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  • Convocation reflects on martyrdom

    08/30/2015 5:01:23 PM PDT · by lightman · 5 replies
    North American Lutheran Church ^ | 29 August AD 2015 | Pr. David Baer, editor
    The 2015 NALC Convocation focused on the reality of Christians suffering for the sake of Jesus and the Gospel. Those at the Convocation heard stories that were both heartbreaking and inspiring about Christians being killed today because of their faith in Christ. The Convocation heard keynote addresses from Pastor Bassam Abdallah, Robert Spencer and Margaret Khamoo. They highlighted the struggles Christians are facing at the hands of Muslims and explained the nature of the Islamic faith and why it is a threat to Christians. About 600 people attended the Convocation held Aug. 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the...
  • Slain Christian's head allegedly bashed by Muslim 'refugees'

    08/27/2015 1:06:54 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 22 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | August 25, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    A judge on Monday unsealed the court documents of a grisly murder of a Christian man, allegedly at the hands of three Muslim immigrants in Portland, Maine. In those documents, which had been sealed since the three men were charged Aug. 11, police said they found the brutally beaten body of Freddy Akoa lying on the living-room floor in his apartment. He was the victim of a savage attack that took place over several hours. According to the autopsy report, he had cuts and bruises all over his body, with the fatal blows coming to his head. Akoa, who had...
  • ‘My Goal Is to Be Martyred,’ Says Turkish Minister

    08/19/2015 8:04:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    A senior Turkish cabinet minister declared Wednesday he wished to become a “martyr” as the government fights an unprecedented offensive against Kurdish rebels, prompting astonishment and mockery on social media. “My goal is to be martyred, if Allah desires, for my religion, my nation and my country,” Energy Minister Taner Yildiz told reporters at a conference in Ankara. Turkey is currently waging an “anti-terror war” against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, who have hit back by killing members of the security forces on a daily basis. Each of the slain troops is buried with full honours and described as a...
  • Muslims Take Christian Girl And Tell Her To Deny Christ. She Refuses, And They Bury Her...

    07/10/2015 5:01:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/10/15 | Theodore Shoebat
    Full title: Muslims Take Christian Girl And Tell Her To Deny Christ. She Refuses, And They Burry Her All The Way Up To Her Neck And And Crush Her To Death With Rocks. Her Father Then Declares: “I’m grateful that she didn’t change her religion. She trusted in God.” Muslims in Nigeria — all members of Boko Haram — kidnapped a young Christian girl and demanded that she deny Christ. She refused. They buried her up to her neck and crushed her to death with rocks. Her father, a local pastor named Nkeki Mutah, took pride in his daughter’s resilience,...
  • Report: ISIS Fighter Who 'Enjoyed' Killing Christians Wants to Follow Jesus After Dream

    06/03/2015 7:55:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/03/2015 | Nicola Menzie
    It has become a common occurrence over the years for Muslims in the Middle East who have converted to Christianity to claim to have been compelled to do so after dreaming of a person who they believe is Jesus Christ. Now, one militant belonging to the brutal Islamic State that has massacred Christians has converted to his victims' religion after dreaming of "a man in white" with a startling message, according to one missionary's account. "One of our YWAM workers in the Middle East was contacted by a friend earlier this year and they met up and he was introduced...
  • A Genocide of Christians is Underway - and the West Sleeps

    05/26/2015 12:04:18 PM PDT · by SJackson · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5-22-15 | Giulio Meotti
    A new document attests to the genocide that is being ignored by the world. Every year, more than 100,000 Christians are murdered just because of their faith. This means that 11 Christians are murdered every hour. The numbers are contained in a new document presented by John McAreavey, president of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Bishops of Dublin. A genocide of Christians is under way. In many Middle Eastern cities, from Aleppo to Mosul, the Islamists have dealt with each and every Christian by displacing, killing or forcibly converting them, and just like the Nazis painted the Star...
  • Honor to the Martyrs! A Declaration of Gratitude to the Martyrs of Our Day

