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  • No. of Actions Against Christians in Middle East Increases 4x in Past 7 yrs - Russian Foreign..

    08/23/2016 4:53:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/23/16
    Moscow, August 23, Interfax - A number of cases of terrorist reprisals and actions against Christians in the Middle East increased by 300% in the past seven years, Konstantin Dolgov, Russian Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, said. "According to estimates of a variety of human rights organizations, a number of cases of terrorist reprisals and actions against Christians, including in the Middle East, increased by 300% in the past seven years," he said during a roundtable meeting on Tuesday. "Russia reserves for itself the key role in defending the interests of Christian people....
  • [Ayatoallah] Makarem-Shirazi Thanks Pope for His Stance on Islam

    08/23/2016 4:46:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    TEHRAN – A senior Iranian religious scholar on Saturday wrote to Pope Francis, the current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, thanking him for his recent remarks that Islam is free of violence.
  • ISIS Responds to Pope Francis: This IS a Religious War and WE HATE YOU

    08/21/2016 7:25:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 51 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 20, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    The Islamic State responded to statements by Pope Francis that their war is not religious in nature. ISIS disagrees. ISIS tells the Socialist Pope that the Islamic State is in a war against the infidels approved by Allah. Translated from FDESouche, Via Vlad Tepes: The Islamic State has publicly responded to statements by Pope Francis that the war waged by the Islamic terrorists is not religious in nature. The article answers the pontiff that their only motivation is religious and approved by Allah in the Qur’an. Highlights of the latest issue of Dabiq – the official propaganda magazine of the...
  • 'Bishop of Arabia' Laments the 'Weakness of Christianity in Europe'

    08/19/2016 6:25:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Global Pulse ^ | 8/19/16 | Claire Lesegretain
    Bishop Paul Hinder has been vicar of the United Arab Emirates, and the Sultanate of Oman and Yemen since 2004In a book published in German, Bishop Paul Hinder, the apostolic vicar of Southern Arabia, based in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, recounts his long experience with Islam. "Paul Hinder, als Bischof in Arabien" or "Paul Hinder as Bishop of Arabia" is the title of a memoir written by Bishop Hinder, apostolic vicar of Southern Arabia (AVOSA) for the past twelve years. The book published by the German firm Herder Verlag in Freiburg im Breisgau is dedicated to the...
  • Villages ‘Obliterated’ as Christian Persecution Grows in Eastern Congo

    08/19/2016 6:16:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/19/16 | Staff Reporter
    Pope Francis and the UN have called for action after at least 36 Christians are hacked to deathThe persecution of Christians has escalated in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), prompting fears that a jihadist group is gaining strength in the region. At least 36 people were killed in the North Kivu region on Saturday. It is the deadliest attack there since November 2014, with some saying that casualties might be nearer to 50. The victims were reportedly tied up and hacked to death. The Islamist Allied Democratic Forces-National Association for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF-NALU) have targeted Christians in...
  • Islamic Leader Wants to Legalise Polygamy in Italy

    08/18/2016 5:03:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/18/16 | Staff Reporter
    Leader of Muslim group says there is 'no reason' for polygamy not to be permitted now that same-sex unions have been legalisedThe leader of the Union of Islamic Communities in Italy has said there is “no reason” for polygamy not to be legalised after the Italian government passed a law to recognise the union of same-sex civil unions. In a Facebook status, Hamza Piccardo wrote: “There’s no reason for Italy not to accept polygamous marriages of consenting persons. “When it comes to civil rights here, then polygamy is a civil right. Muslims don’t agree with homosexual partnership and still they...
  • Controversy in Italy over Muslim Participation in Masses Said for Murdered French Priest

    08/16/2016 5:37:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 8/9/16 | Alberto Carosa
    Noted theologian Monsignor Nicola Bux strongly criticizes decision to allow readings from the Quran and participation by Muslim imams in liturgies held in several Italian cities. Rome, Italy, Aug 9, 2016 | Among the thousands of people in Rouen cathedral on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016, for the funeral of Father Jacques Hamel, the French priest who was stabbed to death in his church by an Islamist terrorist, were also Muslims and Jews, in a show of solidarity similar to that of interfaith services that took place Sunday, August 31st, in France and Italy. The presence of Muslim delegations at Sunday’s...
  • Must Catholics Believe that Islam Is Peaceful?

