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Free at Last: Christian Mother Meriam Ibrahim Meets Pope Francis After Escaping Death for Her Faith in Sudan (Watch)

By Leonardo Blair

Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian mother from Sudan who became a global icon for Christians when she refused to renounce her faith even after she was placed on death row for it, was blessed by Pope Francis at the Vatican just hours after she finally fled Sudan after a protracted fight for her freedom.

Grieving Dutch Mayor Wanted to Deport Putin's Daughter Over Sloppy Handling of MH17 Tragedy as Bodies Come Home

By Leonardo Blair

Frustrated by the sloppy handling of the aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 tragedy in which more than half of the 298 victims were Dutch citizens, a Dutch mayor called for the deportation of Russian President Vladimir Putin's 29-year-old daughter Maria, who is currently living in the Netherlands with her Dutch boyfriend.

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A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014.

ISIS Jihadist Group Orders Shopkeepers in Mosul to Cover Mannequins With Veils

By Katherine Weber

Members of a militant Islamic group is demanding shopkeepers to cover their store mannequins with full-face veils to abide by the strict Islamic teaching regarding the human form.

Eleven parents of the over 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria have died, according to reports.

Christian leaders in Gaza and Israel are urging a ceasefire between the militaries of Israel and Hamas, explaining the situation on the ground from their perspective but rejecting the habit of laying blame on one side for the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Militant group Hamas has rejected the latest cease-fire proposal with Israel pushed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and insisted that the only way for truce to be achieved is if the Israeli-Egyptian blockade on Gaza, which has caused economic distress, is lifted.

A group of Chinese Christians protecting a church cross from demolition has said that they are ready to die for the cause, even as they are beaten severely by police officers seeking to break their month-long vigil.

Sierra Leone's head doctor in fighting the current outbreak of the Ebola virus, the deadliest in history, has himself contracted the disease. Sheik Umar Khan, who has treated more than 100 Ebola victims, has been hailed as a "national hero" by the health ministry.

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UN Human Rights Group Wants Ireland to Loosen Abortion Laws; Raises Concern About Catholic-Run Single Mothers' Homes

By Michael Gryboski

A human rights panel that is part of the United Nations has criticized the Republic of Ireland over its abortion laws and alleged abuse taking place at its Catholic-run homes.

Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim and her family have left Sudan and flew to Italy, where they were met by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, according to reports. Renzi declared a "day of celebration" for the woman, who had initially been sentenced to death for renouncing Islam and marrying a Christian Sudanese-American.

An Air Algerie flight with 116 people aboard went missing Thursday after it dropped off the radar and a search has now been launched for the missing plane according to the airline's operator.

People around the world are uniting with persecuted Christians in Iraq through the Twitter hashtag "WeAreN," meant to reference the "N" painted on the doors of Christians in Iraq that make them a target for militant Islamists.

Rallies and prayer vigils worldwide are marking 100 days since more than 200 schoolgirls from northeastern Nigeria were abducted by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, with most of the girls still missing.

Multiple media reports indicate that a Christian in Iran was reportedly sentenced by a judge to have his lips burned with a cigarette after he failed to fast during the month-long Muslim holiday of Ramadan.

At least five Christian families who were not healthy enough to flee Mosul, Iraq after the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ordered them to convert to Islam or be executed, have renounced their faith for Islam, according to a local government minister.

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Jerusalem Catholic Patriarch: Israel Must Recognize Palestinian State, Warns 'Useless Massacre' in Gaza Will Not Bring Peace

The Patriarch Emeritus of the Latin Catholic Church in Jerusalem has said that the violent conflict between Israel and militant group Hamas in Gaza is a "useless massacre" that will not bring peace, and insisted that Israel must recognize the sovereignty of the Palestinian territory if the cycle of violence is ever to end.

Teenager Confesses to Raping Orphans on Kenya Missions Trip

According to court records, Matthew Lane Durham confessed to raping several girls, forcing some of the boys to perform oral sex and forcing others to watch the acts.

