- Dec 10, 2019
A giant cross was erected on a hill near Mosul to mark the return of Christian faith in the territories reclaimed after being liberated from ISIS. The Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Baghdad blessed the cross amid cries of “Victory! Victory! Victory!” Muslims have also participated in events such as this to promote religious coexistence.
“(When) we went to see what happened to our hometowns, we could not believe the hatred and the revenge that ISIS has against us,” said Sister Diana Momeka, a nun who ministers to those displaced by ISIS. Christians who have returned to Iraq’s Nineveh Plain only find destruction and betrayal.
Boko Haram is not the only organization persecuting Christians in Nigeria. In the past year a new source of Islamist terror has hit the country, the Fulani Herdsmen Terrorists (FHT). Terrorism has killed more than 12,000 Christians in Nigeria, destroying some 2,000 churches.
U.K. officials denied visas to Middle East Christian bishops from regions that have suffered Islamic State group persecution. The decision prevented the bishops from attending a cathedral consecration and drew strong criticism from groups like the Barnabas Fund.
Pope Francis on Sunday decried the cold-blood killing of civilians in the ongoing fighting to free Mosul, in Iraq, currently a stronghold of the terrorist organization ISIS, which is reportedly using entire families as human shields.
ROME — In a poignant Easter address, Pope Francis denounced brutal crimes and war — the “spiritual and moral abysses of mankind” that provoke hatred and death — and proclaimed that only God’s mercy can save the world. The Easter Sunday Urbi et Orbi address, “to the city and the