    05/11/2015 6:54:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-10-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Honor to the Martyrs! A Declaration of Gratitude to the Martyrs of Our Day By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the Divine Office last week we read a remarkable passage on the persecution of the Church. It seems proper to consider a portion of it in times like these; more on that in a moment.Of course in writing of persecution and martyrdom, I write as an American who, though experiencing a lot more scorn these days, does not have to endure grave threat for being a Catholic. But as I consider Catholics and Christians in places like Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Nigeria, the...
  • Saddam's deputy tells his followers Americans are facing defeat in Iraq (al-Douri)

    07/08/2007 10:46:42 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 27 replies · 685+ views
    Excerpt - BAGHDAD: An audiotape said to be of Saddam Hussein's deputy said his group will keep fighting until the last foreign soldier withdraws from Iraq, saying the Americans are being defeated. The audiotape purportedly from Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri was obtained by The Associated Press in Baghdad on Sunday. It was impossible to determine its authenticity, but several Iraqis familiar with al-Douri's voice said they believed it from his. It was also unclear when the audiotape was made but the comments referred to Saddam as a "martyr." He was hanged Dec. 30 for his role in the deaths of more...
  • Christian martyrdom is back – with a vengeance (ISIS just tip of the iceberg)

    04/05/2015 4:58:31 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    WND ^ | April 3, 2015 | Unattributed
    Recent video of 21 orange-clad Egyptian Christians being simultaneously beheaded by ISIS thugs – along with a steady stream of other horrifying reports of their crucifying, decapitating and burying Christians alive, including children – have shocked the world. But while ISIS is unquestionably a nightmare-come-true, when it comes to the alarming increase in Christian persecution worldwide the “Islamic State” is just the tip of the iceberg. As WND’s acclaimed Whistleblower magazine reveals in its powerfully moving April issue, “PERSECUTION RISING,” today’s treatment of Christians in a great many nations is disturbingly reminiscent of the brutal persecution of the early followers...
  • Divinum Officium: Whoever does not embrace the Catholic Christian religion will be damned

    02/20/2015 2:37:38 AM PST · by Repent and Believe · 243 replies
    Divin Office of the Holy Catholic Church ^ | Traditional Catholic Church
    From the Martyrology today we have: "At Damascus, [in the year 743,] holy Peter Mavimeno. Some Arabs came to see him while he was ill, and to them he said, " Whoever does not embrace the Catholic Christian religion will be damned, as your false prophet Mohammed is," whereupon they killed him."
  • Is Federal 'Leviathan' Pushing This 'Mark of the Beast' on Christians?

    10/21/2014 2:32:39 PM PDT · by xzins · 154 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 10/14/2014 | Bryan Fischer
    "And it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark" (Rev. 13:16-17, ESV). A baker in Oregon is fined $150,000, told he needs "rehabilitation," and put out of business for declining to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding. A baker in Colorado is fined, ordered to bake a cake in violation of his own conscience, and sent to re-education camp for the same offense. A florist in Washington is pursued...
  • THE CARPENTER'S SHOP: Persecution of Christians affects millions worldwide

    09/20/2014 3:31:56 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    The Destin Log ^ | Friday, September 19, 2014 | Dr. Barry K. Carpenter
    THE CARPENTER'S SHOP: Persecution of Christians affects millions worldwide By Dr. Barry K. Carpenter Published: Friday, September 19, 2014 at 11:03 AM. Christians around the world are experiencing unprecedented persecution. Reporter and news analyst Kirsten Powers, interviewed in the Daily Beast, said, “Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity. The silence has been nearly deafening.” It seems open season on Christians. It is more pronounced, more bold, more contagious, and in more numbers than at any other time in history. It may appear to...
  • Christian man tortured and killed by Islamic State militants for refusing to convert to Islam

