CHR Comment: The dramatic murder of Father Jacques Hamel at Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in France while he was finishing mass illustrates the senseless brutality of ISIS inspired “soldiers.” Remarkably, the terrorists chose as their target an 84-year old man. The terrorism experienced by so many Near Eastern Christians continues to crop up in Europe and North America in 2016, illustrating desperate measures by devotees of the declining Islamic State. Father Hamel is rightly remembered as a martyr of the Christian Faith. Lord, have mercy.
I’ve added a more recent article below, which includes further information about the attack. And now a third article about ISIS.
Source: Islamists attack French church, slit priest’s throat | Reuters
The Catholic Church in Albania says the Vatican has set Nov. 5 as the day of beatification of 38 Albanian religious martyrs killed by the former communist regime.
CHR Comment: A brief explanation of how these church leaders became martyrs and the recent religious history of Albania.
Source: Vatican sets Nov. 5 Albania’s beatification of 38 martyrs – The Washington Post
CHR Comment: An Aid to the Church in Need representative predicts that the c. 260,000 Christians in the region could be martyred or forced to emigrate if the ISIS Caliphate continues to grow. The article questions what Christians in other parts of the world should or could do to help Iraqi believers.
Source: ‘Convert or Die’: In a caliphate-ridden Iraq, Christians face ultimate choice | Fox News
July 6, 2015, marks 600 years since Jan Hus, theologian and reformer from Prague, was put to death at the decree of the Council of Constance. Hus espoused teachings that in many ways anticipated aspects of the Protestant Reformation more than . . .
CHR Comment: Great overview about the most important martyr of the 1400s, a forerunner to the Reformation.
Source: Concordia Theology » Jan Hus: 600 Years a Martyr
This article helps one understand how the attacks on Christians in Garissa came about due to the presence in Kenya of a large refugee camp for Muslims from war-ravaged Somalia.
World’s largest refugee camp in Kenya at risk of closing.
Bonhoeffer’s personal commitment to his beliefs, which brought on his martyrdom, have made him one of the most noteworthy theologians of recent years. However, he is claimed by a variety of theological groups such as liberals, neo-orthodox, Evangelicals, and traditional Lutherans.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: 70th Anniversary Of The Execution Of German Pastor Brings His Legacy To A New Generation.
The recent martyrdom of Coptic Christians caused the Al Our Christians to propose building a new church in the memory of the martyrs. However, violent protests against building the new church has sparked new violence.
Muslim groups attack Egyptian Copts over church honoring Christians killed by ISIS | Fox News.
Associated Press is reporting that the militants by-passed Muslim students and targeted Christians. Lord, deliver Your people.
Reports: Al-Shabaab militants kill 15 in Kenya university attack.
Dr. Joel Lawrence, a Baptist minister, will speak in commemoration on Thursday, April 9, 2015. He is the author of a book on Bonhoeffer.
University of Mary (via noodls) / Pastor and Author to Speak at Mary on World War II Christian Martyr.