Ex-Lebanon Leader: Christians Target of Genocide: Extremist groups are waging a “genocide” against Christians in the Middle East, a former Lebanese president said Monday, after a New Year’s suicide bombing of a church in Egypt killed 21 people. Amin Gemayel, a Christian who served a six-year term as president in the 1980s, cited the attack in Egypt and recent violence in Iraq as he urged leaders to give Christian communities a larger political role.
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The Islamification of Britain: record numbers embrace Muslim faith: The number of Britons choosing to become Muslims has nearly doubled in the past decade, according to one of the most comprehensive attempts to estimate how many people have embraced Islam. Following the global spread of violent Islamism, British Muslims have faced more scrutiny, criticism and analysis than any other religious community. Yet, despite the often negative portrayal of Islam, thousands of Britons are adopting the religion every year.
Why Catholicism is good for America: “As a non-Catholic paying attention to the church’s travails, I am struck, too, by the steadfast faith of the Catholics I know, and the principled public witness of the Catholics on the ground — the nuns, community activists, volunteers and everyday parishioners who keep on keeping on in the face of adversity.”
Hers is the ministry of ‘yes’: The Rev. Jane Adams Spahr was found guilty of violating the Presbyterian constitution. Her offense? Officiating at same-sex weddings. A lesbian herself, she says she won’t quit the church she loves.
Virgin Mary statue replaced with gnome: An Italian mountaineering group protesting “narcissistic” acts in the wilderness said it placed a garden gnome in the place of a stolen Virgin Mary statue.