Dear Pope Francis: Please Take Care of Yourself–If Not for You, Then for Us

Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration mass on 19 March 2013.

"Not to worry!" says the Vatican, with regard to security for Pope Francis' upcoming travels to the Muslim-majority country of Albania.In a statement issued Monday, September 15, Rev. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said despite recent “worrying” events that had shocked the world, there is no specific threat to 77-year-old Pope Francis as he prepares for his one-day visit to Albania on Sept. 21.  Therefore, the Vatican has announced, no extra security measures will be added. *     *   … [Read more...]

James Wright Foley: A Strong Faith in a Strange Land

James Foley

The news that American front-line journalist James Wright Foley has been beheaded by ISIS has sent shock waves through America.  Graphic video of the execution was released by ISIS, with a warning to President Obama that his next decision will determine whether a second freelance reporter, Steven Joel Sotloff, will meet the same fate.Foley was captured on Thanksgiving Day in 2012, and since that time his parents, family and friends have mounted a campaign of prayer for his safe release.   … [Read more...]

Syriac Catholic Diocese in Mosul Burns As Conversion Deadline Passes

Burning of 1800 year old church in Mosul

The news is chockful of bad news about the fate of Christians in Mosul.  If you're not careful, your eyes glaze over and you shake your head and move on to the next story--because after all, it's not happening here.The burning of an 1800-year-old church is the latest in a series of burnings and desecrations by ISIS.A Chaldean, Syriac and Assyrian website released this photo of a church being destroyed.According to The burning of the church took place while forty five … [Read more...]