Ancient Palestine Church Provides Shelter for Muslims Fleeing Gaza Strikes

The Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Porphyrius, whose origins date back to the 12th-century, is currently home to roughly 1,000 Palestinians hoping to remove themselves from harm's way as Israeli forces continue to strike the region.

ISIS Torches 1,800-Year-Old Church in Mosul; Priest Says City Is 'Now Empty of Christians'

Members of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reportedly torched a 1,800 year-old Catholic Church in Mosul, Iraq and have effectively left that city "empty of Christians" as believers fled the area in fear of their lives, according to Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako.

As Christians Abandon Mosul, Pope Francis Prays for End of Persecution in Mideast

Pope Francis prayed for an end to Christian persecution in the Middle East on Sunday, one day after Christians were forced to flee the village of Mosul in Iraq following threats from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a jihadist militant group.

60 Dead in Israel's 'Heaviest' Shelling on Gaza; Israel's Fiercest Attack Since 1967 Mideast Conflict

At least 60 Palestinians were killed and hundreds others were wounded Sunday as Israel shelled a Gaza neighborhood, causing thousands to flee. It is being seen as Israel's fiercest attack since the 1967 Middle East war.

Iraq May Break Into Three Separate States in Response to Islamic Attacks, Kurdish Official Predicts

Iraq could break apart into three separate states in response to the extremist Islamic group ISIS, which declared an "Islamic state" in Iraq and Syria, a Kurdish government official predicts.

Israeli Ground Forces Invade Gaza, Netanyahu Prepares 'Significant Expansion' of Operations

Israeli ground forces have moved in on the Gaza strip with a mission to take down terrorist tunnels and other targets, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing on Friday that the military is preparing for a "significant expansion" of its ground operation against militant group Hamas.

Holocaust Professor Rejects Accusations of Israel Committing 'Genocide' Against Palestinians

A Holocaust Studies professor has rejected accusations by some world leaders that Israel is committing "genocide" against Palestinians in Gaza during the ongoing military conflict.

'Unprecedented' Forced Exodus of Iraqi Christians Leaves Christianity Near Extinction in Middle East, Watchdog Groups Warn

As Iraq's Christians continue fleeing the city of Mosul and other regions following a "convert or die" ultimatum by Islamic militants ISIS, persecution watchdog group Open Doors said that the "unprecedented" forced exodus has left Christianity in the Middle East near extinction.

'I Briefly Tried to Commit Suicide,' Says Stephen Hawking as UK Seeks to Legalize Suicide; Church Calls Move 'Grave Error'

Famed Cambridge scientist Stephen Hawking, 72, recently confessed that he "briefly tried to commit suicide" and said denying an individual who is in great pain and facing imminent death the right to commit suicide is "discrimination."

Entertainment

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Ma$e Leaves Atlanta Church to Focus on Rap Career Full Time

By Jessica Martinez

Mason Betha, a multi-platinum selling rapper known as Ma$e, reportedly left his position as pastor of his multisite congregation, El Elyon International Church, to focus on his rap career full time.

Sway Calloway interviewed Lecrae this week as promotion for his upcoming album Anomaly and asked a few off color questions during the segment.

A pastor's wife from Tulsa, Oklahoma and former competitive gymnast revealed her new look after losing over half of her body weight on Tuesday night's episode of ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss."

Actor David Henrie, who appeared alongside Selena Gomez in the Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place," among other television shows, could have easily fallen into the out-of-control party lifestyle Hollywood is known for, but he credits his Catholic faith for giving him the strength to survive in Tinseltown with his moral values intact.

Retired NFL coach and the first African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl, Tony Dungy, clarified comments he made several weeks ago stating he wouldn't have drafted openly gay football player Michael Sam after they sparked a media storm Monday. Sam, who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, has since reacted by saying: "Thank God he wasn't the St. Louis Rams Coach."

HBO's the Leftovers is four episodes in and one thing seems clear about the world these writers are trying to create, Christianity will not mean much to people anymore if a rapture takes place.

Lecrae recently stopped by Shade 45's Sway in the Morning to promote his upcoming Anomaly album and during his interview the acclaimed host had some very encouraging words for the rapper.

A version of the Bible reported to be more "elegant" and easier to read in form than traditional versions has exceeded original sales expectations.

