Forsaken for their faith

California lawmaker argues that endangered Christians and Yazidis must get emergency immigration status

The following comes from a February 8 Washington Times opinion piece by Dana Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher, a California Republican, is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats. It’s now a couple of weeks of news cycles since we learned from satellite imagery that the Islamic State had destroyed the monastery of St. Elijah, which for more than … [Read more...]

Coptic pope makes first-ever visit to U.S.

Los Angeles will be the end of his tour

The following comes form an October 28 Manteca Bulletin article by Glenn Kahl: His Holiness Pope Tawadros II began his first United States tour with a two week visit to Texas.  The Egyptian and Eastern Rite Pope is the 118th pope of the Coptic Church of Egypt.  He is the leader of the 16-million- member Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt now on a whirlwind pastoral tour that … [Read more...]

Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox will have church dedicated to Christians killed by ISIS

Martyrs left widows and children behind

The following comes from an October 15 Zenit article: The gruesome images of the 21 Christians who were beheaded last February by Islamic State terrorists have left a deep imprint on the memory of Christian Egyptians. Now a new church dedicated to the martyrs—who are formally recognized as such by Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church—will honor their memory in a tangible … [Read more...]

The new age of martyrdom

In the 21st century, Christians are the most persecuted religious body on the plane

The following comes from a July 21 Orange County Catholic article by Patrick Mott: The image remains indelible: 21 men in bright orange jumpsuits kneeling on a lonely Mediterranean beach before a line of black-clad and masked Islamic State militants. Seconds later, the militants would draw their long knives and ritually behead each of the men—all of them Egyptian Christians. … [Read more...]