Keyword: martyrdom

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    03/29/2015 1:01:26 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 46 replies
    WND ^ | 29 Mar 15 | Staff
    Al-Shabaab, the Somali jihadist group responsible for yesterday’s deadly attack on a prominent Mogadishu hotel, has released a graphic new video showing executions of unarmed civilians – identified as Christians by the AhlulBayt News Agency – at an unnamed location on the Somali coast. Some of victims in the video titled ‘In Remembrance 2,’ are forced to kneel at the ocean’s edge before being shot to death from behind. Others are marched out into the sea, with jihadists standing on an elevated sand dune at the beach’s edge firing automatic weapons at them in the distance. Water splashes as bullets...
  • Coptic church formally recognizes martyrdom of 21 slain by ISIS

    02/22/2015 1:14:45 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | February 22, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    The stunning icon here depicts the martyrs and was created by Egyptian American artist Tony Rezk. It appears on the website for the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles. From Vatican Radio:  The Coptic Orthodox Church has announced that the murder of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by the so-called Islamic State in Libya will be commemorated in its Church calendar.Pope Tawadros II announced that the names of the martyrs will be inserted into the Coptic Synaxarium, the Oriental Church’s equivalent to the Roman Martyrology. This procedure is also equivalent to canonization in the Latin Church.According to, the martyrdom of the...
  • The High Price of the Faith, and Gratitude That Someone Paid That Price

    02/09/2015 7:55:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-08-15 | Msgr. Chalres Pope
    The High Price of the Faith, and Gratitude That Someone Paid That Price By: Msgr. Charles Pope I wonder if many of us have considered the true cost of the faith that has been delivered to us. We so easily complain if the Church is not air-conditioned, or the P.A. system is poor, or the service too long.But have you or I ever really considered the difficulties endured by those who went before us and labored to hand down the faith to us? Every time you read the Creed, consider that martyrs died for the truths we so easily declare.This Sunday, at the...
  • Meditation of Joe Biden and St. Peter's Cross

    12/08/2014 9:14:27 AM PST · by Pauli67 · 7 replies
    Est Quod Est ^ | 12/8/2014 | Pauli
    I obviously think the relentless captioning of the Joe Biden window photo is humorous. I wonder if anyone else has noticed what to me was the main feature of the picture. Joseph Biden is the first Catholic occupant of the White House since JFK, 51 years and a couple weeks ago. And here he is being presented with an image of St. Peter's Cross. That's a Catholic symbol. Protestants don't use it at all; they either think it's satanic or Catholic. So I think that it is significant enough for a sort of meditation. I imagine that Simon Peter had...
  • ISIS Militants Fear Being Killed by Woman and Losing 72 Virgins for Martyrdom

    10/15/2014 8:41:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/15/2014 | Samuel Smith
    As it is believed that many jihadists fear that being killed by a woman would cost them their promised "paradise" in the afterlife, it is worth noting that a Kurdish female is one of two commanders leading the resistance against the Islamic State's quest to capture the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Agence France Presse that a female commander, going by the pseudonym of Narin Afrin, is co-commanding the Kurdish peshmerga forces that have been defending the key border town since the beginning of ISIS' assault on the city Sept. 16. Although...
  • Obama Unveils Strategy, Says ISIS 'Not Islamic'

    09/11/2014 6:40:15 AM PDT · by xzins · 96 replies
    CBN ^ | September 11, 2014 | Jennifer Wishon
    President Barack Obama addressed Americans Wednesday night increasingly concerned about the threat Islamic State militants are posing in the Middle East and about their commander in chief's ability to face it. In his prime time address, the president reminded people of the uniquely brutal character of ISIS. "They execute captured prisoners," he said. "They kill children. They enslave, rape and force women into marriage. They threaten a religious minority with genocide." Despite the militant's name, the president told Americans, "ISIL is not 'Islamic.' No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL's victims have been Muslim."...
  • Obama’s Harvard mentor compares Brown shooting to MLK assassination

    08/26/2014 2:29:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    The Harvard Law professor who mentored President Obama and the first lady during their time in Cambridge has compared the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown to the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Speaking with MSNBC’s Alex Wagner, Charles Ogletree also compared the police shooting of 18-year-old Brown to the 1955 killing of Emmett Till. “Looking at what’s happened, this is just like the assassination of Dr. King in 1968, when everybody was very upset trying to figure out what was going to happen,” he said. “It’s like the killing of Trayvon Martin two years ago. “This is...
  • Michael Brown Spent Last Weeks Grappling With Problems and Promise

