Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Christian Abductions and Forceful Conversions to Islam

The Christian Association of Nigeria or CAN has warned about the increasing number of abduction and forced conversion cases involving female Christians in the northern region of the country. The organization also urged authorities to carry out the necessary operations to stop the violence and other anti-Christian activities in Nigeria.

The CAN made the statement after it was confirmed that Ifesinachi Ani, the 16-year old Christian girl who was abducted in the Federal Capital Territory, was forcefully converted to Islam.

As reported by Information Nigeria, Ani was taken about six months ago in Abuja. Since then, authorities have not been able to deliver helpful information to Ani's family regarding her whereabouts. But then, on Sunday, local news agency The Authority was able to confirm that Ani's abductors were able to brainwash her to change her personality and religion. This is according to an investigation conducted by the agency.

Pope Francis joins Instagram on March 19 as @Franciscus

Pope Francis welcoming Instagram CEO, Kevin Systrom last month at the Vatican

In a bid to woo to the younger generation to the Catholic faith and to connect with the younger Catholics, Pope Francis will be joining Instagram this week. Specifically, it would be on Saturday, 19th of March as he celebrates the third anniversary of inauguration. He will use the handle @Franciscus

Pope Francis is already on Twitter. He tweets in nine languages using @Pontiflex with the English account followed by nearly 9 million people and the Spanish one by more than 11 million.

Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s CEO and co-founder, met Pope Francis at the Vatican in February, later revealing they had discussed “the power of images to unite people across different cultures and languages”. This is what he said on his Instagram page – “Today I had the honor of meeting Pope Francis. We spoke about the power of images to unite people across different cultures and languages. It was by far one of the most memorable experiences of my life!”

Francis’s interest in the internet was underlined in January when he spoke out against online trolls. He has also hosted major figures in the new digital economy, including the Google boss Eric Schmidt and Apple chief Tim Cook.

Source: Innovation Village


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