After pilot’s heinous execution, Jordan’s Christians pray for religious harmony

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Amman, Jordan, Feb 4, 2015 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians in Jordan have responded to the Islamic State’s gruesome execution of a captured Jordanian pilot with sorrow, calling for prayer and religious and national unity. Father Rifat Bader, general director of the Jordan-based Catholic Center for Studies and Media, said the Christian churches of Jordan conveyed their “deep sorrow and sadness” over Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh’s execution, which Fr. Bader characterized as a “martyrdom” and a “heinous crime against humanity.” He said the churches called for all their bells to … Continue reading

Some Christians Fleeing ISIS Have Found Refuge in Jordan

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By Oliver Maksan Raed is in his mid 40s. But when he is telling his story he looks much older. Weeks of fear and uncertainty have left the mark on the Chaldean Catholic from Mosul. “We have been fleeing from ISIS for a month,” he says tiredly, and draws on a cigarette. “I left my home in Mosul on July 18. Perhaps forever. Who can say?” Prior to that, the Jihadists had confronted the Christians of Mosul with the notorious ultimatum: convert to Islam, pay the tax for Christians or … Continue reading