    08/25/2014 2:22:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 24, 2014 | John Eligon
    FERGUSON, Mo. — It was 1 a.m. and Michael Brown Jr. called his father, his voice trembling. He had seen something overpowering. In the thick gray clouds that lingered from a passing storm this past June, he made out an angel. And he saw Satan chasing the angel and the angel running into the face of God. Mr. Brown was a prankster, so his father and stepmother chuckled at first. “No, no, Dad! No!” the elder Mr. Brown remembered his son protesting. “I’m serious.” And the black teenager from this suburb of St. Louis, who had just graduated from high...
  • Iraq's second city "free of Christians" (Ethnic Cleansing)

    07/21/2014 5:10:32 AM PDT · by xzins · 43 replies
    CBN ^ | 20 Jul 14 | Stan Jeter
    Christians have fled en masse from Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, abandoning communities that date back to the first centuries of Christianity. Islamic extremists who now control the city gave Christians until midday Saturday to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. According to MidEast Christian News, the IS rulers ordered hospitals to dismiss Christian doctors and female employees. The report says extremists also marked the houses of Christians as "Property of the Islamic State". By the time the deadline imposed by the Islamic State expired, most Christians were gone. Mosul, where Christianity has existed for nearly 2,000 years,...
  • Pregnant woman to be flogged, hanged for marrying Christian

    05/16/2014 7:23:18 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 25 replies
    Ny Post ^ | 5/16/14 | NY Post
    Pregnant woman to be flogged, hanged for marrying Christian By Post Wire Report May 15, 2014 | 9:19am KHARTOUM, Sudan — A Sudanese woman doctor who married a Christian man and who was convicted earlier this week on charges of “apostasy” was sentenced to death on Thursday, judicial officials said. According to the Sudanese officials, 26-year-old Meriam Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim, was convicted on Sunday and given four days to repent and escape death. She was sentenced after that grace period expired, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
  • The Divine Office: You shall be my witnesses

    From an account of the martyrdom of Saint Paul Miki and his companions, by a contemporary writer The crosses were set in place. Father Pasio and Father Rodriguez took turns encouraging the victims. Their steadfast behaviour was wonderful to see. The Father Bursar stood motionless, his eyes turned heavenward. Brother Martin gave thanks to God’s goodness by singing psalms. Again and again he repeated: “Into your hands, Lord, I entrust my life.” Brother Francis Branco also thanked God in a loud voice. Brother Gonsalvo in a very loud voice kept saying the Our Father and Hail Mary. Our brother, Paul...
  • The Divine Office: Agnes' twin martyrdom

    01/21/2014 7:04:30 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner
    The Examiner ^ | January 21, 2014 | Joseph Speranzella
    From a treatise On Virgins by Saint Ambrose, bishop Today is the birthday of a virgin; let us imitate her purity. It is the birthday of a martyr; let us offer ourselves in sacrifice. It is the birthday of Saint Agnes, who is said to have suffered martyrdom at the age of twelve. The cruelty that did not spare her youth shows all the more clearly the power of faith in finding one so young to bear it witness. There was little or no room in that small body for a wound. Though she could scarcely receive the blow, she...
  • Patriarch tells pope of three “true martyrs” executed in Syria

    12/05/2013 2:26:55 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | December 5, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Details: The Syrian Greek-Catholic Church has three “true martyrs”. They are the “three men from Maaloula who refused to repudiate their faith,” and were killed for this reason, said Patriarch Gregory III Laham during his meeting with Pope Francis on Sunday, this according to a press release issued by the Catholic Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, of Alexandria and Jerusalem of the Melkites.The events that led to the three men’s death occurred during fighting on 3 -7 September in the town of Maaloula.According to eyewitness accounts, men from the Syrian Free Army and the Jabhat al-Nusra Islamic Front...
  • Sentenced to death for a sip of water

