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  • American Decapitated by Englishman

    08/20/2014 7:11:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 8/20/14 | Mark Steyn
    Today, Wednesday, I started the day with Toronto's Number One morning man, John Oakley, at AM 640. We focused on two stories - the policing of Ferguson, Missouri, and the decapitation by ISIS of my fellow Granite Stater - James Foley of Rochester, New Hampshire, who was kidnapped while reporting on the Syrian uprising. His executioner - the man standing next to him in the picture at right - was speaking with a British accent. That's to say, he's one of thousands of citizens of western nations - British, American, European, Canadian and Australian - who've flocked to join the...
  • Yazidis Haunted by Cries for Help as Militants Bury Victims Alive

    08/20/2014 6:56:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/20/14 | Humeyra Pamuk
    Refugee Samo Ilyas Ali has nine children to feed but he can't focus on the future because the sounds of women and children crying out for help while being buried alive by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq often consume his mind. Tens of thousand of Yazidis fled their ancient homeland of Sinjar and other villages to escape a dramatic push by the Sunni militants who regard the ethnic minority as devil worshippers who must embrace their radical version of Islam or die. The refugees sit idle in camps in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq. Traumatized by Islamic...
  • Lovers Of Ecumenicide Pretend Muslims Worship Our God - They DON'T!

    08/19/2014 7:33:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 63 replies
    There is a great deal of confusion in the Church today as to whether or not Muslims worship the same God as do we. In fact many prelates, including our own Cardinal McCarrick, either are honestly confused about the matter or they exploit general confusion so that they may appear to be "ecumenical". Indeed, nine years ago at Catholic University His Eminence addressed some Muslim dignitaries; in that address he invoked "allah" three times but he gave not one mention to Jesus Christ. That address, which can be called de facto idolatry, is here. Cardinal McCarrick and other devotees of...
  • ISIS IS True Islam

    08/19/2014 6:41:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 8/19/2014 | Walid Shoebat
    Reading the papers is reading authors of confusion. They say “Saudi top cleric blasts al-Qaida and ISIS as ‘enemy No. 1′ of Islam” in a statement issued in Riyadh.“The ideas of extremism, radicalism and terrorism … have nothing to do with Islam and (their proponents) are the enemy number one of Islam,” the kingdom’s top cleric said.He cited jihadists from the Islamic State, which has declared a “caliphate” straddling parts of Iraq and Syria, and the global al-Qaida terror network. Really? ISIS and al-Qaida do not represent Islam? ISIS IS ISlam and ISlam is ISIS.Muslims frequently say that we, the...
  • Pope Endorses "Force" To Stop ISIS

    08/18/2014 2:32:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Creative Minority Reporta ^ | August 18, 2014 | Patrick Archbold
    In his most explicit statement yet, the Pope endorses the use of force to stop the monsters of ISIS, well, as close as he is likely to come. ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq but said the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene. Francis also said he and his advisers were considering whether he might go to northern Iraq himself to show solidarity with persecuted Christians. But he said he was holding off...
  • "I have lost my Diocese to Islam - You in the West will also become the victims of Muslims"

    08/18/2014 4:18:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | August 16, 2014
    FULL TITLE: Archbishop of Mosul: "I have lost my Diocese to Islam - You in the West will also become the victims of Muslims" Armenian Orthodox church in Raqqa, Syria, now an ISIS office Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive. Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again...
  • 5 Ways the Quran Explains Todays Headlines

    08/17/2014 7:51:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/17/2014 | Robert Spencer
    Nihad Awad of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has claimed [2] that “research has shown that anti-Islam prejudice goes down when people interact with ordinary Muslims and have greater knowledge of Islam.” Accordingly, he says, “it might also be a good idea for Americans of other faiths to borrow a Quran from a Muslim friend, neighbor or co-worker. In that way, knowledge may be increased as bonds of friendship are formed.”Awad is right. Americans should read the Quran. If they did, they would find that it makes sense of a great many recent events that might otherwise remain...
  • The battle of our century (the war within Islam that has lethal consequences for all)

    08/16/2014 1:40:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    CERC ^ | August 15, 2014 | FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
    The battle of our centuryFATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZAIt is not a war between religions. It is a war within Islam that has lethal consequences for all those it touches. It began dramatically on Sept. 11, 2001. Our century is characterized by a lethal theological war in the house of Islam, with brutal consequences for the whole world, whether it be lower Manhattan or northern Iraq. Centuries are not exactly 100 years long. The late British historian Eric Hobsbawm proposed a more persuasive division of history with his "long 19th century," which began with the French Revolution in 1789 and...
  • Muhammed Is Britain's Most Popular Boys Name

