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  • Muslim Children As Young As Five In Pakistan Are Being Taught To Hate Christians, Says Archbishop

    10/22/2016 5:08:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 10/21/16 | Ruth Gledhill
    Muslim children throughout Pakistan are being indoctrinated with hatred for Christians, a senior Church leader has warned. A rare insight into how the anti-Christian persecutors of tomorrow are being created in Pakistan was provided this week by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Lahore, Archbishop Sebastian Shaw. "A huge problem we face in Pakistan – one that is deeply divisive across many sections of society – is hate material in school text books," he said. "For example, in class one, five-year-olds are given a lesson in which they are told: 'Who am I? I am a Muslim and the other people...
  • Vatican, Al-Azhar to Officially Resume Dialogue

    10/21/2016 5:30:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/21/16 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Oct 21, 2016 / 06:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday, the Vatican announced it will be sending a representative to Egypt to set plans for the official re-launching of dialogue between the Holy See and the Al-Azhar Mosque and adjunct University, marking a seismic step in Catholic-Muslim relations. In an Oct. 21 communique, the Vatican said the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, will be heading back to Cairo for an Oct. 23 meeting with a delegation from Al-Azhar. He will be accompanied by Msgr. Khaled Akasheh, head of the council’s...
  • Iraqi Christians Rejoice Over Liberation of Qaraqosh

    10/20/2016 7:16:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 10/19/16 | Maria Lozano
    NEW YORK (Oct. 19, 2016)—Qaraqosh, a formerly major Christian town on Iraq’s Nineveh Plain has been liberated as part of the campaign to liberate Mosul, Iraq’s largest city. Before ISIS overran the Plane in the summer of 2014, Qaraqosh, which is also knows Baghdida, had a population of 50,000, the great majority of them Christian. The city has 10 churches. All of the inhabitants fled to Kurdish Iraq—and are now beginning to dream of a return to their homes. Speaking from exile in France, Aded, who lost a son and nephew when ISIS attacked the city, said: “Today all the...
  • 743 Christian Refugees Have Been the Victims of Assaults in German Asylum Centers ...

    10/20/2016 4:35:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | October 20, 2016 | Andreas Becker
    (Berlin) The Fund for persecuted Christians Open Doors Germany put together with other aid and human rights organizations report the refugee " Lack of protection of religious minorities in Germany " before. This religiously motivated attacks on 743 Christian refugees are documented and analyzed in German refugee centers. The report quoted German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière with the words: "We have underestimated the importance of religion." The Minister was moved to these words in retrospect on the events of recent months. The consequences of these findings is reflected "especially in the German refugee centers," says Open Doors. Through the...
  • Le Pen Says as French President She Would Ban All Religious Symbols, Including Kippot

    10/19/2016 5:52:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front Party, vowed that if she is elected the country’s president she would ban all public displays of religious symbols and clothing, including kippot. Le Pen made the statement during an interview on Sunday with France’s BFM-TV. She is expected to seek the country’s presidency in 2017. She heads the third-largest party in France. Le Pen is seeking to broaden an existing law, called the headscarf ban, that does not allow conspicuous displays of religious symbols in public schools to include all public areas. She called the ban a struggle against...
  • To Defeat ISIS Stop Doing Business with Saudi Arabia, Says Priest Hostage

    10/18/2016 5:12:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    EWTN Great Britain ^ | 10/18/16 | Berthold Pelster
    HOMS, Syria — Father Jacques Mourad was prior of the Mar Elian Monastery, a pilgrimage center near Al Quaryatayn, about 65 miles southeast of Homs, until he was abducted by Islamic State militants in May 2015. He managed to escape after nearly five months of captivity, yet that August the Islamic State had captured Al Quaryatayn and destroyed the monastery. The city was later liberated by Syrian forces in April 2016. Now based in Europe, Father Mourad spoke Oct. 17 with international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need about the situation in Syria. In early April 2016, Al...
  • Georgetown Battles “Islamophobia” While Christians are Killed