    09/02/2014 8:49:53 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    ANIT ^ | 09/02/2014
    Baghdad (AsiaNews) - Islamic State fighters spills more Christian blood in Iraq as they continue to persecute unarmed civilians, including children. Sources within the Chaldean Patriarchate told AsiaNews that yesterday Sunni fundamentalists tortured and killed a Christian man in Bartala, a small predominantly Syriac town in the Niniveh Plains that has been occupied by Jihadists for the past few weeks. He was part of a small group who did not flee when the place was overrun. According to reports from a witness, the martyr - as the Patriarchate calls him - was a man of 43, Salem Matti Kourki. He...
  • Funeral Pastors Compare Michael Brown’s Death To Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion [VIDEO]

    08/26/2014 3:10:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/26/2014 | Heather Smith
    A crowd of family, friends, music stars, civil rights leaders and preachers gathered at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Monday for the memorial of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old robbery suspect who was fatally shot by local police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo.Brown’s uncle, Pastor Charles Ewing, gave a passionate eulogy and made parallels of his nephew’s life and that of the life of Jesus Christ. “Michael Brown was 18 years old. He was shot around noon. Our Lord and Savior hung on the cross — now compare our time frame 12 o’clock to the Jewish time frame...
  • Are We Willing to Die for the Mass?

    06/19/2014 6:04:16 AM PDT · by EBH · 21 replies
    CNA ^ | 6/18/14 | Chris Stefanick
    In a brief, two-and-a-half minute YouTube video entitled “Mass”, the well-known Catholic public speaker paints a powerful picture of what a privilege it is to attend Mass in freedom and how this can be so easily taken for granted. On one hand, Stefanick recalls a recent text from a friend of his in Irag: “Please pray for our church, where all the people are held captive by terrorists.” A few hours later, another text followed: “Lord have mercy.” Shortly thereafter, everyone in that Catholic Church – men, women and children – were gunned down and killed. On the other hand,...
  • One Christian is killed every 11 minutes: UK Parliament told

    12/06/2013 4:07:15 PM PST · by xzins · 31 replies
    Christian Today Australia ^ | 5 December 2013 | World Watch Monitor
    Members of the House of Commons were told that the persecution of Christians is increasing, that one Christian is killed around every 11 minutes around the world, and that Christianity is the “most persecuted religion globally”. A long list of countries in which life as a Christian is most difficult was discussed, including Syria, North Korea, Eritrea, Nigeria, Iraq and Egypt. MP Jim Shannon said the persecution of Christians is “the biggest story in the world that has never been told”. He said that although the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion is enshrined in the Universal Declaration...
  • Bishop: Catholic Mom Murdered by Gay Man 'Died a Martyr for her faith'

    07/12/2013 5:31:51 PM PDT · by Stepan12 · 22 replies
    CNSnews.com ^ | July 11 2013 | Michael W. Chapman
    A Catholic mother who was brutally murdered by a gay man because she challenged him about his homosexual lifestyle “died as a martyr for her faith,” according to Bishop Thomas Paprocki, head of the Catholic diocese in Springfield, Ill., who also said the woman’s “murder was widely ignored by the media,” apparently for political reasons. The woman, Mary Stachowicz, a 51-year-old mother of four children and devout Catholic, was beaten, stabbed, raped, and strangled to death by then-19-year-old Nicholas Gutierrez on Nov. 13, 2002. He then wrapped her body in plastic and stuffed it under the floorboards of his apartment....
  • Horrific video shows Syrian Catholic priest being 'beheaded by jihadist fighters in front of crowd

    07/01/2013 12:00:48 PM PDT · by protest1 · 42 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1 July 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A Syrian Catholic priest has been beheaded by jihadist fighters in Syria, it has been claimed. The death of Franciscan Father Francois Murad has been confirmed by the official Vatican news agency. The gruesome killing has raised further concerns about the West arming rebels in the fight against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Grainy footage purported to show the 49-year-old’s death has been posted on the internet. Father Francois, was killed on 23 June in Gassanieh, in northern Syria. He had been staying in the convent of the Custody of the Holy Land.
  • Catholic Priest Beheaded in Syria by Al-Qaeda-Linked Rebels Men & Children Take Pictures & Cheer

