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Category: World News

Advent

The holiday season can seem every bit as chaotic, random and thrown together as the play-lists of those obnoxious 24/7 Christmas music stations. Going from Black Friday to church pageants to being frisked by the TSA as we travel to sometimes awkward family gatherings strangely resembles going from the materialism of “Santa Baby,” to the…

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syrian

Outgoing artillery shook St Elias church as the priest reached the end of the Lord’s Prayer. The small congregation kept their eyes on the pulpit, kneeling when required and trying to ignore the regular thuds that rattled the stained glass windows above them. Home to one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, the…

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moore

The Southern Baptist Convention’s lead ethicist told international religious leaders Tuesday (Nov. 18) at the Vatican they should defend man-woman marriage for the common good, but Christians also must champion it for the sake of the Gospel. Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), provided an evangelical Protestant viewpoint on…

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fowle

An American citizen who was detained in North Korea for nearly six months for allegedly leaving a Bible in a night club has been reunited with his family in Ohio. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was awaiting trial on charges of committing an anti-state crime before North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ordered his release, the New…

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iranpastor

An Iranian pastor has been sentenced to six years in prison for spreading Christianity in the nation, an act that is believed to be seen by the government as a threat to the Iranian regime. As previously reported, Behnam Irani, who leads the 300-member Church of Iran in Karaj, was initially detained in 2006 while…

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Putin

The world has indeed been turned upside down. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, a career apparatchik in the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and a loyal agent of the Soviet secret police, the KGB (and head of its successor, the FSB), now not only proclaims himself to be a Christian, but has donned the mantle of…

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Boko

Christian pastor Rotimi Obajimi has escaped from terror group Boko Haram in Nigeria after nearly 10 months in captivity and has been brought back to his church, reports said. “We were so amazed to see him because we have been praying earnestly for a long time trusting Jesus that He would surely come back, but…

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carter

Not only did former President Jimmy Carter criticize President Barack Obama for his foreign policy, which “changes from time to time,” Carter also said we have nobody to blame but ourselves for the rise of the Islamic State. “First of all, we waited too long,” Carter told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about Obama’s response to…

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real

The conversation got heated on the most recent episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher” when Ben Affleck got into a spirited debate with the outspoken host over radical Islam, reports Rob Shuter of Naughtybutnicerob.com. Author Sam Harris opened up the conversation when he opined, “The crucial point of confusion is that we have been…

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hong-kong

Baptist ministers, Catholic cardinals and Christian students are at the forefront of protests for free democracy in Hong Kong. Among the founders of the ‘Occupy Central with Love and Peace’ movement is Baptist minister Rev Chu Yiu-ming, who has fought for true democracy in Hong Kong for more than 30 years. Ahead of the demonstrations,…

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Justin Welby

The Archbishop of Canterbury has backed military action in Iraq but he also urged British parliamentarians to “face the fact” that for some young Muslims, the appeal of Jihad is great than that of their life in the West. Speaking in the House of Lords on the debate in Iraq, Justin Welby said Islamic State…

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Mousul

In the part of his Sept. 10 speech on confronting the Islamic State that probably drew the least attention, President Obama mentioned the need to help Christians and other minorities, expelled from cities and villages in northern Iraq, return from where they came. “We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homeland,”…

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translation

The president of the world’s largest Scripture translation organization, Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, hopes that his new book, released earlier this month, will inspire more people to help finish the remaining translations of the Gospel, which he thinks will need the help of the next generation to complete the original goal of starting every translation…

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boko

What ISIS has done in Iraq, Boko Haram is doing in Nigeria, a Nigerian cleric says. For Rev Samuel Dali, recent territorial gains made by Boko Haram in the northeast, signal the end of his home and of the church in that part of the country, Africa’s most populous. ‘‘The news is really bad. When…

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U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in Pyongyang

North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. At a trial that lasted about 90 minutes, the court said Matthew Miller, of Bakersfield, California, tore up his tourist visa at Pyongyang’s airport upon arrival on…

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cuba

Cuba’s communist government has increased its oppression of religious institutions, according to a Christian watchdog group, with reports of religious liberty violations almost doubling in the last six months. According to a new report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), there were 170 religious freedom violations from the start of 2014 through mid-July. In 2013, there…

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