    08/15/2014 7:22:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/15/14 | Andre Walker
    As exclusively reported by Breitbart London last week, Muhammed has been crowned Britain's most popular boys name in figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) today. The name of the Muslim prophet beat Oliver as the most popular boys name chosen by parents in Britain in 2013. As a result of the way the statistics are put together, the name does not appear to have won, as the ONS classifies each of the different spellings as a different entry on the list. This means that "Muhammad" came in 15th with 3,499 children but "Mohammed" was 23rd with 2,887...
  • Holy Sees statement to cowardly terrorists, calls out mullahs, imams (Fr. Z)

    08/13/2014 2:44:36 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 19 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 12 August 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    [Fr. Z's comments in brackets and italics.]Bolded sections are from the document, Fr. Z's emphasis.The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue released a statement about the wave of terror washing across Syria and Iraq. The statement was in French. HERE Here is an English translation: The whole world has witnessed with incredulity what is now called the Restoration of the Caliphate, which had been abolished on October 29,1923 by Kamal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey. Opposition to this restoration by the majority of religious institutions and Muslim politicians has not prevented the Islamic State jihadists from committing and continuing to commit...
  • Russian Expert on Islam Believes We'll Soon Forget About Secular Turkey

    08/13/2014 6:06:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/13/14
    Moscow, August 13, Interfax - Renowned expert on Islam Roman Silantyev believes that Turkey leaves behind the secular character of the state and it will inevitably influence life of the country's Christians. "Turkey has already been turned into an analogue of Saudi Arabia. Soon, we should forget about secular Turkey, and it will make the life of local Christians more difficult," the expert told Interfax-Religion on Wednesday commenting on Recep Tayyip Erdogan's victory at the presidential elections. Silantyev believes that when Erdogan was a prime-minister, Turkey has become "a weak-willed satellite of dwarfish Qatar, not even America, as Qatar representatives...
  • What Did the Saints Say about Islam?

    08/12/2014 5:42:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | August 12, 2014 | Andrew Abeiszad
    For Islamic scholars, there is a statement in the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, which is particularly troubling: Faced with disconcerting episodes of violent fundamentalism, our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalisations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence. (p. 253) As the situation in the Middle East escalates, and the violence of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) spills rivers of innocent Christian blood, this statement seems incongruous with reality. Popes are certainly free to have personal opinions....
  • Pontifical Council speaks out against terror in name of religion

    08/12/2014 4:46:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 8/12/2014
    The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has issued a statement deploring the upsurge in violence in Iraq, calling on religious leaders, those involved in interfaith dialogue and on all men and women of good will, to unequivocally condemn terror in the name of religion. The Council also calls on religious leaders to exercise their influence with the authorities to end these crimes, to punish those who commit them and to reestablish the rule of law throughout the land, ensuring the return home of those who have been displaced."Below please find the English translation of the original French text:The whole world...
  • Vatican calls on Muslim leaders to condemn ISIL: No cause, no religion, can justify such barbarity

    08/12/2014 2:58:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | August 12, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From CNS: The Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbarity” and “unspeakable criminal acts” of Islamic State militants in Iraq, saying a failure to do so would jeopardize the future of interreligious dialogue. “The plight of Christians, Yezidis and other religious and ethnic communities that are numeric minorities in Iraq demands a clear and courageous stance on the part of religious leaders, especially Muslims, those engaged in interfaith dialogue and everyone of goodwill,” said a statement from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue released by the Vatican Aug. 12. The full statement, from the Vatican: The whole world...
  • Iraqi Christians dying in crowded refugee camps

    08/12/2014 2:21:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 12, 2014 | SIMON CALDWELL
    Displaced Iraqi Christian families, who fled from the village of Hamdaniya near the northern city of Mosul (PA) Iraqi Christians driven from their homes by Islamic State fighters are beginning to die in crowded camps, witnesses have claimed.Sahar Mansour, 40, who lectured in chemistry at the University of Mosul before she fled the city in June, said newborn babies, the sick and the elderly in the Ankawa refugee camp on the outskirts of Irbil are dying from diseases, thirst and malnutrition. Mansour now resides in the camp.The same claim was made by Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad, who...
  • Aceh, the Operative Base for the Islamic Caliphate in Asia, Through Recruitment and Indoctrination