    06/30/2013 7:46:26 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jun 30, 2013 | Sharona Schwartz
    Catholic Priest Beheaded in Syria by Al-Qaeda-Linked Rebels as Men and Children Take Pictures and Cheer Jun. 30, 2013 7:37am Sharona Schwartz Syrian Catholic priest Francois Murad killed last weekend by jihadi fighters was beheaded, according to a report by Catholic Online which is linking to video purportedly showing the brutal murder. As TheBlaze reported last week, Murad, 49, was setting up a monastery in Gassanieh, northern Syria. Last Sunday, on the Christian leader’s Sabbath, extremist militants trying to topple President Bashar Assad breached the monastery and grabbed Murad. While earlier reports suggested Murad may have been shot to death,...
  • Ours has become a neo-pagan culture, and that can be even worse than a simple pagan culture

    06/10/2013 1:27:47 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 5 replies
    newadvent.org ^ | June 9, 2013 | Father George Rutler
    June 9, 2013 Ours has become a neo-pagan culture, and that can be even worse than a simple pagan culture By Father George Rutler Last week the Church celebrated the feast of the Martyrs of Uganda. In the late nineteenth century, French and English missionaries were welcomed by King Mutesa I of Buganda in the southern part of modern Uganda. His successor, Mwanga II, however, was a youth who became a persecutor of Christians and all foreigners. He especially opposed Christian morality, as it contradicted his affinity for unnatural vice which was abhorred by the local Buganda culture, but...
  • Defending Church teaching on homosexuality, bishop says former parish secretary died a martyr

    06/06/2013 6:36:01 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | June 6, 2013 | CWN
    In a debate on acceptance of same-sex marriage, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, remarked on the media bias in coverage of issues involving homosexuality. Speaking to an audience in Arizona, Bishop Paprocki said that a woman who worked at a parish where he had served in Illinois was killed because of her defense of Church teachings on homosexuality. Mary Stachowicz, a part-time parish secretary, was beaten, stabbed, and strangled by a man who resented her efforts to persuade him to avoid homosexual acts. “Mary’s murder was widely ignored by the media, despite the fact that she died as a...
  • John Kerry Reportedly Had a Breakfast Meeting With Father of Gaza Flotilla ‘Martyr’ Last Week —

    05/20/2013 7:24:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 5/20/13 | Sharona Schwartz
    Last week, TheBlaze reported that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan invited the father of one of the radical Islamist activists killed on the 2010 Gaza flotilla to join the official entourage on his visit to the U.S. last week. And while sources familiar with lat weekÂ’s visit told TheBlaze that the father did not enter the White House or meet President Obama to deliver a personal letter about his son, according to the Turkish foreign ministerÂ’s Twitter account Secretary of State John Kerry did meet with the father and even posed for a photo with him. The Turkish news...
  • Twenty bodies turn up in Aleppo's "river of martyrs"

    03/10/2013 2:53:14 PM PDT · by Wanderer99 · 26 replies
    xfinity ^ | 3/10/13
    AMMAN — Syrian opposition campaigners said at least 20 bodies of young men shot by security forces were found on Sunday in a small waterway running through the contested city of Aleppo. It was the largest number of bodies lifted in a single day from what became known as "the river of martyrs", after 65 bodies turned up in late January. An average of several bodies a day have been appearing in the river since, several activists in the northern city, which is near Turkey, told Reuters. Most bodies found so far floated down the River Queiq to the opposition-held...
  • Alabama Men Arrested on Terrorism Charges

    12/11/2012 6:39:50 PM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Alabama Men Arrested on Terrorism Charges U.S. Attorney’s Office December 11, 2012 Southern District of Alabama MOBILE, AL—U.S. Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama and Stephen E. Richardson, Special Agent in Charge of the Mobile Division of the FBI, announced that Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, 25, and Randy Wilson, also known as Rasheed Wilson, 25, both U.S. citizens living in Mobile, were arrested today on terrorism charges filed in the Southern District of Alabama. A criminal complaint signed on December 10, 2012, charges Abukhdair and Wilson with conspiring to...
  • Martyrs: St. Andrew Dung-Lac and his 116 companion martyrs of Vietnam [Catholic Caucus]

