Dutch Pray For Miracle After Journalist Is Shot

A sea of flowers marks the Amsterdam location where Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries was shot through the head. Some placed messages of hope at the Lange Leidsedwarsstraat, the downtown street where the 64-year-old was gunned down following a TV appearance.

Another Church in Canada Set Ablaze

Police are investigating a suspected arson attack against the House of Prayer Alliance Church in south-east Calgary, Canada on Sunday evening, CBC News reports. A refugee from Vietnam, the church’s pastor Thai Nguyen said no one was in the building at the time of the attack, but that his congregation would still have to be “more careful” in the future.

“Fervent prayer” requested for Afghan Christians as NATO troops withdraw

Christians in Islamic Afghanistan are calling for “fervent” prayer as US, NATO, and Australian forces prepare to withdraw all troops by September, Vision Christian Radio radio reports. The US Open Doors watchdog group has rated the level of persecution against Christians in Afghanistan as ‘Extreme,’ even with the presence of US and allied troops in the country.

US States pass record number of Pro-Life bills in 2021

States in the US have enacted a record total of 90 pro-life laws in the first half of this year alone, already more than the previous record of 89 in the whole of 2011, the Guttmacher Institute said in a July 1 report. The laws have been enacted in the face of US Supreme Court rulings that women can choose to have an abortion before fetal viability.