Christian Persecution

Canadian cardinal examines persecution and genocide against Christians

MARCH 12, 2016
In presentations March 3 at St. Louis University and the next day at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Cardinal Thomas Collins, the Archbishop of Toronto, laid out the case of persecutions among Christians in the Middle East.
Sadly, the case is open and shut, labeled as genocide by Pope Francis, the European Union and many others. Islamic extremists are killing Christians with alarming regularity or driving them from century-old homelands in Iraq and Syria.Mosul, Iraq, for instance, has been cleansed of Christians. Further, Christian sites, including historic St. Elijah's Monastery, have been leveled by the self-proclaimed Islamic State. The monastery dates to 400 A.D.
"For the first time in 1,600 years, Mass is not celebrated in Mosul," Cardinal Collins said. "All of the Christians have been expelled."Cardinal Collins likewise described Syria as being in a "horrible situation," an equally dire example of genocide and martyrdom. Libya is another hot spot. Last year, 21 young men were martyred in one graphic incident, beheaded on a beach. Video of the atrocity included audio, so the men's words at the time of death were recorded and revealed 20 of them — Coptic Christians — demonstrating their faith just prior to their executions.

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100 NGOs, leaders: Mr. Obama, ISIS slaughter is genocide

100 NGOs, leaders: Mr. Obama, ISIS slaughter is genocideSaturday, February 20, 2016 | Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)
More than 100 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Christian leaders have banded together to send a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to recognize the atrocities that the Islamic State is inflicting upon countless Christians and other minorities as genocide — something his administration has refused to do so far.
Family Research Council (FRC), the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), and the Hudson Institute, along with numerous Assyrian and Iraqi groups and more than 100 NGOs and pro-religious freedom leaders have been meeting in Washington, D.C. — banding together to form the International Religious Freedom Roundtable (IRFC). On Wednesday, the group submitted a letter calling for the Obama administration to take a stand for persecuted Christians and other minorities around the world by declaring the numerous massacres orchestrated by ISIS “genocide.”

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Joblessness highest among Indian Christians,

TNN | Feb 21, 2016, 04.01 AM IST

Joblessness increased in villages across all religious communities, with the unemployment rate increasing from 1.6% in 2004-05 to 1.7% in 2011-12, according to the NSSO.
Joblessness increased in villages across all religious communities, with the unemployment rate increasing from...
NEW DELHI: Joblessness is highest among Christians in comparison with other religious groups, reveals a government survey.

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Prime accused in Kerala professor’s hand chopping case surrenders

In May, this year, the NIA trial court in Kochi had sentenced 10 accused persons to eight years of imprisonment and three others to two years of imprisonment.The convicts, all belonging to Popular Front of India, cut off T J Joseph’s hand in 2010 for allegedly insulting Mohamed .The convicts, all belonging to Popular Front of India, cut off T J Joseph’s hand in 2010 for allegedly insulting the Prophet.

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