad Cartoons; 10 People Dead in Protests
At least 10 people have been killed in violent protests in Niger over the weekend, after Muslim mobs burned down a number of churches in retaliation to French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo publishing cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
Terror group ISIS sent a message on Thursday through Japanese hostage Kenji Goto that unless a woman on death row in Jordan is exchanged for him, a Jordanian air force pilot captured by the group will be killed by sunset.
Postponement of 1,000 Lashes for Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi to Heal 'Exposes Utter Brutality' of Penalty, Says Doctor
A liberal Saudi blogger, who was sentenced to endure 1,000 lashes for "insulting Islam", has been temporarily reprieved from his 50 weekly lashings after a board of doctors ruled his body is incapable of taking any more lashings in the near future.
'Not in the Bible' Shouts Anglican Priest Who Disrupts Ceremony Consecrating First Ever Woman Bishop in Church of England
A Church of England priest briefly disrupted the consecration ceremony for the first ever female bishop in the church after he shouted "not in the Bible." The ceremony went on as planned, however, and the Reverend Libby Lane was ordained as the Bishop of Stockport in front of over 1,000 people.
Pastor Kong Hee Accused of Lying About Control of Music Management Company as High-Profile Trial Resumes
Singapore megachurch pastor Kong Hee has been accused by City Harvest Church's former investment manager of lying about his control over music management firm Xtron, as the high-profile cases concerning the misuse of millions of church funds resumed on Monday.
Magna Carta Exists Thanks to Christians' Influence, Say Church Leaders as UK Celebrates Document's 800th Anniversary
Churches in the United Kingdom will be celebrating the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta by focusing on the Christian heritage of the document.
Boko Haram Captures Strategic Nigerian City Following Heavy Battle; Over 200 Dead in Latest Slaughter
Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has reportedly captured the strategically important city of Monguno following a heavy battle with the army, which has left over 200 people dead.
Japan Vows Not to Give Up on Two Hostages as ISIS Deadline Passes; Captive's Mother Pleads for His Release
As the deadline given by the ISIS terror group for a ransom of $200 million passed, Japan pledged on Saturday not to give up on efforts to save the lives of two Japanese hostages "until the very end." The mother of one of the hostages pleaded for his son's release.
Haiti's 'Voodoo Mountain' Transformed After God Compels US Woman to Drop Everything and Move to Impoverished Country
Megan Boudreaux had visited Haiti before on short-term business and missions trips, but never did she imagine that God would call her to permanently abandon a comfortable life in the U.S. for a bare-bones one in a third-world country plagued by poverty and child slavery and that was just starting to climb its way out of a devastating earthquake.
UK Christian School Shut Down After Boy 'Didn't Know What a Muslim Was;' Another Labeled 'Intolerant' When Inspectors Asked 10-Y-O What Lesbians 'Did'
A state-funded free Christian school in the United Kingdom will be forced to shut down after government inspectors deemed the school "inadequate" and claimed that the school's students displayed "discriminatory views" toward people of other faiths.
Is Saudi Arabia as Bad as ISIS? Kingdom's Harsh Capital Punishment Rivals Terror Group, Says Middle East News Site
Saudi Arabia and the Islamic State terrorist group have a nearly identical justice system in their interpretation of Shariah law and the use of capital punishment, according to a Middle Eastern news site.
King Abdullah II of Jordan Praises Pope Francis' Remarks on Limits to Free Speech, Says Religions Must Not Be Offended
King Abdullah II of Jordan has praised Pope Francis' much-debated remarks about the limits to free speech, and insisted that religious beliefs must not be offended.
World's Oldest Bible Scripture? Scientists Claim 1st Century Gospel of Mark Found in Ancient Mummy's Mask
A team of scientists and scholars claim to have discovered the world's earliest-known version of the gospel, dating back to the first century A.D., which was found on a sheet of papyrus used to make an ancient mummy's mask in Egypt.
Nigerian Mother, Daughters Say Father Had His Throat Slashed by Boko Haram as They Fled Baga Massacre
The horror stories from terror group Boko Haram's massacre in Baga earlier this month, believed to have killed as many as 2,000 people, continue flooding in. One woman has described how her husband was killed and had his throat cut by the jihadists as she fled the town with their three daughters.
A British Christian doctor recently treated a woman by performing an exorcism on her.
British PM Cameron Disagrees With Pope Francis on Limits to Free Speech; Says Even If Jesus Is Insulted He Can't 'Wreak Vengeance Upon Them'
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he disagrees with Pope Francis' comments that there are limits to free speech, regarding the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks. He added that as a Christian, he would be offended if someone insults Jesus Christ, but laws in a free society protect such expression.