    08/16/2016 2:04:21 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 51 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 16, 2016 | William Kilpatrick
    The Apostles’ Creed (updated version): I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, and the peaceful nature of Islam. Amen. Or, anyway, that’s how it ought to read according to Monsignor Stuart Swetland, President of Donnelly College in Kansas City. No, Msgr. Swetland didn’t actually propose a revision to the Apostles’ Creed, but he does seem to be saying that Catholics have a religious obligation to affirm that Islam is a religion of peace. In a long statement following up on a radio debate with Robert Spencer on Relevant Radio’s...
  • Saudi Arabians Videotape Inside Catholic Church, Scare Parishoners

    08/15/2016 11:08:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    Church Militant TV ^ | 8/15/16 | Richard Ducayne
    Robert Spencer says behavior is "suspicious in the extreme"KETTERING, Ohio (ChurchMilitant.com) - Three Arab men were caught recording footage in Ascension Catholic Church in Kettering, Ohio Sunday, claiming they were only "studying" Christianity — but JihadWatch's Robert Spencer is calling their behavior "suspicious in the extreme." The men, who were visiting their families from Saudi Arabia, had all passed background checks and, according to church authorities, simply breached "proper etiquette." While their actions did arouse suspicion, we believe their actions were simply a breach of proper etiquette," a statement on Ascension's website read Thursday morning. "While current evidence suggests that...
  • Turkey Heads Toward Radical Islamic Dictatorship

    08/14/2016 10:40:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 8/10/16 | Victor Gaetan
    NEWS ANALYSIS: Post-coup actions turn precarious for Christians, and potentially fatal for a vision of a civil Islam. In Turkey, a failed military coup against President Recep ErdoÄźan on July 15, squelched in about six hours, has triggered a fierce government response: mass civilian arrests, declaration of a state of emergency giving ErdoÄźan authoritarian power for at least three months and a hateful atmosphere of accusation that puts Christians at risk. As a longtime American ally, a member of NATO since 1952 and a country where important American military assets are located, TurkeyÂ’s stability has special significance for the U.S....
  • Turkey Bans Orthodox Christian Liturgy in Historic Monastery

    08/14/2016 10:27:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/12/16 | Ralph Sidway
    The doors of the Sumela Monastery reopened in June 2010, after 88 years. The Turkish government had given permission to the Ecumenical Patriarchate to have a patriarchal liturgy for the Feast of the Assumption every year. That permission has been suddenly revoked, perhaps permanently. That the Greek Orthodox need special permission to celebrate divine services in any of their churches in what is now Turkey is a dark reminder of the Islamic oppression of Eastern Christians from the mid-7th century to today, and for the Greeks, especially from the Muslim conquest of Constantinople in 1453 through the defeat of the...
  • French Minister Inspects Stepped-Up Security at Lourdes

    08/14/2016 10:19:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Elaine Ganley ^ | 8/13 /16 | AP
    PARIS (AP) -- Soldiers, police and undercover agents are mixing with pilgrims, some hoping for a miracle cure, at the French pilgrimage site of Lourdes, where some 20,000 are expected to gather on Monday for the Feast of the Assumption - a security challenge for France on high alert for terrorist attacks. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve inspected the more than 500 security forces at the shrine on Saturday, two days before Monday's celebration of the Assumption when, according to Roman Catholic belief, Mary, the mother of Jesus, ascended into heaven. A down-to-earth security plan is greeting pilgrims as they arrive...
  • Vatican Prelate Challenges Islamic Scholars to Give Peaceful Interpretation of Qu'ran

    08/12/2016 7:33:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    The president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences has acknowledged that passages of the Qu’ran seem to offer clear support for the use of violence.” Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo said that it would be “naďve” to ignore the problematical passages of the Qu’ran, and it is a major challenge for Islamic leaders to “give a peaceful hermeneutic to these passages”—particularly in light of pressure from extremists.” Bishop Sanchez Sorondo said that he “wouldn’t dream of telling Muslims how to interpret their faith,” but that any moderate Islamic scholars willing to take up the challenge of denouncing violence would “find...
  • "Trojan Horse of the Crusaders", "Cardinal in Pectore": Fanciful Accusations of Turkish Press..

