Thousands of Christians expected for rapturous Holy Fire ceremony

Thousands of Christians expected for rapturous Holy Fire ceremony

Thousands of Christians expected for rapturous Holy Fire ceremony Thousands : JERUSALEM (RNS) On Saturday (April 15), thousands of Orthodox Christians will crowd the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to watch the Greek Orthodox patriarch emerge from the structure surrounding Jesus’ tomb with two lit candles. The ceremony, known as Holy Fire, is described by Orthodox Christians as a “miracle” that occurs each year on Holy Saturday, the day preceding Easter. As part of the ceremony, a fire rises from the slab of stone where Jesus’ body was laid after his crucifixion,…

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‘Now Is Time to Behead Unbelievers’: Muslim Persecution of Christians, October 2016

‘Now Is Time to Behead Unbelievers’: Muslim Persecution of Christians, October 2016

‘Now Is Time to Behead Unbelievers’: Muslim Persecution of Christians, October 2016 ‘Now Is Time to Behead Unbelievers’: Muslim Persecution of Christians, October 2016 01/02/2017 by Raymond Ibrahim 6 Comments Originally published by the Gatestone Institute Reports of Muslims torturing, raping, and forcing Christians to embrace Islam continued to mount throughout the month of October.   Alice Assaf, a Christian woman recounted the experiences of Christians—including her son’s execution for refusing to deny his faith—in a village near Damascus at the hands of the Islamic State.  She also told how the…

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Shame On Us, Christians: Islam to Overtake Christianity as Largest Religion in the World by End of This Century

Shame On Us, Christians: Islam to Overtake Christianity as Largest Religion in the World by End of This Century

Shame On Us, Christians: Islam to Overtake Christianity as Largest Religion in the World by End of This Century Christians : Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and will overtake Christianity as the most popular before the end of this century, according to an analysis of religious surveys published Tuesday by the Pew Research Center. With 1.6 billion, Muslims made up 23 percent of the world’s population, according to a 2010 Pew estimate. That figure was still some way short of the 2.2 billion Christians which comprised…

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Ash Wednesday doesn’t need to sparkle

Ash Wednesday doesn’t need to sparkle

Ash Wednesday doesn’t need to sparkle Wednesday : For nearly 1,500 years, Christians have observed Ash Wednesday with the smear of ashes in the shape of a cross on their foreheads, a biblical sign of repentance. The symbolism is rich: Even in the reality of man’s rebellion and his inevitable death, the Christian’s hope is in the Resurrection. This year, a tiny subset of progressive U.S. Christians will add a twist — and some sparkle. An organization called Parity is mixing glitter with ashes as a show of solidarity with…

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“Wishing ‘Merry #Christmas’ to #Christians is worst evil”, scholar tells Muslims

"Wishing 'Merry #Christmas' to #Christians is worst evil", scholar tells Muslims

“Wishing ‘Merry Christmas’ to Christians is worst evil”, scholar tells Muslims   Muslims have been warned not to wish Christians ‘Merry Christmas’ because it is a sin that is worse than fornication or murder. Dr. Zakir Abdul Karim Naik has revealed an interesting theory on Christmas and Muslims, who offer season greetings to Christians. The Indian Islamic preacher says that wishing ‘Merry Christmas’ to Christians is a huge sin that must be avoided by Muslims Using his Twitter account on December 24, 2016, he wrote, “Wishing ‘Merry Christmas‘ to Christians is…

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JAPAN’S CHRISTIANS MIGHT BE HIDDEN, BUT THEIR FAITH IS STRONG

JAPAN’S CHRISTIANS MIGHT BE HIDDEN, BUT THEIR FAITH IS STRONG

JAPAN’S CHRISTIANS MIGHT BE HIDDEN, BUT THEIR FAITH IS STRONG JAPAN’S : HOW JAPANESE CHRISTIANS HAVE MANAGED TO CAMOUFLAGE THEIR CHRISTIANITY. The first taste of Christianity to the Land of the Rising Sun came in the form of St. Francis Xavier who came over from India in 1549 with three Japanese who had converted to Roman Catholicism. Jesuits who arrived later enjoyed the patronage of Oda Nobanuga, a powerful warlord and one of the first to attempt to unify all of Japan. They were allowed to carry out their activities…

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Now even Christians in Europe are under threat: Report claims hundreds of attacks on religious grounds

Now even Christians in Europe are under threat: Report claims hundreds of attacks on religious grounds Christians : According to a report by the Vienna-based Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe in the past year hundreds of attacks have been carried out against Christianity. The 2013 report was released on Thursday and documents 241 cases of intolerance against Christians. The voluntary group’s report includes details of hate-based attacks on Christians and their institutions, including arson, graffiti and vandalism. According to a report by the Vienna-based Observatory on…

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“Shame”: United States Listed in Report of Nations That Persecute Christians

“Shame”: United States Listed in Report of Nations That Persecute Christians

“Shame”: United States Listed in Report of Nations That Persecute Christians Every year, the International Christian Concern (ICC) publishes the Hall of Shame Report, listing the worst nations for persecuted Christians. This year, for the first time, the United States was included in the report. Every year, the International Christian Concern (ICC) publishes the Hall of Shame Report, listing the worst nations for persecuted Christians. This year, for the first time, the United States was included in the report. In the report released in early January, the United States was…

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Christians Protect Mosques on Fri., Muslims Guard Churches on Sunday

Christians Protect Mosques on Fri., Muslims Guard Churches on Sunday

Christians Protect Mosques on Fri., Muslims Guard Churches on Sunday Faced with the threat of terrorist attacks in West Africa, Muslims and Christians have each other’s back. The worshipers are protecting every place of prayer, no matter religion. On Fridays in Cameroon, Christians guard the mosques as Muslims pray. Muslims return the favor by protecting churches during Sunday services. FIND UNEXPECTED GOOD NEWS STORIES WITH OUR APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOS The Nigerian militant group Boko Haram is an equal-opportunity destroyer, attacking both churches and mosques while services are…

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Trump must aid persecuted Christians or his presidency will fail, says Open Doors

Trump must aid persecuted Christians or his presidency will fail, says Open Doors

Trump must aid persecuted Christians or his presidency will fail, says Open Doors WASHINGTON (RNS) President-elect Donald Trump must help persecuted religious groups around the world or his administration will fail, said the leader of a nonprofit at the release Wednesday (Jan. 11) of its annual list of the most dangerous countries for Christians. Open Doors USA CEO David Curry. Photo courtesy of DeMoss/Nathan Golden Religious liberty “is the central issue that they’re going to have to deal with, whether you’re looking at it through the lens of immigration, whether you’re looking…

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