    10/18/2016 5:03:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 10/18/16 | William Kilpatrick
    If Islamization ever comes to America—and it may come quickly depending on the outcome of the November election—certain Catholic individuals and institutions will bear a heavy burden of responsibility. I’m thinking in particular of Georgetown University and its Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU). ACMCU’s Bridge Initiative released a report in September on “American Catholic views of Islam, and the way Islam is discussed in Catholic publications.” The report, “Danger & Dialogue,” is particularly concerned that the way Islam is presented in Catholic media is unduly influenced by Catholic “Islamophobes” who are connected to the “Islamophobia industry.” Now...
  • Closed Catholic Church in Bucks [County, PA] Sold to Muslim Group

    10/18/2016 4:58:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies ^ | 10/18/16 | Mari A. Schaefer
    A closed Catholic church in Bristol Township has been sold to a Muslim cultural society. The former Immaculate Conception B.V.M. Catholic Church, on Emilie Road, was sold for $1,775,000 last Friday to the United American Muslim Society of Brooklyn, reports. The group is the parent corporation for the Turkish American Muslim Cultural Association on Levittown Parkway in Bristol Township, according to the story. The announcement of the sale made during weekend masses was “positively received by parishioners,” Archdiocese of Philadelphia spokesman Ken Gavin told
  • Cairo [Anglican] Bishop Urges Church to be Ready for Martyrdom

    10/15/2016 6:43:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    World Watch Monitor ^ | 10/14/16 | Jayson Casper
    A senior Anglican archbishop from the Global South called for the Church to be “ready to sacrifice their lives for the sake of Christ” in the face of persecution, restrictions, terrorism, and violence carried out in the name of religion. Archbishop Mouneer Anis of Cairo was addressing archbishops and bishops from some of the most difficult places in the world in which to practise the Christian faith: Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Southern Africa, West Africa, Indian Ocean, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and South East Asia. More than 100 delegates also discussed the importance of ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue....
  • The King of Bahrain Donates Land for the Construction of a New Coptic Church

    10/14/2016 5:13:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 10/13/16
    Manama (Agenzia Fides) - Coptic Orthodox priest Royce George, engaged in the pastoral care of the Orthodox Coptic community in Bahrain, has confirmed the donation of land by King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa for the construction of the second Coptic church in the Kingdom. The new building of Christian worship will rise in the capital, Manama, and will become a point of reference for the liturgies and pastoral activities that will involve approximately 1,500 Coptic families resident in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The donation was announced after the meeting which took place in late April between the King of...
  • Pope Francis Invites French Muslim Leaders to Meet in Vatican

    10/11/2016 6:14:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/10/16 | Thomas D. Williams
    Pope Francis will receive a delegation from the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) in the Vatican on November 3, according to French media sources.The five members representing the CFCM include President Anwar Kbibech, the three Vice-Presidents and the Secretary General of the organization, Abdallah Zekri. They will meet with the Pope in a private audience after meeting with the prelate in charge of relations with Islam, French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran. “I am very happy to meet the Pope because he is a man of dialogue and a man of peace,” Adballah Zekri said. A national elected body, the...
  • Since Beginning of Conflict in Syria, Christian Population Decreased by 1 mil - Russian Foreign Min

    10/11/2016 6:05:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/7/16
    ** The number of Christian community in Iraq is a tenth of what it was, falling to 150,000Moscow, October 7, Interfax - The fate of Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East is a source of concern for Moscow. "Historically, Russia has helped and supported fraternal Christians that were harassed and discriminated against and defended their rights and interests, with arms in hand, if need be. Therefore, we are naturally worried about the future of the 2,000-year Christian presence in the Middle East. According to some human rights organisations, in the past seven years the number...
  • Images of Christian Refugees Suffering Hardship in Northern Iraq

    10/08/2016 4:22:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/29/16 | Edward Pentin
    As ISIS invaded their towns and villages in the summer of 2014, tens of thousands of Christians fled to refugee camps, but the longer they remain displaced, the more they want to leave. On average, some 60,000 to 100,000 Christians have left Iraq every year since 2003. Persecuted Christians in northern Iraq continue to suffer great uncertainty and live in poor living conditions after the Islamist group ISIS invaded their towns and villages in 2014. Aware of their brutality, around 100,000 fled their homes in the middle of the night in the summer of that year, and many did so...
  • The Banners of Lepanto