    08/12/2014 10:30:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 8/12/14 | Mathias Hariyadi
    Fringes of the jihadist movement already active in 16 provinces in the Indonesian archipelago. Thousands of people have sworn allegiance to the fundamentalist leader Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi. Most are veterans of the jihad with extensive experience in Afghanistan or, on the domestic front of the Moluccas. Jakarta: some areas are "fertile ground" for enrollment. Jakarta (AsiaNews) - It has yet to make any startling conquests in the Asian nation, but the Indonesian section of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) has already started mass recruitment - as recently reported- in over 16 provinces of...
  • Catholic Iraqi Refugees in Lebanon Recall Horror of Militant Attacks

    08/11/2014 3:33:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 8/11/14 | Doreen Abi Raad
    BEIRUT (CNS) -- The memory of that brutal June evening in his home near Mosul, Iraq, brought 48-year-old Joseph, now a refugee in Lebanon, to tears. "These people know no limits of humanity, decency, or respect for human life," he said of the Islamic State fighters. Meeting with Catholic News Service Aug. 8 at the Caritas Lebanon Migrant Center in Beirut, he and other Catholic Iraqi refugees asked that their real names not be used to protect their identities as they shared the traumatic experiences that led to their exodus. Joseph recalled how his wife and their teenage son, Bachar,...
  • The Dream of the Caliphate Spreads to Asia, Raising Fears of Violence in Indonesia and Malaysia

    08/11/2014 11:55:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Asia News ^ | 8/11/14
    Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta warn that followers of the Islamic State are ready to strike their countries of origin. Governments, public places and other sensitive spots are their main targets. The goal is to erase secular and pluralist constitutions in order to introduce Sharia-inspired rules. At least 20 Malaysian nationals are in Syria to fight the jihad. The first recruits from the Philippines are reported.Kuala Lumpur (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Anti-terrorism experts from Malaysia and Indonesia have reported that several Malaysians and Indonesians have recently joined the Islamic State terror group (formerly known as ISIS), which is active in Iraq and Syria,...
  • Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan Has WONSo What Lays Ahead?

    08/11/2014 4:10:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 8/11/2014 | Walid Shoebat
    As we predicted. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won the presidential election with 52 percent of the vote, according to early results. Thus, Erdogan has become the country’s first popularly-elected head of state. He appears triumphant with the crowds of millions carrying fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow flags. (Revelation 19:17)  With 98.75 percent of the ballots counted, Erdogan leads with 52 percent, the Hurriyet Daily reports. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, former Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, has received 38 percent of the votes. Selahattin Demirtas, head of the leftist pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, is in third place with just...
  • Remembering Regensburg

    08/10/2014 7:21:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    'I was reminded of all this recently, when I read the edition by Professor Theodore Khoury (Münster) of part of the dialogue carried on - perhaps in 1391 in the winter barracks near Ankara - by the erudite Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus and an educated Persian on the subject of Christianity and Islam, and the truth of both.[1] It was presumably the emperor himself who set down this dialogue, during the siege of Constantinople between 1394 and 1402; and this would explain why his arguments are given in greater detail than those of his Persian interlocutor.[2] The dialogue...
  • The Demon Wolves of ISIS: Ancient Assyria Reborn

    08/10/2014 5:44:21 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Father Dwight Longenecker
    Lord Byrons poem The Destruction of Sennacherib begins with the line, The Assyrian came down like a wolf on the fold. My friend Paul Thigpen makes the link between the warlords of the Islamic State (IS) and their historic predecessors, the warlike Assyrians.
  • Priest from Nineveh: 'Christianity is Finished in Iraq'

    08/10/2014 6:34:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/8/14 | Elise Harris
    Rome, Italy, Aug 8, 2014 / 04:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest hailing from what used to be Iraqs largest Christian city has lamented the exodus of over 100,000 Christians from the city, many of whom are fleeing on foot with no food, money or water. Today the story of Christianity is finished in Iraq, said a priest who identified himself as Fr. Nawar. People cant stay in Iraq because there is death for whoever stays, told CNA Aug. 8. A priest who has been living and studying in Rome for the last three years, Fr. Nawar is originally from...
  • 'Jihadist' Flag Flown in East London