    08/11/2016 5:56:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 10/8/16
    Ankara (Agenzia Fides) - In recent days, the Turkish press highlighted the participation of prominent members of the local Christian communities in demonstrations "in defense of democracy", convened in the Country to condemn the failed coup of State of 15 July. According to reports sent to Agenzia Fides, the Turkish media gave ample space to official statements disseminated by Greek-Orthodox Christian, Armenian and Syrian leaders to underline its disapproval against the failed coup. Nikolaos Uzunoglu , President of the World Federation of Greek-Orthodox in Istanbul said: "I strongly condemn the attempted coup of State on July 15 against the government...
  • Increased Security At Lourdes Over Fears Of Islamist Attack

    08/11/2016 3:06:36 AM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 9, 2016 | Nick Hallett
    Authorities are tightening security at the famous French pilgrimage site of Lourdes over fears it could be a major target for terrorists after a spate of Islamist attacks across the country. Tens of thousands of pilgrims are expected to descend on the site on the feast of the Assumption next Monday for Mass and a procession. Security has been high after a series of terror attacks culminating in the brutal murder of a Catholic priest by two Islamists last month, but authorities have decided to allow the pilgrimage to continue as usual. Béatrice Lagarde, prefect of the Haute-Pyrénées region, told...
  • 15-20 Million Muslims in France

    08/10/2016 6:49:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Gallia Watch ^ | 8/6/16 | Tiberge
    This short item from Le Salon Beige reveals the true extent of the Islamic colonization of France. This is not news. The interview above dates from 2011, but long before that there were reports on the drastic minimization by the press of the number of Muslims in France. You still read in the mainstream media of five million Muslims, sometimes six, sometimes four. These figures are laughable when you consider that five million was the official figure issued by French authorities in the late 1990's. Consider the massive immigration, legal and illegal and the high birth rate, and calculate using...
  • Targeting Churches: Fox News Produces Ominous Report on Threats in America

    08/10/2016 6:43:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 56 replies
    Fox News, Guardian UK via Get Religion ^ | August 9, 2016 | Fox News, Guardian UK via Jim Davis
    No one is saying, yet, that terrorists are ready to attack American churches the way they have in the Middle East or, more recently, against the Rev. Jacques Hamel in France. But as Fox News reports, the threats are already looming. And before you say, "What else would Fox say?", consider the examples in the article: hate speech, death threats and aborted attack plans of the type that would be familiar to Jewish leaders. This is how ominous it can get – and how some police are slow to address the situation, according to Fox: As Father Josiah Trenham prepared...
  • The Meaning of a Martyrdom

    08/08/2016 7:03:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 8/6/16 | Ross Douthat
    In the days since Father Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old French priest, was slaughtered at the altar by two jihadists, his murder has become a contested symbol in his country, continent and church. To many conservative Catholics, Father Hamel is an archetypal Christian martyr — killed in a sacred space by men motivated by hatred of his faith, dying with the words, “Go away, Satan!” on his lips. To cultural conservatives more broadly, he’s a potent symbol of the jihadi threat to Europe’s peace. But within Catholicism there is also strong resistance to this interpretation. It starts at the very top,...
  • The Last Christians in Aleppo

    08/08/2016 6:57:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Gallia Watch ^ | 2/5/16 | Tiberge
    Of all the horrors we've witnessed from our comfortable homes over the past year nothing hurts more than the attempted annihilation of Christians of the Near East, along with buildings, churches, sacred ruins, precious relics of the past that have been utterly destroyed by the ISIS conquerors. The suffering these people have endured and are enduring is recorded at numerous websites but the world has remained deaf, dumb and blind until recently when with one eye open it had no choice but to acknowledge the specific targeting of Christians. By that time it was too late. Carnage, decapitations, torture, eradication...
  • Do Jews and Muslims Decide the Conditions for the Recognition of the SSPX?

