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All Saints Church Marks 2nd Anniversary of Bombing

On Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, two suicide bombers from the Pakistani Taliban detonated their explosives just outside the gates of All Saints Church in the Christian community of Peshawar just as service ended; over one hundred Christians were killed and hundreds more severely wounded.

Former Muslims Say ISIS Is Indeed Islamic

An Islamic State militant carries a piece of wreckage from a Syrian war plane after it crashed in Raqqa, in northeast Syria Sept. 16. (Reuters/Stringer)

U.S. and Arab warplanes continue to hit Islamic State targets in Syria Friday, targeting the stronghold of Raqaa.
The death toll from a collapsed guesthouse at a mega church in Nigeria's financial capital Lagos rose to 62 on Tuesday afternoon, a rescue official said while expressing the hope that more survivors would be found. 

Over 100 Christians Arrested in China House Church Raid

Over 100 people were arrested on Sunday (Sept. 21) in a house church raid in China's Guangdong Province. The Christian Post reports that nearly 200 police officer interrupted a church service, arresting congregants for "illegal gathering."
A Pakistani police officer shot two men in jail on Thursday, killing one accused of blasphemy and wounding another condemned to death on the same charge, lawyers and an activist said. Christian pastor Zafar Bhatti was killed and 70-year-old Briton Muhammad Asghar, who has a history of mental illness, was wounded in the attack in Rawalpindi.
Franklin Graham stands alongside Naghmeh Abedini, wife of imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini on Thursday, along with ACLJ's Jordan Sekulow and Jay Sekulow and Rebekah and Jacob Abedini. (photo courtesy of ACLJ.org)

September 26 marks two years since Iran threw American Pastor Saeed Abedini in prison for his Christian faith.
Here's a chilling thought experiment that, given the arc of world events, might seem eerily like a peek into the not-so-distant future.
An evangelical Iranian pastor serving a six years prison term for his Christian activities is facing 18 new charges, including "spreading corruption on Earth", which carries the death penalty, Christian rights activists say.
Of all the many ancient peoples who once lived in the land between the Tigris and the Euphrates, Iraq's Assyrian Christians pride themselves on having persisted in their traditional homeland for millennia, even as other civilizations thrived then disappeared, as languages and cultures died out, as ethnic groups melted into the ways and genetic pools of their conquerors.
One year after the attacks, Mina Thabet can still see the ruins in his mind -- a seemingly endless series of scorched, hollowed-out church buildings, schools, homes and businesses stretching out across Egypt.