The ecumenism of blood

Pope Francis is still confounding just about everybody, but here he articulates a striking concept.  After the jump he tells an anecdote about a Lutheran pastor and makes us realize what all Christians might be facing:

Today there is an ecumenism of blood. In some countries they kill Christians for wearing a cross or having a Bible and before they kill them they do not ask them whether they are Anglican, Lutheran, Catholic or Orthodox. Their blood is mixed. To those who kill we are Christians. We are united in blood, even though we have not yet managed to take necessary steps towards unity between us and perhaps the time has not yet come. [Read more...]

80 lashes for receiving Communion

Aspects of our faith that are so commonplace that we often take them for granted are serious crimes in other countries, bringing horrible punishments.  Yesterday we blogged about North Korea executing people for simply possessing a Bible.  In Iran, since Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol, if you are a Muslim convert, receiving Christ’s blood in the wine of Holy Communion is punishable by 80 lashes.  Evangelism–that is, the crime of spreading Christianity–can mean 3 years and 8 months in prison.  Would we pay prices like that for our Bibles, for Holy Communion, for witnessing to our faith? [Read more...]

The death penalty for possessing a Bible

North Korea executed 80 people, in some cases, tying them to stakes and machine-gunning them before 10,000 spectators of all ages assembled in a sports stadium.  Among the crimes:  possessing a Bible. [Read more...]

International terrorism

Islamic terrorists attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing as many as 65 people and wounding some 200.  Also this weekend, Islamic suicide bombers attacked All Saints Anglican Church in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing (at latest count) 81 people and wounding 140. [Read more...]

Christians in Egypt

In Egypt, the military rulers and the democratically-elected Islamists they overthrew are engaged in a bloodbath.  At least 600 people have been killed so far.  The Islamists are taking the opportunity to target Christians along with their property and their churches.  Houses and businesses owned by Christians are being spray-painted with red graffiti to mark them for burning.

After the jump, to make it seem real, is a list of Christian churches (of many denominations), schools, institutions, homes, and businesses that have been destroyed. [Read more...]

Syrian rebels are targeting Christians

Islamists among the Syrian rebels–whom the United States is supporting–are engaged in “religious cleansing” against that country’s 2 million Christians.  Many are being murdered, dying for their faith.  Details after the jump. [Read more...]


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