CHR Comment: Early in 2015 Coptic Christians were martyred by ISIS militants. Religious tensions in Egypt and elsewhere around the Middle East remain high. Here is a positive example of how one government official in a predominantly Muslim country is attempting to ease tensions.
CHR Comment: The 47 Ugandan martyrs were burned by King Buganda Mwanga II. One issue was the king’s homosexual advances toward boy pages in his court. Martyr Charles Lwanga was killed for trying to protect these boys. The story of this martyr intersects with current issues of homosexuality. Uganda has passed strong laws against homosexual acts, though western officials have regarded such laws as repressive.
CHR Comment: The number of Christians martyred by ISIS in 2015 is not readily available. Among those mentioned on this map infographic would be the 21 Coptic Christians abducted this January in Libya. The Huffington Post story below gives a detailed account of some these men’s lives. The USA Today article includes another map as well as a point by point description of ISIS attacks. ISIS also targets non-Sunni Muslim groups, Yazidis, and anyone who stands in their way. Lord, have mercy on Your Church and all who face these terrorists.
Commemoration of 24 Roman Catholic and 23 Anglican martyrs will take place in Rwanda. They were burned or speared to death under King Mwanga II between 1885 and 1887.
The begins with the deaths of two Ethiopian Orthodox men who were trying to get to Italy to find work but who were killed by Muslims. It then explains the conditions in Ethiopia that caused the men to risk their lives attempting to get to Europe. Grief Mixes With Anger Over Christian Ethiopian Deaths – NYTimes.com.
Following the brutal murder of 21 Coptic Christians in January, Copts in Libya learn about methods employed by Islamic State.