The tallest man in Canada, 7'8 tall Jerry Sokolosky, has been chosen to play Philistine warrior Goliath in the upcoming "David and Goliath" movie. Director Tim Chey explained that the filmmakers did not want to use a CGI imitation for the part.

Country music star Reba McEntire has recruited people from around the world to create a music video to accompany her new song "Pray For Peace." This is the first song McEntire has released in four years.

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Elderly Man Hears His Favorite Song Then Suddenly He's Got Moves Like Jagger (VIDEO)

You won't believe how good this old man can move on the dance floor!

Learning a Life Lesson From an Empty Pickle Jar

This may sound crazy but when you see the crazy twist at the end you may have a different outlook on life.

5 Good Habits to Aquire in Your 20s That Can Definitely Shape Your Future

These habits are greatly beneficial and should be maintained for as long as possible.

These Cute Cats Will Put a Smile on Your Face for the Rest of The Week (VIDEO)

If you are a cat lover than it just doesn't get any cuter than this!

Abandoned Dog Takes a 4-Mile Trip Every Night, So Someone Decided to Follow Her (VIDEO)

This abandoned dog took a four mile trip every night, so they followed her...

Secretary Kerry's Hot-Mic Israel Critique: He Has No Excuse

By David French

When Secretary of State Kerry criticized Israel's military operations in Gaza by calling them a "hell of a pinpoint operation," he not only validated Hamas's human-shield strategy, he handed Hamas a key propaganda victory.

Back In the USSR: Putin and Blaming Others

By Ron Hart

Ron Hart

Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists, bent on getting the old USSR band back together, shot down a Malaysian airliner. Rivaled only by Obama, Putin is adept at blaming others. He did so in this case, but since he shot down a plane full of Europeans, he might have angered more than Americans.

Obama's LGBT Executive Order Endangers Religious Liberty

By Todd Starnes

Todd Starnes

President Obama signed an executive order Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – ignoring the pleas of Christian and other faith leaders to include an exemption for religious organizations.

By the Will of God

By Greg Laurie

greg laurie

We may look today at people in the church who are called to be pastors or evangelists or worship leaders or elders and conclude they are the spiritual elite.

LGBT Executive Order: Mr. President, You Have Crossed a Dangerous, Unprecedented Line

By Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Dear Mr. President, I write to you today as a concerned citizen of our great nation, standing as a witness against your historic actions on the morning of July 21, 2004, actions which I hope you will one day repudiate with deep remorse and regret. I am referring, of course, to your signing an executive order Monday banning "discrimination" by federal contractors against LGBT people, allowing for no religious exemptions of any kind.

Four Problems and a Response to Obama's LGBT Executive Order

By Ryan T. Anderson

Ryan T. Anderson

On Monday, President Obama issued an executive order barring federal contractors from what it describes as "discrimination" on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Employers should respect the intrinsic dignity of all of their employees, but as I explain in greater detail at the Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal, today's executive order undermines our nation's commitment to pluralism and religious liberty.

6 Barriers to Effective Prayer

By Rick McDaniel

Pastor Rick McDaniel

These barriers can keep the power we need from being manifested in our lives and country. James 5:16 tells us, "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." But is unrighteousness the only barrier to powerful and effective prayer? I am certain there are other barriers as well. Let me identify six.

Abortion: The Real 'War On Women'

By Tricia Erickson

Tricia Erickson

I am so sick and tired, yes, sick and tired, of hearing about the "War On Women" while women fill abortionist's offices to terminate the life of their own female (and male) babies. The left has labeled those who are against the act of abortion as "warring" against women" even though the lives of the little female babies within them are being slaughtered at the altar of the female mother's "right to choose".

The Coming Christian Revolt

By Matt Barber

Matt Barber

From behind a smoking sniper rifle high atop his ivory tower peers the secular-"progressive." He surveys his many victims, strewn across the American landscape below and mockingly sneers, "War on Christianity? What war on Christianity?

Are You Content with Your Life?

By Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer

It seems there are very few people who are consistently content with life. It's more common to be up and down mentally and emotionally, depending on what our circumstances are. So I want to ask you: How content are you? Are you consistently enjoying your life?