    10/07/2016 6:04:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 10/7/16 | Fr. George Rutler
    A British explorer ship that sank in the Arctic in the 1840s while searching for the Northwest Passage, was located this year on September 3, remarkably intact under the ice. The HMS Terror was one of the ships that attacked Fort McHenry in Baltimore in 1814. Some of the “bombs bursting in air” may have been fired from her. The Star Spangled Banner has attained a secular sacredness and is displayed with due civil reverence in the capital’s National Museum of American History. There were actually two flags, one for inclement weather, but the official one was 30 x 42...
  • New Interview: Cardinal Raymond Burke Says Islam Is A Danger

    10/06/2016 4:59:53 PM PDT · by Petrosius · 4 replies ^ | October 5, 2016 | Andrew Parrish
    The following is a rough translation using Google Translate of an interview of Cardinal Burke which originally appeared in Il Giornale on 10.4.16 An Islam that wants to conquer the world, black flags pointed at Rome, immigration that subverts population majorities, Christians under fire even in the West, no alternative to traditional families, and Vladimir Putin’s conversion are some highlights of Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke’s exclusive interview with the Journal ( watch video ). Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Cardinal from Wisconsin, born in 1948, is...
  • Germany's Finance Minister Presses for a 'German Islam'

    10/04/2016 5:15:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/2/16 | y Caroline Copley
    A veteran ally of Angela Merkel urged Muslims in Germany on Sunday to develop a "German Islam" based on liberalism and tolerance, saying the influx of people seeking refuge, many of them Muslims, is a challenge for mainstream society. Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, stepping out of his usual finance remit, urged tolerance, saying the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants required a better understanding among Germans of what is important to them and how they want to live. Almost 1 million migrants from the Middle East and Africa, came to Germany last year, stoking social tensions and boosting support for...
  • Chaldean Bishops Order Priests Who Fled Iraq to Return Home

    09/30/2016 4:39:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    They said priests who left without permission had to 'regularise their statusChaldean Catholic bishops have said that priests and monks who left their dioceses and monasteries in Iraq without formal permission to emigrate are “raising doubts among [the] faithful”. A statement by 20 bishops urged these priests and monks to “leave their current dioceses [abroad] immediately”. The statement also said the Chaldean Church would proceed with the cause for canonisation of Catholics martyred in Iraq since 2003, including Archbishop Faraj Rahho, Fr Ragheed Kani, four deacons and a nun. The bishops, meeting for their annual synod, pleaded for peace in...
  • Armed Police Patrol Canterbury Cathedral Amid Terrorist Fears

    09/29/2016 6:42:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/29/16 | Staff Reporter
    Security has been increased following the murder of Fr Jacques HamelPolice with guns are patrolling Canterbury Cathedral amid fears about terror attacks. The extra security comes after a series of jihadist attacks across Europe, including the murder of Fr Jacques Hamel. Essex and Kent Police have ordered armed officers to guard potential terrorist targets, including the cathedral, major shopping centres, the port of Dover and London Southend Airport. Photos have emerged of police officers carrying Heckler and Koch G36 assault rifles, Glock 17 semi-auto 9mm pistols and Tasers outside the cathedral. A spokesman for Canterbury Cathedral said: “Having grown used...
  • My journey from Tehran to Rome [WSJ journalist, formerly a Muslim, becomes a Catholic)

    09/29/2016 2:14:54 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 40 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 29 Sep 2016 | Sohrab Ahmari
    'I just sat in the back pews and felt waves of peace wash over me' As a Muslim-born Iranian, I first doubted God, then flirted with Nietzsche and Marxism. But the whisper of conscience kept suggesting that I go to Mass. On July 26, I announced my decision to join the Catholic Church. Hours earlier, a pair of jihadists had attacked a church in France and murdered a priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, while he was celebrating Mass. Two months before that, I had begun studying one-on-one with a priest in London, reading Catholic books and immersing myself in the...
  • Hungarian Government Prepares to Rescue Persecuted Christians

