According to Associated Press, A U.S. sailor shot three civilians with his service weapon, killing two of them, before taking his own life at Pearl Harbor, just days before thousands descend on the storied military base to mark the 78th anniversary of the Japanese bombing that propelled the United States into World War II. The Pearl Harbor National Memorial already had plans for additional security for the annual ceremony before the shooting Wednesday across the harbor at the Navy’s shipyard, spokesman Jay Blount said. About a dozen survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941, bombing were expected to attend Saturday, along with dignitaries and service members. The shooter was identified Thursday as 22-year-old G. Romero, according to a military official who spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details that had not been made public. Romero’s job was to stand watch on the fast attack submarine USS Columbia, which is at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for maintenance. He used his service rifle to shoot the victims, then killed himself with his service pistol, the official said. Rear Adm. Robert Chadwick, commander of Navy Region Hawaii, said he didn’t know the motive for the shooting Wednesday at the naval shipyard within the base. The wounded victim was hospitalized in stable condition. It wasn’t known if the sailor and the three men working for the U.S. Department of Defense knew each other, Chadwick said.
The National, A new church to be built in Abu Dhabi will provide a spiritual home for generations of Indian worshippers. Construction will soon begin on the Church of South India, serving members of the Protestant branch of Christianity, with a foundation stone ceremony to be held this weekend. The church will be located in the Abu Mureikha area of the capital, near the plot of a Hindu temple that is being built. With tall, narrow windows and an arched doorway, the architecture of the place of worship will blend Islamic design elements. More than four acres of land for the church was granted by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. “This is a blessing to our community and is a mark of tolerance of this nation,” said Reverend Sojee Vergis John. “It is yet another milestone of the religious freedom in this country. We will now have the ability to properly serve our community.” More than 750 parishioners in Abu Dhabi, mainly from Kerala state in southern India, will finally have their own place of worship after 40 years. They congregate weekly at the St Andrew’s Church for two-hour prayer services on Friday and on Sunday for Bible studies.
According to Associated Press, Gunmen in cars opened fire Friday in Baghdad’s Khilani Square. leaving at least 15 people dead and 60 wounded, Iraqi security and medical officials said. At least two of the dead were policemen. Protesters fearing for their lives ran from the plaza to nearby Tahrir Square and mosques to take cover. It wasn’t immediately clear who did the shooting. The attack came as anti-government demonstrators occupied parts of Jumhuriya, Sinak and Ahar bridges in a standoff with security forces. All the bridges lead to or near the heavily-fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq’s government. The attack came a day after a string of suspicious stabbing incidents targeting demonstrators left at least 13 wounded in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of Iraq’s leaderless protest movement. Those attacks by unknown perpetrators occurred as demonstrators supporting political parties and Iran-backed militias withdrew from the Square. The incidents Thursday fueled paranoia among protesters, who immediately implemented self security measures to uncover saboteurs within the square.
According to Christian Post, Liquid Church, a New Jersey-based megachurch, will be packing 1 million meals to help combat global hunger as part of its annual “Christmas Outreach” program. Around 6,100 volunteers will be packing the meals on Friday and Saturday. Brooke LeMunyon, communications coordinator at Liquid Church, told The Christian Post that they’re partnering with the Christian nonprofit Feed My Starving Children for the project. “We know there is tangible life change when a malnourished, hungry child has access to a nutritious meal,” LeMunyon said. “By partnering with Feed My Starving Children, we know these meals will impact children and communities in desperate need.” Each meal, known as a “MannaPack,” contains nutritional ingredients, including what the nonprofit organization refers to as “MannaPack Rice,” which has carbohydrates, protein, and other key nutrients.
According to Faithwire, In the wake of an attack that claimed the lives of 14 Christians, prominent evangelical leaders in Burkina Faso have called for a response of love and forgiveness. At least ten militants burst into a church in a village Hantoukoura near the country’s border with Niger on Sunday, spraying worshippers with gunfire and killing several believers including a pastor and child. Following the killings, which have garnered headlines around the world, the Federation of Evangelical Churches and Missions (FEME) urged believers to respond with prayer. “Once again, our values of tolerance, forgiveness and love were violated. The freedom of worship enshrined in our Basic Law has been trampled on”, said the President of FEME, Pastor Henri Ye, according to Evangelical Focus. Ye added that FEME was “still in shock from this tragedy” and expressed “sadness and pain at the repetition of such barbaric and dehumanizing acts.” But far from seeking revenge on the attackers, who were likely to be Islamic militants, the pastor called on all the country’s churches “to use fasting and prayer as first weapons throughout the national territory.” FEME’s statement added that “it is in the love of God and our neighbour, in unity and solidarity, by ridding ourselves of all spirit of fear and revenge that we will eventually overcome.”
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