When Is It Time for a Pastor to Leave a Church? 7 Scenarios

By Thom S. Rainer

Thom Rainer

I am reticent to write this article. I do not want to encourage pastors to leave churches too early. Frankly, many pastors have shared with me that, in the aftermath of their departures, they realized they had made a mistake. They left too soon.

The Border Crisis: Nixon Points the Way

By Wallace Henley

Wallace Henley Portrait

In the summer of 1970, the American Southeast baked when eleven states faced federal enforcement of school desegregation, but that social scorcher will be small compared to the border crisis sizzling now from Texas to California. Believe it or not, President Richard Nixon's handling of the challenge 44 years ago could point the way to the best solution.

Did God Forget to Answer My Prayer?

By Dan Delzell

Dan Delzell Portrait Seagreen Background

True prayer is intended to change us. Just think about it from heaven's perspective for a second. God could obviously choose to always give us exactly what we request, but the Lord is after something deeper. And what might that be you ask? God wants us to trust Him entirely.

Good Days and Bad Days

By Greg Laurie

Greg Laurie

Sorrows come into all of our lives. And while none of us enjoy them, they are a reality. You will experience heartache. You will be heartbroken. But there also will be times of laughter, times of great joy and celebration. One of the lessons I've learned from life is to enjoy the good times.

The Unmitigated Disaster of Gay Marriage

By David Kyle Foster

David Kyle Foster

For over ten years I lived the homosexual lifestyle and for 34 years I have not. And there are very good reasons for that difference. To those who suggest that I never was homosexual, my response is, "Does sleeping with over 1,000 men count?

Immigration: Are We Saving the Wrong Children?

By Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Md., and Hope Connexion Orlando in Florida, is seen in this file photo.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the number of unaccompanied children trying to enter the United States illegally has nearly doubled in less than a year. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports detaining about 50,000 children since last October, with thousands more crossing undetected.

New Islamic Caliphate Declares Jihad on … Muslims

By Raymond Ibrahim

Raymond Ibrahim

The new "caliphate" of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—the Islamic State, formerly "ISIS"—recently made clear that it means to follow in the footsteps of the original caliphate of Abu Bakr al-Sadiq (632-634), specifically by directing its jihad against fellow Muslims, in Islamic parlance, the "hypocrites" and "apostates," or in Western terminology, "moderates."

How to Win Back Your Husband or Wife

By Joe Beam

Joe Beam

She didn't hesitate a moment. Yes, she wanted to save her marriage. She and her husband were 40ish, married about twenty years, with a couple of children. One evening he told her he was in love with his assistant, that he already had a lawyer, and suggested she procure one for herself.

Christian Eschatology and The Planet of the Apes

By Russell D. Moore

Russell moore

As the film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is being released in theaters, I'm reminded of a few years ago when I launched a new semester of my Doctrine of the Last Things class with the showing of a clip from the original film, Planet of the Apes.

Only America Smuggles Immigrants State to State

By Dan Delzell

Dan Delzell

In case you haven't noticed, it is not only the southern border of our nation that is being brazenly violated on a daily basis. Now even the borders between our states in America are being shamelessly breached. And amazingly, this unbelievable transgression is being paid for with your tax dollars as it gets facilitated by employees of our federal government.

Is Your Identity in Your Favorite Team or Jesus? 3 Lessons From Our Love of Sports

By Kenny Luck

soccer fans

When push comes to shove, are God's men more inclined to represent their team or country in a more energetic manner than their Savior?

Why Millennial Guys Must Care About the 'War on Women'

By Chelsen Vicari

Chelsen Vicari

If you are against abortion or tax-payer funded contraception, then you are waging a so-called "War on Women." No right to talk about it. Men should stay out of women's business, they say. This is a major falsehood that liberals constantly tell men. But as Christians and future husbands and fathers, women need men to engage in the "war on women" debate.

Our Lawless President Obama Opens the Borders

By Jerry Newcombe

Jerry Newcombe

During this administration, there has been a decrease in enforcing the borders; and therefore, people from south of the border have been encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity.

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