    08/27/2013 4:27:54 AM PDT · by MuttTheHoople · 84 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 24, 2013 | ASIA BIBI
    More and more people join the crowd as they push me towards the home of the village headman. I recognize the house — it’s the only one that has a garden with grass growing in it. They throw me to the ground. The village imam speaks to me: “I’ve been told you’ve insulted our Prophet. You know what happens to anyone who attacks the holy Prophet Mohammed. You can redeem yourself only by conversion or death.” “I haven’t done anything! Please! I beg you! I’ve done nothing wrong!”
  • (Obama backed) Syrian Jihadists behead Catholic priest (Warning Graphic Video)

    06/29/2013 12:52:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | June 29, 2013
    Syrian terrorists have beheaded a Catholic priest who they accused of collaborating with the Assad regime. Those accusations have not yet been verified. Father Francois was summarily executed and the Vatican has confirmed the martyrdom.VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - The Vatican is confirming the death by beheading of Franciscan Father, Francois Murad, who was martyred by Syrian jihadists on June 23. Below is the news release from the Vatican, via On Sunday, June 23 the Syrian priest François Murad was killed in Gassanieh, in northern Syria, in the convent of the Custody of the Holy Land where he had...
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • Martyrdom Videos Finger Chechin Terrorists for Boston Marathon Bombings

    04/21/2013 10:38:49 AM PDT · by STD · 34 replies
    youtube ^ | 04/21/13 | STD
    Dear FReepers, We're not dealing with terribly smart people committing atrocities. They might contain animal cunning, but they are not conducting very well thought out campaigns. The existence of islamic terror cells across the USA is not mere conjecture. What's stunning, is why hasn't our FBI hasn't gone over to the websites that act as official mouthpieces of the Chechen terrorists to obtain clues linking Boston to Breslan. Here I found the Boston bomber hidden behind the Russian alphabet. How hard can counter-intellegence work actually be?
  • Brooklyn Resident from Albania Sentenced to 15 Years'...

    01/08/2013 5:04:21 PM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies - New York - Press Release ^ | January 8, 2013 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Brooklyn Resident from Albania Sentenced to 15 YearsÂ’ Imprisonment for Attempting to Support Terrorism U.S. AttorneyÂ’s Office January 08, 2013 Eastern District of New York Earlier today, at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, New York, Agron Hasbajrami, an Albanian citizen and Brooklyn resident, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to terrorists. Hasbajrami will be removed from the United States at the conclusion of his sentence. The sentence was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for...
  • Wife of Hamas Politician Says Woman’s Role Is to Instill Love of Jihad and Martyrdom in Her Children

    01/08/2013 7:33:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/8/13 | Sharona Schwartz
    A Palestinian woman named Umm Osama, the wife of Hamas Member of Parliament Khalil Al-Hayya, says in a television interview that a woman’s role is to instill a love of jihad and martyrdom in her children. In an interview that was originally broadcast last month, which the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has now translated, Umm Osama said: Women in Palestine play a great role in raising their children and in encouraging them to wage Jihad for the sake of Allah. This is absolutely the most glorious thing a woman can do. Women play their role and are not...
  • The New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia: Their Significance for People in the West [Cath-Orth]

    07/17/2012 5:38:48 AM PDT · by annalex · 47 replies ^ | Feb 24th, 2012 | Sophia Moshura
    The New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia: Their Significance for People in the West Sophia Moshura   Feb 24th, 2012 // Why do Orthodox Americans, French, Swedes, and those outside Russia need to revere the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia? It is clear what they did for Russia, but why are the Russian New Martyrs so significant for people in the West? Why should we pray to them? “PravMir” asked several people to respond to these questions.Father Andrew Phillips, Rector of St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church in Colchester, England:First of all, the New Martyrs and Confessors are multinational,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Movie ‘Freedom is Our Lives’

    05/02/2012 8:13:15 PM PDT · by topher · 10 replies
    Knights of Columbus "Columbia Magazine" ^ | 4/26/2012 | by David Naglieri
    For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada unveils a time when Mexican Christians, in the pursuit of religious freedom, had to choose between their faith and their lives. A new major motion picture, For Greater Glory, tells the epic, untold story of the Cristero War and a nation’s quest for religious liberty Gen. Enrique Gorostieta Velarde (Andy Garcia) leads the Cristeros into battle in the new film For Greater Glory, which opens June 1 and tells the true story of the Cristero War in Mexico in the 1920s. Actor Andy Garcia sits astride a black horse amid acres of...
  • Russia seizes radioactive Sodium 22 bound for Iran

    12/16/2011 5:23:46 AM PST · by jyro · 33 replies
    Russia has seized a consignment of the radioactive isotope Sodium-22 at a Moscow airport from a passenger who was to travel on a flight to Tehran, the customs service said on Friday. "Tests showed that the Sodium-22 could only have been obtained as the result of the work of a nuclear reactor," it said in a statement. "A criminal enquiry has been opened and the materials transferred to prosecutors."
  • As al Qaeda Adapts Its Tactics, Threat From Splinter Groups Persists .