    Director of Vatican Insider, the papal house vaticanist Andrea Tornielli, explains why his articles and products published by his platform are of particular attention. This also applies to this article by the AJC representatives to the Holy See, where Tornielli allows Jews and Muslims to designate the conditions about which the Holy See should conduct a canonical recognition of the SSPX. Vice versa this means: Should these conditions not be met, it would open up "serious questions". It's a statement in the article of the American Jewish Comittee that someone could read as a threat. Anyway, Tornielli offered the American...
  • Catholic Nuns Under Siege in Syria Appeal for Help

    08/06/2016 9:27:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 8/5/16 | Josephine McKenna
    ROME (RNS) Despite intense bombing and severe food shortages, several Carmelite nuns are refusing to abandon the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo and have appealed for urgent aid. “The bombs are falling all around us, but we are not going to leave the people in their suffering,” said Sister Anne-Francoise, a French nun from a community of Discalced Carmelites in Aleppo. “The people here are suffering and dying.” The nun’s comments came in a statement released on Thursday (Aug. 4) by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. ACN has been trying to draw attention to the plight...
  • We'll Kill Christians - Boko Haram Leader

    08/05/2016 7:09:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Lagos - New Boko Haram leader, Abu Masab Al-Barnawi says that the terrorist organisation would now target Christians in Nigeria vowing to kill all Christians and blow up every church across the country, Punch reports. Al-Barnawi who replaced Abubakar Shekau as Boko Haram leader said in an interview given to Al-Naba Newspaper that Boro Haram's mission was to fight against apostates and crusaders. He also accused the west of trying to Christianise Africa saying that it was doing so with the aide of charities. "They (West) strongly seek to Christianise the society…They exploit the condition of those who are displaced...
  • Al Azhar Welcomes Pope's Claim that Islam is Not Violent

    08/05/2016 7:04:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Egypt's Al Azhar University, the world's leading institution of Sunni Islam, has welcomed the statement by Pope Francis that Islam is not responsible for terrorist violence. Responding to the papal statement-- made during an exchange with reporters on his return flight after a visit to Poland-- Al Azhar said: "This statement reflects the pontiff's understanding of the true nature of Islam and its teachings of tolerance." Al Azhar hails Francis on Islam and violence (ANSA)
  • What’s ISIS? It’s Islam Repeating History

    08/04/2016 8:15:01 AM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 6 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | ?? 2016 | Fr. Marvin Deutsch MM.
    Is Islam a Danger to the Religious Freedom of the U.S. and the World? By Fr. Marvin Deutsch MM. Today there is a big controversy going on in our country about Islam. This has been going on for a long time but today it is accentuated by the killing of 49 people at Orlando by a lone Islamic terrorist and also the denial by our president that Islam is a religion of violence. The president maintains that Islam is a religion of peace and those who kill and terrorize are acting contrary to the very meaning and nature of what...
  • Italian Bishop Disagrees with Pope, Sees 'Ongoing Assault by Islam on Christianity'

    08/03/2016 4:04:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    A retired Italian bishop has taken issue with Pope Francis’ statement that Islam is not responsible for terrorist violence. “It is an ongoing assault by Islam on Christianity,” said Bishop Andrea Gemma, the former head of the Isernia-Venafro diocese. In an interview with La Fede Quotidiana, he said that he was “confused” and even “disoriented” by the Pope’s statements. “I would expect a more firm defense of Christians,” he said. “I would like a Pope more energetic in defense of our principles and our faith.” Bishop Gemma said that Pope Benedict XVI had made a “prophetic” critique of Islam in...
  • Syriac Catholic Patriarch Warns: Western Politicians and Media Mislead World on Middle East

