Tag: Christianity

Violence Against Egypt’s Christians Escalates At Alarming Rate

Violence against Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Christian minority, one of the largest and oldest groups of Christians in the Middle East, has escalated at an alarming rate in the last several weeks, with little official response. Since late May, Christians in Egypt have been the victims of at least a dozen sectarian attacks, and activists and […]

Trey Gowdy – Liberty University Convocation

On March 20, 2015, at Convocation, North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students, U.S. Congressman Trey Gowdy spoke to students about the importance of communicating their desire for change. Congressman Gowdy encouraged students that if they want to change the world, they first need to figure out what they believe and why they believe […]

UNESCO head backs Israel: Ignoring Jewish, Christian ties to Jerusalem harms its cultural status

Attempts by member states to erase Jewish and Christian ties to Jerusalem’s Old City harms its cultural status as a site that is sacred to the three monotheistic religions, warned UNESCO’s Director-General Irina Bokova on Friday.   “To deny or conceal any of the Jewish, Christian or Muslim traditions undermines the integrity of the site, […]

Russia: The Other Christian Nation

Last Thursday, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a new anti-terrorism law, which, among other things, restricts missionary activities in Russia significantly. As was the case in the Soviet Union, believers will be able to evangelize only on property that belongs to their religious organizations and affiliated institutions. Violators may be subjected to steep fines. In […]

Courts say living by Christian faith illegal

It started out with hints of official, United States governmental oppression of Christianity in the wake of the Supreme Court’s marriage decision, such as “discrimination” complaints against people who refuse to celebrate homosexual behavior.   Bakers, photographers and marriage-venue owners were penalized, and government officials publicly vilified their Christian faith and ordered them, in some […]

Pope praises Armenia’s Christian past, but avoids ‘genocide’

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Pope Francis hailed Armenia’s steadfast Christian heritage on Friday as he arrived in the former Soviet republic for a three-day visit to commemorate the centenary of the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians that the pope himself has called a “genocide.”   In a largely Orthodox land where Catholics are a minority, Armenians […]

Pope Francis Says ‘a Christian Lets Everybody Come’

In a striking gesture Wednesday, Pope Francis invited fourteen African migrants to join him on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, urging Europe to open its doors to more refugees.   The fourteen migrants were guests of Caritas of Florence and the European university, and carried banners of the charity that is caring for them along with Vatican […]

In Jerusalem’s cramped Old City, Christians feel the squeeze

When hundreds of Jewish nationalists marched through the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City this month, waving banners and chanting songs in what has become an annual ritual, it wasn’t only Muslims watching warily. Christians were, too. Religious tension is nothing new in a city that has been the home of three faiths for centuries. […]

Christian persecution extends beyond genocide, Pope says :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

In a wide-ranging question and answer session on Saturday, Pope Francis said it is “reductionism” to describe the violence against Christians in the world; the correct word, he said, is persecution.   “I want to say clearly, I do not like it when one speaks of a genocide of Christians, for instance in the Middle […]

Pope Francis Meets With Evangelical, Pentecostal Leaders in John 17 Spirit

Pope Francis and several prominent Evangelical and Pentecostal leaders met in Rome last Friday to discuss areas of mutual agreement and where they respectfully disagreed. The aim of the gathering, which had no official agenda, was to build unity between Christian traditions that have historic enmity.   The Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, former secretary general […]