    08/08/2014 6:41:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8/7/14 | Rajeev Sayal
    Flag flown outside housing estate on Poplar High StreetA black flag with white Arabic writing, similar to those flown by jihadist groups, was flying at the entrance of an east London housing state near Canary Wharf. In a highly provocative gesture, the emblem was planted on top of the gates of the Will Crooks estate on Poplar High Street, and is surrounded by flags of Palestine and slogans. The flag bears similar writing to the jihadi flags that have been flown by the extremist group in Iraq and other jihadi groups since the 1990s. When the estate was approached last...
  • A Real Via Crucis: Pope Francis, Patriarch Plead on Behalf of Iraqs Christians

    08/08/2014 6:23:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Pope Francis has renewed his appeal to the Church to intercede for the persecuted Christians of Iraq. The Holy Father is following with deep concern the dramatic news reports coming from northern Iraq, which involve defenseless populations, Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office, said in a statement issued August 7. Christian communities are particularly affected: a people fleeing from their villages because of the violence that rages in these days, wreaking havoc on the entire region. At the Angelus prayer on July 20th, Father Lombardi recalled, Pope Francis cried with pain: [O]ur brothers and sisters...
  • French basilica desecrated [by Muslim]

    08/07/2014 7:20:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    CWN ^ | 8/7/2014
    Two churches in Thonon-les-Bains, a city of 30,000 in eastern France, were desecrated on August 5, according to Le Messager, a newspaper based in Chablais. A man in his thirties entered St. Hippolytus Church and the Basilica of St. Francis de Sales and destroyed or damaged altars, stained glass, statues, candelabras, and a bronze cross. He also tore open a tabernacle and trampled on the Eucharist. The man suspected in the desecration is a young Muslim, a local priest said. Additional sources for this storySome links will take you to other sites, in a new window. Thonon-les-Bains: crise de vandalisme...
  • Islamic State pulls down church crosses in northern Iraq as 200,000 flee

    08/07/2014 9:58:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 40 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | August 7, 2014 | Barney Henderson And Agencies
    Islamic State jihadists who took over large areas of northern Iraq overnight have forced thousands of Christians to flee and occupied churches, removing crosses and destroying manuscripts, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako has said. (The Christians) have fled with nothing but their clothes, some of them on foot, to reach the Kurdistan region, Patriarch Sako told AFP.
  • Thousands of Iraqis Flee as Militants Seize Christian Capital

    08/07/2014 6:08:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/7/14 | Staff Reporter
    Thousands of Iraqi Christians are fleeing after Islamic State militants seized the minoritys biggest town in Iraq, according to reports. The Islamic State, formerly ISIS, captured Qaraqosh in Nineveh province overnight after Kurdish forces withdrew from the town. The French Christian organisation Fraternite en Irak said in a post on Facebook that a majority of those living in Nineveh left after militants took over Qaraqosh, known as the Christian capital of northern Iraq, and surrounding towns. Its a catastrophe, a tragic situation: tens of thousands of terrified people are being displaced as we speak, said Joseph Thomas, the Chaldean archbishop...
  • ISIS sweep forces religious minority to die of thirst on mountain

    08/06/2014 8:45:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 6, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Not Christians or Shiites this time, but the Yazidis, whose numbers reach as high as 600,000 in Iraq and dropping, especially in Sinjar. The sacking of Sinjar has forced the Yazidis to flee to nearby Mount Sinjar to escape brutal execution. What they face on the mountain is a death just as certain, though, and perhaps as torturous: Stranded on a barren mountaintop, thousands of minority Iraqis are faced with a bleak choice: descend and risk slaughter at the hands of the encircled Sunni extremists or sit tight and risk dying of thirst. Humanitarian agencies said Tuesday that between...
  • Baghdad Patriarch Tells Pope that the Iraqi Christian Tragedy is Rooted in Superpowers' Selfishness

    08/06/2014 6:22:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 8/5/14
    In a letter to Pope Francis, eastern patriarchs and the presidents of bishops' conferences around the world, Mar Sako calls on the international community to come to grips with the situation and take "concrete actions". The survival of the Christian minority is at stake and a strong stance is needed, even by Muslims. He appeals for help and solidarity.Baghdad (AsiaNews) - The international community and the world's superpowers must realise the need for "concrete actions of solidarity" for Iraqi Christians because the "very survival" of the minority in the country and in middle East is at stake, said Raphael Louis...
  • Bishop Pledges to Stay in Libya: I Cannot Leave the Few Remaining Christians