    08/02/2016 1:03:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    NC Register ^ | August 1, 2016 | VICTOR GAETAN
    ROME — Imagine a five-star general, under assault, with no weapons of defense — except faith. Think of an Old Testament prophet living today, describing the evil destroying his community — but few listen. That general or prophet is the fierce and noble leader of the Syriac Catholic Church of Antioch, Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan, age 71, whose Church comprises some 200,000 souls worldwide. snip According to the patriarch, fundamental errors in Syria came from Western politicians insisting that democracy can be exported, when it can’t; from Western media describing an “Arab Spring” style opposition movement and the existence...
  • The Sunni-Shia Divide and Islam’s Puzzling Origins

    08/02/2016 6:54:03 AM PDT · by wtd · 22 replies
    Gates of Vienna Blog ^ | August 2, 2016 | Emmet Scott
    The Sunni-Shia Divide and Islam’s Puzzling Originsby Emmet Scott In my Impact of Islam (2014) and Guide to the Phantom Dark Age (2014) I argued in some detail that Muhammad was a fictitious character conjured to life by the Umayyad Caliphs in the late seventh century in order to justify and legitimize the Arab usurpation of the Persian Sassanid Empire. In the above studies I also suggested that the earliest “Islam” was spread by the Sassanid Empire and that the great “Arab Conquests” of Anatolia, Syria and Egypt were in reality carried out by Persian armies. Certainly the earliest...
  • The Pope’s Dangerous Reaction to Islamic Extremism

    08/02/2016 6:08:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | August 1, 2016 | ADAM NETTINA
    Francis trivializes the problem of radical Islam by ignoring the need to develop a concerted response to terrorist actsPope Francis, never one to shy away from giving the media soundbites, has doubled down on a history of controversial comments on hot-button issues.But unlike the “Who am I to judge?” fallout, the pope’s latest comments, this time about the nature of the current wave of religious terrorism, leave much less room for interpretation and contextual misunderstanding.Unfortunately for Europeans and Americans looking to the Holy See for guidance, the comments only serve to trivialize one of the West’s most persistent threats, and...
  • ISIS Warns American, British Christian Clergy, Congregants: You're Next

    08/01/2016 5:00:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 8/1/16 | Bethany Blankley
    Following the brutal murder of an elderly Catholic Priest in France, ISIS has publicly warned British Christian clergy and their congregants: you're next. Police publicly warned Britain's 5.4 million Christian church goers, pastors and clergy to be on alert as they are likely targets for ISIS. The Daily Mailreports that security has now been increased for Britain's 47,000 churches in response to ISIS's threat to target Christians and churches in major world cities. Roughly 5.4 million British citizens are church members. "Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: 'Following recent events in France, we are reiterating our protective security advice to...
  • Does the First Amendment Protect Warrior Religions?

    08/01/2016 4:55:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 1, 2016 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    After every Islamic terrorist attack, whether in Europe or the U.S., people ask what can be done to prevent it from happening again. But when the obvious solutions are proposed, they are invariably met with the objection that “you can’t do that,” or “that’s unconstitutional,” or words to that effect.Some of the obvious solutions are to close radical mosques and radical Islamic schools, to monitor suspected mosques, to deport radical imams, and, of course, to restrict Muslim immigration or ban it altogether. If you dare to say such things, however, it quickly becomes apparent that—for many, at least—only politically...
  • French Religious Leaders Ask Hollande for Increased Security

    07/29/2016 10:15:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    ANSA News ^ | 7/28/16
    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, JULY 28 - French religious leaders met on Wednesday with President Hollande to ask for increased security in places of worship, following the attack in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray on Tuesday in which two armed teens claiming allegiance to ISIS took four people hostage and killed 84-year-old Catholic priest Father Jacques Hamel. On Tuesday, Hollande spoke with Pope Francis and said France will "do everything to protect our churches and our places of worship". French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the country's anti-terrorism operation "Sentinelle" will increase military presence to 10,000 soldiers, 4,000 assigned to Paris and the remaining distributed...
  • Speaking Truth To The Pope; Speaking Truth To Muslims

