#MiniBulletin : Impossible to be close to Christ but not the Church, Pope says

In his homily at a morning Mass on January 30, Pope Francis recalled the remark of Pope Paul VI that it is absurd for a believer to say that he is close to Christ but distant from the Church.

The Word of God comes to the faithful through the Church, the Pope said, and a humble believer recognizes that he is only a small part of the great Christian community.

Fidelity to the Church is a pillar of Christian life, the Pope continued. He added that the faithful also have an obligation to pray for the Church, and in prayer to deepen their sense of belonging to the Christian community.

— taken from http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/01/30/pope:_christians_must_feel_with_the_church/en1-768777 —

#MiniBulletin : Thousands of Syrian refugees converting to Christianity

Christian Aid Mission, a Protestant organization based in Virginia, is reporting that thousands of Syrian refugees are converting to Christianity in Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq.

“Literally thousands of Syrians from traditional Muslim backgrounds are turning to Jesus Christ,” the organization stated. “It’s not an inflating of the numbers, nor is it an optimistic estimate.”

A contact in Turkey was quoted as saying, “What would indicate to us that a Syrian Muslim had become a Christian would be: women taking their scarves off. Letting their kids join the Bible lessons. People don’t let their kids learn a belief they don’t accept, since kids are ready to learn easily.”

A contact in Iraq added, “We determine they are Christians by professions of faith — the decision to follow Christ in these circumstances means the person has sentenced himself to death and makes himself likely to be killed at any moment. So they know very well the consequences.”

— taken from http://www.christianaid.org/News/2014/mir20140123.aspx?SC=MIR —