A Deep Offense to God, and to Humanity …

Today, from the Jerusalem Post: Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, burying some alive and taking hundreds of women as slaves, an Iraqi government minister said on Sunday. Human rights minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani accused the Sunni Muslim insurgents – who have ordered the community they regard as “devil…

Desperation in Iraq’s Sinjar Mountains

(CNN) — The Sinjar Mountains rise suddenly from the endless desert of northern Iraq, a ridge of craggy rock some 50 kilometers (30 miles) long, running east to west. Barren and windswept, some 1,400 meters (4,600 feet) high, they make a forbidding sight. But for centuries, they have been the refuge of the desperate and…

Christian woman escapes Sudan, greeted by Francis

July 25, 2104 – ROME – A mother put on death row for refusing to reject Christianity met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, just hours after she fled Sudan. Meriam Ibrahim was flown out of the country with her American husband and two young children. She was blessed by the pontiff during a private audience and…