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    • Against Backdrop of ISIS Beheadings, Egypt's Coptic Catholics Consecrate First Church in Sinai - Aleteia
      ISIS released gruesome video of the executions on the very day, Feb. 15, 2015, that Egypt’s Catholic Coptic Church celebrated the consecration of the first ever church in Sinai, Our Lady of Peace, in the community of Sharm El-Sheikh. The name had been chosen by Susanne Mubarak, widow of the late ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Mrs. Mubarak, who was educated by Catholic nuns, and ensured that construction of the church could proceed after years of delay and opposition by local political leadership.
    • Is James Foley a martyr? A brutal death sparks a faith-based debate
      Ssome worry that Foley is being promoted as a martyr in part because he can serve as a Christian rallying cry against extremist Islam, or as a way of building momentum for a more forceful Western intervention in Iraq.
    • They Remember Their Martyrs
      Whatever Westerners choose to forget, the Pacific martyrdoms remain vividly alive for the thriving churches of those regions, now wholly under local control. Taking China and the Pacific Rim nations together -- Japan's abortive empire of the 1940s -- we count at least 220 million Christians, a tenth of the global total of believers. And they remember their martyrs. (RCR)

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