Tag: Christianity

What’s driving pope’s Middle East diplomacy?

From the beginning of his papacy Pope Francis hasn’t hesitated to jump into the bloody politics of the Middle East, starting with his September 2013 appeal for a day of fasting and prayer to protest the planned US military strikes on Syria. Since then he has recognized the Armenian slaughter of 1915 as a genocide and repeatedly called […]


President Obama suggested that people of faith should focus more on helping the poor, instead of focusing on divisive issues such as gay marriage and abortion.   During a panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University, Obama specifically referred to his own Christian faith, pointing out that he recognized the importance speaking out about the issue […]

Christians Are Extremists Like al-Qaeda, U.S. Army Taught Troops

The Obama administration’s Department of Defense was caught training U.S. troops that Catholics, orthodox Jews, and evangelical Christians are to be considered “religious extremists,” even equating the major religions representing more than half of Americans with truly violent groups such as al-Qaeda, the Ku Klux Klan, and Hamas. After the explosive revelations hit the headlines, outrage promptly […]

Syrian Archbishop Warns Christians ‘Could Disappear’

Jeanbart’s secretary almost died in 2012 “when a bomb exploded near the archbishop’s residence.” He lost an eye in the attack. Jeanbart and his driver were almost kidnapped in Beirut, but they “escaped when a military convoy happened to pass by, prompting the assailants to flee.”   The archbishop told Crux there were 170,000 Christians in […]

Israelis who hate Israel—and the Christians who fund them

While most Israelis celebrated 67 years of independence last week, a fringe Israeli non-governmental organization (NGO) hopes this year will be the last for the Jewish state. Zochrot, a tiny radical anti-Zionist group, was established with the aim of “rais[ing] public awareness of the Palestinian Nakba (“Catastrophe” in Arabic)” and “recognizing and materializing the right […]

ISIS releases video purportedly showing killing of Ethiopian Christians in Libya

The Islamic State expanded its extermination of Christians to another country with the release of a video Sunday purportedly showing a mass execution of Ethiopians in Libya.   “We express our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Ethiopian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens,” National […]

Iranian prison guards threaten to extend sentence for U.S. pastor, wife claims

The wife of an American pastor locked up in Iran said prison guards have repeatedly threatened to extend the sentence for her husband, who was detained in 2012 over his Christian faith.   Naghmeh Abedini said her husband, 34-year-old Saeed Abedini, lives in constant fear of having his eight-year sentence increased for allegedly preaching his religion […]

‘When I’ve Listened to Less Than Loving Expressions by Christians, I Get Concerned’

“I am no preacher,” President Barack Obama told an Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House on Tuesday. “I can’t tell anything to this crowd about Easter that you don’t already know. I can offer just a couple of reflections very quickly before we begin the program.”   Obama’s final “reflection” was this: “On Easter, […]

‘No more Christians in Mideast within 2 years’

Gemayel, a senior member of the Phalange Party, descends from a historic Lebanese Christian family.   His father, Amin, was the country’s president, while his brother, Pierre, was a member of parliament and a government minister before his assassination Nov. 21, 2006. Samy Gemayel’s uncle, former president-elect Bashir Gemayel, also was assassinated.   Speaking on […]

China jails Christian pastor who fought church demolitions

A Chinese preacher who opposed an “anti-church” demolition campaign that saw hundreds of places of worship partially or completely destroyed has been jailed for one year on charges supporters claim are trumped up. Huang Yizi, 40, was sentenced before a packed courtroom on Tuesday afternoon for “gathering crowds to disturb social order,” Zhang Kai, his […]