    08/05/2014 7:20:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    As rival militias battle for control of Libya, the apostolic vicar of Tripoli, Bishop Giovanni Martinelli, has pledged to remain in the North African nation even if only one Christian remains. Islamist militias have held sway in some areas of the country since NATOs 2011 military intervention helped lead to the fall of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. The Christian community in Libya is now reduced to a minimum, but I intend to stay here even if only one Christian remains, the Italian Franciscan bishop told the Fides news agency.
  • Islamic State Seizes Territory Inside Lebanon

    08/05/2014 7:15:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8/4/14 | Carol Malouf and Richard Spencer,
    The jihadists of Islamic State have seized their first territory inside Lebanon, a long-feared strike that threatens the country's uneasy sectarian balance. A Syrian rebel group which has sworn allegiance to the Islamic State's leader has set up check-points in the Lebanese town of Arsal on the two countries' border, though it has stopped short of declaring it part of the IS's "Caliphate". Lebanese army troops have moved up to attack the town, pouring in shells and putting at risk not only the 40,000 local inhabitants but the estimated 120,000 Syrian refugees who have taken shelter there. The crisis brought...
  • Muslims are crucifying Christians who refuse to convert to the Religion of Peace

    08/04/2014 1:24:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 8/4/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From the Quran: The punishment of anyone who fights against Allah and His apostle and do mischief in the land is to be killed or crucified or to have their hands and feet from opposite ends or be banished from the land. (Quran: The table spread Sura 5:33) Wont convert? Wont pay your fine for being an infidel? You have 4 punishments options: public execution (Qatl), crucifixion (Salb) and amputation of one hand and one foot from opposite sides (Yuqata Aydihim wa-Arjulihim) or exile (Nafy).At Christian Post: Christians Crucified Again for Refusing IslamTo the awe of its readership, a...
  • Muslim movement accepts once-taboo causes

    08/02/2014 7:34:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 2, 2014 9:20 AM EDT | Gillian Flaccus
    Omar Akersim prays regularly and observes the dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast. He is also openly gay. Akersim, 26, is part of a small but growing number of American Muslims challenging the long-standing interpretations of Islam that defined their parents world. They believe that one can be gay and Muslim; that the sexes can pray shoulder-to-shoulder; that females can preach and that Muslim women can marry outside the faithand they point to Quran passages to back them up. The shift comes as young American Muslims work to reshape the faith they grew up with so it fits better with their complex, dual...
  • Syriac Orthodox Bishop: Muslims Enemies of Christ

    08/01/2014 8:15:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    BEIRUT: The Syriac Orthodox bishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli George Saliba Wednesday denounced Muslims as enemies of Jesus, accusing them of a history of violence and oppression against Christians. What is happening in Iraq is a strange thing, but it is normal for Muslims, because they have never treated Christians well, and they have always held an offensive and defaming stand against Christians, Elnashra.com reported Saliba as saying in a radio interview. We are not calling for armament and war; we dont have the capacities, Saliba said. We used to live and coexist with Muslims, but then they revealed...
  • A Brave Open Letter, by the Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Mosul (Jesus has conquered the world)

    08/01/2014 2:45:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | August 1, 2014
    Due to the false videos, false rumors of destroyed churches, false rumors of invasion that cause great fear among an already frightened people, the Archbishop of Mosul (Syriac Catholic Church), published the following open letter. Open Letter of His Excellency Youhanna Boutros (John Peter) Moshe, Syriac Catholic Archeparch of Mosul and Qaraqosh Sunday, July 27, 2014 To All Priests, to all Monks and Nuns, to all Deacons, and to all those who have faith in Jesus Christ: May the peace and love of God come upon you, your homes, and your families, and upon all those who have come...
  • French Cardinal Urged Iraqi Christians to Remain in Homeland

    08/01/2014 7:06:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    Iraqi Christians driven from their homes by Islamist terrorists should not flee their country, a French cardinal reportedly said this week. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon celebrated Mass in St Josephs Church, Ankawa, and was quoted as telling the Iraqis that Pope Francis wanted Christians to remain there. Sahar Mansour, a refugee who attended the July 28 Mass for peace in Iraq, said the cardinal told the congregation of more than 1,000 people, many of whom had fled Mosul as the city fell to Islamic State fighters in June, that the Popes wish was for them to be strong and...
  • Christians Bear the New Yellow Star -- Courageous Shi'ites Takes Their Side (wears cross on tv)