    11/24/2012 9:57:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Fratres.wordpress.com ^ | 11.24.08 | Fratres.com
    Martyrs: St. Andrew Dung-Lac and his 116 companion martyrs of Vietnam  Icon: martyrs undergoing torture for Christ. VietnamVietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. The traditional religion of Vietnam is Buddhism, along with elements of Taoism, Confucianism and local ancestors’ cult.First martyrsPortuguese Dominican missionaries began to arrive in Vietnam in the early 16th century and there must have been conflict with local power groups from the very beginning. The mission had some success when the Jesuits joined the Dominicans. Among the earliest martyrs were Spanish Dominicans, Francisco Gil de Federich, who had a fruitful apostolate...
  • Greek Orthodox Priest Abducted in Syria is Found Dead

    10/26/2012 9:06:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/25/12 | Patrick J. McDonnell
    BEIRUT -- A Greek Orthodox priest has been found slain after being kidnapped near the Syrian capital of Damascus, the Syrian government and the Vatican news service reported Thursday. The body of the Rev. Fadi Jamil Haddad, pastor of St. Elias Church in Qatana, outside Damascus, was discovered in the Jaramana district of the capital, reported Agenzia Fides, the Vatican news service. The site was not far from the area where he was kidnapped by an “unidentified armed group" last Friday, the agency said. The Vatican agency quoted a colleague saying the priest had been “horribly tortured.” The official Syrian...
  • Greek Orthodox priest abducted in Syria is found dead

    10/26/2012 7:14:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 25, 2012
    BEIRUT -- A Greek Orthodox priest has been found slain after being kidnapped near the Syrian capital of Damascus, the Syrian government and the Vatican news service reported Thursday.The body of the Rev. Fadi Jamil Haddad, pastor of St. Elias Church in Qatana, outside Damascus, was discovered  in the Jaramana district  of the capital, reported Agenzia Fides, the Vatican news service. The site was not far from the area where he was kidnapped by an “unidentified armed group" last Friday, the agency said.The Vatican agency quoted a colleague saying the priest had been “horribly tortured.” The official Syrian news service...
  • St. Maximillan Kolbe ~ pray for us, on this your feast day August 14th ~

    08/14/2012 7:52:32 AM PDT · by stpio · 6 replies
    I learned at Mass today, Father in his homily said Nagasaki was the historical center for Catholicism in Japan. I did know St. Maximillian Kolbe's monastery at Nagasaki was not destroyed by the A-Bomb~!! Here's a short Youtube on St. Maximillian Kolbe.
  • Graphic Video: Muslims Slaughter "Apostate" in Tunisia...Is This Islam?

    06/09/2012 11:36:51 AM PDT · by PanzerKardinal · 66 replies
    Gatestone Institue ^ | 6/4/12 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Liberal talk show host Tawfiq Okasha recently appeared on "Egypt Today," airing a video of Muslims slicing off a young man's head off for the crime of apostasy -- in this instance, the crime of converting to Christianity and refusing to renounce it. The video—be warned, it is immensely graphic—can be seen here (the actual execution appears from minute 1:13-4:00). For those who prefer not to view it, a summary follows: A young man appears held down by masked men. His head is pulled back, with a knife to his throat. He does not struggle and appears resigned to his...
  • Graphic Video: Muslims Slaughter "Apostate" in Tunisia

    06/04/2012 8:38:34 PM PDT · by MurrietaMadman · 76 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | Raymond Ibrahim
    Liberal talk show host Tawfiq Okasha recently appeared on "Egypt Today," airing a video of Muslims slicing off a young man's head off for the crime of apostasy -- in this instance, the crime of converting to Christianity and refusing to renounce it. The video—be warned, it is immensely graphic—can be seen here (the actual execution appears from minute 1:13-4:00). For those who prefer not to view it, a summary follows
  • The Martyred Obama