    09/27/2016 7:55:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    World Religion News ^ | 6/26/16 | Corey Barnett
    Hungary aims to aid and defend Christians persecuted by ISIS.Hungary has announced a new initiative to fight forces that discriminate against and persecute Christians. The government has decided that in the light of the recent attacks on Christians, a new department will be set up in Hungary to study these cases and fight radical forces that threaten the lives of innocent Christians. The authorities have indicated that this department will not only take into consideration the attacks that have been happening in the Middle East, but also the disguised forms of discrimination against Christians in Europe. Hungary's Minister for Human...
  • Jordan: Islamic Party Voters Reject Christian Candidates

    09/27/2016 7:42:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    In Jordan's legislative elections, Islamic voters refused to support Christian candidates, reports Archbishop Maroun Lahham, the patriarchal vicar for the Jerusalem patriarchate. Under Jordan's complicated election rules, every party must submit a slate of candidates that includes representatives of various minorities, including Christians. The Islamic parties duly recruited Christian candidates. But the party's supporters did not vote for those candidates, so that none of the Islamic party's winning representatives is a Christian. The Islamic Action Front won 15 of the 130 seats in parliament. Christians won 9 seats. Elections, Archbishop Lahham: all Christian candidates in Islamist lists rejected (Fides)
  • Twenty Churches Destroyed in Aleppo During the War

    09/27/2016 7:30:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/26/16
    Moscow, September 26, Interfax - 20 churches were destroyed in Syrian Aleppo, Deputy Chairman of the Commission for UNESCO of the Russian Federation and the Committee for Russian-Syrian cooperation Alexander Dzasokhov said. "It is a magnificent city in Syria that was famous not only for its renowned architecture and cultural sites, but it was a place where Christian aspect of this long-suffering nation has always been present. It suffers great destructions now. According to the recent data, 20 churches were destroyed there," he said on air The Church and the World TV program on Rossiya-24 channel. Dzasokhov believes the future...
  • Saudi Arabia deports Christians [all Catholics] for celebrating Assumption of Our Lady

    09/27/2016 8:08:36 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 32 replies
    EWTN ^ | September 22, 2016 | Deacon Nick Donelly
    Saudi Arabia has deported 27 Lebanese Maronite Christians, including women and children, for celebrating the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady in their home. Saudi Arabian authorities justified the deportation by claiming the Christians participated in "un-Islamic prayer" and that they possessed the "Gospel". The religious police raided a house in the Aziziyah neighborhood of Al Khafji, in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, and arrested 27 people, including children. The Christians claimed that as the Koran esteemed the Blessed Virgin Mary, their prayers caused no insult. In 2006 the Saudi government gave the undertaking to stop interfering with...
  • Christian Homeland in Iraq: Nineveh Plain Province Is Solution ‘Beyond Genocide’

    09/22/2016 7:26:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/19/16 | Victor Gaetan
    In Defense of Christians Convention Aims to Preserve Christianity in the Middle EastWASHINGTON — “Time is running out for Assyrian Christians,” declared Michigan-resident Nahren Anweya, 34, speaking to the Register at the third annual convention of In Defense of Christians (IDC) held in Washington Sept. 7-9. Born in Iraq, Anweya vividly remembers being slapped in the face by her first-grade teacher in Baghdad, for describing herself as a Christian — signifying the second-class citizenship suffered by the faithful there long before the current crisis. “We are disappearing literally by the week,” she said, estimating the total number of Christians in...
  • Archbishop Cupich: dialogue with Muslims more important than ever

    09/22/2016 10:29:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 24 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | September 22, 2016
    There is an “urgent need to cultivate positive dialogue” with Muslims, Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago said in a statement. The prelate, who serves as co-chairman of the National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue, stated: The report "Danger & Dialogue: American Catholic Public Opinion and Portrayals of Islam," recently published by the Bridge Initiative, a research project on Islamophobia based in Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim - Christian Understanding, raises serious questions about how Catholics view their Muslim brothers and sisters. “When there is no attempt to learn more about one another, we see an increase in the tendency...
  • The changing face of Islam in Kurdistan

