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.
It doesn’t seem possible, but there’s an actor in Hollywood who won’t kiss his co-stars, let alone participate in steamy scenes. And, his principled stance has made trouble come his way. Filmstar Neal McDonough has recently made headlines for saying that he was cut from the starring role of 2010’s TV comedy series Scoundrels because he wouldn’t do a sex scene with his co-star Virginia Madsen.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, urged religious leaders to preach peace and maintain neutrality before, during, and after the upcoming general elections in Nigeria. Historically, general elections in Nigeria are a time fraught with religiously motivated violence especially in Nigeria’s northern and middle belt regions.
A “Commentary on the Current State of Freedom of Religion or Belief” presented by a group of British parliamentarians at the end of last year in December, highlights 27 countries where people’s religious freedom has been denied and abused in 2018. Nearly all of these countries can also be found on the 2018 Open Doors World Watch List of 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian.