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Egypt Islamists get life for Kerdasa church attack - BBC News. A court in Egypt has sentenced 69 Islamists to life in prison for setting fire to a church in a town near Cairo. Two minors were also jailed for 10 years for their alleged role in the blaze, which started when violence erupted in Kerdasa on 14 August 2013. A wave of unrest swept the country that day after hundreds of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi were killed in a crackdown in the capital. Scores of churches and Christian property were looted and torched. Members of Morsi's Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, accused the Coptic Christian minority community of participating in what they denounced as a "coup". They cited Pope Tawadros II's appearance alongside then military chief - now president - Abdul Fattah al-Sisi when he announced that Morsi had been removed from office following widespread protests against him. 'No proof' "Even the church's priest said he didn't see any of the defendants after the incident," Hany al-Sayed told the Reuters news agency.

Abandonment of Christian Victims of Genocide Today. The world is witnessing the horrific genocide of Christians, reminiscent of the genocide of Armenian Christians that began this month one hundred years ago. The Vatican has estimated that "more than 100,000 Christians are violently killed because of some relation to their faith every year. " Three Christians a minute are being murdered. As many as 100-150 million Christians are being persecuted. Statistics alone do not tell the whole story of the toll of human suffering the Islamic genocide of Christians is exacting. The horrific killings include, for example, four Iraqi Christian children, who were beheaded for refusing to say that they would follow the Prophet Muhammad and for telling their ISIS captors that they will always "love" and "follow" Jesus.

ISIS is literally wiping out ancient Christian communities in Iraq and Syria, torching churches, killing and raping the inhabitants and forcing others to convert or flee for their lives. Ms. Remembering Armenia’s losses - The Big Picture. Remembering Armenia’s losses People around the world this week remembered the estimated 1.5 million Armenians killed over a two-year period by the Ottoman Empire 100 years ago. Along with the memorials, protests were held pointing out that the United States and Turkey governments have not yet formally recognized the mass killings as genocide.

People attend a commemoration ceremony to mark the centenary of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks at the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex in Yerevan, Armenia, on April 24. The Armenian Apostolic Church on Thursday made saints of up to 1.5 million Armenians at an open air ceremony to commemorate their killing. (David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters) A man places a candle in front of the Brandenburg Gate to build the year 1915 during a demonstration after an ecumenical service remembering the Armenian 'slaughter' at the Berlin Cathedral Church in Berlin, Germany, on April 23.

Agasi Vartanyan gestures from inside a glass enclosure built at the St. Sunday Morning Church Massacre: 14 Christians Murdered and 75 Injured by Islamic Terrorist Church Bombings in Lahore,Pakistan | sharia unveiled. Photo courtesy of: The Express Tribune Pakistan and AFP by, Rana Tanveer & Tahir Khan | The Express Tribune Pakistan LAHORE: Fourteen people were killed [murdered] and more than 70 injured when two Taliban suicide bombers attacked churches in Lahore on Sunday, sparking mob violence in which two other suspected militants died.

Up to 4,000 Christians later took to the streets of Lahore, many armed with clubs as they smashed vehicles and attacked a city bus station in a rare show of anger. The bombings occurred during prayers at two churches located around half a kilometre apart in the city’s Youhanabad neighborhood that is home to more than 100,000 Christians, officials said. Video courtesy of: RuptlyTV Doctor Mohammad Saeed Sohbin, medical superintendent of the nearby General Hospital, told AFP: “We have received 14 dead bodies and 70 injured,” adding that the figure did not include the suspected militants who were lynched or the bombers. Christians mourn the loss of their children. Source. Alleged blasphemy: Mob burns scores of Christian homes in Lahore. Chief Minist­er takes notice of the incide­nt, 5 member commit­tee to invest­igate the incide­nt.

A protester burns belongings from Christian houses in Lahore on Saturday. PHOTO: ABID NAWAZ/ EXPRESS LAHORE: A highly-charged mob of thousands burnt more than 40 Christian houses in Badami Bagh area of Lahore on Saturday to “take revenge of the blasphemy” allegedly committed by a Christian two days earlier. Express News had earlier reported that around 100 houses were burnt by the mob. Eyewitnesses said that the mob broke into the houses, looted them and burnt the remaining belongings on the roads.

SSP Operations Suhail Sukhera and the SHO of Badami Bagh were also reportedly injured when the mob pelted a police party with stones. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told Express News that he saw no reason for the mob’s violence especially after the person accused of blasphemy had been arrested on Friday. Savan was arrested and shifted to an undisclosed location. 'The world tries to hide' Pope Francis calls for immediate end to persecution of Christians after suicide bombers attack Pakistani churches - Living Faith - Home & Family. Suicide bombers kill 15 Christians after Supreme Court rules for better security in worship areas.

"Our brothers shed blood only because they are Christians," cried out Pope Francis as he appealed for an end to the persecution of Christians around the world following a devastating attack in Pakistan. Pope Francis calls out for hope that "this persecution against Christians, which the world tries to hide, might end, and that there may be peace. " LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Twin suicide bombings outside two churches - one Catholic, the other Anglican - in Lahore, Pakistan, Pakistan's second most populated city, killed 15 people and left more than 75 wounded. "These are Christian churches: Christians are being persecuted," stated Francis to a crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square as he suggests the world down plays the fact that Christians are being targeted, according to CNS News. "Nothing has been done until this day," explained Walter. More Living Faith The way of the cross St. Coptic Christian bishop: I forgive ISIS.

Christians across the world expressed horror and outrage at the mass killing, with Pope Francis calling the victims "martyrs" whose violent deaths should unite the fractured Christian community. Bishop Angaelos, general bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK. Remarkably, though, a leading Coptic Christian bishop says that he has already forgiven the ISIS soldiers who slaughtered his fellow Copts. Bishop Angaelos, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, was in Washington on Friday for the swearing-in of the United States' new ambassador-at-large for religious freedom, David Saperstein. Angaelos spoke to CNN about why ISIS targets Coptic Christians, and why he forgives them, even as he rejects their horrific acts. Q: What was the first thing that came to your mind when you heard about ISIS killing the Coptic Christians? A: I suppose I had a sense of the inevitable happening. A: Yes. Q: This is not the first time ISIS had targeted Coptic Christians.

Is there room for forgiveness in the Middle East? | Embrace the Middle East. The Greek word used for forgiveness in the New Testament, aphiēmi, means literally to ‘send away’. It is used when cancelling debts and it conveys a sense not only of forgiveness, but also of removing the very cause of the offence. The Middle East is in desperate need of more forgiveness.

Japanese video journalist Kenji Goto, kidnapped by ISIS last year, was a committed Christian. Following his brutal beheading by his Islamist captors in Syria in January, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed that he could “never forgive” the terrorists who committed the act. Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir once famously and bizarrely said of her Arab enemies, as if she were not wholly responsible for her own actions: “We can forgive you for killing our children, but we can never forgive you for making us kill your children”. Despite new atrocities being reported all too frequently in news from the Middle East, we also hear of bright and powerful acts of forgiveness. Brother of Egyptian Christians murdered by Islamic State prays for killers live on SAT-7. The brother of two of the 21 Coptic Christians murdered in Libya, last night used live television to thank their killers for including the men's declaration of faith in the video of their execution.

Christian channel SAT-7 ARABIC has become a mouthpiece for the families of the young men over the last six weeks since they were first abducted. Maher Fayez listens to Beshir as he calls in live on We Will Sing Beshir called into SAT-7's weekly live worship and prayer programme, We Will Sing, on Tuesday night (17 February). Programme host Maher Fayez was visibly moved as Beshir told viewers he was proud of his brothers, Bishoy Estafanos Kamel (25) and Samuel Estafanos Kamel (23), because they are "a badge of honour to Christianity". Beshir thanked Islamic State for not editing out the men's declaration of belief in Christ because he said this had strengthened his own faith. After the programme was broadcast, Beshir's comments drew remarkable levels of interest.

Go Back LIKE THIS? In Pictures: Christian Copts Stand Firm in Midst of Persecution. By Raymond Ibrahim — 9/7/2013 Below are some pictures of Egypt’s Christian Copts, still attending and holding worship services in their churches that were recently destroyed, desecrated and/or torched by the Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters. According to one Egyptian human rights lawyer, as of August 18, “82 churches, many of which were from the 5th century, were attacked by pro-Morsi supporters in just two days.” Here’s a video of one of these churches ablaze. The perseverance of Egypt’s Christian Copts is a testimony to their heritage — for they have seen tens of thousands of their churches destroyed since the 7th century, when Islam invaded Egypt with the sword — and yet they still stand firm in their faith.

