Iraqi Militants Seize Christian Towns

Captures Follow Withdrawal From Towns by Kurdish Peshmerga Forces
Updated Aug. 7, 2014 8:33 a.m. ET
raqis displaced by ongoing conflict in nearby areas arrive in the northern Kurdish controlled Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Thursday. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
BAGHDAD—Tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians fled an advance by Sunni jihadists into the country's northern Christian heartland on Thursday, sending families packing into cars or fleeing on foot as the militants pushed their offensive closer to Iraq's Kurdish region.  read more »

Islamic State pulls down church crosses in northern Iraq as 200,000 flee

Islamic State pulls down church crosses in northern Iraq as 200,000 flee
Islamic State, the jihadist group formerly known as Isis, have occupied churches in Iraq, removing crosses and destroying manuscripts, witnesses report, having overrun Kurdish troops forcing 200,000 to flee  read more »

China plans its own 'Christian theology'

China plans its own 'Christian theology'

By News from Elsewhere... reports from around the world, found by BBC Monitoring

China says it may try to create a theology based on Christianity - that integrates the religion with Chinese culture and is compatible with the country's socialist beliefs, it's been reported.  read more »

Growth of Christians in China: the frustrations of Wang Zuoan

by Wang Zhicheng
At a seminar on " The Sinicization of Christianity in Shanghai," the Director of the Office of Religious Affairs claims he wants to support the Protestant communities and their development. In reality, the number of Protestants belonging to communities not under government control is on the rise. A campaign to demolish crosses and churches and arrest faithful.  read more »

Pope appeals for an end to the humanitarian tragedy taking place in Iraq

In a statement, the director of the Vatican Press Office emphasises the Pope Francis' spiritual "closeness" with the Iraqi people and the Christians who fled Mosul and Qaraqosh, occupied by the Islamist army. The pontiff calls for an end to the violence and for immediate assistance to deal with the humanitarian emergency, urging everyone to pray.  read more »

Gaza Bishop: Hamas Used Church to Fire Rockets

By George Thomas
CBN News Sr. Reporter
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

GAZA STRIP -- Air raid sirens sounding in the Eshkol Region on Wednesday afternoon turned out to be a false alarm. The 72-hour ceasefire appears to be holding for now.
Hamas is not only using mosques to launch attacks against Israelis. It has also used a church compound.
Archbishop Alexios is Gaza's most prominent Christian leader. His decision to open his church to 2,000 Muslims escaping the war surprised many of Gaza's residents.  read more »

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