ISIL issues hit list of U.S. churches for holiday attacks

The Islamic State published the names and addresses of thousands of churches in the United States and called on its adherents to attack them during the holiday season, according to a message posted late-night Wednesday in the group’s “Secrets of Jiha

CHR Comment: The article does not include a list of the churches that were suggested as targets but they were found across country. These attacks did not take place. ISIS was perhaps hoping that their publication of a list would inspire action by resident disciples of their movement.

Source: ISIL issues hit list of U.S. churches for holiday attacks

At least 25 killed in blast near Cairo cathedral

The blast took place as a Sunday Mass being held in the chapel was about to end.

CHR Comment: St. Mark’s is the religious center for Coptic Christians in Egypt and the seat of governance for Pope Tawadros II, the leading bishop. In other words, for the Copts, this would be like a bomb blast at the Vatican.

I have added below a follow-up article from the New York Times, which provides further background on persecution in Egypt.

Source: At least 25 killed in blast near Cairo cathedral

New York Times Article

Iraqi Church Desecrated By Jihadis

Islamic State fighters are the “grandsons of Satan” according to survivors of the torture and slaughter in Mosul in Iraq.

CHR Comment: A report on the efforts of ISIS in the Mosel region where many Christians have lived. According to the report, Christians remain hostage to ISIS.

Source: ISIS Are The ‘Grandsons Of Satan’: Iraqi Christians Return To Find Church Desecrated By Jihadis | Christian News on Christian Today

Why Vikings Pillaged Churches

When the Vikings landed at the holy island of Lindisfarne in 793AD, it marked the beginning of hundreds of years of terrifying raids, which would earn the Norsemen a fearsome reputation as murderers and pillagers throughout Europe.

CHR Comment: Some historians argue that the Vikings pillaged churches to gain the wealth needed for marriage in their culture. Although Christians experienced the attacks as persecution, the Vikings likely acted with non-religious motives.

Source: Viking raiders were only trying to win their future wives’ hearts

Black Majority Church Burned And Vandalised With “Vote Trump”

Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville was set on fire on Tuesday evening and suffered extensive damage.

CHR Comment: Sad stupidity connected to the election. This story dates from Nov. 3. I am still in the process of updating my list of events after teaching in South Africa and accepting a call to parish ministry.

Source: Black Majority Church Burned And Vandalised With ‘Vote Trump’ | Christian News on Christian Today

Iraqi Christians Celebrate Mass In Qaraqosh

Surrounded by charred walls and in front of a ruined altar, dozens of Iraqi Christians celebrated mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

CHR Comment: Christians were driven out in August 2014 when ISIS troops occupied the city and issued an ultimatum that they should convert or else.

Source: Iraqi Christians Celebrate Mass In Qaraqosh For The First Time Since Liberation From ISIS | Christian News on Christian Today