    07/29/2016 4:54:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | July 29, 2016 | Danusha V. Goska
    On Wednesday, July 27, Pope Francis arrived in Krakow, Poland, in order to celebrate World Youth Day. As part of this trip, the pope commented on controversy surrounding Muslim migration to Europe. Many of these comments reveal an apparent ignorance of Polish history and current reality, a privileging of Marxist and culturally relativist worldviews that distort reality, and an abandonment of true Christian ideals. I write as a devout Catholic. I wish my pope would read what I write here.
  • Dublin Archbishop Rebukes Cardinal Burke's Comments on Islam

    07/28/2016 7:11:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 7/28/16 | Sarah McDonald
    Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said recent comments by Cardinal Raymond Burke on Islam's desire to govern the world are unhelpful at a time when Europe reels in the aftermath of a spate of terror attacks. The archbishop decried the murder of elderly French priest, Fr. Jacques Hamel, in Normandy as "something that no religion would stand over," adding that the atrocity in the small parish church of Saint Etienne du Rouvray has been "horrifying to everyone" and that people have been "absolutely stunned by the brutality" of it. Speaking from Poland where he is attending World Youth Day,...
  • Syriac Patriarch Warns of Despair Among Displaced Iraqi Catholics

    07/28/2016 6:32:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/28/16 | Doreen Abi Raad
    In a wide-ranging interview for CRUX, the spiritual leader of the world's 200,000 Syriac Catholics describes the growing despair of the Iraqi refugees, the war in Syria, Bashar Assad, and the causes of Islamic fundamentalism.LEBANON - The displaced Syriac Catholics of the Iraqi areas of Nineveh and Mosul are fast losing hope that they will ever return home, according to their spiritual leader, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan. Some 100,000 Iraqi Christians were forced to flee to the Kurdistan region in the north in the summer of 2014, where they are languishing in expectation of a return that...
  • THE ISLAMIC JESUS AND THE LAST DAY

    07/27/2016 6:35:56 PM PDT · by windhover · 41 replies
    Many know that Jesus is considered by Islam to be a prophet, second only to Muhammad. What is not generally known is how the "Islamic Jesus" figures into "The Last Day ";one of "Pillars of Islam", which MUST be believed to be Muslim. They do, as Christians, believe that Jesus will return at the end time; leading the Righteous Armies of God to defeat the Armies of Evil, in order to found the Kingdom of God. However,in Islam, Jesus is a Muslim leading the Righteous Armies of Allah to destroy the Infidel Forces of Evil. Folks, that's us, and when...
  • Egypt's Coptic Pope Warns of Increased Attacks on Christians

    07/27/2016 7:32:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/25/16 | AP
    CAIRO (AP) — The leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian church warned on Monday of increased attacks on Christians, saying national unity is being "defaced." In a meeting with lawmakers, Pope Tawadros II said that since 2013 there have been 37 sectarian attacks on Christians — nearly an incident a month. He describes the situation as "very painful." He told lawmakers that preserving national unity is "our responsibility in front of the world, future generations, history and in front of God." His remarks were published on his personal website. The Pope's website also quoted lawmaker Saad el-Gammal as saying that parliament...
  • Pope Francis: ‘The World is at War, But it is Not a War of Religions’

    07/27/2016 7:29:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 54 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/27/16 | Staff Reporter
    The Pope spoke to reporters on his flight to Poland for World Youth DayPope Francis says the world is at war, but has stressed that it’s not a war of religions. Francis spoke to reporters on the papal plane en route from Rome to Poland, where he began a five-day visit for World Youth Day. Asked about the slaying of an 85-year-old priest in a Normandy church on Tuesday, Francis replied: “the real word is war…yes, it’s war. This holy priest died at the very moment he was offering a prayer for all the church.” He added: “I only want...
  • ISIS knifemen 'forced French priest to kneel and filmed themselves slitting his throat

    07/26/2016 10:41:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 116 replies
    Mirror ^ | July 26, 2016
    The ISIS terrorists who carried out the France church attack forced a parish priest to kneel before filming themselves slitting his throat, it has emerged. Father Jacques Hamel, 86, was made to get to his knees before he was brutally butchered at the church in Normandy today, says a nun who escaped the attack. His two murderers captured the slaying on a mobile phone, according to Sister Danielle, who was one of several worshippers taken hostage during morning mass. They then performed a 'sermon' around the altar in Arabic - as armed cops rushed to the scene and terrified...
  • Why King Richard Did Not March on Jerusalem