    05/13/2012 7:55:54 AM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 10 replies
    We all know that Obama re-evolved to his 1996 stance in favor of gay marriage. We also all know that he came out for gay marriage again 12 years later (with a slight devolutionary back-step in 2008 when he felt marriage was a man-woman thing ). We also all know that he did it pure and simple for the money and donors. One out of six of his bundlers are homosexual. I happen to think that Obama knows that coming out openly for gay marriage puts the lid on his election chances. But I also think that after the West...
  • A Mormon monument over Christian Graves [Mormons remove cross from their victims' memorial]

    04/25/2012 5:12:46 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 16 replies
    The first thing that caught my eye was the Rock Cairn with NO CHRISTIAN CROSS.
  • Why No Coverage of This Odd Obama Remark about Religion? ("Islam demonstrates religious tolerance")

    03/02/2012 6:22:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 03/02/2012 | Fred J. Eckert
    As the media were blanketing airwaves and newspapers with nonstop coverage of old controversial religion-related remarks by Rick Santorum, something happened that compelled the media to also raise questions about a far more controversial remark that President Obama had made regarding religion. Did you miss the widespread news coverage these past days in which that really odd comment that Obama made about religion came back to embarrass him and embroil him in great controversy? Yes, you missed it -- such coverage never occurred. It should have -- and the fact that it didn't tells yet another distressing story about the...
  • Agnes: “Shining with the fire of divine love” (Catholic Caucus)

    01/21/2012 1:46:56 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | January 21, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Let us invoke St. Agnes, virgin and martyr. O glorious Agnes, chosen by God, though weak, to make His own might manifest in your martyrdom, together with the Apostles intercede before the throne of our Our Father in heaven and beg strength for the bishops of the Church in the United States so that they will in a timely manner, and with no uncertain words and actions, stand up for religious freedom in the face of attacks by the Obama Administration. I have posted this in times past, but it bears repetition:Here is something I have posted in the past…...
  • State Media Reports Iranian Pastor Facing Execution for Rape, Not Religion

    10/02/2011 6:24:05 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/1/2011 | Perry Chiaramonte, Stephen Clark, Joshua Miller and The Associated Press
    Iran state media put out a stunning report Saturday claiming that imprisoned Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is facing the death sentence for rape and extortion, not for apostasy and refusing to renounce his religion, as his lawyer, human rights groups and Western news media have reported. "His crime is not, as some claim, converting others to Christianity," the deputy governor of the Gilan province, Gholomali Rezvani, told Fars, the semi-official state news agency. "He is guilty of security-related crimes." The Fars comments were part of a larger Iranian media push to counter reports that Nadarkhani was facing execution for refusing...
  • Texas Inmate Mark "Arab Slayer" Stroman Executed

    07/20/2011 10:54:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/20/2011
  • Three priest-martyrs of Nazis beatified in Germany

    06/25/2011 1:35:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | June 25, 2011
    Three Catholic martyrs executed under the Nazi regime were beatified in Germany today, June 25. The event was also noteworthy for its rememberance of their Lutheran companion.Fathers Hermann Lange, Eduard Müller and Johannes Prassek, along with Lutheran pastor Karl Friedrich Stellbrink, were guillotined in a Hamburg prison in November 1943. The Nazi regime found them guilty of “defeatism, malice, favoring the enemy and listening to enemy broadcasts.” At a ceremony in the northern German city of Lubeck, Cardinal Angelo Amato, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, declared the trio of Catholic clergy to be ‘blessed.’ He...
  • 51% Pakistanis sad & 44% consider Osama a Martyr: Survey