    09/16/2016 7:11:45 PM PDT · by odds · 8 replies
    Rudaw (Kurdish Website) ^ | July 2, 2016 | Hannah Lynch
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — “We Muslims have a lot of problems with our religion, for a lot of reasons,” the words of Sanger Najim, a young man living in Erbil, echo the sentiments of a growing population in the Kurdistan Region who struggle with questions about their faith. Many Muslims are confronted by the violent extremism of the Islamic State (ISIS) and wonder how to reconcile their personal beliefs with the actions of the extremist group. The Kurdish population is approximately 94% nominally Muslim. Recently, however, there have been many reports of Kurds leaving Islam or converting to other religions....
  • Many US Catholics Don't Have a Positive View of Muslims, Finds Study

    09/14/2016 5:42:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 49 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9/13/16 | Mazin Sidahmed
    Of 1,027 Catholics polled, only 14% said they had favorable views of Islam and one in three said they had either very or somewhat unfavorable viewsOnly 14% of American Catholics have a favorable view of Muslims and Catholic media outlets tend to have a bias against Muslims, a study has found. The findings, carried out by the Bridge initiative, a multi-year research project that focuses on Islamophobia at Georgetown University, conducted research on how mainstream and Catholic media consumption correlates to respondents’ perceptions of Islam. Of the 1,027 self-identified Catholics polled, only 14% said they had favorable views of Islam...
  • Saeed Abedini To Muslims: "Islam Is From Satan," Followers Started War On Christianity On 9/11

    09/14/2016 5:35:06 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | September 14, 2016 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Pastor Saeed Abedini, a former American hostage who was held for three and a half years in an Iranian prison for his Christian faith, said on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 that Muslims started a war on Christianity with the terror attacks. Abedini said that although most Christian pastors do not want to say it, Islam is a satanic religion that leads people astray. "Fifteen years ago the shape of the whole world got changed forever and war between Islam and Christianity started by Muslims again," [sic] Abedini wrote in a Facebook message on Sunday.
  • Rome's Grand Mosque Refuses to Join in Anti-Violence Initiative

    09/13/2016 7:06:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Grand Mosque of Rome declined to take part in a national "Say no to violence" initiative that was supported by more than 2,000 other Islamic communities in Italy. For the September 11 observance-- deliberately timed for the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America-- Italian Christians were welcomed at mosques throughout the country. But the Grand Mosque did not participate. A spokesman, Abdellah Redouane, said that the observance could cause "confusion and ambiguity," and blamed "those who seek visibility at any cost and present themselves as representative" of the Islamic faith. Rome's Grand Mosque will not take part in...
  • Christian Father Beheaded by ISIS: 'Teach My Children the Principles of Jesus Christ'

    09/11/2016 4:30:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies ^ | 9/8/16 | Michael W. Chapman
    Among the 21 Coptic Christian workers beheaded on a beach in Libya last year by ISIS was a father who, before he went to Libya as a migrant worker, told his wife he knew it was dangerous and that if he did not make it back alive, to please teach their children "the principles of Jesus Christ." So testified lawyer and humanitarian Jacqueline Isaac, who met in Egypt with the families of 15 of the 21 victims and told Congress about the genocide being perpetrated by the Islamic State. Jacqueline Isaac, vice president of the humanitarian group Roads of Success,...
  • Cardinal Raymond Burke: Muslims and Christians Don’t Worship 'the Same God'

    09/08/2016 7:17:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/8/16 | Thomas Williams
    According to the former head of the Vatican’s highest court, Cardinal Raymond Burke Muslims and Christians do not worship the same God, since Allah is a “governor,” whereas Christianity was “founded on love.” The modern belief that Islam and Christianity are fundamentally the same “is very much influenced by a relativism of a religious order,” the Cardinal said at a recent press conference. “I hear people saying to me, well, we’re all worshipping the same God. We all believe in love. But I say stop a minute, and let’s examine carefully what Islam is, and what our Christian faith teaches...
  • ISIS Names Pope Francis As Its Ultimate Enemy

    09/07/2016 4:25:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 9/3/16 | Lorraine Caballero
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has named Pope Francis as its number one enemy and has criticized the Catholic Church leader for pursuing "dialogue with moderate Islam." In its monthly publication Dabiq, ISIS described Pope Francis as a "non-believer" and accused him of defending homosexuals. The terror group previously released a video illustrating the end of the world, which suggests that the group is planning to assassinate the pontiff, The Express reports. Despite the threats from ISIS, Pope Francis previously refused to heed advice to wear a bulletproof vest because he did not want to lose contact...
  • Chaldean Patriarch: Christians Used as a "Token of Exchange" in Political Games on Nineveh Plain

