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Barack Obama, Vatican Issue Ecumenical Statements Wishing Hindus a ‘Happy Diwali’

WASHINGTON – Barack Obama and the Vatican’s Council for Interreligious Dialogue issued greetings this week to Hindus worldwide in observance of the religion’s annual festival of lights known as Diwali. “I want to wish a Happy Diwali to all those who are celebrating the festival of lights here in the United States and around the world,” Obama […]

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Iranian Pastor Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Spreading Christianity

TEHRAN, Iran – 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 […]

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Chinese Government Continues Demolition of Church Crosses

(China Aid) – Churches in Wenzhou and Hangzhou, the capital of the Chinese coastal Zhejiang province, reported cross demolitions on Friday; some Christians told China Aid that only one cross is still standing in the heavily persecuted Wenzhou area. “On [Friday], the cross of [Kaiyang Church] of Wuniu pastoral region in Yongjia County, Wenzhou was […]

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Recent Convert to Islam Guns Down Soldier Before Opening Fire at Canada’s Parliament Building

OTTAWA, Canada – A Canadian man who had recently converted to Islam killed a soldier at the National War Memorial Wednesday before opening fire in the parliament building, where he was shot dead by authorities. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was born as Michael Joseph Hall, but recently changed his name after becoming a Muslim. He was the son […]

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Colorado Teen Girls Captured at German Airport While Traveling to Join ISIS

DENVER – Three teenage girls from Colorado were taken into custody at a German airport late last week after their parents reported them missing and feared that they may be seeking to travel to Turkey to join ISIS. Assad Ibrahim, the father of one of the girls, age 16, told reporters that he received a […]

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American Tourist Detained in North Korea for Leaving Bible in Restroom Now Released

PYONGYANG, North Korea – An American tourist in North Korea who has been held in the country for the past six months for allegedly leaving a Bible in the restroom of a seaman’s club has now been released and returned to the United States. As previously reported, Jeffrey Fowle, 56, of Miamisburg, Ohio has been held since […]

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Baby Born Healthy After Couple Refuses Abortion Despite Doctors’ ‘Fetal Abnormalities’ Claim

IRELAND – A couple in Ireland recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy after they rejected repeated pressure by doctors to abort the child over claims that he had fetal abnormalities. Melanie and Damien Sheenan shared their story with the UK’s Christian Institute, and spoke of why they are glad that they gave their […]

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Report: Nigeria Reaches Deal With Boko Haram Islamists to Release Kidnapped School Girls

ABUJA, Nigeria – The Nigerian government has reached a deal with the Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram to release over 200 school girls that have been held captive for over six months, reports state. As previously reported, members of Boko Haram stormed an all-girls secondary school in Chibok, Borno State in April, kidnapping 276 students while they were taking […]

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Vatican Document Stirring Controversy Over ‘Welcoming and Accepting’ Practicing Homosexuals‏

ROME — Controversy is stirring over a document released by a meeting of international bishops of the Roman Catholic religion who are spending two weeks at the Vatican to discuss marriage and family issues. While the document may undergo further adjustments in its language surrounding issues such as homosexuality, cohabitation and divorce, the first proposed version […]

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Second Texas Healthcare Worker Tests Positive for Ebola

DALLAS – A second Texas healthcare worker who treated the Liberian visitor who died of Ebola last week has tested positive for the virus. Amber Vison, 26, was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital last night and placed under isolation after she reported a low grade fever. Vison was among the more than 70 hospital […]

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