Armenia, on Day of Rain and Sorrow, Observes 100th Anniversary of Genocide. Photo YEREVAN, Armenia — Armenian officials and dignitaries gathered here Friday to recognize the 100th anniversary of what historians and a growing number of world leaders have called the first genocide of the 20th century. On an ashen gray day in the capital, Yerevan, punctuated by driving rain, President Serzh Sargsyan of was joined by international delegations that included President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and President François Hollande of France at the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex, the country’s main monument to the roughly 1.5 million people killed by the Ottoman Turks a century ago. The complex includes an eternal flame, which was ringed by multicolored flowers, and a 144-foot-tall granite stele, split by a crevice as a symbol of the losses of the Armenian people. As Mr. Hollande arrived and walked toward the soaring stone spike, he paused to shake hands solemnly with Mr.

Continue reading the main story Mr. In appointing the secretary of the Treasury, Jacob J. Mr. Mr. Mr. Aramean Genocide: Aramean Spiritual Genocide. Aramean Spiritual Genocide Western Spiritual Colonialism Dutch Version 1. Introduction The spiritual genocide of the Arameans of Mesopotamia, also became known as "Assyrians" or Chaldeans, started with the coming of the western missionaries to the Middle-East in the 16th and 19th centuries whereby they have made havoc and brought about the decline of the Aramean people in the Middle-East. Therefore, our position is that the physical genocide probably would be less grave if the spiritual genocide of ,,dividing and ruling” in the name of ,,Jesus” wouldn’t have taken place. 2. Dear reader, because as later on you will be confronted with extraordinarily unsavory issues concerning the divide and rule politics of the Western missionaries in the name of ,,Jesus”; it is of utmost important first to identify this ,,Jesus” who can be held responsible for the considerable damage in the Middle-east.

How should we understand this? If we look at the Holy Bible, we encounter two ,,Jesus’ “. 3. The Arameans of Iraq again victim of killings and bloodbaths. Aramean people: Aramean people (not to be confused with ‘Armenians’) speak Aramaic, the language spoken by Abraham, Moses and Jesus. They are the indigenous people of what was called in ancient times Aram- Nahrin, in our days it is called ‘Mesopotamia’. Some Arameans today identify themselves with “Assyrians”, because of the spiritual colonial hate generating activities of the Western missionaries and diplomats in the Middle-East in 16th and 19th centuries. Other Arameans became known as “Chaldeans”.

However all of them are Arameans. The Arameans of Iraq again victim of killings and bloodbaths. Dutch Version They are at it again in the northern Iraqi city Mosul! On Wednesday 17th of February the body of 20 years of age Aramean student Wissam George was found in the streets of Mosul. The situation for the Aramean nation in Iraq, in particular in Mosul gets worse by the day. A dramatic appeal: This cry of distress is typical for the situation of many Arameans to survive in Iraq.

Vatican archives shed light on tragedy of Armenian genocide. Vatican City, Mar 20, 2015 / 11:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of Pope Francis’ Mass commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, newly released historic documents confirm the Holy See’s broad commitment to helping the Armenian people at a time when few others would. The Italian Jesuit-run magazine La Civiltà Cattolica stressed that newly published documents “prove how the Holy See, always informed about events, had not remained passive, but was strongly committed to face the issue” of the Armenian Genocide.

“Benedict XV was the only ruler or religious leader to voice out a protest against the ‘massive crime’.” The Armenian Genocide is considered to have begun April 24, 1915 with a massacre of Armenians in Istanbul. Over the next eight years, 1.5 million Armenians would be killed and millions more displaced. However, such killings were perpetrated before, when much of the region was still under Ottoman rule. Tags: Violence, Genocide, Armenian genocide, Vatican archives.

Report: ISIS Takes Control of a Libyan City. Libyan city is first outside Syria, Iraq to join ISIS. At least 45 churches destroyed in Niger, in protests over Charlie Hebdo cartoons - Early Christians.