ISIS advances to capture Christian town in SyriaISIS advances to capture Christian town in Syria

The Islamic State terror group has captured the Syrian town of Maheen in the central Homs Province, reports have said, and is now advancing toward the nearby town of Sadad, which is home to nearly 15,000 Syriac Orthodox Christians. Clashes have already began on the outskirts of the mostly Christian town of Sadad, which has 14 churches and a monastery, reports added. Christians and other religious minorities have been heavily persecuted across the towns captured by the Islamic jihadists. Back in August when IS captured the town of Qaryatian, Christians were handed down 11 demands to follow, or face death. Excerpts from this link! Meanwhile, the latest reports suggested that forces are rallying to defend the town of Sadad.

Syrian Christians trapped inside the besieged city of Aleppo
It has been reported that the city of Aleppo in Syria has been under siege and there are no roads that can help the citizens to travel in and out of the city. Thousands of Christians live in the government-controlled city, where there is a ‘shortage of everything’, according to a report by Open Doors USA. As shells hit the city randomly, a source of the Open Doors USA revealed that some essentials like food and water are now scarce and electricity and gasoline has become a luxury. More on this here.

Meanwhile, 37 elderly Assyrian Christians released by ISIS

After remaining in the custody of ISIS for nine months, 37 elderly Christians were released in early November. They were captured by the ISIS in the Northeastern Syrian city of Tal Talmer. The group and many others were kidnapped during an attack by the terrorists which happened earlier this year. Christians and other minorities in Syria has been targeted by the terror organization and over 2,50,000 people have been killed and about 7.6 million rendered homeless. Click here to read more.

Religious Harmony Law forces 1000 churches to shut down in Indonesia
A law passed in 2006 in Indonesia is causing the shutdown of many churches across Indonesia. According to the ‘Religious Harmony Law’, minority religious groups have to secure signatures of approval from 60 people of their own faith and 90 people from another faith. Since the passage of this “religious harmony” bill, which was touted by lawmakers as a long-term solution to religious conflicts, more than 1,000 Indonesian Christian churches have closed. Others have never been built. Click here to read more.

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Pakistan heading towards banning blasphemy lawsPakistan heading towards banning blasphemy laws
The brother of Shahbaz Bhatti, a government minister who was killed by terrorists for opposing the controversial blasphemy laws in Pakistan, told the U.K. parliament that his country finally appears to be moving toward religious freedom. The people of Pakistan have seen enough religiously-motivated violence that has killed an estimated 60,000 people in 20 years, and now want tolerance, Paul Bhatti, whose brother was killed in 2011, told the parliament last week. Excerpts from this link.

Paris Terror Attack: Open-letter of husband of one of the victims go viral

Paris Terror Attack Open-letter of husband of one of the victims go viral
The husband of one of the French women killed in the Paris terror attacks last month has posted a letter to the militants that has gone viral online, telling them that they will “not have my hatred.” Antoine Leiris posted the letter in French earlier this week on Facebook, in which he talks about the death of his wife, 35-year-old Hélène Muyal, who died during the mass shooting at the Bataclan concert hall. “On Friday evening you stole the life of an exceptional person, the love of my life, the mother of my son, but you will not have my hatred,” Leiris’ letter reads, The Guardian translated. Read more here.

Boxer Manny Pacquiao and wife visits Israel, posts Bible verses on InstagramBoxer Manny Pacquiao and wife visits Israel, posts Bible verses on Instagram
Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee visited Israel recently and were so awed by the historical sites they visited that they could not help but praise God and reflect on His Word. Manny shared several photos of their visit on his Instagram account (@mannypacquiao) accompanied with several Bible verses about fatherhood, obedience, God’s glory, and God’s love. Excerpts from this link.