    05/03/2011 2:14:42 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | MAY 3, 2011. | MARGARET COKER and KEITH JOHNSON
    Long before Osama bin Laden's death, al Qaeda had adapted itself to survive and operate without him, ensuring the threat his terror network poses will live well beyond his demise. Bin Laden spent the last decade on the run following the al Qaeda-mounted terrorist attacks in the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001. But his fugitive status didn't render the network impotent. Instead, it forced an evolution: The original group splintered, popping up in new places with new leaders who, in addition to attempting high-profile attacks, encouraged their radicalized followers to strike on their own if the opportunity presented itself. Strong...
  • Souls Under The Altar...Revelation 6

    And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were,...
  • Perpetua and Felicitas in the Carthage Arena (on this day in 202 AD)

    03/07/2011 2:51:10 PM PST · by MuttTheHoople · 6 replies ^ | March, 2006 | unk.
    In 202, Christians who refused to sacrifice to Roman gods were considered traitors. Emperor Septimus Severus was cracking down on anti-state elements. As he saw it, the sacrifice was simply a patriotic gesture, not much more than our salute of the flag. But the Christians saw it as a denial of Christ. Among those swept into the emperor's dragnet in Carthage were two young women, Perpetua and Felicitas. The choice before them was clear: sacrifice or die. For both women, the situation was complicated by motherhood. Felicitas was pregnant and Perpetua had a newborn son.
  • 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...
  • On Martyrdom

    08/18/2010 11:01:45 PM PDT · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | August 17, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On Martyrdom "A Martyr Follows the Lord to the End" CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 17, 2010 ( Here is a translation of the catechesis Benedict XVI gave last Wednesday, Aug. 11, during the general audience at the summer papal residence in Castel Gandolfo. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today in the liturgy we recall St. Clare of Assisi, founder of the Poor Clares, a luminous figure of whom I will speak in one of the forthcoming catecheses. However, this week -- as I already indicated in the Angelus address last Sunday -- we also commemorate some of the...
  • Joseph Smith/Martyrdom/Joseph fired a gun (LDS ecumenical)

    08/17/2010 2:58:51 AM PDT · by restornu · 24 replies · 1+ views
    FAIR ^ | 23 May 2010
    Criticism Critics claim that Joseph Smith is not a martyr because, while in jail, he had a gun and he had the temerity to defend himself. Critics claim that Joseph killed two men by firing at the mob. See also: Source(s) of the criticismResponse Shifting Definitions In order to make their argument tenable, the critics must do three things. First, they must take some creative liberties with the English language. In this case, the word being redefined is the term martyr. Webster’s New World Dictionary defines a "martyr" as “a person who chooses to suffer or die rather than give...
  • Immense crowd and ecumenical service for the funeral of Mgr. Padovese

    06/09/2010 7:42:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 36+ views
    Asia News ^ | June 8, 2010 | Mavi Zambak
    TURKEY Immense crowd and ecumenical service for the funeral of Mgr. Padovese by Mavi ZambakParticipants include members of other Christian Churches and state authorities. The homily by Mgr. Franceschini speaks of "a clergyman, a bishop, a close friend of Turks and Turkey. This land is thus confirmed, once again, a place of martyrdom for those who love her dearly. " Iskendur (AsiaNews) -  The funeral of Bishop. Luigi Padovese was held yesterday afternoon in his cathedral at Iskenderun, Turkey. An immense crowd of the faithful came in large numbers from all the parishes of the Vicariate of Anatolia, a grieving...
  • Pakistani Christian burned alive dies, Christian community calls for justice

