Beneath Jerusalem, an Underground City takes Shape

Yahoo.com:  Underneath the crowded alleys and holy sites of old Jerusalem, hundreds of people are snaking at any given moment through tunnels, vaulted medieval chambers and Roman sewers in a rapidly expanding subterranean city invisible from the streets above. At street level, the walled Old City is an energetic and fractious enclave with a physical…

Russia to Restrict Abortion

The Creative Minority Report reports: Russia has a baby problem. There aren’t enough babies – not close to enough. In 2009, there were 74 abortions for every 100 births in Russia, according to their own health ministry. You think that’s bad? Those statistics don’t even include pregnancies terminated at private clinics, or morning-after pills. Russia’s fertility…

Jesus: ‘A Prophet of Islam’?!

Apparently so, down under: A Catholic bishop has slammed controversial Islamic billboards for being “provocative and offensive” and he’s calling for them to be removed from prominent locations across Sydney. The billboards carrying the slogan `Jesus: a prophet of Islam’ were erected late last week in Darlinghurst, Rozelle and Rosehill. They have been paid for…

Pakistan: Christian Girls Kidnapped, Forced to Marry, Convert to Islam

Islam. Appalling. Two Christian girls–Rebecca Masih and Saima Masih–were forced to marry and convert to Islam after they were kidnapped by a wealthy businessman on May 24. The kidnapping took place in the northeastern Pakistani province of Punjab. “Kidnapping Christian girls, conversion and forced marriages have become common practice in Punjab,” said Haroon Barkat Masih,…

Speaking of Memorial Day and Chaplains

This caught my eye. I reproduce it in full. A reader alerted me to this item in the Huffington Post, recalling the so-called “Immortal Chaplains” who went down with the USAT Dorchester in 1943. As Wikipedia notes: The “Immortal Chaplains” were four United States Armychaplains who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel…

Memorial Day: Remembering the Fallen and Remembering Christ

A letter from Navy Chaplain Barrett Craig, currently serving the Marines in Okinawa, Japan… On behalf of all of us who have gone from you to serve our country in the military, I thank you. I thank you for praying for us, encouraging us, loving us, worrying about us, writing us, and rejoicing with us…

Zimbabwean Man Wins Mr Ugly Pageant

IOL: A Zimbabwean man upstaged 15 others to win the Mr Ugly title at a weekend pageant, a local newspaper reported on Monday. Thirty-year-old Austin Mbewe from the second city of Bulawayo won R1 200 and a blanket at the contest held on Saturday in the border town of Beitbridge, the Herald newspaper said. “I feel honoured by…