The UN has described the unfolding disaster in north-eastern Nigeria as the “greatest crisis on the continent” – the full extent of which has only been revealed as extremist militant group Boko Haram is pushed back.
The UN estimated in December that 75,000 children are at risk of dying of hunger in the region, as it deals with the aftermath of Boko Haram violence.
Families are still struggling a year after a suicide bomber killed more than 70 people and injured hundreds others in an attack targeting Christians at Easter in Lahore, Pakistan, International Christian Concern (ICC) noted on the event's March 27 anniversary, Christian Telegraph reports according to Baptist Press.
At least 21 Christians were killed and 45 Christians injured when an Islamic State terrorist denoted a suicide vest, killing an estimated 75 people and injuring about 340 others during an evening Easter celebration in a public park.
EDMONTON, Alberta, March 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - Long regarded as having Canada's most pluralistic public education system, Alberta has ordered two private Christian schools to allow homosexual students' clubs.
But the school's lawyer, John Carpay of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom, told LifeSiteNews, "The order is nonsensical. The order is to comply with the law and the schools are already in compliance."
ECUADOR (ANS - March 25, 2017) -- Reach Beyond (https://reachbeyond.org/), which has been assisting with clean water systems for more than three decades, dating back to Ecuador in the early 1980s has, like millions of others around the world, been celebrating World Water Day on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
According to the U.N., over 663 million people worldwide are living without safe water. In 2016 alone Reach Beyond helped complete 15 clean water projects: nine in West Africa (Benin and Ghana) and six in Ecuador. The following story details the completion of the latest clean water project high in the Ecuadorian Andes.
Hunger and thirst often prevent members of Kamakowa Baptist Church in Kimusu, Kenya from attending worship, pastor Tom Ogalo Ngoya told Baptist Press in an appeal for aid to the country where drought is a national disaster, Christian Telegraph reports.
"It's [disheartening] to watch your children beg for water and food," Ngoya emailed BP after Kenya's government declared the drought a national disaster in February. Members of the congregation "are often not in the church due to lack of food and water for them to drink and for the animals. Children are malnourished due to lack of food to eat. Adults are helpless because they cannot feed their family."
On March 22, the official opening of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in Russia took place in the President Hotel in Moscow. The celebration of the anniversary served as an impetus for the mutual cooperation of Protestant churches with other religious denominations and public institutions, Christian Telegraph reports according to the Christian Megaportal invictory.com.
LONDON, UK (ANS - March 24, 2017) -- Following the tragic terror attacks in London this week, Leading The Way's founder and president Dr. Michael Youssef says it's vital more than ever that Christians stand firm in their faith and wake up to these radical Islamist threats.
"I grieve deeply for the victims and the people of the UK, especially as I have so many friends there," he said. "This is the time when we must uphold the faith without compromise. We need to stand up for the truth of the Gospel as we reach out even to militants, telling them in love that the truth can only be found in Jesus Christ.
While the Iraqi military forces are pushing fighters of self-proclaimed Islamic State out of Mosul, their last stronghold, Foreign Ministers from 68 countries met yesterday in Washington to discuss next steps in defeating the militant group. They also discussed 'post ISIS' scenarios such as how to rebuild Mosul, as refugees start trickling back to their home villages.
India's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to have consolidated its political position across India after the party won several state elections. These were held in February and March; after results were counted in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur, it had secured a comfortable majority in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, while achieving more dominance in other states, despite fears that the recent ban on currency would affect the ruling party's fortunes.
PARIS, March 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Canon lawyers, theologians, and scholars will be meeting in Paris in two weeks to discuss a topic that has never been the focus of a Catholic conference before: How to depose a heretical pope.
Titled Deposing the Pope: Theological Premises, Canonical Models, Constitutional Challenge, the conference seeks to explore the mechanisms that are built into the Catholic Church for dealing with a pope who openly teaches falsehood and even heresy.
Turkey's EU agreement brought the passage of refugees through Greece to a near halt. But it also stranded thousands of refugees on islands just off the mainland. It's here where relief agencies are noting disturbing trends. Not only has movement stopped, but so has the healthy growth and development of children and young adults, Christian Telegraph reports according to Mission Network News.
On Friday, March 17, the head of the Security Service of Ukraine Vasily Hrytsak said, that a religious scholar from Donetsk Igor Kozlovsky, who is held captive for a year by the militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (ATO zone in the east of Ukraine), will be added to the list of exchanges, Christian Telegraph reports according to the Christian Megaportal invictory.com.
A Pakistani government minister has asked Facebook and Twitter to remove content considered insulting to Islam or Muhammad.
