Mindy Belz

Mindy wrote WORLD Magazine's first cover story in 1986 and went on to serve as international editor, editor, and now senior editor. She has covered wars in Syria, Afganistan, Africa, and the Balkans, and she recounts some of her experiences in They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Mindy resides with her husband, Nat, in Asheville, N.C. Follow her on Twitter @mcbelz.

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Progress and regress on the international religious freedom front

International | State Department report to inform President Trump’s executive order
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/11/20, 04:38 pm

GLOBAL: The State Department released its 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom, which is expected to help form an action plan for President Donald Trump’s June 2 executive order on international religious freedom.

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Earth on our heads

Grief & Suffering | Twin calamities present an opportunity for deep lament and mighty pardon
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/11/20, 03:30 pm

Nehemiah on the 24th day of the month gathered the people of Israel “with fasting and in sackcloth, and with earth on their heads.” Eight Levites—each of them named twice in the space of two verses (Nehemiah 9:4-5)—stand on a scaffold before them, crying in loud voices, recounting their story, confessing their sins. 

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Associated Press/Photo by Leo Correa

More COVID-19 milestones worldwide

International | Meanwhile, Brazil stops counting the number of cases and deaths
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/08/20, 01:14 pm

ITALY: The global toll of recorded deaths due to COVID-19 topped 400,000 and total confirmed cases passed 7 million over the weekend. The United States has nearly 111,000 confirmed virus-related deaths. Pope Francis warned, “Don’t cry victory too soon,” as Italy and other European nations reopened and the pontiff again recited prayers from his balcony at the Vatican.

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