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Perpetrators of Turkey’s ‘Malatya Massacre’ Put on Trial

Sep 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

Nineteen suspects accused of inciting the brutal 2007 murders of three Christians in eastern Turkey went on trial before Malatya’s Third Criminal Court in early September. With the court’s acceptance in June of a third indictment in the case, known as the “Malatya Massacre” in the Turkish media, allegations against primarily military officials have finally been made public.

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Christians ‘must choose between job or their faith’

Sep 11th, 2012 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

Christians may have to sacrifice their jobs if they want to express their religion at work, government lawyers declared yesterday. The state lawyers insisted workers are not entitled to wear a crucifix at work against the wishes of their employers – and if that is incompatible with their faith they ‘are free to resign’. The Christians’ counsel said it was wrong they should have fewer rights than other faith groups just because they had a ‘tolerant’ religion.

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Jerusalem: Arabs Attack Yeshiva Students with Belts

Jul 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

The incident occurred when a group of more than 100 students from the yeshiva in Beit El spent Shabbat in Jerusalem. As the members of the group were walking from the Western Wall to the Damascus Gate they were attacked by Arab rioters.

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Phoenix Pastor Jailed Over Home Bible Study to Serve 3 Years?

Jul 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

The Arizona pastor who is currently imprisoned for hosting regular Bible studies at his home may have to serve up to three years for violating his probation by continuing to hold Bible studies on his 4.6 acre property with more than 12 people, and for failing to pay over $12,000 in fines.

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The Turkish-Iranian Alliance That Wasn’t

Jul 12th, 2012 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

One of the most controversial elements of Turkish foreign policy has been the attempt by the Justice and Development party (AKP) to cultivate closer ties to Iran. Beneath an amicable veneer, relations between the two countries are marked by mistrust and unease.

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Episcopal Church Votes to Allow Transgender Ministers

Jul 9th, 2012 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

A day after a legislative body of the Episcopal Church voted to sell the denomination’s New York headquarters amid budget cuts and declining membership, church leaders on Saturday adopted legislation to give transgenders the right to become lay and ordained ministers.

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Vatican ‘accepted one billion lire’ to bury crime boss in basilica next to former popes

May 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

Pressure mounted earlier this month when a prosecuting magistrate, Giancarlo Capaldo, claimed senior officials at the Vatican knew much more than they were letting on about the Magliana gang’s links to the Holy See, and the gang’s suspected kidnap and murder of Emanuela Orlandi, the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican official, in 1983.

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Vatican, Israel Spar Over Disputed Last Supper Site

Apr 12th, 2012 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

For two decades, Israel and the Holy See have been trying to work out disputes over church properties in Jerusalem. One of the few remaining thorns is the Last Supper room. Shmuel Ben Shmuel, an Israeli negotiator, says the talks are at a critical moment.

“The minute they’ll make it as a church, Jews, halachically, according to Jewish law, are forbidden to go in there,” he says. “It’s a disgrace for Israel, you know, it’s like milk spilled that you can never return it back.”

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News from the Frontlines of Persecution

Apr 3rd, 2012 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

Christians around the world are being abused and tortured for Christ. Our hearts go out to them and what they are experiencing in far off lands, will one day happen in ours. “Pray that you be worthy to escape that time”.

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Global March Aims to ‘Liberate Jerusalem’

Mar 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

Nakba is an Arabic term meaning “catastrophe,” which they use to describe the establishment of the modern State of Israel. The European Preparatory Committee for the Global March to Jerusalem, whose membership includes the U.K.’s Muslim Brotherhood and the Free Gaza Movement, invited people across Europe to take part in the “legitimate struggle of the indigenous Palestinian people.”

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