    08/01/2014 4:07:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | July 31, 2014
    (Baghdad) The Islamic State (IS) has a new yellow star to identify the Christians. The identification of the members of the other "religions of the book" of Christians and Jews is an invention of Islam, where it has an old tradition that goes back to the late Early Middle Ages. Jews and Christians had to each carry their own clothes, so that they were recognized by all Muslims. Therefore, the yellow color is due in clothing for the Jews, which was first documented in the 9th century in  Islamic occupied Sicily.The yellow Star of David in the Nazi Reich to designate  Jews was borrowed from...
  • Iraq: (French) Cardinal Barbarin stands by Mosuls refugees

    07/31/2014 3:21:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | July 31, 2014 | GIORGIO BERNARDELLI
    The Archbishop of Lyon has travelled to Iraq to show the countrys Christians his solidarity. I will say the Our Father in Aramaic until you are finally able to return home. French visas are not the solution BARBARIN ON HIS VISIT TO IRAQ (PHOTO BY: LYON.CATHOLIQUE.FR) Rome On Saturday he was out in the streets of Mosul demonstrating, in an act of solidarity towards the citys Christians who are forced to flee their homes. On Monday he flew to Erbil in person to go and meet Christians. The Archbishop of Lyon, Philippe Barbarin, one of the French Catholic Churchs most...
  • Middle East Churches: We are Going Back to the Prehistory Period

    07/31/2014 6:15:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC)-- a regional ecumenical body whose members include Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Protestant churches-- has issued a statement calling upon the international community to take bold initiatives and stand against attacks on Iraqi Christians. The council of churches called upon believers of all religions and people of good will to pray God to come for the rescue of people of Iraq, especially the Christians who are deeply suffering as if they are sheep taken to be slaughtered, and no one is there to advocate for their right for justice, mercy and life.
  • HAMAS in the Bible: G-d has a sense of humor!!!

    07/28/2014 7:34:10 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 47 replies
    The Holy Bible ^ | 1500 BC | G-d
    G-d's word is amazing. 3500 years ago He shows his sense of humor by giving the ancient Hebrews a word for "violence"....."HAMAS"! Ancient Hebrew word for violence
  • France to Facilitate Asylum for Iraq's Christians

    07/28/2014 1:42:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Daily Star (Lebanon) ^ | 7/28/14 | Reuters
    PARIS: France said Monday that it was ready to welcome Christians from northern Iraq who have been told by the Al-Qaeda offshoot group now ruling the region to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or face death. Islamic State insurgents seized large swaths of northern Iraq last month, prompting hundreds of Christian families in Mosul to flee a city that has hosted the faith since its earliest years. "We are providing aid to displaced people fleeing from the threats of Islamic State and who have sought refuge in Kurdistan. We are ready, if they wish, to facilitate their...
  • Op-Ed: Want Proportionality? Give Israel 22 Countries

    07/28/2014 11:43:50 AM PDT · by yoe · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | July 17, 2014 | Jack Englehard
    Spare us the pieties and righteous indignation of Europe. The final solution turned out to be Israel and they can't handle it. Europe is in an uproar. Frankfurt, Germany is rioting, along with France, the UK and in other places where its Springtime for Hitler all over again. But even over here in America the streets are filling up with hateful marches and (slogans) against the Jewish State. Much of this is triggered by Muslims who arrive here with a grudge and stay with a grudge. But alsotelevision termite Jon Stewart sleeps comfortably in his own bed but can find...
  • Filipino Priest Warns that the Lives of 13,000 Filipinos in Libya are in Danger

    07/28/2014 5:45:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 7/26/14
    Fr Amado Baranquel, pastor at Tripoli's Church of Mary Immaculate, appeals to his government after Islamists killed a 50-year-old Filipino "for not being a Muslim." The cities of "Benghazi and Tripoli are under the control of militias," with "tanks, the gunshots, and explosions."Manila (AsiaNews/CBCP) - As Libya's political crisis plunges the country into ever greater chaos, a Filipino priest in Tripoli urges his government to ensure the safety of some 13,000 Filipinos trapped in the country. Fr Amado Baranquel, pastor of the Church of Mary Immaculate in the Libyan capital, issued his appeal after radical Islamists killed a Filipino in...
  • Muslims Want To Do Another Holocaust On Christians, And They Will Succeed