    03/24/2010 12:14:24 PM PDT · by lizol · 8 replies · 426+ views
    Spero News ^ | Wednesday, March 24, 2010
    Pakistani Christian burned alive dies, Christian community calls for justice Arshed Masih, a 38 year-old Pakistani Christian, died yesterday evening at 7.45 from his very serious injuries. The family requests that an autopsy is performed before the funeral. Christian associations and human rights activists demonstrate outside the hospital. Catholic leaders: the federal and provincial government do not punish the guilty. Wednesday, March 24, 2010 Arshed Masih died last night in hospital from the serious injuries - burns covering 80% of his body – which the 38 year old Pakistani Christian suffered when he was set on fire because he refused...
  • Victims of Radical Islam: Christianity's Modern-Day Martyrs

    02/28/2010 10:24:43 AM PST · by Schnucki · 3 replies · 272+ views
    Der Spiegel (Germany) ^ | February 26, 2010
    The rise of Islamic extremism is putting increasing pressure on Christians in Muslim countries, who are the victims of murder, violence and discrimination. Christians are now considered the most persecuted religious group around the world. Paradoxically, their greatest hope could come from moderate political Islam. By SPIEGEL staff. Kevin Ang is cautious these days. He glances around, taking a look to the left down the long row of stores, then to the right toward the square, to check that no one is nearby. Only then does the church caretaker dig out his key, unlock the gate, and enter the Metro...
  • Bosom bombers: Women have explosive breast implants

    02/04/2010 5:36:16 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 62 replies · 4,028+ views
    WorldNetDaily via G2 BULLETIN ^ | February 01, 2010 | JOSEPH FARAH
    LONDON – Agents for Britain's MI5 intelligence service have discovered that Muslim doctors trained at some of Britain's leading teaching hospitals have returned to their own countries to fit surgical implants filled with explosives, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin. Women suicide bombers recruited by al-Qaida are known to have had the explosives inserted in their breasts under techniques similar to breast enhancing surgery. The lethal explosives – usually PETN (pentaerythritol Tetrabitrate) – are inserted during the operation inside the plastic shapes. The breast is then sewn up. Similar surgery has been performed on male suicide bombers....
  • DISGUSTING!!! Islamist Taliban Teaching Kids to DIE For The Glory Of Martyrdom

    01/05/2010 11:51:40 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 205+ views
    The Lid/CNN ^ | 1/5/10 | The Lid
    Near the end of the President's big speech in Cairo last year he said: All of us share this world for but a brief moment in time. The question is whether we spend that time focused on what pushes us apart, or whether we commit ourselves to an effort - a sustained effort - to find common ground, to focus on the future we seek for our children, and to respect the dignity of all human beings. Does the President actually understand what that "future we seek for our children" really means in many places in the Muslim world." For...
  • Iran: opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi 'ready to die' for the cause

    01/01/2010 8:09:01 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 587+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 01/01/10
    Iran: opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi 'ready to die' for the cause Iran's opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi said the country is in 'serious crisis' and he is 'not afraid to die' for his cause. Published: 9:28AM GMT 01 Jan 2010 In a statement posted on his website on Friday , Mr Mousavi called for the immediate release of his supporters arrested after the disputed presidential vote in June and during protests earlier this week. "Arresting or killing Mousavi, [and another opposition leader Mehdi] Karoubi ... will not calm the situation," he said. "I am not afraid to die for people's demands...
  • Standing Firm

    12/26/2009 6:49:31 AM PST · by Jihadi Du Jour · 1 replies · 326+ views ^ | 12/26/2009 | Joseph Speranzella SFO
    Beware of and their ideas about God or no God have always sought to change yours. Sometimes by dialog but often by force of law or violence. We see this on the world stage... read more...
  • U.S. rights activist crosses into North Korea - reports (going for martyrdom; wants no rescue)

    12/26/2009 2:09:39 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 80 replies · 3,769+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/26/09 | Jon Herskovitz
    U.S. rights activist crosses into North Korea - reports Jon Herskovitz, Reuters December 26, 2009, 4:00 pm Send SEOUL (Reuters) - A U.S. human rights activist trying to raise global attention about the suffering of the North Korean people has crossed into the reclusive state, other activists and South Korean media said on Saturday. There has been no comment from North Korea, which usually arrests foreign border crossers on site, or from U.S. officials. Activists told Reuters that Robert Park, 28, had crossed into North Korea from China on Friday, while South Korea's Yonhap news agency and the Kukmin Ilbo...
  • The Death of an Archdeacon