    05/17/2011 8:30:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Although Public opinion is divided on the Abbottabad Incident however more than two third of Pakistanis (68%) believe the sovereignty of their country was severely compromised in the American operation and about half of population are sad and 44% consider Osama bin Laden a Martyr. Findings of a study released by Gilani Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan during May 7-10, less than a week after the death of Osama Bin Laden, shows the mixed emotions of Pakistani people about the life and death of Osama bin Laden. When asked, in a in a poll, whether they...
  • From Kabul, Taliban Threatens To Avenge Bin Laden's Death

    05/07/2011 3:35:56 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | May 07, 2011 | Andrew G. Bostom
    A profoundly disturbing report issued brazenly by a Taliban commander under the noses of our "Afghan ally": "Kabul- The Afghan Taliban have created a special unit to avenge the killing of Al-Qaeda's leader by US special forces in Pakistan on Monday, a commander in eastern Afghanistan has told Al-Jazeera. 'We have created a special unit to avenge the martyr Sheikh Osama Bin Laden,' Dawran Safi told the Qatar-based Arabic satellite TV channel. 'We will take forward his standard and wage war against foreigners and their agents,' Safi said in an interview from the Afghan capital, Kabul." As Diana West observes,...
  • Barack Obama: I won't martyr Osama bin Laden (2008 Flashback)

    05/02/2011 10:27:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 5/2/11 | Alex Spillius in Washington
    Senator Barack Obama has said that Osama bin Laden should be brought to justice in a way that would prevent the terrorist leader becoming a martyr. Seeking to portray himself as tough enough to be commander-in-chief, the Democratic presidential candidate warned that there was an executive order dating back to Bill Clinton's presidency that allowed the CIA to kill bin Laden if capture was not an option. "If I'm president, and we have the opportunity to capture him, we may not be able to capture him alive," he said. Though he refused to detail what approach he would take to...
  • Dear Doomed Christian,

    03/26/2011 7:43:21 AM PDT · by marcbold · 6 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 3-26-11 | Matt Archbold
    Rome Circa 66 AD Dear Christian Recruit, Thank you so much for your interest in joining the Church. Your letter was forwarded to me by the former head of the evangelization and recruiting department. Unfortunately, he met a similarly grisly fate as his predecessor. They were both beheaded and stoned (though not in that order ;) You asked about the benefits of being a Christian; well things have been a bit dodgy for this young Church. I’m sure that in the future things will get a lot better for Christians throughout the world but for now… As you might already...
  • Pakistan’s Catholic bishops could propose Shahbaz Bhatti as a martyr

    03/08/2011 3:09:08 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | March 8, 2011
    Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore, Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan, Mar 8, 2011 / 05:56 am (CNA).- The Catholic bishops of Pakistan will consider a proposal to ask the Vatican to declare assassinated Pakistani minister Shahbaz Bhatti a martyr.“Bhatti is a man who gave his life for his crystalline faith in Jesus Christ,” Bishop Andrew Francis of Multan, who drafted the proposal, told Fides news agency. “It is up to us, the Bishops, to tell his story and experience to the Church in Rome, to call for official recognition of his martyrdom.”The country’s bishops’ conference will consider the proposal during its...
  • Shahbaz Bhatti Interview

    03/04/2011 10:25:19 PM PST · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    CNA via You Tube ^ | 03.03.2011 | Shahbaz Bhatti
    In a recent interview, the federal minister of minorities in Pakistan, Shahbaz Bhatti, declared himself ready to die for their principles and the defense of persecuted Christians despite threats by Muslim extremist groups.
  • One-Legged Afghan Red Cross Worker Set to Be Hanged After Converting to Christianity

    02/07/2011 12:09:02 PM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    An Afghan physiotherapist will be executed within three days for converting to Christianity. Said Musa, 45, has been held for eight months in a Kabul prison were he claims he has been tortured and sexually abused by inmates and guards. Mr Musa, who lost his left leg in a landmine explosion in the 1990s, has worked for the Red Cross for 15 years and helps to treat fellow amputees. He was arrested in May last year as he attempted to seek asylum at the German embassy following a crackdown on Christians within Afghanistan. He claims he was visited by a...
  • Martyr Adam 3 year old Who Confronted Islamo Terrorists who killed him