"We will go to any extent even if we have to go to the extent of permanently blocking all such social media websites, if they refuse to cooperate," Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan said 16 March. His ministry has said Facebook will send a team to Pakistan, to address the government's reservations.
WARSAW, Poland, March 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - Four universities were pressured by the radical left this week to cancel talks by American pro-life speaker Rebecca Kiessling, forcing organizers to move her presentations to alternate locations during a speaking tour in Poland.
Ultimately, however, these intimidation tactics backfired.
BURBANK, CA (ANS - March 14, 2017) -- Contestants in the fifteenth Annual 168 Film Project will compete for the opportunity to win the "8168 Prize," an Indie Feature Film Budget.
According to EIN PRESSWIRE (http://www.einpresswire.com/), prospective filmmakers will first make a short film for the 168 Competition, entry deadline May 11. Then, at the 168 Film Festival, Aug. 26-27 in L.A, finalist producers will be invited to prepare their feature film proposals. The winning filmmaker will enter into a relationship with 8168 Films, LLC to produce a feature film.
Responding to the case of a receptionist fired for wearing a hijab to work, the Court of Justice of the European Union has allowed a qualified ban on religious headscarves in the workplace, Christian Telegraph reports according to Catholic News Agency.
"Nobody should be forced to choose between their religion and their profession," said Adina Portaru, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom International in Brussels. "A court claiming to be a champion of human rights should safeguard the fundamental right to freedom of conscience, religion, and belief rather than undermining it. Citizens' deeply held convictions should be reasonably accommodated by their employers."
ORLANDO, FL (ANS - March 16, 2017) -- A groundbreaking event took place in Orlando, Florida, on March 2nd, when a group of influential of media executives, producers and journalists came together at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention for the "soft-launch" of the Global News Alliance (http://www.gna.news/).
"In today's overcrowded news environment", stated GNA Director Stan Jeter, "the most under-reported news is the story of God at work." He added that this unique news exchange would provide Christian media and ministries with a stronger voice and greater choices in telling that story.
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (ANS – March 11, 2017) -- The International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK), an alliance of human rights groups from around the world including Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK human rights group, has announced its support for two new UN reports calling for the international community to hold the North Korean government accountable for crimes against humanity.
It's been about four months since American missionary Jeff Woodke was kidnapped in Niger, yet little progress has been made in finding him, Christian Telegraph reports according to Missoin Network News.
Woodke, who worked for a local branch of the US-based Youth With A Mission, was taken on the evening of October 14th from the town of Abalak in northern Niger. Nigerien authorities tracked his captors to neighboring Mali, but his exact condition and whereabouts are unknown.
The brother of 18-year-old Hanan Girgis, an Egyptian Christian woman missing since 26 January, says he has been told she has a new Muslim identity and is being held by the security services.
Rezeiky Girgis heard from the Civil Status Authority at Esna Police Station that Hanan had been given a new ID card by national security services.
The family went to the national security HQ in Luxor to demand they set her free, but officers there denied holding her or having any knowledge of her whereabouts.
Mr. Girgis said they "insulted" him when he made inquiries.
Locked up in the palaces of rich families, abused and treated as slaves by their “owners”, sexually exploited, or almost starved to death. Such is the plight of many foreign Christian nannies and housemaids from Asian countries working for families in the Arabian Peninsula – and almost nobody knows about their situation.
On International Women's Day, one statistic you may not hear much is that 83% of global women identify with a religious faith.
Pew Research asked people in 84 countries how often they pray; in half of them, substantially more women than men say they pray on a daily basis.
And yet one of the under-reported aspects of the global Church under pressure around the world is that, when conflict comes to their local community, those same women can be subject to the double discrimination of not only being targeted for their gender, but also for their faith.
BETHLEHEM (ANS -- March 7, 2017) – A Palestinian contestant from Bethlehem has won the Arab Idol contest.
Millions tuned in to watch Yacoub Shahin crowned the fourth Arab Idol as he competed against fellow compatriot Amir Dandan and Yemeni singer Ammar Mohammad.
SYRIA (ANS -- March 7, 2017) -- After ISIS captured his city in Syria, one man thought life would be good, living in their self-proclaimed caliphate. But when he witnessed the mistreatment of female captives as sex slaves, he became disillusioned and fled.
MOSCOW, March 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - The Russian government has opted to give a 16+ rating to Disney's new Beauty and the Beast remake amid calls for a ban.
The film, slated for release in the U.S. on March 17 and Russia on March 16, has faced criticism and boycott calls after director Bill Condon revealed it would be Disney's first children's film to carry a homosexual subplot.