PARIS (RNS) The shifting emphasis from religion to realpolitik marked the end of an unusual period during which many Germans took a firm moral stand to help the desperate refugees.
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NAPERVILLE, Ill. (RNS) A meeting billed as the largest gathering of evangelicals on refugees calls on American Christians to overcome anxieties about differences of religion.
Rose Hamid, who wore a white headscarf, reportedly stood up in the stands directly behind Trump when he suggested that Syrian refugees are affiliated with Islamic State militants.
Those who fled are grateful to be alive. Yet, said one, “2016 may be different in some ways, but the truth is the trauma remains.”
ROME (RNS) Speaking in detail for the first time since his escape, the Rev. Jacques Mourad admitted he didn’t always think he would make it: “It was very difficult above all when they said, ‘Become Muslim or we’ll cut your head off.'”
When news of the plan to house 50 refugees in the church and suspend Sunday services spread through the town, angry residents pressed church and city officials to reconsider. But nearly a month on, the uproar has died down and residents are beginning to warm to the refugees.
(RNS) The president strongly restated his — and his predecessor’s — belief that a war against ISIS is not a war against Islam.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban has sealed Hungary’s borders with Serbia to stem the influx and pledged not to let mainly Muslim migrants threaten Hungary’s Christian traditions.
The family of four are Melkite Greek Catholics from Damascus. They arrived Sept. 6, the day Pope Francis called on European parishes to open their doors to refugees.