    12/12/2010 7:36:31 PM PST · by Mandingo Conservative · 15 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 12/12/10 | Michael Terheyden
    On that tragic day, "three-year-old Adam witnessed the horror of dozens of deaths, including that of his own parents. He wandered among the corpses and the blood, following the terrorists around and admonishing them, 'enough, enough, enough.' According to witnesses, this continued for two hours until Adam was himself murdered." That is all I know about Adam, but I cannot get his story out of my head. I believe Adam gave us a message for the whole world.
  • Local missionary killed in W. Africa

    11/22/2010 12:32:55 PM PST · by TheBattman · 10 replies
    Jacksonville Daily Progress ^ | November 17, 2010 | Lauren LaFleur
    ‘Modern day martyr’ studied to evangelize his home country JACKSONVILLE — Michael Loua was a passionate Christian — he loved his family, he loved his home country of Guinea, West Africa, but most importantly, he loved his God. This weekend, Michael was killed because of his passion to lead those in his home country to his Lord. “He was a preacher; he was an evangelist, so he loved to evangelize people and to lead people to the Lord,” said Michael’s widow, Elisabeth Loua. Elis-abeth said now her children are uncomfortable with the idea of going back to Guinea. “When I...
  • Child-Preacher Ammar: "A Child Must Be Raised on the Love of Jihad..."

    11/13/2010 6:25:51 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 10 replies · 2+ views
    MEMRI TV ^ | October 8, 2010 | Al-Rahma TV (Egypt)
    Child-Preacher Ammar: “A child must be raised on the love of jihad, and on the desire to be martyred for the sake of Allah. The tree of Islam is irrigated with blood, not with water. Embedding the spirit of Jihad within the soul of the child is one of the most important things educators should deal with, especially in this day and age, when the law of Islam is absent from the Islamic countries, a time when the sun of the glory of Islam has set, a time when sovereignty is in the hands of tyrants, when the Islamic Caliphate...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Our Times: The Age of Martyrs

    07/30/2010 10:49:08 AM PDT · by mlizzy
    The Real Presence Association ^ | 2003 | Fr. John A. Hardon
    To continue living a Christ-like life in this kind of environment is to practice the martyrdom of witness. Why witness? Because it means giving testimony to our deep religious convictions although all around us others are giving their own example to the contrary. It means giving witness twice over: once on our own behalf as the outward expression of what we internally believe and once again on behalf of others whose conduct is not only different from ours but contradicts it. Wherein lies the martyrdom? It lies in the deprivation of good example to us on the part of our...
  • N. Korean killed for spreading Gospel

    07/05/2010 7:52:59 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    China Post ^ | July 6, 2010 9:53 am TWN | Hyung-jin Kim
    SEOUL, South Korea -- Like most North Koreans, Son Jong Nam knew next to nothing about Christianity when he fled to neighboring China in 1998. Eleven years later, he died back in North Korean prison, reportedly tortured to death for trying to spread the Gospel in his native land, armed with 20 bibles and 10 cassette tapes of hymns. He was 50. [snip] He served in the presidential security service for 10 years until his discharge as a master sergeant in 1983. In those years, he was ready to dedicate his life to fighting the “American imperialists,” his brother says....
  • Shrine of Ugandan martyrs visited by 500,000 for feast day

    06/30/2010 2:29:16 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    CNA ^ | Moroto, Uganda, Jun 30, 2010
    www.catholicnewsagency.com Shrine of Ugandan martyrs visited by 500,000 for feast day Catholic bishops and lay faithful participate in the celebration of the Ugandan martyrs. Credit: ACN. Moroto, Uganda, Jun 30, 2010 / 02:54 am (CNA).- Earlier this month over 500,000 people gathered in northeastern Uganda to celebrate the feast day of Saint Charles Lwanga and companions, who are known as the Uganda Martyrs.Catholic faithful from around Uganda as well as Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo gathered at the shrine of the Uganda martyrs in the Diocese of Moroto on June 3 as part...