#AceNewsServices – SYRIA (Hama Province) – September 12 – Unknown militiamen assassinated a commander in al Nusra Front by shooting him in Aqerabat area which is held by IS.
Al Nusra Front, Jundo al Aqsa and the rebels and Islamic battalions took control over Seher Hill checkpoint near the village of al Shir after violent clashes with the regime forces.
The violent clashes have continued between the same parties on the outskirts of the village of Sen Seher near Btish farmlands and in the village of Zor al Qse’eyyi located in the north of Arze village, information reported regime’s advancement in the area.
Violent clashes have erupted between al Nusra Front and the regime forces in the vicinity of Mharde city which is inhabited by Christians where al Nusra Front has tried to capture the city after bringing military enhancement and mobilizing 1500 fighters.
Translated from Arabic
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
#AceWorldNews – CENTRAL AFRICAN (CAR) – September 12 – More than 5,000 people have died in sectarian-violence in Central African Republic since December, AP reported, citing its own estimate.
At least 5,186 people were killed in fighting between Muslims and Christians, based on a count of bodies and numbers gathered from witnesses.
That’s more than double the death toll of at least 2,000 cited by the UN in April, and there has been no official count since.
Pastor John MacArthur said during a recent edition of his “Grace to You” show that parents of LGBT kids should cast them out of their lives and “turn them over to Satan.” Americans Against the Tea Party reported that the pastor was responding to a question from a congregant about parenting a gay child.
“My adult child just ‘came out,’” wrote MacArthur’s viewer, “‘in other words declared to be a homosexual. What do I do?’” “You know, the answer depends,” answered MacArthur. “If that adult child professes Christ, claims to be a Christian, then that becomes an issue for confrontation of the sternest and strongest kind because that falls under Matthew 18.”
“If that person doesn’t repent and turn, you take two or three witnesses, and confront again. If there’s still no repentance, then tell the church. And if the church pursues it and there’s still no repentance, then there’s a public putting-out of the church, that person who professes to be a Christian. That’s how you deal with that.” Non-believers, he said, don’t matter. “They’re just acting like a non-Christian.” However, “if they profess to be a Christian, you have to alienate them,” he said. “You have to separate them. You can’t condone that, it’s inconsistent with the profession of Christ. So, you isolate them. You don’t have a meal with them. You separate yourself from them. You turn them over to Satan, as it were, as scripture says.”
#AceNewsServices – JERUSALEM – April 19 – The Holy Fire, described by Orthodox Christians as an annual miracle, was lit at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Great Saturday, or Holy Saturday, the day preceding Orthodox Easter.
Thousands of Orthodox Christians filled Jerusalem’s ancient Church of the Holy Sepulchre and spilled out into the narrow streets on Saturday for the “Holy Fire” ceremony on the eve of Orthodox Easter, reports AFP.
Believers hold that the fire is miraculously sent from heaven to ignite candles held by the Greek Orthodox patriarch in an annual rite dating back to the 4th century that symbolises the resurrection of Jesus.
Israeli public radio said around 10,000 faithful attended this year’s ceremony, fewer than in recent years, as police were deployed around the church and in the streets of the surrounding Old City to keep the jubilation from getting out of hand. Source: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/52945.htm
The Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, has passed the Holy Fire to the pilgrims, including the Russian delegation, which will deliver it to Moscow.
The Holy Fire, which symbolizes the miraculous light of the Resurrection, has been brought to Russia from Israel every year since 2003.
This year it will be taken for the first time to Crimea, a former Ukrainian region that became part of Russia in March.
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#AceNewsServices – ROME/SYRIA – April 09 – Pope Francis spoke on Wednesday of his deep grief over the assassination of the Dutch Jesuit priest Frans van der Lugt in Syria and made a renewed appeal for an end to the violence.
“May the weapons fall silent! No more war, no more destruction,” Pope Francis said, SANA reported.
“He was loved and valued by both Christians and Muslims,” the Pope told some 45,000 faithful assembled on the famous Vatican piazza.
“It filled me with profound pain and made me think of all the people who suffer and die in the martyred country,” he said.
A terrorist group on Monday shot dead the priest Frans van der Lugt in his monastery in Bustan al-Diwan neighbourhood in Homs city.
Incident Details: BY CAROL KURUVILLA NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 1:46 PM – A Dutch priest was beaten and shot to death in the garden of his monastery in the embattled Syrian city of Homs on Monday, after refusing to seek refuge in a safer place.
Rev. Frans Van Der Lugt, a 75-year-old Jesuit priest, was dragged outside his home and shot twice in the head by a single masked gunman.
Rev. Ziad Hillal, one of the 24 Christians who lived in the monastery, said that the violence was a “premeditated act” that specifically targeted the beloved, elderly priest http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/dutch-jesuit-priest-shot-dead-syria-refusing-flee-besieged-city-article-1.1749611
#AceWorldNews says Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday issued a statement saying that it was surprised by some of Russia’s foreign partners presenting radical Islamists in Syria as the “moderate” opposition.
“The international public has recently been shocked by reports coming from the Syrian city of Raqqa, which has been under total Jihadists’ rule for nearly one year.
There, the so-called ‘fighters for the bright future of Syria’ from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have imposed a head tax – jizya – on all the remaining Christians.
According to the information posted on the website of this gang, all ‘unbelievers’ who refuse to convert to Islam will be forced to pay tax in gold,” the ministry’s statement said.
“Within the given context, Moscow is puzzled by attempts of some of our foreign partners, who like to reason on respecting human rights in all the corners of the world, to flirt with Islamist gangs in Syria, presenting some them as ‘moderate’ powers fighting the ‘regime’ of `Syrian President Bashar Assad ‘” the statement said.
#AceWorldNews says witnesses say soldiers fled and left five villages and a town at the mercy of Islamic extremists who killed 13 people and bombed a Christian theological school in north-east Nigeria, AP reported.
Outnumbered and out-gunned soldiers abandoned checkpoints and fled into the bush when extremist fighters attacked them in Adamawa state for several hours Wednesday night, a pastor said.
On Tuesday, at least 59 students were killed in a school attack in neighbouring Yobe state.
#AceWorldNews says Libyan police have found the bodies of seven Egyptian Christians, who were killed execution-style on a beach in eastern Libya, Reuters reported, citing officials and local residents.
A police officer said on Monday the bodies were found with gunshots to the head outside Benghazi in the east. Assassinations, kidnappings and car bombs are common in the area, where Islamist militants are active.
Qur’an Sura 9:29-30, “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of [Islam], even if they are of the People of the Book [Christians] … the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!”
By Lubna Thomas Benjamin, Christian Today – “It happened during 1947 at the creation of Pakistan when the Christians decided to come and settle in Pakistan as their home country. Very proudly, the Christians call themselves Pakistanis.
Ever since the inception of the country, the Christians living there have contributed in all spheres of life, from education to health, to the armed forces, and they have always been renowned for…
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#AceNewsServices says India (MNN) — A Gospel for Asia Bridge of Hope Center has been shut down in India. Anti-Christians in the community forced the center to close when they threatened GFA workers with their lives. The radicals warned Christians to close down the ministry, stop their Christian work, or be killed. Pray for the protection and safety of these believers. Pray for open eyes and softened hearts in the people who are making threats against believers. The FULL STORY has more details.
Full story: http://www.MNNonline.org/article/19239