The world’s major Christian bodies dis-
cussed persecution at a historic meeting
in November in Albania and apologized
for having persecuted each other.
About 75 leaders familiar with
discrimination, persecution and
martyrdom made presentations heard
by 75 additional Christian leaders from
other countries. Then the consultation
discussed how the church at large
should react to these painful realities.
A final document approved by
participants includes a historic apology:
“We repent of having at times perse-
cuted each other and other religious
communities in history, and ask for-
giveness from each other and pray for
new ways of following Christ together.”
Leaders from these four delegations
spoke at the conclusion of the event,
including Bishop Efraim Tendero of the
World Evangelical Alliance.
“We will do whatever possible,” said
Tendero, “to help and train our people
to overcome prejudices against other
Christian traditions, and not to confuse
things from the past with present
“We will encourage our pastors and
churches to do this [initiatives seeking
inter-Christian healing and repentance]
on a local level,” he said.
– W W W. WORLDEA.ORG, W W W.BUCER.DE
Christian persecution is increasing
in Bangladesh, largely perpetrated
by groups affiliated with Daesh, the
terrorist organization also known as
ISIS or ISIL, based in Syria and Iraq.
Although the government of Ban-
gladesh claims Daesh is not active in
Bangladesh, Daesh has taken responsi-
bility for numerous recent attacks.
Daesh and other Islamist
organizations sent text messages to
nearly 70 Christians warning that their
“time in this world has run out” and
“Through your blood we will save the
Islamic world,” according to a report
from World Watch Monitor.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the
recent attempted assassination of an
Italian priest serving in Bangladesh.
Another priest survived an attack
during a home invasion in September.
Non-Muslims complain they are continually accused of practising witchcraft and harassed by local Muslims,
and a riot recently torched the homes
of four Catholic families. Neighbours
managed to rescue the families from
the fires. – WORLD WATCH MONI TOR
CO-OPERATE IN TURKEY
Basic Principles of Christianity, a new
book explaining the Christian faith to
Turkish Muslims, was written by an
amazing diversity of leaders of Greek
Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, Armenian
Apostolic, Evangelical and Catholic
Publisher Tamar Karasu, executive
secretary of the Bible Society in Turkey,
pointed all the way back to the First
Council of Nicaea in AD 325 for a similar
level of co-operation.
Participants gathered to celebrate
the book’s release last October in
Istanbul, headquarters for Ecumenical
Patriarch for Constantinople
Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of the
14 branches of Eastern Orthodoxy.
Patriarch Bartholomew explained,
“It is our duty to inform our Muslim
brothers and sisters correctly about
Christianity, whose presence in these
lands goes back a long way.”
The leaders who wrote the book
initially came together in 2002, when
the education ministry asked for help
to clarify Christianity sections of school
textbooks. After finishing that, the leaders
continued to meet and in 2011 began
writing this book, available in Turkish
(Temel İlkeleriyle Hristiyanlık) at www.
kitabimukaddes.com. –TODAY’S ZAMAN
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Craig Macartney is a freelance writer in
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