    11/02/2009 9:08:20 PM PST · by lastchance · 2 replies · 230+ views
    The Institute On Religion And Democracy ^ | October 23, 2009 | Faith J.H. McDonnell
    ...On Aug. 29 a militia of Lou Nuer killed 43 people and wounded 62 in Wernyol, a Dinka town. Among the dead was Episcopal Church of Sudan archdeacon Joseph Mabior Garang, killed while officiating at a morning prayer service. Most likely, the militia (and its sponsors) targeted Mabior because he was a prominent, beloved leader in the community. He had recently become archbishop of Twic East diocese, newly formed to accommodate the fast-growing church in Bor county, which is part of Jonglei state in South Sudan. ...After Mabior's death, Daau phoned Nathaniel Garang, the bishop of Bor. "Son, I lost...
  • Iranian authorities scramble to negate Neda Soltan 'martyrdom'(Obama still silent about Neda)

    06/23/2009 6:46:55 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 13 replies · 1,082+ views
    Times Online ^ | 6/23/2009 | Jenny Booth
    The Iranian authorities have ordered the family of a student shot dead in Tehran to take down mourning posters as they struggle to stop her becoming the rallying point for protests against the presidential election. Neda Salehi Agha Soltan, 26, was killed as she watched a pro-democracy protest, and mobile phone footage of her last moments have become a worldwide symbol of Iran's turmoil. The authorities had already banned a public funeral or wake and have prevented gatherings in her name while the state-controlled media has not mentioned Miss Soltan's death. Today it was reported that they had also told...
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Modern Christian Martyrdom

    12/05/2008 4:42:12 PM PST · by GonzoII · 11 replies · 989+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 12/5/2008 | By Susan Brinkmann
    While Christians in the secular West languish in spiritual mediocrity, Christianity remains a deadly serious matter almost everywhere else...
  • Religious Freedom: The First Freedom

    12/04/2008 3:08:24 PM PST · by tcg · 2 replies · 267+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 12/05/08 | By Fr. James Schall, S.J.
    During the Synod on the Word of God, Archbishop Ramzi Garmou of Teheran for the Chaldeans, soberly remarked: “The whole Bible…tells us that faithfulness to the Word of God leads to persecution….According to the Gospel, persecution is considered as the most eloquent sign of faithfulness to the Word of God.” To say that the only Christians in danger of persecution are those who have not capitulated to the “rights” claimed by the modern state seems paradoxical. Christians in both Muslim and Hindu lands appeal to civil government for protection against persecution. In the post-liberal state, all religions are equally private....

    11/19/2008 5:23:57 PM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 519+ views ^ | 19 November 2008 | n/a
  • Fr. Bernard Digal: India Mourns Newest Christian Martyr

    10/28/2008 3:46:35 PM PDT · by tcg · 9 replies · 402+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 10/29/08 | Nirmala Carvalho
    Fr. Bernard Digal has died after a slow agony of more than two months. The religious, brutally beaten by Hindu fundamentalists the night of August 25, has died two months later, this evening at 9:25 local time, from the serious injuries he suffered in the assault. On Saturday, October 25, a feverish Fr. Digal was taken to St. Thomas Hospital in Chennai, in Tamil Nadu; the doctors operated on him to remove a blood clot from his brain, caused by the beating on the night he was attacked. Yesterday, his lungs collapsed and he fell into a coma. This morning,...
  • Taliban Claims they Killed Christian Woman in Afghanistan

    10/21/2008 1:45:45 PM PDT · by tcg · 7 replies · 416+ views
    Christians and aid workers are distraught and filled with dismay over the killing of Gayle Williams, an aid worker with Serve Afghanistan, who was gunned down yesterday as she went to work. The Taliban, which claimed responsibility for the murder, claimed that the woman “was working for an organisation which was preaching Christianity in Afghanistan”. This is not the first time that the Muslim fundamentalists have justified killing on religious grounds, but some Catholics doubt that it is real reason behind the British aid worker’s death. Gayle Williams, 34, had been in the country for several years, working with the...
  • Prayer and Solidarity with Persecuted Christians in India

