Fr. Benedict Kiely is the founder of Nasaren.org —a charity for persecuted Christians. In an interview with the “Register” News Agency, he talked about his visit to the Nineveh Plain, the difficulties that Christians have to face there every day, and about the importance of help from the US.
Hundreds of Christians in Somalia, typically foreigners from nearby countries who work across the East African nation, fear Muslim extremists – both jihadists in al-Shabaab, a group linked to al-Qaeda, and rogue elements among their otherwise peaceful neighbours – would kill them if they knew they held Christian services.
Father Cajetan Apeh had been ordained a priest only four short months before he and another priest from his parish were taken hostage by armed herdsmen at Anam in Anambra State, Nigeria. The pair were held for four days, during which time they were reportedly given only a half a loaf of bread and little water to sustain them both.
U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt wrote an opinion editorial published in The Telegraph in which he as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs warned that political correctness is hindering Christians from being helped in the Middle East, where they are “on the verge of extinction”. This is not the first time an important English official has come out in favour of persecuted Christians; in 2018 there were a number of promising statements and actions from political and religious leaders in the UK.
Migration will probably be the main and determining issue of next year’s European parliamentary (EP) elections.
According to the Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, at next May’s EP elections members of the European public will have an opportunity to state their opinions on migration processes. Advisor György Bakondi added that, judging by the outcomes of national elections, the opinions of European people have changed significantly, and this will also have an impact on the composition of the European Parliament.
While you can barely see the Christmas trees through barricades and road blocks in Germany, in Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary it’s a completely different story. We’ve selected some images to bring the Christmas spirit to your home and to show you what Christmas in all European cities should or could be about.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary (ELCH) supports persecuted Christians in Northern Iraq who are returning to the homes they forcibly fled nearly two years ago, following attacks by the Islamic State militants. On lutheranworld.org, ELCH lay president Gergely Prőhle shared his experience of hope amid ruins, reflecting on a visit to the region earlier this year.
Women have spoken about their personal experiences of abortion and the lack of resources and support which led them to the tragic decision. In responses to a survey conducted by the website FemCatholic, women noted a lack of practical information about the support available to young mothers, and also their fear of rejection by family and loved ones.
A comprehensive report by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need has blamed Western countries for “turning a blind eye” to the violence Christians and other faith minorities are facing. The Religious Freedom in the World 2018 Report analyzes all 196 countries around the world and the dangers that faith minorities face, both at the hands of the government and hardline or terror groups.
Picture above shows Hindu radicals burn a dummy replica of Cardinal Telesphore Toppo of Ranchi – Photo: Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India