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". 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. 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) Sunday Morning Church Massacre: 14 Christians Murdered and 75 Injured by Islamic Terrorist Church Bombings in Lahore,Pakistan. 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. 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. '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. 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. Is there room for forgiveness in 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”.
Brother of Egyptian Christians murdered by Islamic State prays for killers live on SAT-7. 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.” Armenia, on Day of Rain and Sorrow, Observes 100th Anniversary of Genocide. Photo.
Aramean Genocide: Aramean Spiritual Genocide. Aramean Spiritual Genocide Western Spiritual Colonialism Dutch Version 1. Introduction. 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”. 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’.” 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.