    09/07/2016 4:18:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) - If and when the Iraqi lands will be reclaimed from the domain of the jihadists of the Islamic State, the interim political settlement to be considered for the villages with a Christian majority in the Nineveh Plain could become "self-administrative". In any case, after realizing the return of refugees to their homes and the restoration of general stability, the inhabitants of that area should also be ensured the opportunity to choose through a free referendum whether they want to remain under the central government in Baghdad or if they prefer to be part of the autonomous...
  • Egypt: Muslim MP Wants to Build a Church Honouring Coptic Pope

    09/06/2016 6:36:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 9/5/16 | Mark Woods
    A Muslim MP in Egypt has submitted the first request to build a new church under a controversial law passed last week by the country's parliament. The law aimed at liberalising church building and renovation was hotly debated and received Church support only at the last minute amid fears it conceded too much to local opposition forces. However, the independent MP for the Assiut region in Upper Egypt, El-Badri Ahmed Deif, told reporters on Saturday: "I wanted it recorded in history that a Muslim was the first to submit a request for building a church in Egypt after the passing...
  • Yorkshire Ripper Set to Convert to Islam

    09/05/2016 5:10:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Manhound's Paradise ^ | September 3, 2016 | Manhound
    Current official estimates place Muslims at 5% of the British population, though many suspect the actual proportion is higher. But Muslims make up 20% of the population in maximum security prisons in the UK (in one it's almost 50%). That number has been rapidly rising but even so underestimates the influence of Islam at those prisons. From Jimmy McCloskey at the Daily Star: Yorkshire Ripper turns to Islam: Muslim inmates to protect Sutcliffe behind bars THE Yorkshire Ripper is set to become a Muslim after hardline Islamists offered to protect him in prison. Serial killer Peter Sutcliffe has already had...
  • Confronting Islam: Pope Francis Vs. Saint Francis

    09/05/2016 3:41:59 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies ^ | September 5, 2016 | Raymond Ibrahim
    When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the new Catholic pope in 2013, he chose the name of Francis to indicate that his pontificate would be one of mercy and compassion for the poor and needy—for such is the reputation of his eponym, Saint Francis of Assisi: “the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation,” said Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, as to why he chose that name. St. Francis (1182-1226) is indeed known for all those qualities. But he was known for something else that his modern day namesake fails to live up to:...
  • Mar Sako: Islamic State’s Threat Against the Pope is Propaganda, Moderate Islam is the Real Target

    09/02/2016 5:14:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Asia News ^ | 8/31/16
    The Caliphate’s official magazine attacks Popes Francis and Benedict XVI, calls to break the Vatican’s cross. For Mar Sako, this is an attempt to "put pressure" on the West. Muslims who seek dialogue and reconciliation are at risk. Islam cannot know Christianity from the Qur’an. The Chaldean primate writes an open letter to Muslims to turn against the Islamic State “cancer”.Baghdad (AsiaNews) – The direct attack and death threats made by the Islamic State (IS) in recent days against Pope Francis are part of a "propaganda strategy" to "exert pressure on the West using the figure of the pope,” Chaldean...
  • Turkish Press Accuses [Patriarch] Bartholomew of Complicity in Failed Coup

    09/01/2016 8:08:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 9/1/16 | VI Staff
    Pro-government daily newspaper Akşam published a front-page article claiming the alleged connivance of the CIA and the Ecumenical Patriarchate with the “gulenista” coupFor the first time a Turkish newspaper has explicitly accused Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I of being an accomplice in the failed coup last July 15, organized, according to Ankara by Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen - currently in exile in the USA - and his Hizmet movement, Catholic news agency Fides reports. On Tuesday, August 30, Akşam newspaper published a front-page article to accredit the alleged connivance of the CIA and the Ecumenical Patriarchate with the “gulenista”...
  • Syrian Patriarch: 'Stop Extremists from Entering Europe'