    09/30/2008 6:17:26 PM PDT · by tcg · 154+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 10/01/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Catholic Online offers the opportunity for our readers to comment on many of our articles. There have been numerous responses to our continued coverage of the horrid persecution of Catholics and other Christians by militant, extremist Hindus in India. Here are just a few: “Please influence CNN and bring this news in public press and TV.” “Let's all ask our Pastors and Priests what we can do as a Catholic community to bring attention to these atrocities. I never see this mentioned in the NY Daily News, Post or WSJ.” “Where are the protests from our democratic form of government...
  • Two More Christians in India Killed and Cut in Pieces

    09/22/2008 4:46:15 PM PDT · by tcg · 10 replies · 286+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 9/22/08 | Nirmala Carvalho
    No end is in sight to the attacks and violence against Christians. In Orissa, where for more than three weeks a pogrom against Catholics and Protestants has been underway, two more killings have been recorded. Iswar Digal and Purinder Pradhan were murdered and cut to pieces. Iswar Digal, was from the the village of Gatringia in the district of Kandhamal; he was stopped on September 20 by a group of Hindu extremists while he and his wife were trying to escape to a refugee camp. Their home was burned. The other victim was from Nilungia. His body was cut to...
  • Carmelite Convent Attacked in Madya Pradesh, India

    09/17/2008 4:18:32 PM PDT · by tcg · 3 replies · 236+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 9/18/08 | Nirmala Carvalho
    The guard at the Carmelite convent in Banduha (Ujjain, Madya Pradesh) has been wounded while trying to protect the sisters; in Karnataka, the Syro-Catholic church of St George in Ujire was devastated and burned; a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes was destroyed in Kolar. This is some of the new violence against Christians recorded today. All of these attacks took place overnight, or in the early morning. The wave of violence, which began in Orissa three weeks ago, has so far killed at least 45, and wounded more than 18,000.
  • Fr. Augustine: On the Ongoing Persecution in India

    08/28/2008 4:59:11 PM PDT · by tcg · 4 replies · 98+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 8/29/08 | Fr Augustine Kanjamala, SVD
    Fr Augustine Kanjamala is a Verbite clergyman who teaches at the University of Mumbai. He appeals to the Churches of the world to “express their protest to the government of India” which has remained “inactive” with regards to anti-Christian violence. He openly charges the Orissa state government for its increasingly explicit collusion with the pogrom currently underway against the community of faithful. According to Father Kanjamala a plan to cleanse Orissa of its Christian population has been in the making for years, especially in the district of Kandhamal (where most of the atrocities have taken place) where Christians now constitute...
  • Our Times: The Age of Martyrs

    07/03/2008 10:59:31 PM PDT · by annalex · 10 replies · 343+ views
    Our Times: The Age of Martyrs by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. Never in the history of the papacy has any Bishop of Rome written at greater length about martyrdom than Pope John Paul II. His encyclical The Gospel of Life devotes a thousand or more words to the call to martyrdom in our age.He reminds us that the revelation from the Old Testament to the new, and from the time of Christ to the present day, is the history of martyrdom as a witness to the truth.He names Susanna, who refused to consent to lechery and was ready to...
  • The Martyrdom of St. Paul (Dom Guéranger)

    06/29/2008 5:43:42 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 6 replies · 1,132+ views
    Dignare Me Laudare Te, Virgo Sacrata ^ | 19th century | Dom Prosper Guéranger
    The stained glass window of Sts. Paul and Peter in St. Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, Washington, DC (The following is excerpted from Dom Prosper Guéranger's entry in The Liturgical Year for 30 June -- the Commemoration of St. Paul, in Volume XII of the 1983 Marian House edition of the English translation by the Benedictines of Stanbrook.) "...Paul, having appealed to Caesar [see Acts 25: 11-12], landed in Italy at the beginning of the year 56. Then at last the apostle of the Gentiles made his entry into Rome...." "Instead of having to await in prison the day...
  • Martyrdom would solve Iran's economic woes: Ahmadinejad

    04/24/2008 11:50:25 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 27 replies · 159+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | 24 April 2008 | Staff
    TEHRAN (AFP) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said the country's economic woes can be solved by the "culture of martyrdom, the Mehr news agency reported. "If we want to build the country, maintain our dignity and solve economic problems, we need the culture of martyrdom," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying in a speech on Wednesday in the western city of Hamedan. He described martyrdom, dying or being killed for one's religious beliefs, as "a quick and shortcut way to reach the summit of salvation." He did not say how becoming a martyr would help the economy, which is struggling...