    07/24/2016 11:19:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 7/22/16 | Andrew Latham
    When we look back on the Third Crusade (1189-1192) it is all but impossible not to be struck by how close King Richard and the Christian host came to decisively defeating Saladin and re-taking Jerusalem. Twice during the campaign—in January 1192 and again in July 1192—the crusaders advanced to within a dozen or so miles of the Holy City, only to withdraw without making a serious effort to besiege it. In this brief essay, I will attempt to explain the strategic decision to abandon the first advance on Jerusalem in 1191/2. From Acre to Bayt NubaDuring the summer and autumn...
  • [Hungarian] Archbishop: Muslims Have Come to Occupy Europe (and some advice for Pope Francis)

    07/24/2016 11:14:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 7/21/16 | Andras Kovacs
    An Interview with Monsignor Gyula Mŕrfi, Archbishop of Veszprém, HungaryIt is not accidental that there is this enormous pressure on Europe regarding immigration; the motivation to conquer on the part of Muslims may play a part, but the great powers also support it – so says Monsignor Gyula Mŕrfi, Archbishop of Veszprém, in an interview where we discussed the need to rediscover the Christian faith. It is a fundamental task to contemplate anew the Christian faith seriously. Is Europe still Christian?Recently I was in Poland with some pilgrims. According to the external signs, Christianity is still alive there. Along with...
  • Syria: Patriarch Blasts Western Efforts to Remove Assad

    07/22/2016 7:26:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The head of the Syriac Catholic Church—an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See—offered strong criticism of “American, French, English, [and] European Union politicians” whose efforts to remove President Bashar al-Assad have led to a nightmare for the region’s Christians. Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan told the National Catholic Register that Syria was a place “where they were fighting against illiteracy, where you had medical care for all, a peaceful country, where you could go wherever you wanted to go, 24 hours a day without any problem — they [the Western powers] find it has a dictatorship...
  • Concern Grows for Christians in Turkey After Failed Coup

    07/21/2016 1:49:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 7/20/16 | Ruth Gledhill
    Concerns are growing for the future of Christians in Turkey, the birthplace of St Paul, in the wake of the failed coup. Two churches in eastern Turkey in places already known for historic murders of Christians were vandalised during the attempted coup, reports Middle East Concern. In Trabzon on the Black Sea, ten people attacked the Catholic church of Santa Maria where Catholic priest Father Andrea Santoro was murdered in 2006. Muslim neighbours intervened and drove them away. In Malatya, where three Christian workers were murdered in 2007, there was an attempt to smash the windows of the Protestant Church....
  • US Cardinal [Burke] Says ‘Christian Nations’ in West Must Counter Islamic Influx

    07/21/2016 1:38:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Religion News Seervice ^ | 7/21/16 | David Gibson
    (RNS) Amid heightened tensions over ISIS-fueled terror attacks and anti-Muslim rhetoric, a prominent U.S. cardinal says Islam “wants to govern the world” and Americans must decide if they are going to reassert “the Christian origin of our own nation” in order to avoid that fate. Cardinal Raymond Burke, a Rome-based prelate known as an outspoken conservative and critic of Pope Francis’ reformist approach, said in an interview on Wednesday (July 20) that Islam is “fundamentally a form of government.” While Catholic teaching recognizes that all Abrahamic faiths worship the same God, Burke criticized Catholic leaders who, in an effort to...
  • Remember the Copts ISIS Martyred in Libya? This Priest Does.