    08/31/2016 5:04:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 8/30/16 | John Pontifex
    Patriarch Aphrem warned that Christianity is at risk of disappearing from Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. NEW YORK (Aug. 30, 2016)—A leading Syrian prelate urged Europe to take tougher action to stop fundamentalists from entering its territory. Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II, the Damascus-based leader of Syriac Orthodox Church, warned of the threat posed by a new generation of radicalized Muslims bent on imposing Sharia law as widely as possible. While many Muslim refugees entering Europe are peace-loving moderates, he added, Western governments “must be better prepared” to ferret out jihadists. In an interview with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN),...
  • Vicars Told ‘Don’t Wear Dog Collars in Public’ Over Fears Jihadists are Planning Attacks [UK]

    08/31/2016 4:50:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Daily Express (UK) ^ | 8/31/16 | Paul Christian
    Worries knife-wielding ISIS jihadists will target churches were raised by experts and revealed by churchmen. New counter-terrorism advice is being urgently issued to vicars and churches across the UK this week over fears an attack on British Christians is now likely. The new security measures follow the murder of a priest by two Islamic State killers in France last month, amid fears a similar attack could now happen in the UK. Experts warned a terrorist attack on churches "is coming”. Places of worship in the UK, which are 'easy targets' for jihadists, are now being urged to take precautions and...
  • Chaldean Patriarch Calls Upon Muslims to Repudiate ISIS

    08/30/2016 6:09:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, has called upon “Muslims and non-Muslim people of good will” to repudiate the Islamic State, which currently controls approximately 15% of Iraq and 30% of Syria. “We know that the majority of Muslims are neutral, unbiased, open-minded and willing to work hard for the benefit of their countries and their fellow citizens,” Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako said in a message posted on the patriarchate’s website. “Their initiative should be a united and strong stance, with which they can together stop the...
  • Card. Burke: ‘Highly Questionable’ to Say Islam Worships Christian God and is Therefore Peaceful

    08/30/2016 6:05:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/30/16 | Claire Chretien
    ROME, Italy, August 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — It is “highly questionable” to say Catholics and Muslims worship the same God and Islam is a religion of peace, Cardinal Raymond Burke said on a call with reporters Monday. Burke, an American, is the former Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court. He is now the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Burke was speaking to the media about Hope for the World: To Unite All Things in Christ, a newly-published book-length interview with French journalist Guillaume d’Alançon in which the prelate weighs in on a host of...
  • Failed Suicide Attack at Indonesian Church; Priest Injured

    08/29/2016 3:15:33 PM PDT · by detective · 1 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | August 29, 2016
    A failed suicide-bombing at a church in Indonesia by a teenage jihadi resulted in an injury to the priest in the western island of Sumantra Sunday. During Sunday mass at the St. Joseph Cathholic church in Medan, a young man who was carrying an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) flag, pretended to be attending the service when he detonated a home-made explosive device in his backpack. With the pack only smoldering, the man charged the priest with an axe, wounding Father Albert Pandiangan slightly in the hand before he was detained. Upon questioning, the man reported that he was not working alone....
  • Nigerian Mob Kills Muslim Who Saved Christian from Lynch Mob

    08/25/2016 6:48:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Eight people died when a group of militant Muslims burned down the home of a man who had intervened to stop the lynching of a Christian convert. The violence began when a young man-- a Muslim student who had converted to Christianity-- was accused of insulting Islam and severely beaten by his classmates. A passerby saved the student, bringing him to a nearby hospital. The militants then attacked that man, burning down his home and killing the eight people inside it. Eight people die during an assault in the home of a man who had saved a student accused of...
  • Syrian Christian Leader Asks Russia to Help with Release of Captured Metropolitans

    08/25/2016 6:41:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/24/16
    Damascus, August 24, Interfax - Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, a leader of Syrian Christians and patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, has asked Russia to assist in the release of the metropolitans captured in Syria three years ago. The issue was addressed in a meeting between the patriarch and Russian Ambassador to Syria Alexander Kinshchak, the press service for the Syro-Jacobite Church said. "In light of the recent successes on the battleground near Aleppo, and also the improvement of relations between Russia and Turkey, His Holiness called on the Russian government to resume efforts on that track [the hierarchs' release],"...
  • 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...