    07/28/2014 2:11:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/28/2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    Muslims want to do another holocaust of Christians, and they will succeed, just as they did in the Armenian Genocide, the genocide of the Assyrian Christians, the Chaldean Christians, and all of the Christians who were slaughtered by Islamic regimes. Dr. Sebastian Gorka has recently made some prudent, yet harrowing statements of truth, saying that what ISIS is doing is a Christian version of the Holocaust and nothing less.Christian Kaldo Oganna, who is living in Iraq, had this to say: Our people are under the threat of killing, ethnic cleansing We are all in fear. The Jihadis are going to...
  • 'They are Savages,' say Christians Forced to Flee Mosul by Isis

    07/27/2014 6:00:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 7/24/14 | Fazel Hawramy
    Hundreds have found shelter in areas between Mosul and Irbil that are controlled by Kurdish Peshmerga fightersIraqi Christians who were forced to flee the northern city of Mosul under threat of forced conversion or execution by jihadists have spoken of their terror as churches were turned into mosques and their homes and property confiscated. The expulsion of one of the world's oldest Christian communities provoked condemnation and anguish from figures as diverse as the pope and Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, who lambasted the Islamic State (Isis) for its "criminality and terrorism". Last weekend Isis gave the city's Christians a...
  • The Flight from Iraq (Muslim sympathizers sheltering christians)

    07/26/2014 2:54:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | July 26, 2014 | David Warren
    When the Americans (“and allies”) took Kabul, they discovered that one of the clichés about Afghanistan was wrong. It was not true that there were no Jews left in that country. An elderly gentleman emerged from the rubble, a certain Ishaq Levin (may he rest in peace). All these years he had kept his head down, but was now under the impression he could come out.It turned out there was another one. Perhaps gentle reader has heard the story, which was made into a little play in London. Zabolon Simenov (various spellings), carpet dealer and kebab-seller, also survived the...
  • "An Appeal for the Christians of the Middle East" - French elected officials lead the way

    07/26/2014 2:37:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 26, 2014
    FULL TITLE - "An Appeal for the Christians of the Middle East" French elected officials lead the way: will those elsewhere follow suit, or remain silent? As in Turkey in 1915, a Christian Genocide is happening once again. One week after the terrorists of the so-called "Islamic State" expelled all Christians from Mosul, no statement on the matter has been made by the heads of state or government of any major nation -- no permament member of the Security Council, no major world power... The only relevant exception was Prime-Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, for which he is to be thanked...
  • Meriam Ibrahim, freed from Sudan, plans to settle in New Hampshire

    07/25/2014 7:12:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/25/2014 | Josephine Mckenna | Religion News Service
    ROME Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian who was flown to Rome after her death sentence was overturned, is now dreaming of building a future in the U.S. We will begin a new life, Ibrahim told Antonella Napoli, head of Italians for Darfur, according to the daily La Repubblica. My husband, a chemist, lost his job because of my event. Now we will go to New Hampshire where my brother-in-law Gabriel lives. They will help us. We will be all together as a true family. Ibrahim, 27, was spared a death sentence for apostasy and then barred from leaving Sudan....
  • UN 'cannot stand by' during 'crime against humanity' in Mosul, says Chaldean Patriarch

    07/24/2014 3:55:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 24, 2014 | Diogenes
    In an urgent message to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako has said that the UN cannot stand by and be a witness to the ongoing atrocities committed against Christians in Iraq. While thanking the UN leader for his public condemnation of the violence against Christians in areas controlled by the Islamic State, the Chaldean prelate asked for energetic international pressure to stop the persecution. He emphasized that the militants want to wipe out the Christian community. The instability in Iraq threatens the entire region, the Patriarch reminded the UN leader. He pleaded for diplomatic action...
  • Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim meets Pope Francis

    07/24/2014 1:37:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | July 24, 2014
    Pope Francis blesses Meriam Ibrahim (Vatican Radio) Meriam Ibrahim, the woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, arrived Thursday in Italy and met with Pope Francis in the Casa Santa Marta. During the meeting, she was accompanied by her family: Husband Daniel Wani,  Martin (a year and a half), and Maya, born in prison two months ago. Her family was accompanied by the Italian Deputy Foreign Minister, Lapo Pistelli, who helped negotiate and arrange her departure from Sudan and travelled with her to Italy. Pistelli spoke to Susy Hodges after the meeting...