    07/20/2016 7:29:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/19/16 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Minya, Egypt, Jul 19, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Christians in Egypt, the possibility of martyrdom is not a remote one. Icon of the 21 Martyrs of Libya. Image courtesy of Tony Rezk, via tonyrezk.blogspot.com“It is something they concretely feel, it is part of their Christian life,” Father Paolo Asolan, an Italian priest who recently visited Egypt, told CNA. “And for a mother and a father, the fact that one of their sons can become a martyr is always a great gift.” The Islamic State’s beheading of 20 Coptic Christians and another man shocked the world in February...
  • Pro-Government Mobs Attack Religious Minorities in Turkey

    07/20/2016 7:18:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    New Europe ^ | 7/19/16
    Pro-government mob groups attack religious in the aftermath of the attempted coup in Turkey, a democratic watchdog reports. Reportedly, in some cases Muslim citizens reacted against the mobs to protect their fellow citizens. The attacks by Islamist mobs begun on Saturday evening, that is, the evening after the attempted coup had been averted. Attacks were reported at the Catholic Church of Santa Maria in Trabzon; a second attacks was reported on a Protestant Church in Malatya. In Trabzon a mob of 10 people attacked the Catholic Church, throwing stones drawn from the pavement. The mob also carried sledge hummers. Fortunately,...
  • Confessing joy: A Sunni Lebanese woman on becoming Christian

    07/20/2016 4:54:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Aletelial ^ | July 19, 2016 | Yasmin Amin Baydawi
    She was a 7-year-old kid while he was there even before history.She loved him since she woke up to life, watching stories of him on TV, mainly on special occasions, but didn’t know him, as no one around her knew him. Those around her refused to get to know him or recognize him.She grew up and he entered her life again, without permission. She betrayed him a lot but he forgave her each and every time and she adored him even more. When her family members knew about her love story, they refused and condemned it. But she insisted on wearing...
  • Senior Cardinal Warns About Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

    07/17/2016 10:09:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 77 replies
    RTE News ^ | 6/17/16
    A senior adviser to Pope Francis has said he is worried about the anti-Muslim rhetoric of presumptive US Republican Party candidate Donald Trump. In an interview with RTÉ News, Cardinal Seán O’Malley also warned against scapegoating Muslims following this week's atrocity in Nice and other terrorist attacks on the west. Speaking in Knock, Co Mayo, the cardinal recalled that the Irish were once blamed for America's ills. And he urged Catholics to heed the advice of Pope Francis to strengthen dialogue with Muslims. "It’s very easy to stir up resentment and to blame groups of people. "I think immigration is...
  • “The time has arrived to denounce the roots of the evil which is Islam and outlaw it”

    07/15/2016 6:27:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 39 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | July 15, 2016 | Magdi Christiano Allam
    Good day friends. Not to minimize in any way, the terrifying number of the dead, the tragic end of innocent citizens who thronged the promenade in Nice to watch the firework display on occasion of a national holiday and the identity of the criminal, the Islamic terrorist who perpetrated the massacre of at least 84 people, among them many children, what is extremely important right now is that we finally acknowledge we are at war and - most especially - the enemy we have to fight and defeat: Islam. If, however, those who govern us continue to absolve Islam by...
  • Vatican Works to Rekindle Dialogue with Sunni Muslim Scholars

    07/14/2016 12:34:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, will travel to Egypt soon to meet with leaders of Al Azhar University, the Vatican announced on July 12. The visit will follow up on the May meeting in Rome between Pope Francis and Sheik Ahmad al-Tayyib, the head of Al Azhar University. The purpose of the bishop's visit to Cairo, the Vatican said, will be to explore ways to resume official dialogue between the Vatican and the Egyptian institution. Al Azhar, which is generally recognized as the foremost institution in the Sunni Muslim world, had engaged...
  • Coptic Archbishop: Sectarian Attacks Increase, One Every Ten Days

    07/12/2016 10:20:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 7/11/16
    Minya (Agenzia Fides) - An appeal to ask the police to enforce the law protecting citizens from any sectarian discrimination was launched yesterday by Anba Makarius, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of Minya, after the series of incidents which in recent weeks have again recorded a sharp rise in cases of violence suffered particularly by Egyptian Christians. Now – highlighted Coptic Orthodox Archbishop - such violent attacks from the assault on homes to targeted kidnappings for ransom, are continuing at an average of one every ten days. In recent times the assault on homes of Christian families perpetrated in the village of...